Top 3 Communication Mistakes That Leaders Make

March 05, 2021

We’ve all experienced the consequences of poor communication or a lack of effective communication in the workplace: strained employee relationships, poor morale, non-productivity, misunderstandings,… the list goes on. It’s a leader’s job to set the tone and standard for communication in any organization.

Effective leaders know that they must set the example for organizational culture. When good communication skills start at the top, the model can promote emotional intelligence and trust throughout an organization.

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How You Motivate Employees Makes a Big Difference in Performance

February 22, 2021

Mary Parker Follett who was once regarded as the Mother of Modern Management said, “Management is the art of getting things done through people.” Managing people is an intricate dance between art and science. Understanding what motivates employees is key, so they develop professionally, feel fulfilled, meet company goals, and have high performance.

Many companies struggling with employee motivation have a disconnect between how they choose to reward their employees and what motivates them to perform at their best. This disparity is understandable because motivating employees is not cut [...]

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Top 5 Ways to Build an Accessible and Inclusive Workplace

February 09, 2021

A few weeks ago, I was faced with the stark reality of innocent short-sightedness. A woman who had hearing loss asked me to add captions to my emotional intelligence webinar. This omission inspired me to study the subject more closely.

You probably have heard about inclusive workplaces. Thanks to disability rights activists and growing awareness, the term is used more frequently now than in the past. As a result, you might have wondered what it means or how to make your website or workplace more accessible to a wide range of people.

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Why Work-Life Balance Isn't the Best Solution

January 26, 2021

Work-life balance has become a bit of a buzz phrase, especially among mompreneurs. An ideal that is often sought after and discussed as missing from our lives. Seeking to find a balance between competing desires and responsibilities personally and professionally can be daunting.

A start of a new year often means New Year’s resolutions. A strong desire for work-life balance is evident in the many blogs on the subject. More exercise or improving fitness, pursuing a career ambition, taking up a new hobby, and spending more time with family are frequently among the most popular resolutions— [...]

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Renew Your Life and Work with Everyday Mindfulness

January 07, 2021

It's been a crazy time for everyone with the pandemic. Not only do we now need to keep up with our work, but unexpectedly we can be required to quarantine due to Covid-19. And if you're a parent, it's even trickier as school shifted to virtual learning so you're responsible for this big change as well. We haven't yet found our new normal so mindfulness is even more important. 

Are you feeling more overwhelmed than usual with work stress? Is multitasking not helping you keep up? Is your mind racing so much at night that you can’t sleep? Yep, it’s time—time to carve out a few minutes daily [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

5 Powerful Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners

December 30, 2020

Entrepreneurship is more about practice than talents or business acumen. As entrepreneurs, people typically go into business because they have a passion, not necessarily graduating with a business degree. Therefore, you will need to learn from your experiences and mistakes. In growing your business, you also need to learn various skills and keep refining them. This growth mindset becomes far more important when you start a small business. Of course, you do not want your small business to continue at a micro-level forever. You want it to grow in leaps and bounds to be par with the top [...]

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How to Tackle Inequality in the Workplace

December 22, 2020

Workplace inequality is still a major concern in companies. Prejudice based on race, gender, age, and other factors exists despite the laws passed in Congress and the movements sparked on the streets. And this disparity is despite the misinformed belief that workplace prejudice is behind us.

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Why Soft Skills Are Needed in Every Workplace

November 16, 2020

Our meritocratic culture emphasizes the importance of packing your resume with job-specific skills along with hard skills like software, statistics, different languages, or coding—but without soft skills (a.k.a. emotional intelligence), that knowledge becomes virtually useless in the workplace.

Surveys show that hiring managers are more likely to prefer candidates who use soft skills to make themselves more likable over candidates with lower emotional intelligence. “Hard skills” may help you get a foot in the door by landing you that first interview, but it’s up to you to hone your soft [...]

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The Autocratic Leadership Style—and Why It Doesn’t Work!

November 05, 2020

On day one of a new job, one thing remained in my assigned cubical from the prior resident. A whiteboard with a single quote read in red letters: “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” I asked a co-worker what the phrase meant, and he quickly said, “Oh, you’ll see!”

Wow, was he right. The phrase summed up the blanket leadership approach that I experienced for my tenure with that company.

When employees shared ideas or presented possible solutions, instead of listening, we heard “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Managers were unwilling to challenge policies or processes [...]

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Consequences of a Lack of Communication in the Workplace

October 20, 2020

Communication is a skill at the root of all relationships. Good communication is essential for healthy relationships. Professional relationships are no exception. Whether between a customer and an employee, a company president and an employee or between co-workers, professional communication in the workplace is a crucial part of the health of any business culture.

Posted in Business and Leadership

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