Bev's Blog

Tue, Jan 13, 2015 10:26 am

Regardless of how you define your key workplace objectives, I'm willing to bet that better listening skills could help you achieve at least one of them.

By "listening" I mean you not only keep your mouth shut long enough for the other person to talk, but you also shut down the voice in your head when it tries to tell you what to say next. You concentrate on the speaker, and you hear what they say even if it means you have to fight an urge to judge or be defensive.

Mon, Dec 29, 2014 1:56 pm

One of the greatest TV characters ever was Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver's oily conniving friend, still to be seen on reruns of "Leave It To Beaver." Eddie was an archetype who no decent person wants to resemble — a two-faced sycophant, always scheming and currying favor to promote his plans

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 4:23 pm

Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members do even better work. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization.

Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to continue to excel. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator and a celebratory event can be a smart way to offer good feedback.

Mon, Nov 10, 2014 11:24 am

When I want a quick sense of whether a team is working well, I take a look at how the members communicate.

Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:06 am
When I asked George, a fairly new manager, about his work, he hesitated. Then he said, "Objectively, it's going really well. But I don't know how long I can stand it."
 
The good news was that, after two years of building collaboration and creating expertise, George's team was exceeding all its goals and had been recognized as a shining "center of excellence" within the large organization.
 

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