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Category Archives: Communication
Do you have a good sense of humor? Most people think they do. But if you are feeling more stressed than usual these days, you may have to reexamine your answer.
The New Year brings with it resolutions to make this year better in some meaningful way than last year. You many have exciting goals, challenging objectives, and positions to fill with new employees. What should you be on the lookout for?
Happiness feels better than anger or depression. There are studies that actually measure the positive effect an upbeat attitude can have on the bottom line. There is research that suggests that being happy at work can improve revenue, employee engagement and retention, customer loyalty, and even creativity. I don’t advocate acting as if a bad situation isn’t happening but I do think it makes sense to focus on what you CAN do, what you are good at doing, and what brings joy into your life.
We all have an internal sense that there is a binary choice when confronted with a threat or an uncomfortable situation. This is known as the fight or flight response. When feeling threatened by people or things that create a sense of danger, we choose to fight and take on the threat or depart – to live another day.
How can you maintain and foster a healthy workplace for your employees in today’s world of a two second focus?
How many of us think about making a pivot to refresh and re-calibrate in order to connect to clients and customers in a new way? You could create an updated and fresh message that connects more powerfully that produces an actionable response on your customer’s part to buy!
The use of humor is especially tricky. Humor can unlock an audience’s receptivity. It grabs people’s attention. Touching the heart, the funny bone and the brain improves the likelihood that your message will be more effectively delivered. But if you have to point out that you were ‘just kidding” or ‘being sarcastic’ – then your joke has missed the mark.
Being a Mentor can be very rewarding. Providing support, suggestions and information to someone who is eager to for it can enrich both your career and theirs. But in an effort to provide assistance, some Mentors go too far. In order to avoid crossing the line, it’s good to know where the line is in the first place.
A poorly executed jump in status can hurt a person’s career and have a negative impact on the workplace. However – being plucked from the group and asked to serve is rarely an opportunity to turn down if you are excited about advancing your career.
When you want to talk with your boss about something that is important to you, do you sometimes get the feeling that they just wish you’d stop talking?! Sure you’ve gotten on their calendar and are eager to have a challenging exchange on a topic that is important to you, it doesn’t seem like it’s all that interesting to your boss.