Summertime

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Happy first Friday of Summer!

Summer is this lovely time where your direct reports, your colleagues, and HOPEFULLY you get to take a bit of a break. The pace tends to slow down in the office (even if just a teensy bit), people are happier, and sunshine lasts until almost 9 p.m.!

How do you make the most of your summer? Create a summer bucket list!

Need a place to start? Try some of these!

  • Go to a baseball game
  • Go to a county fair
  • Host a BBQ
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Take a day for the beach
  • Make root beer floats
  • Go on a hike

Inspired? Let us know what’s on your bucket list for the summer!

Gaining Respect- Listening

Gaining Respect- Listening

You’ve had a busy week and one of those milestones we talked about last week is due on Monday.

Your team has been working their tails off to make sure that you all stay on target.

As you were just about to go grab your lunch to chow down while working on a few more items, one of your team member’s knocks on your door and says “heyyyy, do you have a minute?”

The thought runs through your head, “Ummm… I guess so, but – no – not really”

What is your next move?

It is at moments like this that we have a choice as leaders to either put our own hopes or intensions aside for our people or to just keep truckin’ along.

Take a couple of minutes and engage with your team member. A few tips on how:

  • Take a deep breath to clear your mind. Try to let go of all the stress you had and prepare to engage with this person
  • While the other person is talking, say everything they are saying, silently, back in your mind. This helps your mind to really focus on the conversation and not get distracted
  • While listening, listen for what the other person is wanting. If they say “I’ve been really stressed about this deliverable on Monday. I have been working really hard to try and get it all done but I am nervous I just won’t make it. I really want to because I know how important this is for our team!”
    • Try saying, “It sounds like your wanting to do your best on this project and to deliver on time”. This gives you a starting place!
  • Remember that acknowledgement doesn’t mean agreement! You can acknowledge what the other person is wanting without agreeing that is the best solution.

Try out these listening tips and let us know how they go! Have other tips that work for you? Let us know!

Gaining Respect: Setting Standards for Self and Others

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Lately, you’ve noticed that your team seems to be dwindling a little.

As the weather gets nicer, you’re worried your team’s productivity is heading downhill – with vacations, moves, and even some more “sick days” popping up on your calendar.

You know that your team has some deliverables that you’ve got to meet this summer, so how are you going to inspire them to hit all those with excellence?

We’ve got some tips:

First, identify specific deliverable you’d like to hit along the way.

Maybe you have a huge project that could be broken up into 3 parts or maybe you’ve got four different projects all happening at the same time. Either way, identify a few places to celebrate the accomplishments along the way.

Next, write out exactly what you’d like to see from each team member (including yourself!)

Each person on your team has different strengths and different tasks to focus on. Clearly identify what role you want each member to play.

Then, hold one-on-ones with each team member.

Share with them the role you want each of them to play (setting the standard for them) and the role you are going to play (setting the standard for you).

You may be surprised how much more engaged each person is when they know what is expected of them and the standards you are holding for yourself.

Last, celebrate your wins!

 Once you hit one of those milestones, gather your team together and honor those who worked on that part of the project!

Showing your team that you want to show them respect for the jobs they do will usually makes them want to continue!

Gaining Respect: Show Respect

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“She just doesn’t RESPECT me.”

Have you had those words run through your mind after a meeting? Perhaps when someone who shouldn’t be delegating things to you just threw something else on your plate?

What even is respect? Respect is a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, good, valuable, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.

Gaining respect in the work place can be a tricky but key task in learning to leverage the relationships around you.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll talk through different strategies on how to work on gaining respect. The first step? GIVING respect to those you work with.

This may seem a little backwards, but it is amazing how showing respect or kindness to those you work can alter the conversations you’re having to an astonishing degree.

Over the next week, try out a couple tips below:

  • Really listen to what others have to say before expressing your thoughts. What does this actually look like? Try not to speak over or cut off another person. If you do, apologize, and try again.
  • Be attentive of your tone of voice, body language, or facial expressions in each of your interactions. Do you tend to speak a little faster or louder when you’re a little heated? Take a deep breath and try to scale it down.
  • Try to pick out the really important things to correct verses nit-picking or criticizing over little things. When you focus on so many little things it can wear on those around you and they feel less empowered to keep going!
  • Allow your teams ideas to be heard and possibly even implemented! Let them know when their ideas have been used or let them head up the implementation.

Give a little respect to those around you. It may be surprising how they start to give you a little more of the respect you were hoping for!

Try out these tips and let us know your best tips on respecting those you work with!