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  • feedwordpress 09:00:44 on 2019/11/26 Permalink
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    How to Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day 


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    Many of the organizations where I coach hold an annual employee appreciation day. The leadership team presents employees who have had significant accomplishments or anniversaries with some form of recognition. Then they say something about how important every member of the team is and go back to their offices, satisfied that they’ve taken care of employee appreciation for another year.

    To be honest, it’s a horrible idea. Showing appreciation is good, but showing it only once a year is a problem. I believe employee appreciation should happen every day.

    When was the last time you told your hard-working team that they’re doing a good job and that you appreciate them? If you have to think about it too much, you’re not appreciating them enough.

    If you want your best employees to stay, your cost of staff turnover to be low, and your leadership to thrive, you need to show appreciation—not with a few trite phrases of gratitude at an annual event, but with daily expressions of how much you value them. To help you get started, here are 25 ways to show your appreciation and gratitude:

    Make a drive-by connection. One of the best ways to let people know you value them is to make a spontaneous stop by their office or desk and just ask, “How are you?”

    Treat feedback as a gift. Feedback is important. To be effective, though, it should never be treated as criticism but as a gift, where the person understands you are telling them something because you care about them.

    Give an ambassadorship. Invite an employee to represent your department or organization at an event they typically wouldn’t have a chance to attend.

    Encourage special projects. Give people an opportunity to work on special projects beyond their regular responsibilities and help them achieve success.

    Have a “cheers from peers” time. Give people a chance to call out positive things about others who are doing great work, building camaraderie and bringing outstanding performance to your attention—and everyone else’s.

    Extend an invitation. Invite your top performer to join your executive team meeting to meet senior leadership and open a new perspective.

    Establish mentorship. Arranging mentors for interested employees shows your investment in their success.

    Ask for ideas and opinions. Appreciation isn’t just a reward system. It should be built into the organizational culture. One way to do that is to give your employees real choices and actual voices.

    Write a note. Send handwritten notes—not an email— telling people that you appreciate them and thanking them for their work.

    Broadcast your thanks. Send a companywide email praising your employees for a job well done.

    Be specific. Don’t just say “thank you for all you do”—let people know exactly what you appreciate about them. Be as specific and detailed as possible.

    Host a lunch and learn. Give people a chance to spend time together informally and learn about something of interest that isn’t necessarily related to work.

    Encourage continuing education. Send people to classes and seminars, help with tuition (or pay it completely)—when you help people keep learning you help them advance their careers.

    Invest in their health. Make it clear that you want your employees to take care of themselves, in and out of the workplace. Consider gym memberships, step challenges, healthy snacks.

    Let them have a say. Create an employee survey to learn how people would most like to be recognized and appreciated.

    Renovate your break room. Make it a welcoming place to truly get away from work and refresh.

    Personalize recognition. Find out what people like, learn their interests and hobbies, and provide recognition in a way that benefits them personally.

    Remember their birthday. Give employees a day off they can use on their birthday or whenever they want.

    Recognize work anniversaries. Reward people who stay with the company and provide public recognition.

    Hand out gift cards. One of my clients hands out gift cards, and their employees truly appreciate it.

    Write it up. Feature your employees’ success stories in your company newsletter or blog.

    Send a video. Create an appreciation video for your employee with a thank-you message from your CEO.

    Give a social media shout-out. Post photos of your employees on social media and brag about their achievements. Don’t forget to tag them!

    Bring on the food trucks. it’s a fun perk that breaks up the usual brown-bag lunch.

    Give tickets for an exclusive event. Reward your employees with hard-to-obtain tickets.

    Some leaders take for granted that employees are there to do the work tasked to them, and think that because it is expected, there is no need for a thank you that is far from true.

    If you want to keep your employees happy, engaged and productive, you need to let them know that their hard work is recognized and appreciated—not just once a year, but every day.

    Lead from within: Employee recognition is the foundation of employee satisfaction and leadership gratification.


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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:13 on 2019/11/21 Permalink
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    How to Be a Leader Everyone Loves to Work With 


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    We all want to work for a leader who is motivating, inspiring, visionary, and brilliant at making plans and carrying them out. But unfortunately, many of us have had leaders who made our lives hell and turned coming to work into a challenge.

    Good leaders inspire people to stay and work and dream big and take risks and do great things. Everybody loves working with them. Here are some of the qualities they share—if you see them in yourself, great, and if not, work on incorporating them into your leadership:

    They’re all about the people and less about the process. Efficient processes are important, but it falls to the people within the organization who actually execute the strategies, plans and process to make the business successful.

    They’re all about listening instead of thinking they know it all. Many people treat conversation like a competitive sport you can win by talking the longest, making the cleverest point, or getting in the last word. But great leaders understand that true wisdom lies in talking less and listening more, because they understand that knowledge is power and learning is wisdom.

