Celebrating your team during the holidays

Celebrating your team during the holidays

Welcome to December, 2016- I can’t believe we’ve made it!

As your team has their last big push to the end of the year, we’d encourage you to celebrate them and what they’ve done this year!

You know, as well as we do, that choosing to honor your team and let them know they are seen is a great way to encourage morale as the “season of personal distractions” is upon us!

Need some tips on where to start?

  • Have a celebratory lunch where you highlight the biggest accomplishments you guys hit this year
  • Think about each team member and how you’ve seen them change or grow. In your next 1×1 (or team meeting) share with them what you’ve noticed
  • Leave an encouraging note on each of your team members desks with something that your proud of them for

You may think some of these are cheesy and, yet, choosing to say to your team, “I see you, I know you’ve been working hard” can be more impactful than you might think!

So, try it out and let us know what you do to celebrate your team!

Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success

There is no doubt that the city of Chicago is on day two of consistent celebration in honor of the Cubs winning the World Series.

While many of those living in Chicago are likely hoping for the fireworks to stop, there is a level of energy that is created by seeing someone celebrate an accomplishment.

As the year-end pushes are starting, take a moment (or two) each week to look at what your team has accomplished.

Need somewhere to start?

  • Have they recently finished a project?
  • Is there something that they finished early to set your team up for success?
  • Has someone been speaking up or risking more than they did 6 months ago?

When you see one of those successes, take the time to mention it in a meeting or grab lunch together to celebrate.

It may create some more of the positive energy you are wanting!

And, p.s. #flytheW

Stand For Something

Stand For Something

To all our American friends, Happy 4th of July weekend!

It’s so easy on weekends like this to just enjoy the sales and extra day off work.

And, let’s face it, all the decisions the Founding Fathers made feel removed from our everyday life.

What is amazing about this group of people is that they chose to stand for something they believed in.

Against all odds, they thought it better for the United States to declare its independence from Britain, and then did something about it.

Though we are living over 200 years later, we have the opportunity to stand up for something we believe in.

This could be the next time you notice one of your peers making a decision that doesn’t align with your companies values to choose to say “Hey, I noticed that you’re doing X and I am wondering…”

Or, you’re on a product development team and your most recent development was shot down but you believe this direction is the one to go towards. Instead of choosing to let it go you can research and go back to your boss about why this should be considered.

We are all faced with those moment at work when something “just doesn’t sit right” with us.

Next time that happens, instead of just brushing that feeling off, think about what is it you have the opportunity to stand up for.

Making Time for You

Making Time for You

Last week we talked about setting priorities at work but what about your personal priorities?

The busyness of life has a way of creeping in – it’s not just that there’s so much to do at work, but there’s just so much to do in GENERAL!

Just like taking the time to set priorities at work is hugely important to your job, setting priorities for you, personally, is hugely important to the quality of life that you experience.

We all have “that thing” that we would “love to change” if we could.

Here are a couple starters we’d love to:

  • Eat healthier
  • Read a new book or two
  • Work out more often
  • Be less stressed out
  • Travel to Europe
  • Become more meditative

It is great to have that “thing” you’d love to do!

So, now what? Just like we had some tips for setting priorities for your work, we’ve got some for your personal priorities as well!

Tip 1: Start small

It is so great that you want to work out more but don’t feel like you’ve got to run your first 10k in 6 weeks!

Take it slow. Set a realistic goal. Maybe you can commit to finding a 5-minute workout routine on Pinterest to do twice a week.

Set your goal to be something you know you can do so that you feel empowered to keep going and not discouraged!

 Tip 2: Find a friend!

I know, this title is slightly reminiscent to the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire’s” phone a friend, but in all seriousness, find someone who you can do this with!

Maybe it is someone who has wanted to read more and you can read the same book together or someone who you share meals with often and you both can go on a healthier- kick!

Just don’t go at this change alone!

Tip 3: Create a reward for yourself

This is really exiting that you are taking the time to do something for you!

What can you do as a “great job!” once you accomplish it?

Maybe you’ll buy a fun bottle of wine to celebrate 30 days of healthier eating or have a new meal planned after you’ve taken 15 minutes of meditation for 10 days.

Choose something to honor all the hard work you’ve done – you deserve it!

Developing You

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If you could have more of one thing in life, what would it be?

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Did you answer with time or money? If so, you are right up there with about 85% of Americans.

We are all. so. busy.

And now, we are suggesting that you take more time out of your day to develop you. If you haven’t been with us the last few weeks we’d encourage to check out our past two posts on why to spend the time and where to start.

This week, we’ve got the VERY exciting chance to talk about WHEN to actually do this.

Some days it can be so hard to find the time to make a pit stop in the bathroom, let alone take a class or work with a Coach!

But, if you just continue to do what you have been, chances are you won’t continue to grow in the ways you hope to. (I know… this post is getting all serious!)

The best way to find the time to develop you is to set aside the time and don’t let anything get in the way.

I can almost feel the eye rolls happening and hear the “But….”

Maybe you need to schedule yourself to “leave” work an hour early once a month but instead of going home, stop by the library to work on your class.

Or maybe instead of hanging out in the break room for lunch, go down by the park and read.

LITTLE tweaks can make a really big difference.

Whatever it is you’ve chosen to do, it is time to make the choice that you continuing to grow is just as important as you getting your job done.

So.

Take out your calendar and choose a time- block it off.

Then, go talk to whoever you need to help keep you accountable to that (maybe it’s your team so that they know they really can’t bother you during that time or your boss or your spouse or trusted friend).

But, tell someone what you are committing to.

We are excited for you to continue to grow and we’d love to hear about what you’ve committed to!

Celebrate What You’ve Done

Celebrate

As we are rapidly approaching 2016, let’s take a couple of minutes to think back over this past year.

In the end of year hustle and bustle to “just get it all done”, it SO EASY to lose (or gloss over!) all of the amazing things we accomplished this year.

Instead of checking emails or speed reading your favorite tech site during your lunch break (or that afternoon coffee break) – try and spend 15 minutes thinking about YOU:

  • What is the 1 thing you are most proud of that you accomplished this year?
  • What was your biggest surprise?
  • What is 1 area where you know you could do better in, but just haven’t hit your stride yet?

Allow yourself the chance to celebrate who you are and what you’ve done!

YOU DESERVE IT!

You Matter

You Matter

Last week we brainstormed ideas on how to keep your team engaged in the summer.

But what about you?

To say that the summer has been busy for you would be an understatement. Deadlines. New hires. People moving on. A crazy team schedule. And that vacation that you barely squeezed in (or are still trying to…).

Sometimes, in the hype of everything that’s going on, you forget to do something to refresh yourself.

Stay positive: In all the hype and the hustle, think about all you’ve done. Know it will all get done again. You are a GREAT manager… let yourself believe that too!

Reward yourself: Both in the big and little things. You made it through the week – YEAH! Treat yourself to a movie. Your team finished their project (even when Jason was out and Mike’s wife had their baby!)… GO TEAM! Treat yourself to the local happy hour. No accomplishment is too big or small to go unrewarded.

Get re-inspired: Especially in the summer, we want that epic story of the vacation where we did something so “different than what we normally do”. But, maybe you don’t have time to take that rock climbing vacation in Costa Rica. Now what? Check out the “Things To Do” section of Groupon or the “Events and Activities” area of Living Social. Choose something you’ve always wanted to do and GO FOR IT! If nothing else, you’ll have a great story!

And, let us know what you decide to do!