Working with a group of people can mean a lot of different scenarios. We’ve all been a part of a “team” where we pull most of the weight, a member is a toxic employee, or the dynamic is just hostile.
Employee turnover rates are something that many companies have seen rise and rise in recent times, hitting an all-time high of 19.3% in the U.S. in 2018.
While bosses and leaders may share some similar characteristics, they exercise very different approaches to having power and influence.
Experiencing conflict is a part of human nature. Working through conflict in healthy and productive ways is how we build trusting relationships and problem-solving skills.
Some of the best qualities people possess are ones that are never formally taught. They’re probably not listed as requirements on a job application, and employers likely won’t assess progress of such skills.
We’ve been trained to view conflict as something negative—something that hurts relationships, dampens the mood, and causes hostility.
You don’t belong, you’re not good enough, you’re confused, and you’re given too much credit. Have any of those thoughts ever crossed your brain?
As one of the oldest methods of communication, storytelling is part of the fabric of human nature. In modern day, we see storytelling appear in numerous ways outside of just your typical conversation or passing down of a tradition.
Leadership theories have evolved over time, with new ones being introduced and old ones being discredited or built upon everyday. More recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the influence that purpose has in leadership. Apparently—it’s a lot.
We like to think that we are in control of our emotions. In some instances, we are. And some people have a tighter grip on their emotional steering wheel than others. But no matter who we are or the situation we're in—our emotions do have the power to control us.
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who just keeps relating the topic back to themself? Have you ever been this person?
For quite some time, people—business workers, bosses, teachers, parents, even researchers—have been preaching the “Dress for Success” attitude.
Diversity and Inclusion. The two are typically seen together as a phrase with a merged, overall meaning. The words blend together as we create strategies to include them in our workplace. However, not recognizing their differences and individual power may just be the very reason they fail.
A large part of being a leader comes down to your verbal communication skills. The words and phrases you say hold value, and people around you will remember the impact of your words – positive or negative. Your rhetoric reflects who you are as a person and a worker.
How many times have we set behavioral goals that we’ve eventually lost interest or motivation in? Habits we want to break or create, but just can’t get them to stick? Our behavioral goal may have been unrealistic, nebulous, too long-term, or plenty of other reasons that doomed it to end in failure. While creating goals can be a fun and inspiring task, actually following through with them is a whole different story.
Listening is often thought to be a basic human ability rather than an acquired skill. Sure, hearing someone speak comes quite easily without any real thought or attention invested. However, if you’re trying to understand someone in a conversation and process what they’re saying, then active listening is necessary.
In the workplace, the word “leader” is often thought to describe someone in charge, or in a position of power.
According to the 2015 consensus, almost 13% of the American population has a disability. Diversity inclusion in the workplace has been a hot topic lately, but people with disabilities (PWD) are often lost in the mix of inclusion discussions.
Does the name Mary Parker Follett ring a bell? Probably not. While she may not be a household name in the business world, she should be.
You can find out pretty instantly if you have chemistry with someone else. The conversation will flow easily, you’ll get along and find similar attributes, and you’ll enjoy what the other person has to say.
Even the best laid plans fail. The decisions we make so carefully with deep contemplation can still end up being the wrong choice. All the planning in the world sometimes can’t account for the unexpected, the intangible, and the uncontrollable.
“Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”
In order for an executive coaching experience to reap the most rewards and be considered a success, a few key factors have to come together.
Being an introvert is often viewed in professional settings as a disadvantage, or a threat to your overall success.
Training and coaching are oftentimes considered synonyms to one another. They’re used interchangeably, and although both words may seem like they refer to the same thing, the two are quite different in nature.
When we hear the word coach or coaching, our minds may jump to the impression of some expert providing training to someone with little to no information on the given topic. The student wants to learn, but is nothing more than a novice of the skill.
Coaching is part of the fabric of our culture, and likely every culture to ever exist. In today’s world, we see sport coaches, life coaches, fitness coaches, school coaches (tutors), and coaches for all types of specified topics.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Quiet or loud? Shy or outspoken?
Company culture is everything. When you go into work each day, you want to feel that you’re safe and comfortable in your environment. The more welcome you feel, the higher chance you have of succeeding with your professional relationships and responsibilities.
