New Managers: A Checklist

New Managers: A Checklist

Management: 6 Simple Tips For New Managers

New managers – all managers have a first day in the job.  And it is never easy!  So here are some tips to help you on your way;

  1. Understand your organization; its rules and culture.  Your team is part of a wider organization and you need to understand that wider context. How do people behave – what are the rules (written and unwritten)?  Spend some time finding out and talk to your HR department about what they expect of you as a manager
  2. Understand the work requirement.  What are you there to do and by when do you have to do it? Be clear about the objectives of your own manager and their expectations of you.  If you don’t have anything written down yet, try to agree a time to do that.  What do your team, and each member of it, think they are there to do?  Does it line up with what the organization needs and the team objectives?
  3. Be consistent – firm but fair.  Don’t have favorites and treat everyone in the same way.  Try to be consistent in how you behave – don’t let your bad mood or your “off day” be reflected in how you behave. If you do it will confuse and de-motivate your team.  Above all reward or penalize the same things over time. Do your team understand the standards set for their work? Does your behavior reflect them?
  4. Kindness goes a very long way – kindness engenders kindness – show and encourage appreciation.   Being kind doesn’t mean you become a “soft” manager that people can take advantage of.  Kindness is an extension of being fair.  Do you treat people as you,  yourself, would like to be treated?  You will be surprised what a difference to your life as a manager it will make when you have your team’s support. Kindness will help gain you that support.
  5. Work on you own confidence – confidence inspires others.  Learn how to look and sound confident even when you don’t feel it.  This will hep your team to feel more secure and able to give their best work.  Do you have a problem maintaining your feelings of confidence? If so work with a coach to learn some techniques to help – my contact details are below.
  6. Learn to make quick and effective decisions – dithering bosses lose the confidence of their teams.  Do you know how to identify relevant information quickly and then to weigh evidence to help you make a decision. Be willing to take risks – making decisions means being prepared sometimes to take a risk.  Giving someone the benefit of the doubt or even delegating effectively requires you to take risks.  Do you understand risk and how to take it? Learn about risk and how evaluate how much of it you are taking and how to manage the consequences.  At the end of the day,  as the manager, you “carry the can” and that is something that good managers learn to live with.

I am sure you will be a first class manager.  It isn’t easy but it can be immensely rewarding.  Good Luck.  If you would like my help, please get in touch

Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of  The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013.  As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146

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What is leadership?

What is leadership?

Leadership – What is it and have you got it?

What is leadership? The whole world seems to be talking about leadership right now.  How good is it? How bad is it? How to improve it?  But let us think a little about what it is.

At its most basic, leadership is simply one person leading another.  Think of someone in a blindfold being led by another.  If that is going to work, the person doing the leading needs to have some idea where they are going. They need to have some conception of the obstacles on the way and how to overcome them.  Of course,  the person doing the leading needs to be able to inspire confidence in the person being led.  That confidence needs to be strong enough for them at least to take the first step

Leadership in organizations is the same really.  A leader sees a problem that needs to be fixed or a goal that needs to be achieved. It could be something that no one else sees or something that no one else wants to see because the sight is uncomfortable. But whatever it is, it becomes the focus of the leader’s attention and they set out with determination to deal with it or to achieve it.  Then of course the leader needs to be able to bring others along with them.

What is leadership?

This kind of leadership can be at any level in an organization.  Most successful organizations today recognize that and set up systems which empower leaders at all levels.  With information technology it is easy to give people throughout an organization the information they need to become leaders and the tools to lead.  But of course if this is to work well, leadership does need to start at the top. Then leaders throughout the organization will set out in the same direction, supporting each other. They will not be tripping each other up.

If you are supposed to “lead” your organization how a good a job are you doing at setting out a clear vision for the future?  Do the other leaders throughout your organization know where you are going so that they can lead in the same direction?  Do they have the knowledge and information to take your vision forward? If not you have a problem. What are you going to do about it?

Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of  The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013.  As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 

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Choosing the right job

Choosing the right job

Career Development: The fine art of taking risks, living with “what ifs” and not having regrets

Choosing the right job – how do you decide which job is right for you? We know that people who make career plans and have a career goal are usually more successful.  One occasion when having a clear plan is particularly useful is when it comes to deciding between opportunities. Let us suppose you are one of those lucky people, very lucky in the present climate, who has been offered two good jobs.  How do you decide between them?   If you have a goal and a plan to achieve it, then you have a map of the territory you need to travel to make your decision.

Choosing the right job – criteria!

If you have a plan and a goal, you can set your criteria for selection.  These would be mine! Which of these two jobs is;

  • Most compatible with my career plan and the goal I have set myself.
  • Provides the money I need to support myself,
  • Meets my needs to exercise autonomy and express my our own special talents and creativity
  • Provides a boss I find inspiring and a team I want to work with
  • Fits in with the rest of my life 

This is my list – you have to make your own, I’m afraid.  But however you decide, you need to recognize that your choice brings with it an element of risk.  Even though you think you have done your homework well.  You have done lots of research on the organization, asked lots of questions and consulted contacts who have encountered them in the past.  Still, when you start work it is different to what you expected, because all jobs are to some extent.  It may turn out not to be the exact fit you thought it was and that boss may turn out to be human , just like the rest of us,  and to have flaws. That is the risk you take with any job.

