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…

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…

5 Steps to Reduce Work Stress

Job stress is something that we all face from time to time – deadlines, difficult co-workers, work restructuring, and many other aspects of our jobs can create anxiety and stress. Though we all deal with it, some people are better at dealing with it and keeping it from affecting their lives. For others, it is hard to work through and the stress can create health problems, lack of motivation, and can hurt you both personally and professionally. Here are some tried-and-true tricks to help you deal with work related stress. Symptoms of Work Stress Not sure what your level of … Read more…

Why Team Building Activities Are Important

Let’s be honest, team building gets a bad rap. Too often the events feel cheesy, uncomfortable, or worse. But the reality is that regular team building activities can boost your bottom line, help improve employee satisfaction, encourage employees to work and communicate more effectively, and make your workplace more desirable. But we’ve discussed these reasons many, many times already. What other reasons make team building activities a regular topic of conversation? Team Building Activities Are An Investment In People A team building event puts the focus back on the people of your company, and not on the customers, the day-to-day … Read more…

What are the Benefits of Team Building?

When a team or organization learns to work productively together as a single unit, the business will accomplish more, faster and easier than it could if everyone worked individually. However, encouraging team work can sometimes be more complicated than simply understanding that there is a problem. What are the Benefits of Team Building? Productivity in your office or organization is impacted tremendously by the quality of the relationships, teamwork skills, and vision your people share. As a leader, if a group is not working up to its potential – or you are planning to throw a diverse set of individuals … Read more…

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