The emotions we bring to work are equally important as our cognitive skills but we always want to be authentic and true to ourselves. Sharing our positive energy does not mean we put on a happy face and pretend everything is fine when it’s not. But being aware of our energy means we demonstrate the best of ourselves and in turn, we bring out the best in others. Here are 2 simple ways we can bring our best to every situation.
Despite the many benefits associated with working from home, this type of work arrangement can also lead to teams who feel somewhat disconnected from each other and team members who feel lonely. Here are 3 tips to help you stay connected with teammates while working from home.
Do you ever wish we had our own “off” button so we could power down and recharge like our phones? Why not try a phone diet with me? This could be exactly the kind of reboot we need throughout the holidays - or any time of year.
Feedback is a skill worth mastering by all of us and is a crucial component of any high-performance team. Sharing feedback is the fastest way to help people learn new skills and uncover blind spots, and it is a critical driver of productivity. But for many, it's an uncomfortable topic, often associated with criticism. It’s time to give feedback a rebrand. Feedback done right empowers, uplifts and unifies our workplace. And it has 3 important qualities.
We’ve all heard the warnings about micromanaging and how demotivating it can be. But in a competitive world, where details matter, micromanagement tendencies can flourish. A micromanager may believe they are getting the best quality work out of their team. But in reality, this management style stifles initiative, inhibits learning and eradicates trust. Here’s how to avoid the costly trap of micromanagement.
The stories we tell ourselves have a profound impact on who we are. They affect how we shape and perceive reality. Consider the power of your thoughts and the words you use in the stories you tell yourself. "I'm nervous." "I'm tired." "I'm stressed." Not happy with the plot line? Maybe it's time to change your narrative.
It seems everyone is short on time these days. We are running at turbo speed and yet it still seems there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Not surprisingly, we are all on alert to spot low-value time sucks we can eliminate from our days. Idle chit chat is often considered an easy target. On the surface, this vague chatter appears to be a waste of time. Time to reconsider? Here are six reasons why (seemingly) aimless conversations are a productive and meaningful contributor to our satisfaction at work.
Positive interactions with our colleagues not only drive productivity, they also make us enjoy coming to work. While healthy relationships may appear to be a bonus, in fact, strong interpersonal bonds are the foundation of a high-performance team. These three conditions help us build healthy relationships.
With the holidays approaching, gift-giving (and shopping) is on the top of many to-do lists. If the purpose of gifts is to symbolize our love and appreciation, what if we could show this appreciation in a more heartfelt, authentic and direct way than a store-bought gift? Want to take the lead in creating a more grateful workplace? Here are 11 simple acts we can use to convey our gratitude - without buying anything.
As leaders, we like to believe we know our team really well. But do we? Even the best leaders may have blind spots worth exploring. Ever wonder what your team is longing to tell you? Here are six truths your team wishes you knew.