Making no choice is not an option.  You make the best choice you can! But making a choice always comes with risks. It is always possible the other job could have turned out better.  But how much use is spending time thinking about that?  Surely it is better to commit yourself to the job you have taken and do your best in it.  I’m not suggesting that you should stay put if you are being badly treated but let us assume it remains a reasonable job with reasonable people.  Then wasting time on regrets and thinking about what might have been doesn’t do anything good for you at all.  It simply erodes your enthusiasm and your ability to shine where you are.

And yet I encounter time and again people who are spending time on “what ifs” and “if onlys”.  They become so absorbed in the day dream of how it could have been that they lose the ability to focus on the here and now and be happy where they are.  Don’t let that happen to you?  If you find yourself starting down that track imagine a big Stop Sign.  Pull yourself up and make a list of all the good things about where you are now. Then go out and do something, don’t spend time ruminating – that way lies unhappiness. If all else fail get in touch with someone like me – work with a coach or counsellor and learn how to focus on the present – that way lies happiness and success.

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more email: wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US. 

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Giving Feedback

Giving Feedback

Management; Some Good Thoughts On Giving Feedback

Giving feedback to those you manage is an important task for any manager. Here is some good advice!

 

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  
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Successful Leaders Do Differently

Successful Leaders Do Differently

7 Things Successful Leaders Do Differently

Successful Leaders Do Differently – this post comes from Psychology today and it is by Paula Davis-Laack, J.D., M.A.P.P. who is a stress management and work/life performance expert providing strategies for a healthier, more resilient you….more

This is the success formula for thriving leaders.

Over the past year and a half, I’ve had the privilege of coaching, teaching, and talking to thousands of leaders from varied walks of life. What I’ve noticed is that while most are successful on some level, a handful of them have that something extra. Their path hasn’t always been easy, and they’ve encountered numerous challenges, but this select group of leaders thrives both personally and professionally. Here is what they do differently.

Successful Leaders do the following

1. They put relationships first. Successful leaders not only build networks, but they also nurture the connections they make. They make time for their clients and colleagues. They make time for people they mentor. They make time for their personal relationships. It takes a great deal of energy to keep connections thriving, but successful people are willing to put in the time and the effort. I’m reminded of a quote by Robert Martin that illustrates this point: “Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.”

2. They know that meaning matters. In a recent Psychology Today blog post, I talk about the importance of incorporating meaning into your life, your work, and your business ventures. Many entrepreneurs, particularly millennials, are building their businesses around giving back and doing something that will affect the world in some way. Successful leaders know how their life’s work fits into a broader, more significant context.

3. They use humor. Successful leaders deal with tough stuff, but they fight back with humor. Early studies of humor and health showed that humor strengthened the immune system, reduced pain, and reduced stress levels. Since humor builds positive emotion, it can also help reduce feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety (McGhee, 2010). Additional research in this area shows that positive emotions predicted increases in both resilience and life satisfaction (Cohn et. al., 2009). What’s interesting is that the more stressful the situation, the more successful leaders tap into the funny side of life.

You can read the rest at this link

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201206/7-things-successful-leaders-do-differently

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  
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The New Book – Blood Brothers – Coming Shortly

The New Book – Blood Brothers – Coming Shortly

I have a new book to be called “Blood Brothers” that will be published in a couple of months and here is the first extract

Blood Brothers – Meet the Glamerines

“Come with me back to the great days of rock! Oh, those marvelous bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin; and those other bands that managed to ride the wave right through the years to turn themselves into New Romantics and other incarnations. If you liked them, you’ll probably remember the Glamerines and the gloriously handsome Julian Justin, their frontman. Great survivors were the Glamerines. As styles changed, they just rocked on, with the base and the volume turned up or down as the time demanded. They had a special look, with makeup that would have made a Paris model jealous. Smooth as a peach and beautiful they were at the start of their set. Of course, two hours later, the black stubble was back again. On stage, once they started to sweat, they looked as rough and tough as their music required. And the lovely Julian, with a voice like wild honey? Well, Julian continued look as sweet as their sweetest song and as strong as the prince in a teenage fan’s dreams. In the early 80s, how the little girls loved Julian!

In a dressing room with the Glamerines, you could almost smell the testosterone, despite the make-up. Strong, beautiful and very masculine were the Glamerines – and Julian? On-stage, he loved and was loved by every woman. Off-stage, the girls still loved him, but Julian didn’t quite return the affection. As for the rest of the group, well, they made excuses for the off-stage Julian; fey, but not gay. Of course, not gay! There he was their wonderful, six foot two, slim but well muscled, streak of silver; so powerful on stage with his beautiful long, blond hair. And here they were on a Monday night, about to play a sold out gig at the Crescent Stadium; on the outskirts of Birmingham, on the road to Middleton.

