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How To Sleep Like a Leader

Posted By Chris Aird, With Purpose Business Consultants, Monday, April 2, 2018

As a leader within the company or as the top leadership executive, it can be accurately stated that you did not get to that position by only doing what was required of you or through minimal investment of your time.

It is also, safe to say, that through your dedication, determination, drive and sacrifice you have attained to this level of leadership success.

However, it is also important to remember that, as the leader within the organization, that many are dependent upon your continued success. Specifically, it would be your employees, your stakeholders, your family and above all, YOU!

Therefore, it is important to consistently invest in your well-being and one of the best ways to maintain your health, energy and drive is to Sleep Like a Leader.

It may surprise you that a recent survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review indicated that roughly 43% of business leadership surveyed said that they are sleep deprived 4 out of 7 nights a week https://hbr.org/2016/02/theres-a-proven-link-between-effective-leadership-and-getting-enough-sleep.

Consequently, a few important practical tips may be in order to ensure that you receive the adequate rest that you need to maintain your powerful leadership energy, vision and enthusiasm.

Some of those healthy sleeping tips would include:

  • Maintain a consistent bedtime hour.
  • Although keeping current on the events of the day may be necessary, the high-performing executive should detach from the world events at about an hour prior to retiring.
  • If experiencing difficulty going to sleep, check your diet and limit caffeine intake.
  • Indulge in consistent exercise through the course of the week.
  • As much as possible, detach yourself from communication devices at bed-time (cell phones, computers, tablets, etc.).
  • Instruct leadership staff to limit communication when you are “off the clock.”  Perhaps a separate number can be set up for extreme or emergency conversations.
  • Practical advice would include eating lightly at night as well as sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a sleep inducing environment.
  • Utilize homeopathic sounds such as running water or nature sounds available through inexpensive sound devices or listen to soothing music.
  • Take power naps during the course of the day at all possible.
  • Business travel is sometimes necessary – a few tips to manage jet lag may include staying hydrated, scheduling early arrivals, stay active, trying light therapy, etc.

Lead in your own life, take control, good night and sleep well!

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Provide Constructive Criticism for Employee Growth

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Friday, August 11, 2017

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Below is an excerpt from my workshop: Creative Constructive Criticism program. For more information see the information at the end of this article. Here are a few tips to consider when providing feedback to your employees.

One aspect of delivering constructive criticism is in knowing the right time and opportunity to address it. Some instances can be dealt with on the employee’s next annual review, while others should be addressed immediately. If feedback is too soon, it could make the employee doubt their abilities and affect their job performance. If delivered too late, then the employee may ignore it altogether and dismiss any help at all. Identifying critical situations can contribute to deciding when feedback needs to be done.

 

Repeated Events or Behavior

 

An employee that displays repeated negative behaviors or patterns should be addressed to either stop or further prevent it in the future. Before discussing the problem, the employee should be monitored to ensure the event or behavior is reoccurring, not a one-time incident. Once it has been identified, the employee should be addressed in private. Privately, a resolution can be found to end the behavior and prevent it from happening further without embarrassing the employee in front of other co-workers.

Examples:

·       An employee is consistently tardy to meetings, although they contribute throughout the session. An employee turns in their reports in the incorrect format, but they are always on time. An employee works hard during the day but takes long breaks and lunches.

 

Breaches in Company Policy

 

Situations such as tardiness, improper dress, and poor performance are examples of a violation of company policy. Problems such as these should not wait until the employee’s next review but should be addressed right away. If not properly handled, the employee’s behaviors can start to affect others in the office and disrupt the work flow. Employees should be reminded of the company policy, including guidelines to follow and possible consequences for misconduct.

Examples:

·       Excessive tardiness or absences

·       Consistent violation of dress code policies

·       Disruptive behavior to other employees

·       Continued unsatisfactory job performance

 

When Informal Feedback Has Not Worked

 

Informal feedback includes actions such as a helpful reminder, a discussion in passing or even an email or memo. Many managers will try one of these methods (or another) to address a problem with an employee and keep the constructive criticism to a minimum. However, when informal methods do not work, and the behavior continues the manager needs to find then a form of formal feedback to speak with the employee. Formal feedback, as the name suggests, usually involves a more planned or structured approach, such as a meeting or review. These actions typically allow more direct contact with the employee and can better address the problem, as well as a solution.

An example of formal feedback:

·       Private meetings or discussions

·       Personal follow-up after a particular incident

·       Employee review or appraisal

 

Immediately After the Occurrence

 

One of the best times to deliver feedback is immediately after the incident happens. This way, the behavior or problem can be addressed right away. If a problem is ignored and allowed to continue, it can not only affect the employee but coworkers as well. The longer the behavior goes on or, the more time that passes after an incident, the value, and effect of the feedback decreases. Formal or informal feedback can be used, as long as it resolves the problem.

