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Archive for February, 2015

Supportive Leaders

Hello fellow followers!

 Did you know that when you exhibit supportive behaviors in a genuine and authentic way you encourage and support your employees to become the very best they can be? Check out the following “how to be supportive tips” from Kevin Eikenberry

How to be support your employees to a win!

Collaborate. As a leader or supervisor, you cannot do everyone’s work, or do their work for them. You must, of course, delegate and empower others to do their work. And yet as a leader you must create a sense of shared ownership. You need to see yourself (and the team needs to see you) as a part of the team. While your role may be different, you are still a part of the team. When you see yourself, and act as a part of the team, others will feel supported in their actions

Empathize. To empathize is to understand how the other person feels. One of the most important things you can ever do is let people know you understand how they are feeling. You may not agree with their perspective, you may even think there were actions they could have taken to avoid the situation they now find themselves in (those may be points for personnel coaching at the appropriate time). But legitimately empathizing is one of the most supportive things you can do for another person or group.

Give positive feedback. Do you want to be more supportive? Tell people more often what they do well and what they are doing right. Almost no know hears this type of feedback often enough.

 Recognize someone’s value When you let people know you value them as an individual you are supporting them. When you do have to give feedback about performance, it is important that you separate performance from who they are. We are supportive when we care about people and show it (and not just say it).

Be quiet, and listen. When you listen you are showing you value their feelings and opinions. When you listen you are communicating that you care. This may seem so basic, but it is so powerful. Why?  Because most people reported that they are rarely truly listened to.

Recognize their goals and interests. People are more than their on-the job performance. When you know something about people’s strengths, interests and long term objectives, you can often help them reach those objectives and support those interests.

 

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The Two minute rule

Hello fellow followers! Let’s talk about procrastination

As the late Sir Isaac Newton taught us a long time ago, objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. This is just as true for humans as it is for falling apples, and even though most of the tasks we procrastinate on aren’t actually difficult to do- we have the talent and skills to accomplish them. We find ourselves avoiding starting them for one reason or another.

What is the 2-minute rule?

The 2 minute rule comes from David Allen’s bestselling book, Getting Things Done. David recommends if it takes less than two minutes to complete the task-then do it now. ” The goal is to make it easier for you to get started on the things you should be doing. Now obviously every goal you have can’t be completed in 2minutes or less BUT every goal can be started in 2 minutes or less, and that’s the purpose behind this little rule.

Want to become a better writer? Just write one sentence (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll often find yourself writing for an hour.

Want to eat healthier? Just eat one piece of fruit (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll often find yourself inspired to make a healthy salad as well.

Want to make reading a habit? Just read the first page of a new book (2–Minute Rule), and before you know it, the first three chapters have flown by.

Want to run three times a week? Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, just get your running shoes on and get out the door (2–Minute Rule), and you’ll end up putting mileage on your legs instead of popcorn in your stomach.

Remember what Sir Isaac Newton taught us…objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion.

What’s something that you can do now that will only take 120 seconds of your time? Do it right NOW!