    They’re all about empowering and making others feel important. Many people mistakenly think leadership means telling people what to do. But true successful leadership lies in empowering them to think about what should be done. This small shift will make people feel important and valued.

    They’re all about creating small wins. There is big power in small wins, and the best leaders know that building momentum with small wins is where success begins. Small wins build trust, encourage people to take ownership of their ideas and work, and help them feel they’re accomplishing something on a personal scale while working for something bigger. Winning at any level fuels the energy for big success.

    They’re all about moving forward instead of keeping things the same. Many leaders have been in their position for a long time, and they take comfort in the principle that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. But with the current pace of change, anyone who’s not moving forward is actually falling behind. It is the leader who constantly challenges the status quo, who is not happy with keeping things the same, that people love working with.

    They’re all about having high EQ and less about displaying their IQ. Some people pride themselves on how smart they are. They need to be able to tell themselves they’re the smartest person in the room. Successful leaders, however, focus their attention elsewhere, working to heightening their awareness of emotions—their own and those of the people around them. They understand that this trait is vital because it allows them to read people’s emotions, which in turn helps them manage situations in thoughtful and respectful ways that lead to successful outcomes.

    If you can become a leader everyone wants to work with and your people are happy with your leadership, it’s a win for everyone.

    Lead from within: If you want to become a leader everyone loves to work with, think of how you serve others before you think about serving yourself.

     


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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:16 on 2019/11/19 Permalink
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    10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs To be Successful 


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    One of the most exciting and challenging things about leadership is that it requires mastery of a diverse set of skills. You need technical skills, specialized skills for your business or industry, managerial skills—the list goes on. One set of skills that’s often overlooked but vitally important is what’s known as soft skills.

    Soft skills are closely tied to the personal character traits and qualities each of us have. They are part of who you are, generally encompassing attitudes, habits and how you interact with others.

    Soft skills are much less tangible than hard or technical skills, and they aren’t learned through education or training. You can, however, develop them through experience and concerted effort—and it’s some of the most important self-development you can do as a leader.

    Here are the top 10 soft skills every leader needs:

    Embodying self-awareness. It’s important to develop a clear understanding of your own character, so you can understand your feelings and motivations and embrace a deep understanding of who you are as a person.

    Managing with emotional intelligence. The best leaders know how to make an impact not just with their knowledge, skills and experience, but also by being able to understand and manage their emotions. Emotional intelligence enables them to connect with others in ways that make people feel understood and appreciated.

    Leading with a positive attitude. It’s important to embody an attitude of positivity, optimism and enthusiasm. A positive attitude can do wonders in turning a department or company around—and it’s contagious.

    Communicating effectively. Communication is paramount to almost any job, but especially to leadership positions. Knowing how to speak thoughtfully and intelligently and how to listen intently and actively, keeping both in balance, will take you far.

    Embodying empathy. Empathy is arguably the most important soft skill anyone needs, in the workforce and in life. If you’re in leadership, empathy—the simple act of paying attention to another human being and working to understanding their situation—helps you work with everyone from team members to clients to senior leadership .

    Solving problems creatively. Creative problem-solving is an important but often-overlooked element of success. Since problems are inevitable, leaders who can find effective solutions and forge alternative paths on the fly are invaluable. Creativity drives innovation and increases efficiency.

    Accepting feedback. Accepting feedback gracefully shows genuine skill. When you apply that feedback in ways that foster your leadership development and personal growth, you take it to the highest level.

    Praising publicly and criticizing privately. Most leaders understand that public praise helps people feel appreciated and recognized. But you also need to know how to give correction and criticism privately. Private, supportive feedback fosters better performance and a desire to overcome challenges instead of resistance and defensiveness.

    Motivating and inspiring. A big part of your impact as a leader comes from the inspiration and motivation you impart. That’s why it’s imperative to connect with others to build trust and unity.

    Mentoring and coaching. When you invest in others through mentorship and coaching, you express caring leadership. It’s an area where a leader’s actions are far more important than their words.

    If you work at developing these soft skills, you can excel as a leader. There’s virtually no area of leadership that doesn’t benefit from them.

    Lead from within: Knowing how to get along with people—and managing their growth and development along with your own—is crucial for success.


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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:12 on 2019/11/14 Permalink
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    How to Know Success Has Gotten to Your Head 


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    We’re all working toward being successful and achieving that success is a wonderful feeling. But once you’re there, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t go to your head.

    It’s an issue many successful people struggle with, and it can cause serious problems. When you allow your ego to rule, you lose control of your life, your relationships, and everything you’ve worked so hard for.