Tips:

·       Speak with the employee privately.

·       Address the problem – don’t criticize the employee.

·       Find a solution and how it can be implemented.

Constructive criticism can be a helpful tool when used with the intent of helping or improving a situation in the workplace. However, it can be one of the most challenging things not only to receive but also to give. It can often involve various emotions and feelings, which can make matters delicate. However, when management learns effective ways to handle and deliver constructive criticism, employees can not only learn from their mistakes but even benefit from them.

 

Workshop Objectives

 

To efficiently deliver constructive criticism, you must understand what it is, how it is used, and its purpose. The following aims of this workshop are designed to help you do just that.

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

·       Understand when feedback should take place

·       Learn how to prepare and plan to deliver constructive criticism

·       Determine the appropriate atmosphere in which it should take place

·       Identify the proper steps to be taken during the session

·       Know how emotions and certain actions can negatively impact the effects of the session

·       Recognize the importance of setting goals and the method used to set them

·       Uncover the best techniques for following up with the employee after the session

Feel free to connect with me to discuss how we can train your management team!

Feel free to connect with me at 520-365-7755 to review any situations you may currently be experiencing. I offer consultations via phone, email or skype

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Why can't I be on my phone during meetings?

Posted By Tracelyn Sutton, American Cancer Society, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Topic:  Top 2 reasons why millennia are lacking dining and business etiquette and how this can hurt their careers. The goal is to explain the importance of etiquette education for success.
Business etiquette isn’t just a simple list of rules and regulations – it’s the way in which employees are expected to behave in the workplace, the right things to say and do to create a healthy office environment. With the digital generation all set to enter the workforce, employers are in for a surprise: Millennials have little to no etiquette education and are at a loss on how to behave.
Now let’s consider why millennials lack knowledge on appropriate etiquette: first of all, they spend so much time on their phones and other devices that they have no idea on how to behave during in-person business situations. Simple courtesies such as maintaining proper eye contact while talking and not receiving phones during meetings are given knowledge by employers – but to a millennial, these are foreign things that have to be taught. As well as their lack of experience, there’s also the ever-rising popularity of Facebook and Snapchat.   This generation devotes so much of their time texting in shortcuts, slang, and emojis; they forget how to talk in interviews or a face-to-face conversation appropriately. Despite having an impressive online presence, to millennials, the rules of real-life etiquette are becoming increasingly blurred. 
No wonder employers are going through a severe culture shock – when their 22-year-old employee starts sending text messages during his interview, things are bound to get a little awkward!
Etiquette isn’t just essential in the workplace: business luncheons, dinners, formal parties, there’s unspoken code and manners practically everywhere. It’s hard to emphasize enough how many simple behaviors such as greeting the host with a firm handshake before the meal, saying please and thank you, and not talking with your mouth full can help set up a good impression in front of others. The importance of having good etiquette in an employee is limitless. Here are some of the benefits that a well-mannered working millennial can reap:
1.    Enhances impression: Observing the right etiquette can make you seem more confident and at ease both in and out of the workplace. To employers impressions matter a lot; out of the many applicants, they receive for each open position,  they can only pick one. If you don’t know the correct way to shake someone’s hand or give your business card, people will question your business skills, and you’ll be considered incapable of the job.
2.    Builds strong relationships: Professional etiquette builds solid relationships between management, staff, and clients because it signifies honesty and openness. People like others who exhibit good manners and this generates goodwill between employees, employers, and customers alike.
3.    Gains favor: Imagine that both you and your best friend are applying for the same job position. Both of you possess the same qualifications and academic ability required for the job. The manager then decides to ask you both to a business lunch at an elegant restaurant – who will get the job? Yes, you’ve guessed it: the smarter person with better dining etiquette.
These are just a few of the many benefits gained by displaying proper manners and presentation.  It’s essential that millennials are given a thorough etiquette education, before entering the workforce. No matter how social, tech-friendly or confident a millennial employee may be, he can only gain success in his career by displaying the right attitude and maintaining flawless business etiquette.

For more information, individual and group training and workshops for your company - contact Adrienne Barker, Professional Global Etiquette

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Be SMART When Making Your Goals for 2017

Posted By Amy Geils, The Streamlined Office LLC, Monday, January 9, 2017
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The New Year is upon us!  Are you one of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s Resolutions?  Are you one of the 8% of Americans who are successful in achieving those resolutions?  If you are, then this article might not be too helpful.  But, if you are in the remaining 24%-49% percent of people who don’t usually succeed or consistently fail to meet their goals, then read on!  Setting SMART goals might be the missing link between making goals and actually achieving them.

