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…

Where Does Conflict in the Workplace Come From?

As all good leaders know, conflict in the workplace is simply an unavoidable part of workplace dynamics. As a leader, is it your job to embrace conflict and address it in a healthy, productive fashion. Leaders cannot simply put their head in the sand and hope the conflict will work itself out – it rarely does, and most often will grow and become something unmanageable. Real leaders don’t tolerate drama, manipulative or self-serving individuals, or play favorites. As a leader, it is imperative to understand how to deal with conflict in the workplace. Where Does Conflict in the Workplace Come From? … Read more…

Custom Team Building? Yes, We Do That.

If you are looking for an event that will address a specific issue, tie into a certain theme, or benefit your charity of choice, you are in luck. While many organizations offer cookie-cutter team building programs, our qualified and experienced instructors are happy to work with you to design the perfect team building building event from scratch. What Are My Options For Custom Team Building? Our goal is always to help you improve the quality and functionality of the teams in your organization. With years of educational experience, are professionals can help determine the sources of any issues your business … Read more…

How to Become a Better Leader

Being an effective leader is an important part of any business operation. Without being able to lead your team, you will be unable to motivate and guide your business in the direction you want to go. There are always ways to improve your leadership skills, and there is always room to grow as an individual and as a business. It simply takes some preparation, self awareness, and the willingness to improve. Here are some ways to become a better leader. Do As I Do, And As I Say Lead by example, and by words. If you are unable to follow … Read more…

What Is Team Building?

Each year we see more interest in team building events, corporate retreats, and working as a team in organizations. Does your organization schedule regular time for the staff to socialize and have fun together? Does having a dinner together help teams grow? What is team building? Team Bonding Versus Team Building These two terms get thrown around in meetings sometimes, but most professionals would agree that they are not quite the same things. Let’s talk about how the events in team bonding differ from those that are team building, and what the difference is. Team Bonding: These types of events … Read more…

5 Reasons Why You Should Have Work Friends

For many people, the idea of having friends at work is counterproductive. We go to work to get the work done and get out of there. The idea of keeping your work life and social life separate is a common motto. Indeed, opening up your personal life to those at work might make you vulnerable depending on what you share with them. But what if these ideas are wrong? How can having work friends benefit you? Work Friends Can Increase Your Happiness We spend an enormous amount of time at the workplace. While the average work week is 40 hours, … Read more…

When Teams Don’t Work

Business, like most competitive sports, is mostly a team effort. It’s no wonder so many metaphors are used in business talk. But when you get to the root of the conversation, there’s no denying that working together accomplishes more, and faster, than working alone. Then why are there times when teams seem to cause more problems than answers? What Makes Teams Great Can Also Cause Problems The qualities of an exceptional individual – focus, determination, high expectations – can sometimes equal a person that is difficult to get along with. Some personalities simply don’t mesh well. Overconfidence is important to … Read more…

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