    An overgrown ego is something to be consistently watchful for. Here are some of the most common signs:

    You hog the spotlight. When you put yourself out front and keep others in the shadows, you aren’t communicating your success but your sense of self-importance. Putting others forward is not only the right thing to do but also makes you look better.

    You’ve stopped learning. Learning doesn’t happen by chance—it takes work and diligence and humility. Talent and luck can happen to anyone, but if you don’t keep learning your success isn’t likely to last.

    You take all the credit. Nothing ever great has ever been accomplished without the help of someone else. When you pretend that an achievement is yours alone, you alienate those around you—the very people whose help you’re likely to need again.

    You have a sense of entitlement. Believing you deserve certain privileges ahead of other people is a great way to build resentment and contempt. Being the boss doesn’t put you at the front of the line.

    You ignore feedback. When you tune out feedback, you risk coming across as someone who thinks they’re too smart to listen to others. And you’re undermining yourself, because success favors those who know how to listen and respond to others.

    Your behavior is self-centered. If you consistently put your own needs ahead of others’, you haven’t achieved success at all—because true success is about sharing what you have with those around you.

    You’re difficult to be around. If people find it challenging to spend time with you, you’ll soon find yourself alone.

    You’re not respectful of others. If you find yourself looking down on others , it’s time for a serious attitude check. Everyone deserves respect. Remember that the day may come when your own success has slipped and the people you’ve slighted are on top , and treat them as you would wish to be treated yourself.

    A healthy ego and self-respect are important for anyone, but never forget that you’re no better than those around you. Enjoy the success you’ve earned. Just remember that it doesn’t mean you’re smarter, or more valuable or more worthy of respect.

    Lead from within: When you become successful, don’t give in to your ego or rest on your accomplishments. Through success, failure and everything in between, make it a goal every day to be better than yesterday.


    #1  N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 09:00:30 on 2019/11/12 Permalink
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    What to Do When You Are Afraid of Your Leader 


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    The idea of someone fearing a leader or boss may seem odd. But it happens more often than you might think, at every level and within every type of organization.

    Fear of a leader covers a lot of ground, from simply feeling a bit intimidated by someone’s power and authority to fear of abuse or harassment. Whatever the source and degree of your fear, you have to learn to deal with it. Here are some steps you can take:

    Recognize your fear. Everything starts with awareness. Think about the fears that are stopping you from being yourself. Just observe them. This process is actually incredibly freeing.

    Admit your fear. Many people know what they are afraid of, but won’t admit it, even to themselves. This resistance only gives your fear more power. Denial means you’re running instead of facing.

    Decide if you want to change it or not. At some point, you have to decide to face your fear. You can choose to be less afraid. That doesn’t mean your fear is will just go away, but it will move the ball. It will create a shift. Examine what your fear is and make a decision—to stay fearful or to change.

    If you decide to stay as you are, you can stop reading here. But if you decide to stop being fearful, here are the next steps:

    Define the challenge. Now is the challenge to no longer allow the fear to drive a wedge between you and what you want to accomplish. If you want to stop being afraid of your leader, be specific about how you want to stop being afraid. For example, if your boss is known for having a bad temper, maybe you want to be able to talk to them without being afraid they’ll bite your head off. Once you know your goal, you can start moving toward what you want.

    Take a baby step. The most common reaction in a fearful situation is “I can’t!” This is the fear of failure and loss that stops us from taking action.  Instead of giving in to that anxiety, learn to move in the direction you want to be going. If you are fearful of talking to your boss, do a drive-by—a quick encounter. Stop by your boss’s office and ask, “Have you got a minute?” Then go in and say something short and specific and leave. Breaking your action down into small steps makes it far less daunting.

    Keep moving toward your fear. In order to succeed in your challenge you need to keep moving toward it. As you do, you’ll notice it growing smaller and more manageable. What’s more, as your fears recede, your confidence grows. In time, your fears will have lost their control over you.

    Practice and practice. if you want to get over the fear, you have to do what you are afraid of over and over again. Keep having brief conversations. Have more interactions and gradually increase their length and complexity, so you can keep practicing. Every time you do, you move closer to your goal.

    Visualize successful outcome. Every day, take a moment to visualize success over your fear. Visualize having dialogue that is easy and comfortable. See it working; see yourself being successful. Imagine yourself standing up straight with a smile, moving confidently. In every respect, act as if you already have the courage you want to see.

    When you force yourself to face a fear-inducing situation, your self-esteem, self-respect and sense of personal pride increases and eventually you reach the point in life where you can look fear straight on and be brave.

    Lead from within: Fear is normal, but it’s when you no longer allow yourself to be driven by your fears that life becomes truly rewarding.


    #1  N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

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