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21st Century Leader

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Learning to be an Effective LeaderWhen it comes to leadership….how things have changed!  Gone are the days when work got done simply because someone in a position of power “said so”.

Leadership today is about influence, not control; relationships, not hierarchy; and collaboration, not dictatorial pronouncement.

Today we talk about “servant leadership,” with definitions that include words such as flexibility, alignment, empathy, listening, and relationship.

And we also have a greater appreciation for the ways in which everyone is a leader, regardless of their role within an organization (or within their life). (more…)

Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Learning to Work with StressYes, you read that title right (although work deadlines and lack of time don’t seem like much of a gift). When we think of stress, we think of sleepless nights, anxious days, and all-around negativity. The video Stress is a Gift explains that not all stress is harmful, and some can actually be beneficial to our mental and physical health.

Short but highly impactful, Stress is a Gift completely changes the way people think about “stress”. Viewers are taken inside the Biosphere project, a glass-walled dome in the Arizona desert where scientists monitored dozens of varieties of plants and animals. They discovered that without the stress of occasional winds, sturdy Acacia trees failed to develop the specialized bark necessary to grow strong.

From this example, it becomes clear that stress can strengthen our tolerance for potentially negative situations and actually serve to balance us. Viewers are reminded that too much stress over a prolonged period of time can be harmful, but are left with an understanding of how stress can serve a useful purpose in their everyday lives.

This video is an excellent meeting opener and will spark lively discussion. Help your organization feel more balanced in the face of pressure with this thought-provoking training video.

Free Training Activity: Discussion Starter Questions for Sessions on Team Building

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

1. What does it mean to be a member of a team? What can a team accomplish that one person working alone cannot?

2. What positive and negative experiences have you had as team member or a team leader? Identify instances when your team’s effectiveness has suffered due to style differences among members.

3. Do you regard your team responsibilities as a top priority or as an intrusion on your “real job”?

4. In your organization, to what degree are you evaluated and rewarded for your skills and effectiveness as a team player versus for your individual performance? (more…)

Free Training Activity: There’s a Time and Place

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

To the training group, say: Let’s think about some of the more frequent and important interactions we have with others on our team.

The There’s a Time and Place worksheet lists seven common communication situations. Enter short tips or good practices for that task in the Best When, Best Where, and Best How columns.

Leader’s Note: Add your own list of situations to column one if you want to expand the activity. Be sure to add situations that involve both supervisors and employees, as well as peer-to-peer interactions. (more…)

Communication Counts

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

commcounts_trailerWhat could poor communication be costing your company? You would be surprised to find out (and most likely horrified). The cost associated with poor workplace communication is staggering. 70% of small- to mid-sized businesses claim that ineffective communication is their primary problem. Employee misunderstandings in large organizations are said to run $624 per employee per year (or $62.4 million per year for an organization with 100,000 employees). Yikes! In light of these scary stats, improving employee communication is a must-do for any organization.

The very effective video Communication Counts illustrates the 6 most common workplace communication errors and the negative impact each can have. For example, the video reveals that the simple mistake of ineffective listening/reading can easily lead to a misinterpreted message which in turn produces major mistakes and frustration.  The video clearly explains how this and the other mistakes can be avoided. (more…)

Listening Activity: Who’s Listening?

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Active ListeningActivity Directions

Hand out Worksheet: Who’s Listening?
(See worksheet design suggestions at the very bottom.)

Point out the two labels: Worst Listener on the left end of the line and Best Listener on the right. Read the directions on the Worksheet aloud.  Allow participants 5-10 minutes to complete the Worksheet.

ASK:
• What influence does your Best Listener co-worker have over the quantity or quality of your work?
• How do you feel having conversations with the person you are thinking of as Best Listener? Does it affect your job performance?
• How does this person’s ability to listen to you and others affect the work group and environment as a whole?
• How does the behavior of the Worst Listener affect both the quality and quantity of work that you do?

Participants can add brief notes on these points on their worksheet. Then facilitate a discussion where participants share with the group some of the behaviors noted on their worksheets. Remember: No names! (more…)

Successful Interviewing

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Interviewing TechniquesHow does your company stack up when it comes to the interviewing process? Hiring “mis-hires,” or people who are either incompetent or simply not a good fit for the job, can seriously hurt your organization and cost time and dollars you can’t spare. Make sure your new hires are the best candidate for the position by helping your leaders brush up on their recruitment and hiring skills. Here are three videos that can help your organization find the “A players” needed for long-term success.

Actions Speak! Behavior Based Interviewing– The name says it all. This video depicts behavior-based interviewing and why it is crucial to uncovering candidates whose past experiences qualify them for the job you have. (more…)

Why Video Training?

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Learning By VideoWhat happens when managers can’t do what’s required of them? The answer isn’t pretty and only leads to failure for everyone within an organization. Training is an essential factor for success. Many people underestimate the importance of training or see the cost as prohibitive.

Hiring professional speakers simply isn’t in the budget for everyone, after the cost of transportation and fees the price can be exorbitant. This is where video and online training excels. It teaches the same skills and utilizes the same techniques that professional speakers do at a fraction of the price. Training DVDs and online streaming videos are a convenient and cost effective way to raise the bar in any organization.

How Good Intentions Become Bad Decisions

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The reasons listed below are excuses we all use for not speaking out when we have concerns about a decision— concerns that can range from slight uncertainty to strong objection. Failing to speak out, however, prevents the group from hearing our true beliefs. Bad decisions are often made because of the “inaccurate data” groups receive from individuals who withhold their honest feedback. (more…)


 

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