We’ve all anxiously awaited an interview. Entering the lobby, being escorted to the meeting room, sitting in the chair in front of a stranger who may potentially become your boss—we’ve all been there, and we all probably don’t want to have to go through it again.
Our world as we know it now is the product of immense transformations and progressions of communication thanks to our nonstop technological advancements.
Measuring our EQ levels, or emotional intelligence, isn’t something we regularly do, or perhaps have ever done.
There’s no doubt about it: Owning a high level of emotional intelligence propels you in the workplace.
There’s no doubt about it—technology has changed our lives. For example, it’s given us the opportunity be on a work conference call while also swimming in a pool in Las Vegas!
Business Is Not All Business: Emotional Intelligence Belongs in the WorkplaceCollaboration, Communication, Conflict Management, Connecting and Caregiving, Enriching Corporate Culture, Intentional Decision-Making, QI Skills
Business is business - cut and dry, black and white, serious, productive, professional, and of course - stripped of any emotion.
Over the last couple of decades, there has been a huge wave in professional spaces to make the atmosphere and relationships a lot more “human.” It’s not frowned upon to make personal friends with your colleagues, dress codes have become more lax, and rituals such as fixed hours or annual reviews seem to be less and less common.
As workplace normalities differ within each and every office community, there’s one occurrence that is found no matter where you go: distraction.
Starting a second career takes a lot. You need to decide whether or not to make the switch, and you must learn how to retarget your skills if you do.
When you walk into work dreading the long day you have ahead of yourself, perhaps it’s time to find a new job—or dare we say it— a new career?
Have you ever sat at your desk one morning, only to realize that your current career path isn’t the one for you? Whether you’ve been working in the industry for decades or are a young professional, a career change can present several challenges, but can also reap many rewards.
When you hear the word “millennial” in the workplace, you might meet the term with an eye-roll or a grunt. Negative stereotypes seep into your brain as you consider this generation, those born between 1981 and 1996, to be all but beneficial to our workforce.
Imagine you are back in your fifth grade classroom. Mrs. Smith is at the front of the room scribbling words on the chalkboard. She turns to the class and starts to facilitate a brainstorm for a class-wide project. One by one, the hands of your classmates delicately rise, and ideas are delivered with slight hesitation.
As an employee or as a boss, boredom in the workplace can be damaging to all. Bosses certainly don’t want bored employees, as this leads to unfavorable outcomes such as sloppy work and unmotivated spirits.
We all lead hectic lives and look forward to quiet moments and down time, right? We lust for the end of the workday when we can mindlessly sit on the couch, or for the coming weekend when we can relax, or our next vacation when we take a mental break.
How often have you sat in your 10 a.m. meeting staring at a boring, bland PowerPoint presentation? How often have you dozed off because of the lack of excitement? Or, perhaps you’re leading the afternoon meeting, and you just can’t capture the attention of your coworkers.
The iGeneration, those born in the late twentieth century, are slowly swarming the workplace. As more and more from this generation finish school and begin careers, you may find yourself feeling outnumbered by the young minds that surround you.
From working later in life to working from home, the way we work has shifted considerably in recent years to foster employee engagement at all ages.
You Are Now Just Barely Who You Said You Were! Defining Yourself After a Career of Full-Time Employment
You are now just barely who you said you were! I know that is a provocative way to get your attention, but sit back and let me tell you a story that I hope will substantiate that admittedly provocative punch line.
For the majority of my life, my mid-fifties mother has spent most of her career working for the same company. Having said that, she has seen colleagues of all ages come and go, either to transfer their abilities to a new workspace or to jet off into the supposed splendor of retirement.
A recent article discussed five life skills that are essential for wealth, health, and success during your life. Research from the University College London uncovered that mastering emotional stability, determination, control, optimism, and conscientiousness will help your overall well-being as you age.
All your life you’ve probably been encouraged to master “life skills.” Active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication - all necessary traits to be psychosocially competent.
We like to think that our education system prepares children for what’s to come in life. After years and years of schooling, children will grow and be able to lead successful lives.
In the past decade, the number of telecommuting workers has increased over 115%. Companies are letting their employees say goodbye to cubicles and hello to at-home offices.