I was speaking with a connection of mine recently, who has just resigned from a long-term employment relationship. He was happy at work, enjoyed his job, and hadn’t thought about going elsewhere, but he was headhunted.
I asked why he chose to leave. The new role is similar in level and salary, but he felt it was time for a change. Why? (2mins 34s watch time).
The drivers of discretionary effort – a case study (4mins 40s watch time).
I facilitated a session with a client to capture learnings from a significant crisis. To cut a long story short, we had some devastating bush fires here in Tasmania and my client lost substantial assets in the fire. As a provider of an essential public service there was considerable pressure to restore functionality as soon as possible.
I had been working with this client on developing behaviours and shifting culture and something we already knew is that their people operate differently during times of crisis. We regrouped after the restoration effort to pin point what behaviours were different, why they happened and how to continue the useful behaviours going forward.
If you’re like many employees, you may have a boss who says he wants new ideas, but then shoots down each proposal that you bring to him. As a result, you’re frustrated by such contradictory messages, and you’re wondering how to meet his expectations.
What if there was a way to get your boss to buy into more of your recommendations?
Try these suggestions for preparing and presenting business ideas that others will want to support. (4mins 26s watch time).
I was meeting a business contact for a coffee recently and we started talking about getting the best out of people. My contact works in an industry that can be quite hierarchical and rules driven and can struggle to engage people. The question he asked was “how do you get people to work harder”?
One of the challenges of leading people is the ever increasing pressure of doing more with less. Budgets are tighter and expectations are higher now than they were even five years ago. Organisations are pushing to be leaner, faster, better – so how can you help your people to be as productive as possible? (3 mins 9s watch time).
Working with an unpredictable boss can be rough. You’re confused when they change your assignments repeatedly. You’re hurt when they act friendly one minute and snub you the next. You’re angry when they yell at you in front of your colleagues.
The solution may depend on their attitude. If your boss treats you with respect while they’re moving the goalposts, you may be able to maintain a healthy relationship. That’s especially true if you work in an industry that requires a great deal of flexibility and rapid responses.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling bullied, you need to find coping strategies to protect your wellbeing and career.
Consider these tips for dealing with a volatile boss. (3min 30s watch time).
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Confrontation and conflict between people is as old as…well…people. Any time you have humans operating together there are going to be times when people disagree, don’t get on, have differences of opinion or just plain can’t stand each other! So how should conflict be managed in teams?
It is a mistake to think that no conflict means the team is effective. Maybe that is true for some teams, but it is more likely that people are focused on maintaining the status quo, not rocking the boat, following the team “rules” or staying friendly with others no matter what the cost.
Lots of conflict is unhealthy too. Team members who bicker, run each other down, oppose ideas, power play, compete and freeze each other out are toxic.
Effective teams do have conflicts, but they have methods of resolving it constructively. Conflict is seen as a necessary part of life, disagreements are aired, explained, explored and acknowledged.
So how do you create a team...
Do you feel overworked and overwhelmed? Maybe your inbox is overflowing, and you wake up at night wondering what to do first when you arrive at the office in the morning.
Take control of your workload before you become burned out.
Start with this checklist for helpful things you can do on your own and with your colleagues to protect your career and your wellbeing. (5min 8s watch time).
Change is the six-letter word that makes most of us cringe. Ask anyone how they feel about change, and most people will tell you it’s not their favorite thing to experience in life. That’s because change can be incredibly difficult and more than a little stressful—especially when change occurs in the workplace.
Whether that change takes the form of new technology, company mergers, pay cuts, or layoffs, change is one of the fastest ways to lower employee morale if not managed properly. Even long-time, loyal team members can become burnt out, stressed, and mentally fatigued.
But change doesn’t have to knock your employees out for the count. Learn 4 strategies you can implement before, during, and after the next change episode in your workplace to ensure your team stays positive, optimistic, and both mentally and emotionally resilient. (4 mins 12s watch time).
Employees want it, managers know it’s important, and it usually doesn’t cost anything. When you look at it that way, you’d expect to be drowning in recognition at work.
Yet, a recent Gallup poll showed that lack of workplace appreciation is a major concern among employees.
It’s not that surprising when you think about the possible reasons. Some of your coworkers could feel too competitive to notice you. Your boss could think that keeping you on the payroll proves they’re satisfied with your performance, and any of your colleagues could be uncomfortable or unfamiliar with handing out praise.
If you want to feel valued, you may need to shake things up. Start with these suggestions for creating more recognition for yourself and your colleagues. (4mins 55 watch time).
It’s tempting to kick back when you land a new job. After all, you’ve probably been consumed with chasing down leads and going on interviews. Now, you want to catch up on fun stuff like hanging out with friends and watching Netflix.
However, you could be missing a great opportunity if you take a break now. A job transition is an ideal time to strengthen your network.
You’ll enjoy your rest and relaxation even more if you take care of business first. Run through this checklist of ideas for extending and deepening your professional relationships as you change employers. (3min 30s watch time).
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