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Celebrate the Wins

In our non-stop, 24-7 world, it’s all too easy to place immediate focus on your next task at hand and forget to stop and reflect on what’s been achieved. When your team experiences a success, what do you do? Do you brush over these wins, automatically working toward the next goal without an acknowledgement of what has been achieved? Do you share a quick “congratulations” or “good job” and then head back into your office?

Today’s Blog will be about “Celebrating the Wins with you team”

If you ignore the wins of your team, you miss a vital opportunity not only to inspire your team on to even greater successes, but to strengthen your own leadership personal brand in the process.-“Brenda Bence”

Your leadership personal brand – defined as the way others perceive, think, and feel about you as a leader – can make or break your success. It impacts your image, your reputation, your relationships, and your performance. As a result, it will also impact your overall career and your finances. So, if you gloss over your team’s successes without recognition, what does that say about you as a leader? How do you think employees perceive, think, and feel about a leader when their efforts go unappreciated? Those perceptions also reflect on the company as a whole, and that kind of downward spiral can mean losing some of your best team members.

Top 5 reasons why celebrating wins is important for you, your team, and your company-by Brenda Bence

Forces you and your team to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative. Even if your company has taken some hits recently or struggled in a down economy, there are still wins you can celebrate. Give your team a boost by celebrating and reminding them that good things are still happening for the company.

Unifies the team around a positive outcome. If there are members of your team who are struggling to get along, reminding them that they have achieved a common goal helps bring them together.

Motivates your team to continue delivering good work. Employees who feel appreciated and know their efforts have been noticed become even more productive with the next round of projects.

Reminds you that a good, focused, goal-setting process works. You set the goal, create strategies to achieve it, and reach the outcomes you want. This not only delivers the desired results, but it inspires your team to set goals in all areas of their work as well.

Allows you to connect with colleagues and coworkers in a way that is not just work-related. It helps you build a more personal connection with your team – another great way to boost your leadership personal brand.

DRAMA- Who needs it?

I’d like to think of myself as a drama-free person- I enjoy keeping things simple and friendly as possible. It wasn’t until later in my professional career and a lot of coaching, that I learned there is a difference between work place gossip and conflict- though closely related. I learned that conflict is inevitable and doesn’t have to be viewed as a negative or drama, but as an opportunity to build trust between the two parties and to face and correct impending issues.

And to save you all some time I decided to do a little research on how to help manage the inevitable…workplace conflict.

Below is a clip from the yahoo community – blog writer23456. I enjoyed it because it gets straight to the point of how to manage conflict and foster good working relationships.

Check it out…

Here are five basic tips that will help you prevent conflict and maintain a good working relationship with your co-workers:

1) The interview– Keep in mind that these are the people with whom you’re going to spend most of your time. Be friendly – though they may be just fleeting faces to you now, they will notice you and remember you. This first interaction counts far more than you’d think.

2) While on the job, behave decently and respectfully towards everyone — from the mail clerk to the CEO. This is recommended not merely because that modest-seeming mail clerk may very well evolve into the CEO at some point, but because the cornerstone of good working relationships is a mutually respectful attitude.

Respect breeds respect. Disrespect breeds disrespect. If you don’t believe it, think about how hard it is to “smart off” to somebody who is being utterly civil and decent to you. Be decent to your colleagues and they will return the favor.

3) Avoid social cliques. Don’t hang out exclusively with people in your own department, of your own age or socioeconomic class, or who share your interests or job classification. Oh, it’s fine sometimes…but not all the time.

Branching out can be challenging. Yet if you avoid cliques, you avoid excluding and offending your co-workers. The Golden Rule has it right — welcome others and they will welcome you. You may even find that those with whom you assumed you had nothing in common are well worth getting to know.

4) In the event you witness a personal conflict, don’t take sides.

Matters of business are one thing — after all, your professional opinion is part of what you’re paid for. But if you’re thinking of insisting that Mark in Accounting must be lying because Joe in Human Resources happens to be your best golfing buddy, think again. It’s better to remain neutral and let the combatants fight it out themselves.

5) If all else fails and conflict between you and a co-worker arises (and eventually it will), then absolutely, positively do not ignore it. It’s tempting to brush over conflict and pretend it doesn’t exist. But therein lies disaster. Disaster lies, too, in aggressive confrontation, manipulation, revenge, and other assorted dominating behaviors. The key to resolving work conflict is to address it in a clear, straightforward, and sincere manner.

How to have fun at work!

work hard and have funWith summer fast approaching, the businesses of the restaurants will pick up, which can mean higher stress levels but can also mean more fun!

According to a William M. Mercer survey, only 29 percent of employers nationwide encourage humor as part of their company culture, and only eight percent have a policy of using fun to reduce employee stress. Yet, research at California State University Long Beach showed that people who have fun at work are more creative, more productive, work better with others and call in sick less often.

If people are having fun they are going to work harder, stay longer, maintain their composure in a crisis better, and take better care of your organization.


Some quick tips form the Top 10 Restaurant Management tips guide

  • Make the Most of Your Commute. How do you spend your commute? Make it positive time. Use it for reading, writing, creative thinking, creative projects, listen to audio books, or, heck, write your own book! If you enjoy your commute, that happiness will spill over into how you feel at work.
  • Choose to enjoy your time at work. Find others who are enjoy, having fun and spread good cheer it’s contagious and it grows. Try to avoid gossip and negative chat. It can be tempting, but it doesn’t serve anyone well, including yourself.
  • Conflicts with Others. Let your goal be “to make progress.” Don’t get caught up in trying to “be right” or to “win” the argument. That will just slow you down. In your mind ask yourself, “What will move this conflict forward right now?” And then get busy doing that.
  • Motivate your Team. Learn about what motivates your employees. Use contests, games, food, prizes and other incentives to get the team excited about running a strong shift. Motivation keeps people upbeat and productive.
  • Take Your Vacation Time. Try doing something different. If you always go on a trip, try taking a more local vacation, and really get some good rest time. Or if you always stay local, try visiting a new place. Variety is one of the keys to happiness.