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There is no I in TEAM!

Hello fellow followers! Let’s face it- there is no I in the word TEAM and to get to get things done these days, working in teams is almost imperative.

But how can you, as a leader, encourage a team to achieve your objectives? How can you avoid common errors that can kill performance and morale? Check out the article below authored by Calvin Sun who discusses 5 ways of keeping your team focused and on track.

 

1. Believe in your team’s objectives

Do you believe in what you want the team to accomplish? Do you think your goals are realistic? If not, rethink your position, because your team will sense your uncertainty. You may say the right words, but your body language and overall demeanor will give you away. On the other hand, if you truly are dedicated and believe in your goals, your team will sense it and will react accordingly.

2. Model the behavior you want from the team

Don’t be a hypocrite — lead by example. You want your team to interact courteously and professionally with others, but do you do so yourself? If you ask them to put in extra hours, are you there along with them? Country artist Rodney Atkins sings about how one day, his four-year-old son said “a four-letter word,” but how later that night, all by himself he got on his knees and prayed. What did the son say when asked about how he learned to do both things? “I’ve been watchin’ you.”

3. Keep a positive attitude

  • Game 1 of the NBA Finals has just begun. Fifteen seconds into the game, one team connects on a field goal, making the score 2-0. The other coach slumps in his chair, puts his head in his hands, and yells, “@(*@&@, this series is OVER!!”
  • (On November 12, 1989): Person 1: “The Berlin Wall just came down!” Person 2: “Horrible! The guards are now out of a job!”

Don’t laugh. If you have these attitudes, how do you think your team will react? If you model a negative attitude, your team will pick it up. I know it sounds trite, but try to stay upbeat.

Doing so doesn’t mean being unrealistic. It does mean, however, that you try to look at the glass as being half full rather than half empty. Instead of saying, for example, “This project will never succeed because of issues 1, 2, and 3,” consider saying, “If we want this project to succeed, it’s critical that we resolve issues 1, 2, and 3.”

4. Be clear about your goals

It’s hard for your team to accomplish its goals if those goals are unclear or unknown to them. More important, it’s hard to get them even to agree with those goals if they don’t know what they are. Make sure your team knows what you are expecting of them. If you can quantify

10 reasons to Volunteer

Hello Fellow followers! It’s a pretty common to think of volunteering as just something nice that people can do. Sure, it may make you feel good about helping, but what impact does it really have on others?

If you’ve been considering volunteering I strongly recommend you check out the following reasons why volunteering is important.

10.) It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It:

  • Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
  • Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one’s fate, strengthen the immune system.

9.) It saves resources. Volunteering provides valuable community services so  more money can be spent on local improvements.

  • The estimated value of a volunteer’s time is $15.39 per hour.

8.) Volunteers gain professional experience.

  • You can test out a career.

7.) It brings people together. As a volunteer you assist in:

  • Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal
  • Building camaraderie and teamwork

6.) It promotes personal growth and self esteem.

  • Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and develops your own belief to succeed in particular situations.

5.) Volunteering strengthens your community. As a volunteer you help:

  • Support families (daycare and eldercare)
  • Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
  • Support youth (mentoring and after-school programs)
  • Beautify the community (beach and park cleanups)

4.) You learn a lot. Volunteers learn things like these:

  • Self: Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view on your self worth.
  • Government: Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
  • Community: Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

3.) You get a chance to give back.

  • People like to support community resources that they use themselves or that benefit people they care about.

2.) Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

  • Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

1.) You make a difference.

Every person counts!

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato

Hello fellow followers. I’m sure you can all relate to there being times of you not wanting to be kind to people who aren’t behaving friendly to you-especially when you’ve done nothing to warrant ill treatment or discourteous comments.

-So how can we try to be kinder to people, especially when we don’t feel like it? Check out “Tiny Buddha’s” quick tips on kindness By Fiona Robyn

 

1. Try to notice when you feel the need to be unkind to someone.

If it’s too late and you’ve already said something mean, then complete the following steps anyway and you might learn something for next time. It might also give you an opportunity to apologize to the person you’ve been unkind to—“I know I was angry about what you’ve done, but I shouldn’t have said what I said. I’m sorry.”

2. Ask yourself why you are feeling an urge to be unkind.

Is it because you’ve had a bad morning, or because you’re feeling hurt or insecure? Is it because the other person has said something that has made you angry or upset?

3. If you want to be unkind because you’ve been hurt or you’re feeling insecure, then acknowledge the part of you that feels hurt.

Try to deal with this without taking it out on somebody else. Be kind to yourself.

4. If you want to be unkind because the other person has said something horrible to you, then you can do two things:

Try to make sense of why you feel so hurt. Did what the person said to you have a grain of truth in it, or are you afraid that it might? Is this why it upset you or made you angry?

Remember that the other person is fighting their own hard battle. They might have had their own terrible morning/week/life. You’re just unlucky that they’re taking it out on you. If what they’ve said to you doesn’t feel personal any more, it will have much less power to affect you.

5. THINK POSITIVE:

Think positive. For every negative person or situation that you encounter, think two positive thoughts. Say something positive to people you meet even if they’re really annoying you. It helps even more to go through your day thinking of something funny. When you think positively, and picture positive things in your head, you can’t help but feel more positive, and then this will manifest physically in the form of a nice smile and nice behavior.