Where should you begin to create goals that are achievable?  Write them down using the SMART acronym!  The concept of SMART goals appears to have its origins in an article dating back to November of 1981 written by George T. Doran.  Although different people over the years have used different synonyms for each of the letters, the concept is generally the same.  SMART stands for:

Specific
Measurable (motivating)
Attainable (agreed, action-oriented, ambitious, aligned)
Relevant (realistic, resourced, reasonable, results-based)
Time-related (trackable, time-based, time-sensitive, time limited)

Did you know that you are more likely to achieve your goals if your goals are written, if there is a public commitment (you tell someone else about them) and there is accountability (you update someone about your progress)?

Write down a goal for 2017 and see if you can apply each of the 5 SMART criteria to it.  For a more detailed explanation of how to write smart goals, read the full article.

The Streamlined Office helps individuals and businesses improve their efficiency and productivity.  Regardless of what we are working on with our clients, we always start with goal setting.  If you need help setting your goals or developing a process to achieve them, contact The Streamlined Office at 480-221-0588.

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Is Your Email Inbox a Source of Revenue or Is It Costing You Time and Money?

Posted By Amy Geils, The Streamlined Office LLC, Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Synopsis:

Statistics reveal that high skill workers spend 28% or 11.2 hours of their work week managing email. And, over 50% of workers check their inbox more than 11 times day.  Combine that with the 23 minutes that it takes to get back on task after being interrupted and you quickly realize that this is hardly productive and efficient!  Would you like some tips on how to use your email more efficiently? Read on........

Get control of what enters your inbox. 

How many of the emails in your inbox are solicitations, SPAM, newsletters or other correspondence that do not directly affect or relate to your business bottom line?  Eliminate email that is not relevant to your business.  Here's how.

Use appropriate subject lines and encourage others to do the same.

Subject lines are extremely important and non-negotiable in the business world.  The subject line is or should be the first thing you read to help you determine how you are going to handle the email.  A good subject line will give you enough information to decide if the email is important, urgent or neither.

Many business professionals have folders and filters set up to manage their email.  Do you?

Regardless of what email system you favor, you should be maximizing the functionality afforded by that system to keep your inbox organized.  If you are missing orders, losing track of email correspondence or not responding in a timely manner then you will benefit from an improved process to manage your inbox.

Create calendar appointments and new contacts directly from your email.

Take advantage of the functionality available in your email system to add new contact information directly to your contact list.  Using a CRM system?  Most CRM systems will have an Add-On or Plug-In that will connect your CRM to your email system.

“Touch” your incoming email only once.

Clutter is the result of delayed decisions, and your inbox is no exception!  Open your email and take action!  Don’t take the time to read it and then leave it there thinking “I’ll come back to that later and decide what to do with it.

Email is here to stay!

Email can be a highly productive and effective form of communication, IF you use it properly as a tool and not a distraction.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:  http://thestreamlinedoffice.com/is-your-email-inbox-a-source-of-revenue-or-is-it-costing-you-time-and-money/

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 20

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Monday, April 20, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better.

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it.

Day 20:                                  

How often are you requesting assistance from colleagues or friends? Many people fear requesting help as it is often seen as a deficiency in our ultra competitive world.  However stalling can let any situation grow from a problem to a crisis.

Tip of the day:

In a society based on helping yourself (just look at the self-help section in any library) it may seem odd to say you need to learn better ways to ask and receive assistance. However, stress is created when there is a gap between the demands we perceived is made upon us and our abilities to meet these demands. Getting assistance will shine a new light on your subconscious automatic stress response, shedding away a lot of its power as you come to see the real outcome.

 

May the Force be with you!

 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below

 

Day 1                          Day 7                          Day 13                       Day 19                      

Day 2                          Day 8                          Day 14

Day 3                          Day 9                          Day 15

Day 4                          Day 10                       Day 16

Day 5                          Day 11                       Day 17

Day 6                          Day 12                       Day 18

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 6

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Monday, April 6, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better. 

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it. 

Day 6: 

When under stress our mind can play tricks on us and distort our views. In these instances our mind put a spin on the situation and we find ourselves stuck in our perception, feeling even more stressed. The most common distortions are all-or-nothing thinking, overgeneralization, mental filer, disqualifying the positive, jumping to conclusion and personalization. Find more about these cognitive distortions here 

Tip of the day: 

Stop! Whatever you are doing, just stop. When your mind is clouded by stress and anxiety there cannot be any good decision made. Out of confusion comes more confusion. You may feel pressed for action, but instead, focus on regaining your clarity of mind through meditation, sleep, walk in nature, or whatever activity breaks off with the constant overload of stimuli. 

