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How To Energize Your Work And Life

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Tom Rath is the author of the incredibly popular Strengthsfinder 2.0 book. One of his most recent books is, Are You Fully Charged?
The book draws on the latest and most practical research from business and psychology and identifies the three keys that influence most of our daily well-being, as well as our engagement at work: Meaning: doing something that benefits another personInteractions: creating far more positive than negative momentsEnergy: making choices that improve your mental and physical health"This book will challenge you to stop pursing happiness and start creating meaning instead," explains Rath. And, by doing so, you will rethink your daily interactions with the people who matter most.
"The actions you take throughout every single day accumulate to shape your years, decades and overall life," adds Rath. 
Even brief interactions count, says Rath, such as exchanging a smile or greeting while passing someone on the street. Those moments/interactions give you…

How To Be A Humble Leader

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From John Blakey's book, The Trusted Executive, here are these four tips from Jim Collins for how to be a humble leader: Demonstrate a compelling modesty, shunning public adulation and never be boastful.Act with quiet, calm determination and motivate others through inspired standards, not inspiring charisma.Channel ambition into the company, not the self, and set up successors for even more greatness in the next generation.Look in the mirror, not out of the window, when apportioning responsibility for poor performance.

Be Sure To Connect With Your Team Members Individually

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Here, from the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader, are some tips on how, as a leader, you can connect with each of your team members individually: Send cards on their birthdays and anniversary-of-joining dates.Keep yourself updated with what's happening in their personal lives.Show your support during personal or family crises.Schedule weekly one-on-one phone calls or meetings.Pay attention. When you see an increase, decrease or change in results, get in touch.Schedule monthly whole team meetings.Applaud achievements and address concerns immediately.Be consistent.Make frequent thoughtful, spontaneous gestures.

The Ground Rules For Meeting Behaviors

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While recently reading C. Elliott Haverlack's new book, Unbundle It, I found his 11 ground rules for meeting behaviors to be particularly helpful: Arrive on time.Be respectful of other attendees.No phones or computers if at all possible.No leaving the meeting or getting up to walk around until scheduled breaks.No eating unless during working meal meetings (consuming beverages as appropriate is acceptable).No side conversations.Good posture.Listen intently (even if you don't want to).Ask questions at the appropriate time.No filibustering.Take notes.

How Are You Doing With Your 2018 New Year's Resolutions?

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With just a few days left in the first half of this year, it's time to check in to see how we're doing with our New Year's Resolutions for 2018.
Congratulations on everything you've accomplished so far. And, if you are still seeking resolutions for this year, perhaps write down (and start working on) five to ten from the following list of ideal resolutions for leaders: Don't micromanageDon't be a bottleneckFocus on outcomes, not minutiaeBuild trust with your colleagues before a crisis comesAssess your company's strengths and weaknesses at all timesConduct annual risk reviewsBe courageous, quick and fairTalk more about values more than rulesReward how a performance is achieved and not only the performanceConstantly challenge your team to do betterCelebrate your employees' successes, not your ownErr on the side of taking actionCommunicate clearly and oftenBe visibleEliminate the cause of a mistakeView every problem as an opportunity to growSummarize group c…

How To Be A Coach And A Counselor

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A good manager is both a coach and a counselor. Generally, coaching should precede counseling.
As a coach,a manager: identifies an employee's need for instruction and directionand this need is usually directly related to his or her performance or career goals. Coaching is collaborative. It relies on mutual, progressive goal-setting, personal feedback, and an ongoing, supportive relationship.
You coach to help retain employees and to show you care about your employees as individuals.  It's best to coach when a new procedure is introduced, a job is changed, and/or a skill gap is identified.
As a counselor, a manager first identifies a problem that interferes with an employee's work performance and then helps the employee to define specifically what behavior he or she needs to change in order to improve his or her performance or resolve a problem.So, the difference between coach and counselor is subtle, but important. And, as Sharon Armstrong further shares in her book, "The …

How To Be A Trusted Executive

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Perhaps now more than ever it's time for the book by John Blakey called,The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits That Inspire Results, Relationships, and Reputation.
The book is divided into three parts: Part One: Blakey explores how trust in executive leadership has been lost so that we can understand the scale and depth of the problem.Part Two: Here, Blakey shifts from exploring the theory of trustworthiness to studying its practice. Specifically, you'll learn a three pillar approach to building trustworthiness: Habits of Ability; Habits of Integrity; Habits of Benevolence.Part Three: Finally, Blakey reviews the impact of the three pillars and discusses governance, remuneration, corporate social responsibility, reporting, scale, regulation and structure.By the time you finish the book, you will also have learned about the nine habits that inspire trust. Choosing to: DeliverCoachBe ConsistentBe HonestBe OpenBe HumbleEvangelizeBe BraveBe Kind
Awhile back, Blakey kindly answer…