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A disagreement is not a conflict; it is simply a difference of opinions. Yet in many business situations we may perceive a simple disagreement as a personal attack, we may get defensive and rapidly escalate it into a real conflict. Or we may all together avoid the discussion for fear of conflict, missing the opportunity of having a productive exchange of ideas.
How can we recognize a disagreement for what it is, build the confidence to face it and handle it wisely?
Modern organizations increasingly use cross-functional teams, which are believed (and expected) to offer substantial advantages vs. traditional hierarchical structures based on individual functionalities. Yet it is not always easy to reap the expected advantages. One of the reasons is that leadership training is often based on individuals and individual performance.
We offer a novel perspective on how to train teams for optimum effectiveness.
Seriously: are you having any fun at work? Are you creating an enjoyable business environment? Do you encourage use of healthy humor? Can you laugh at your mistakes?
If not, you may be wasting the time and money that you invest in talents development, employees engagement programs and innovation-boosting activities. When people are too serious, the result is often stress, anxiety, self-consciousness, paralysis and failure. Fun on the other side unleashes initiative, creativity, open communication and engagement, increasing chances of success.
I never thought of myself as a workaholic, although many called me just that. After all, the job has always been my passion and I have always felt the responsibility.
It took a six-week break (I had accumulated almost a full year of unused vacation days), and climbing Himalaya through Nepal, reaching Base Camp and back, to offer me with some unexpected gifts. It was not only the physical challenge and the final reward of achievement, the beauty of the unusual landscape, and the generosity of the local people.
There was something else...
Our Western Worlds youngest generations are driving their senior colleagues crazy, arent they? They ignore authority and jump right into the boardroom questioning everything, yet seem to be in need of constant feedback and reassurance. They do not seem to take business bottom lines seriously, yet have huge ambitions and set high expectations on behalf of the entire world. They are both disrespectful of traditional norms and insecure. Or at least that is what we hear.
Yet, they are exactly what their parents wanted them to be and they bring healthy challenges to the post-crisis era.
If you are able to use humor in the workplace and like to use it to diffuse tension, shake things up or create an open and safe space for brainstorming, you may also be aware that you have a double-edged skill in your hands. Humor can be both a unifier and a divider. Three elements need to be present to ensure that your inclination for using humor is sorting positive effects.
Designing and implementing a Workplace Diversity Strategy can be a true hardship for HR and corporate management. On one side there are external and internal demands (legal, regulatory, ethical, etc.) to ensure fairness, respect and equal opportunities to each and every one of the “diverse” groups. On the other side there are traditional organizational and performance expectations that might clash with said demands.
I have been coaching hundreds of executives and I am always fascinated by one reoccurring question that my clients ask themselves out loud during our sessions and by their response to my reaction. The question is “I wonder what my team think about the new policy”. My reaction: “Have you asked them?” Their surprised response: “I cannot ask them, it is policy, we have no choice and if they want something else, I have no solution to offer.”
by Katy Paus
Recent research into how the brain works is transforming how we need to approach how we speak to ourselves and to those around us. It has a lot to do with our mindset.
Do you want to know if have a fixed or a growth mindset? To find out, click below and take the test.
(DO NOT PEEK into the article as it may influence your answers!)http://www.mindsetonline.com/testyourmindset/step1.php
The business review meeting is dragging on from one disappointing fact to the next and Alba is impatiently waiting for her turn to speak: her division has some encouraging results, which will hopefully help improve the gloomy moods. As she sets up to speak, her colleague Marc blurts an impromptu comment: “Look forward to hear what you plan to do with your Alex! He is pissing off everybody.” Alba feels a pang in her stomach and a rush of emotions prompts her to defend the unpopular Marketing Director; but she quickly changes her mind...