Wendy’s Wisewolf Tips – are you feeling down about your present job?

On your next three working days, each day,  write down three positive things about you present role. Write down what it is, why it is and who else contributes to the positive feeling. On Day Four, review you notes! Do you still agree – make any additions or amendments.  On Day Five decide on you options and the advantage and disadvantage of each

Options

1. Staying put and making no changes

2. Staying put and making changes – what changes would they be?

3. Moving on – now, in the immediate future or in the more distant future – think realistically about the present work climate!

Action

Having decided take action

  1. If you are staying put and making no changes – remind yourself every day of your positives
  2. If you are making changes - make a plan and use your thoughts on the positive in discussion with your boss etc
  3. If you are moving on make your plan for finding a new role but use your positive thoughts to help you make the most of your remaining time where you are now and get a super reference!

Bet by the end of Day Five you feel a whole lot better!

Workforce Blogs – The Ethical Workplace

Blog: The Ethical Workplace


 

April 26th, 2010

Banish Soft Skills at Work

It’s misleading and counterproductive, making the underlying skills sound as if they are pointless, wasteful frills. Yet, any respected leader will tell you it’s the “soft skills” that distinguish effective leaders from outstanding operational producers or, at the management level, distrusted tyrants.

Check any of the online dictionaries, and you’ll find that the term soft skills refers to attributes that relate to or encourage trust, communication, teamwork, safety, inclusion and productivity, as well as the prompt airing of serious problems. Leaders need these qualities to engage employees and obtain the most efficient results. In the process, they also limit operational, safety, legal and other similar catastrophes. And maximizing results while minimizing distractions and hazards is the most frequently voiced concern of the executives with whom I’ve most recently met and read about.

Without soft skills, organizations can suffer an array of crippling consequences:

• Physicians who so distract and intimidate team members that avoidable fatalities and complications sometime occur.

• Military officers whose units suffer from a lack of cohesion and morale.

• Businesspeople who are afraid to report financial irregularities for fear of losing their jobs.

• Team members who put in time rather than effort, knowing their efforts are not appreciated by their leaders and the organization.

• Hazards unreported at work or in products released to the public by those aware of the defects but afraid to raise concerns.

Now check the dictionary for the term “soft.” Here are definitions you will find:

• Gentle or mild.

• Smooth, soothing or ingratiating.

• Sentimental or flowery.

• Informal, easy, involving little effort; not difficult, laborious, trying or severe.

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BUILDING SELF ESTEEM IN YOUR TEAM – BE GENEROUS

Remember - building self esteem is about valuing and feeling valued! Why don’t you
be generous and start a value chain – your team will reward you for your
endeavor!

Be generous with encouragement

It may sound trite, but if a member of your team does a good job, let them know
you have noticed. You know what looks like good and when you see it say so! Let
the team know what you have seen and that your recognize a job well done and
value it!

If a someone makes a mistake but they are doing their best, let them know that it's okay. and back them
up. They already feel bad about letting you and the team down and what
more can you expect than their best effort? It's fine to give them pointers on
what they can do better next time to help succeed, but don't berate them just
because they fail occasionally – value them.

On the other hand, if they are not giving it their best, point that out, and let them know that you expect more - and that they should, too. Your team members will respect you for this,
especially if you apply this standard to the whole team (star players should
never be exempt). Make sure each link in the chain knows they are a
diamond!

Be generous with rewards
We all love to get rewards. Think about what might be the right
kind of rewards for your team – might not just be money? May be it's
a meal out occasionally or going to a sporting event! What about shopping
vouchers or tickets for a show? What do they really enjoy? So long
as you have set some clear standards – give rewards when these are exceeded.   
Don’t underestimate even the power of a certificate or plaque for
“Team Member of the Month” ! A simple award ceremony over
coffee and a recounting of the achievement can make the whole team feel good.

Be generous with your social time
Sure, you've spent hours at work this week but the work is over and you
are ready for some relaxation time. Maybe one Friday a month you
could spend the evening together with a quiz night or even just bowling. 
Make sure you spend some time with each member of the team getting to know them
away from work. Let them know they matter to you as people.

 

WORKING, LIVING AND CHANGING WITH SIMPLICITY

Simplicity is a wonderful and lyrical word!   It usually relates to the burden which something puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated and hard to understand. In some uses, simplicity can  imply beauty, purity or clarity. Simplicity can be used in a negative way to denote a something lacking.  But here a simple approach means that in future I will try to provide simple advice and tools to help you handle the complex challenges of life and work.  Life is complicated enough already.  I don’t want to add to your burdens and the next series of posts I plan will be around how to simplify and organise your work life.  I hope you will find them useful.

It is worth bearing in mind that the concept of simplicity has been related to truth!

Reactionary Workflow – Breaking the Pattern

Reactionary Workflow – Ideas for Breaking the Pattern

Reactionary Workflow! Where do you really draw the line on your “to do” list? Some of the things we assign ourselves really are necessary; get our teeth cleaned, answer the jury duty summons, pick up the kids. Another category might be negotiable, and yet another list usually contains all those things we actually WANT to do.

And then there is the incoming flow of communication, via email, phone, texts, and our incessant belief that we need to know what is happening and be available to all new sources of information…

Reactionary Workflow

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