May the Force be with you! 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 4

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Saturday, April 4, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better. 

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it. 

Day 4: 

When dealing with stress, the body frequently craves precisely the foods that will exacerbate the condition most. While we often use food as a way to cope with a range of emotions, too often when faced with stressful scenarios, we're reaching for high-calorie and fat-laden disasters. They may temporary lead to higher levels of feel-good brain chemical serotonin and, at least temporarily, make us think we're beating the blues.

But searching for solace at the bottom of a pint of Ben & Jerry's, can, for obvious reasons, lead to weight gain, which is likely to only cause more stress. 

Tip of the day: 

Before you turn to your typical comfort foods (ref Stress reducing food), check out these natural stress-reducing healthy pick: 

1. Tea: green tea contains an amino acid called theanine, which has been linked to reducing anxiety and promoting sleep. 

2. Dark Chocolate: contains antioxidants called flavonoids, known for their relaxing properties. 

3. Fatty Fish: Salmon, tuna and other fish rich in omega 3s have been shown to ease a stressed mind. 

4. Oatmeal: carbs naturally boost your mood by kick-starting serotonin production in the brain. 

5. Leafy Greens: contain Magnesium, a mineral crucial to your body running smoothly, helps muscles relax and also calms the nerves. 

6. Citrus Fruits: vitamin C helped people bounce back more easily from a stressful situation.

 

May the Force be with you! 

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., 2014 Top 30 CureJoy Health Experts, Biostress Imagery LLC

 

PS: If you’ve missed the previous segments, click on the links below 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress – Day 2

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Thursday, April 2, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better.

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it.

Day 2:

On Day 1 we learned how your brain responds to perceived danger i.e. stress and the changes it induces in your body to prepare you for fight or flight.  If you missed it, you can read it here. So the brain does it thing, imprisoning you in the restraining cape of anxiety, and rapidly plunging you to the dark side. But what happened to your rational thinking? Why can’t your critical mind differentiate between the battle of Endor threatening your survival (the real stuff) and the projects deadline?

Here is the dirty little secret: stress is created when there is a gap between the demand you perceived is made upon you and your ability to meet this demand. Your conscious and subconscious self-doubt and limiting beliefs are the ones actually dictating your automatic response.

Tip of the day:

Whenever you catch yourself stuck into a stress pattern, fight back Anakin Skywalker style using this tapping technique: the karate chop.

Tapping is a technique using the subtle energy channels of the body called the meridian by tapping onto parts of the body. The karate chop point is located on the soft fleshy part of the non-dominant hand, between the base of the pinky finger and the wrist (on the Small Intestine Meridian)It releases psychological reversal (feeling stuck or frozen), inability to let go, resistance to change, sorrow, feeling vulnerable, worry, obsession, compulsive behavior. It allows you to let go and move forward by connecting to the present moment.

 

May the Force be with you!

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Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

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Darth Vader’s dirty little secrets not-so-secret about stress

Posted By Carine Dieude, Biostress Imagery LLC, Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April is Stress Awareness Month, and IT IS TIME for you to DEAL WITH your stress. Have you been seduced by the dark side of its force, pushing and pushing your way through deadlines and demands? Learn to recognize the prices you are paying for it and how to positively cope with stress, helping yourself live better.

Throughout April, I will share a daily dirty little secret about stress and a tip to banish it.

Day 1:

Your body responds to any dangerous situations, perceived by your brain, by increasing your strength and stamina, reaction time, focus, etc…preparing you to fight or to flee from danger. This stress response is contained within the amygdala, a small almond shaped portion of your primitive brain located at the base of your head. This ancestral trait was inherited from times where humans were consumed by survival.

When a threat is perceived, the sympathetic nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Your senses are heightened, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, your breathing quickens, and your muscles tighten. It’s like having your own Jedi, protecting you at all time. Pretty awesome! Well, not exactly…

Your personal Obi-Wan Kenobi turns out to be more of low-tech smoke detector than a Jedi Master! Let me explain. This warrior of yours can’t make the difference between a house fire and a burnt toast. It will respond the same way to an attack from a grizzly bear or from your ticked-out spouse, and so will you.

When you feel your stress and anxiety gearing up, before you find yourself in an intergalactic cubicles war, BREATHE! Deep breathing activates your parasympathetic system, reducing your blood flow and heart rate within a couple of minutes (ref Breathe out your stress).

May the Force be with you!

 

Author: Carine Dieudé, C.Ht., Biostress Imagery LLC

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