The Glamerines were sitting round in the dressing room. In costume and full makeup, waiting to go on stage and they were stressing out. It was never an easy time, everyone got tense before the music started. Tonight, it was worse than usual. They were drinking beer and discussing their little local difficulty. Rod, the leader of the group and fierce drummer, was angry. Rod was often angry; he reckoned it gave him the edge as a rock drummer, so he spent most of his life on the verge of fury. Right now, he had no problem staying mad. “Why the fuck J, just tell me, why the fuck, couldn’t you keep your hands to yourself?” Rod was finding it quite hard to keep his own hands off Julian, who looked suitably intimidated. “Oh c’mon man, chill;” Eric the laid-back bass guitarist took another pull on his joint. “Live and let live!” Then, as he saw Rod clench his fists, Eric decided he’d quite done enough for Julian. One of the sound guys came in and Eric had a sudden need to discuss the technicalities of a sound check. Eddy, the lead guitarist, decided it was time to wait in the corridor as well. Julian just sat there looking scared. John, the manager, was out fixing, otherwise Julian would have had him to deal with as well and that would have been life-threatening.

“I didn’t know Rod; I just didn’t know who he was. And I was stoned.” Rod got up and came towards him. Julian found himself cowering; he wasn’t often the subject of Rod’s ire and he wasn’t easily scared, but he was tonight. “Alright, alright, I’ll do something.” Now, Rod was standing over him, “So what the fuck are you gonna do to get out of this, asshole?” Julian had never had to think so quickly and sheer panic had struck. “I’ll find a girl. No, better than that I’ll get married. I’ll marry a girl.” Lucky for him, at that moment, they got the call to go on stage. “You better man, you better. Find someone tonight before it breaks – there are plenty dumb enough out there, they’ll take you on. Though God knows why.” Rod turned away from him with a sneer.”

Leading Change: Now With a New Preface by Author John Kotter

Leading Change: Now With a New Preface by Author John Kotter

I believe Leading Change is simply the best book around on its subject. The international bestseller is now available with a new preface by author John Kotter.

Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter’s ideas on change management and leadership.

From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M&A activity to scandal, greed, and ultimately, recession–we’ve learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It’s the rule. Now with a new preface, this refreshed edition of the global bestseller” Leading Change” is more relevant than ever.

John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.” Leading Change” is widely recognized as his seminal work and is an important precursor to his newer ideas on acceleration published in “Harvard Business Review.”

Needed more today than at any time in the past, this bestselling business book serves as both visionary guide and practical toolkit on how to approach the difficult yet crucial work of leading change in any type of organization. Reading this highly personal book is like spending a day with the world’s foremost expert on business leadership. You’re sure to walk away inspired–and armed with the tools you need to inspire others.


Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  

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Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

Job Search – Funny Interview Mistakes Not To Make

This is a great piece from  Alison Doyle on About.Com

Interviews can go really wrong really fast. Sometimes, you can knock yourself out of contention for the job before you even get a chance to introduce yourself. It could be wearing the wrong interview clothes or talking on the phone or chewing gum or even having beer cans fall out of your backpack at the worst possible time.

Some interview mistakes are embarrassing, others could have been easily prevented, and some are funny later – even if they weren’t funny during the job interview.

How Not to Impress the Interviewer

One of the funniest interviews, looking back, that I ever conducted when I was a hiring manager involved an applicant for a top level finance position who started taking off his shirt to show me the scars from a boating accident he was in. He wanted to show me why he had been out of a work.

It wasn’t funny then. I couldn’t imagine why he was starting to get undressed in my office. Years later though, it still makes my list of the top interview mistakes I’ve seen…….

Read the rest at http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interview-mistakes/a/funny-interview-mistakes.htm

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  

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Employee Retention

Employee Retention

Management – Gregory Smith Speaks On Employee Retention, Talent Management & Leadership

Employee Retention – Greg Smith is a “perceptive teacher, an inspirational speaker and a motivating preacher.” From Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, to company president, and the author of six books, Greg’s 27 years of leadership and consulting experience have helped propel him as one of the US’s leading authorities on employee retention, talent management, and leadership. As a business management consultant, he shows executives and business owners how to build their organizations and retain and motivate their workforce.

The video is from the Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau –http://www.eaglestalent.com/Gregory-S…

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  

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Leadership quotes

Leadership quotes

Leadership Quotes – here some great quotes on leadership.

  • “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” Adlai E. Stevenson II
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” Dolly Parton
  • “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women.” Groucho Marx
  • “You have to be burning with “an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.” If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” Steve Jobs
  • “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell
  • “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” Colin Powell
  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

Wendy Mason is the Happiness Coach and author of a new novel, The Wolf Project.  Wendy is a life and career coach and writer. She is passionate about helping people find happiness at work and at home! To find out more emailwendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.  

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