Think More Like A….

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It’s probably safe to say that we have all had a moment like this… someone who you work for calls you into their office and says “I want you to think more like entrepreneur”.

What does that MEAN?! Entrepreneur is ambiguous, unclear, and you feel like you don’t have the freedom/power/authority to do what your boss is asking. You walk away wondering what is it that they are actually asking you to do?

Frustrated yet? Me too.

And your boss is frustrated too.

Now what?

The next time you are asked to think more like an entrepreneur, merchant, sales man, lawyer, or like your customer – we’d encourage you to ask some of the following questions:

  • Can you tell me a little more about what that means to you?
  • How can I demonstrate the quality you are looking for?
  • If I were thinking more like [a sales man] how would you know?
  • I am totally on board with working towards this – can you help clarify what success would look like here?

By asking clarifying questions you are engaging the other person to help define what they would like to see changed.

And, maybe think about being a little more descriptive the next time you ask your direct reports to change something they are doing too!

The Pressure We Face

The Pressure We Face

Emails…. calls to make… deadlines… more emails… meetings… last minute projects.

It can be a real challenge to not overwork. Overwork? What does that even mean? What does that look like in this day and age?

If you are worn a little thin, either by expectations by your boss, expectations you have on yourself, or for some unknown reason, we highly encourage you to read about long hours from Sarah Green Charmichael.

Whether the pressure is coming from your boss, yourself, or someone else the effect that working the long, extra, or stressful hours is the same.

What’s the proof behind this? “In a study of consultants by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, managers could not tell the difference between employees who actually worked 80 hours a week and those who just pretended to. While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees actually accomplished less, or any sign that the overworking employees accomplished more.” (Charmichael, Long Hours).

If you’re feeling the pressure, take a couple of minutes to read through Sarah’s thoughts.

Are you overworked? What are you going to try this week to cut back on your hours or make the most out of the hours you are spending?

Falling Into September

Falling Into September

The leaves are (almost) thinking about changing colors – and your comfy, fall clothes are starting to look mighty tempting.

With school back in full swing and the changing of the seasons at our doorstep , there’s an inherent excitement in the air.

How can you use that excitement to your advantage?

Fall is a GREAT time to build your team’s team-y-ness! Maybe have a fantasy football league and draft, or set up a time for you all to head out one Monday or Thursday and watch a game together!

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is coming back (thank goodness!) – take your team out for a surprise coffee run.

How about a team pie bake-off? Or just going outside for one of your team meetings – the fresh air always makes people more creative.

Think about ways that you can bring together what your team members would already be doing to keep them even more engaged at work and excited about what is to come.

The fall is the perfect time to bring everyone together!

Let us know what you love about fall- the boots, the flannel, the leather, the weather… we’d love to hear from you!

And, be sure to think about how you are going to re-engage your team this fall!

Spice Up Your Labor Day

Spice Up Your Labor Day

I can’t believe we have already made it to Labor day! Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer and is the half way point between the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Time is flying!

This holiday was created to celebrate American workers and to give them a break. I don’t know about you, but many times Labor Day feels so uneventful. We grill, maybe go to a parade or watch some fireworks, and then start back in the work grind on Tuesday.

Instead of the same old, same old – want to spice up this Labor Day? We’ve got some ideas:

  1. Go on a hike or bike ride. The weather will begin to cool off soon (unless you live in always-lovely San Diego) so take this chance to do one final thing outside.
  1. Trek to a baseball game. Soon (next week!) the NFL season will begin and baseball will be a faint memory (unless your team makes it to the play offs). Take this chance to go see one last game!
  1. Have some fun food! Traditionally on Labor Day we grill and have hotdogs and burgers. Try spicing it up with DIY pizza when everyone gets to make their own, or a clambake, or even try some new food or restaurant you’ve never had!
  1. Head to a Festival. Lots of towns are starting to put on festivals or concerts in honor of Labor Day. Search around your area to find one to try out!
  1. Host an old fashioned-game night. We love to spend time with family and friends on Labor Day. So, invite everyone over for something a little different and play those games that have been sitting in your closet for the last year (…or two). And, treat yourself to an old fashioned drink, too!

We’ll let you know what we do and we’d love to hear what you ended up doing!