Effective Leadership Means Enabling Your People, Not Controlling Them

Leaders are an important part of any organization. The role is required if a company or business wants to grow, thrive, and mature. But not all leadership results in growth and maturity. Unfortunately, there are two kinds of leaders in the world. Are you the kind of leader that enables? Or controls? Controlling Leadership Too often in business, leadership feels that the only way to achieve the respect, authority, and attention they desire is by controlling employees. This hard-fisted manager keeps tabs on their employees, dictates their responsibilities, keeps them from trying new things, and fills the meeting with only their … Read more…

Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflict is a inevitable, and it is the responsibility of competent leadership to understand where conflict in the workplace starts, and how to effectively deal with it. Those who simply stick their head in the same and hope the problem solves itself are destined to be disappointed. Having conflict resolution structure in place will help to head off the problems as they begin, and keep them from growing out of control and dampening employee morale and productivity. Tips to Handle Workplace Conflict Define Acceptable Behavior. What one individual feels is appropriate behavior and what another person feels is appropriate may … Read more…

Team Building ROI – Is It Worth the Investment?

It has been discussed time and time again that when individuals work separately, they accomplish much less then when individuals can come together and work as a team to accomplish goals. Managers across the spectrum of businesses understand the value of creating a collaborative environment, but being able to measure the success and benefits of such a thing is a more complicated task. In business, results are measured in tangible things like productivity levels, business output, and employee turnover. With an investment like team building, what is the ROI? And how do we measure it? Educational Environment Verus Corporate Environment … Read more…

Give to an Animal Shelter Charity and Save a Life

With so many charity options and so many needed people in the world, one group that is often forgotten are animals. Each year approximately 5 million cats, dogs, rabbits, and other pets are placed in animal shelters. Of that 5 million, roughly 3 million will be euthanized due to lack of space, money, and interest. Giving to an animal shelter charity this year can save the innocent lives of our furry companions. Why Animal Shelter Charity Matters There are only about 5,000 shelters nationwide, some county or state sponsored and others owned by individuals. Regardless, the situation is the same … Read more…

Top 5 Management Styles

As people change careers and positions, everyone will come into contact with a variety of personality types. Think back to the management that you’ve experienced in the past. Surely some of them you think of more fondly than others. We’ve all had “good” bosses, and we’ve all had ones that were not that great, and sometimes downright bad. Some management styles encourage more growth for employees. Leadership style isn’t necessarily good or bad, but more specifically depends on the task or requirements at hand and the people they manage. Directive Management Style A Directive management style is when leadership demands … Read more…

What is Teamwork?

Creating a team is a simple process, but for that team to create teamwork is quite another. Joining or creating a team does not, in itself, equal teamwork. Many “teams” simply work individually on projects, assignments, and responsibilities. So what is teamwork, and why is it so important? What is Teamwork? Teamwork is defined as “the combined actions of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.” The French term for teamwork has a much broader, more unique definition, specifically a sense of unity and a common enthusiasm for shared interests, responsibilities, and goals. Teamwork isn’t simply being part … Read more…

Advantages to Mentoring in the Workplace

Leadership plays a huge responsibility in the culture, functionality, and success of any workplace. As new employees of all ages join the team, team building coaches from outside the company as well as leadership within the company can help mentor and build successful teams. The role of any mentor is to benefits both the bottom line, the employees, and the customers they serve. Mentoring Benefits to Employee Employees will always benefit from a quality mentor, and leadership should strive to share information, experience, and guidance to those new to the business or service. Allowing employees to make mistakes and learn … Read more…

How to Reach Your Full Work Potential

Everyone has dreams and goals that they want to accomplish in life. Sometimes they feel just out of reach. How can we not only dream about what we want to do, but also reach them and excel? As William Faulkner says, “Do not bother to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” Compete against yourself to reach your full work potential. Make Every Moment Count If you are going to do something, do it well. When you commit yourself to working on something or completing a task, put everything you have into the project … Read more…

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