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Talent Versus Engagement
Having a satisfying work experience is important to the growth of your business. When an employee loves what they do and feels challenged by their job, they will perform with more enthusiasm. While talent can be an important criteria in a successful company, having employees that are excited to work for the company can be a big tool as well. To lead your team in a successful business endeavor, these are some areas that can bring life back into your unengaged workforce.
Instill Confidence: Often times, individuals who are talented and capable of doing a task are not confident enough in themselves to perform at a high level. In that case, as a leader it is important for you to identify the lack of confidence and encourage them to do more. Giving them a task that is outside of their comfort zone and allowing them to use their best judgment will go a long way in instilling confidence.
Invite Participation: In many companies, inviting the employees to give feedback and suggestions about daily functions within their work capacity can truly boost engagement. If they can establish some amount of ownership over their task and area of expertise, they will most certainly work harder. Whenever an individual has the ability to make decisions, they will feel more a part of the team.
Stimulate Growth: Encourage your employees to grow, learn, and be better in doing their job. It is important to provide training & development opportunities for all employees. This is a great way to get someone excited about their job as well as learn better, more efficient ways to accomplish the tasks at hand. When you are in a learning environment, it stimulates growth and overall creativity.
Give Praise: Show those that are part of your team that you value their participation and involvement in the company. Even though these individuals are paid to be there and do the job, everyone likes to be thanked for a job well done. Do not underestimate the power that praise gives to your employees. At the end of the day, you may find that you have employees that have become highly engaged with their job and they will produce better quality work. On the other hand, it may still not be enough if the team lacks the talent it needs to excel. Finding the right balance of talented and engaged workers is no easy task. Continue to seek out talented employees and create an exciting work environment to give yourself the best odds at success.
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EQ & You!
In order to achieve higher levels of productivity, performance and leadership, a person must develop high levels of emotional intelligence. (EQ is you Emotional intelligence Quotient)
If we are not aware of our emotions and how they impact others, the other emotional intelligence skills become more difficult to demonstrate. If we are unaware of our emotions, it’s virtually impossible to regulate them. Being Self-aware is the first step towards Self-regulation.
Once we are aware of our emotions, then we can begin to regulate them. If we fail to regulate our emotions, it becomes difficult to stay focused and on task. Self-regulation also comes into play when changes occur in our personal and professional lives. If we allow our emotions to run amok, we become demotivated. Self-regulating leads to improved Motivation.
Staying motivated despite your emotional temperature relies heavily on being self-aware and regulating your emotions. Part of emotional intelligence is channeling both positive and negative emotions into focused and productive energy. Motivation is essential for Empathy.
It is important to understand and consider the feelings of others when trying to make a good decision. While others’ feelings are not the only deciding factor in a decision, they are important and should be considered. Furthermore, those that lack Empathy may have difficulty with Social Skills.
The ability to effectively manage relationships is the amalgam of all the other emotional intelligence skills. If you effectively self-manage and are empathetic towards others, good social skills follow suit. Social skills are more than friendliness. Those that demonstrate superior social skills are persuasive, easily build rapport, and are adept at building strategic alliances. t
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“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.” ~ James Broughton
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
~ George Bernard Shaw, Leadership Skills for Managers
“Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible with talent is genius.” ~ Henri Frederic Amiel
“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead
The Silent Side of Communicating
Whether negotiating the biggest deal of your career, coaching your team, or describing a project, keep your ears open. Otherwise, you may talk yourself right out of the room.
To be a better listener:
* Try not to judge. Even if you disagree with what’s being said or the way it’s presented, resist planning a rebuttal. Focus on understanding the message, not critiquing the messenger.
* Commit your full attention as soon as the other person starts to speak, not just when you hear a word or phrase that interests you.
* Do whatever it takes to limit distractions. Examples: Suspend incoming phone calls, remove unnecessary papers from your desktop, or meet in a neutral area, such as a conference room.
Tip: If you’re entering a room, ask the speaker to wait until you’re both comfortable to start the conversation. In addition, extend the same courtesy when someone comes to your office.