Self-Awareness Workshops

Change and Diversity

So much of diversity and change has to do with restructuring the way we do things in the workplace to include new ideas and approaches. It’s natural for people to become apprehensive when changes occur in the workplace. This could be a new copy machine, a new procedure, a different mission, a change of leadership or changes in the composition of the workforce.

As with anything new, people have a remarkable ability to increase their self-awareness and adapt to any changes. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you deal with change in any form. Challenge yourself to come up with answers even if you initially can’t think of any.

1. What can I do to use this change to improve my company?
2. What benefits does this change bring?
3. What skills or abilities does this new employee/changing workforce bring?
4. What can I personally do today to welcome this change?
5. What things do I have in common with this changing landscape?

When you look at these questions you begin to demystify change. As we all know, change is inevitable. These questions will help you create a workplace that truly functions based on that principle.

Take care,

Guy

Think It and You Can Do It

It’s amazing what happens when you think in certain ways. If you focus only on negative thoughts and what you can’t do, your life tends to follow a predictable pattern. It moves very differently if you think in brand new ways. One of the biggest challenges is to think in terms of success but it isn’t difficult to get started. Try the following steps to help you achieve what is meaningful to you.

1. Think of a goal you would like to achieve.

2. Think of the reasons why you can’t achieve that goal.

3. Think of dumping those negative reasons in a trash can.

4. Develop new, positive, ways you can achieve the goal.

5. Picture what your life would look like if you pursued these positive paths.

6. Start working on your goal.

You will find that your thoughts are a powerful predictor for how you will do in life. You get results based on your self-awareness and what you think you can achieve. Try this exercise each time you feel like you can’t do something and begin moving in new and exciting directions. Where will you start?

Take care,

Guy

Empathy and Diversity

One of the key skills that people building diversity programs can benefit from is empathy. This often-used but seldom-understood term is the underpinning of much of the practice of inclusion. It consists of a basic question, “What am I doing today to ensure that I fully understand how another person experiences the world?”

We have a limitless capability to understand others but it requires self-awareness and the ability to put our own experience of the world on the shelf, stand back and enjoy learning about other human beings. People run into challenges when they see diversity as a necessary evil and then proceed to ram their own ideas down each others’ throats. Everyone stands around pontificating about how it should be but nobody stays still long enough to really get to know someone else.

Ask yourself the following questions next time you are building any kind of diversity initiative for your business, organization or in your life.

1. Do I fully understand what this person is thinking?

2. Have I removed myself completely from the equation?

3. How can I include the other person’s beliefs/behaviors in my own life starting today?

4. What percentage of my time is spent listening to others?

5. What have I done today to boost inclusion and build diversity?

Diversity doesn’t have to be a scary or foreboding concept. We can actually use it to become more open to ideas and can literally build a path toward innovation and greater collaboration. Those who practice these ideas benefit from moving beyond their own experience and harness the power of other people’s experiences.

Take care,

Guy

Leadership Training: Getting Help that Improves Your Workplace

Many leaders face workplace challenges and think they can fix them themselves or that someone in their organization will know how to deal with them. The difficulty with this approach is that not everyone is qualified to help you find the answers you’re looking for. They may mean well and want to help but not have a clue about how to fix your workplace problem. Ask yourself the following questions next time you are looking for someone to help you with your workplace challenges.

  • Does this person have self-awareness as well as an understanding of interpersonal dynamics and human behavior?
  • Does this person listen actively to understand what your particular situation is?
  • Does this person help you come up with strategies that will work for you?
  • Is this person too close to the situation or not objective enough?
  • Does the person have anything to gain from a specific outcome?
  • Does this person have the knowledge necessary to help people learn and find solutions.

These basic questions highlight the importance of getting help that helps you create a positive workplace and get the results you want. The advice you get from your staff may be well-intentioned and supportive but does the problem go away?

I often hear from my clients that it is difficult to seek outside help. We are often taught that we need to fix things ourselves or should not trust anyone outside of our organization. The good news is that an outside professional can help you make a problem go away. A supportive trainer has the skills and experience to help you move in any direction you choose.

The next time you have a workplace problem and need assistance, think of contacting a professional to help you with it. Interview various trainers and find out if they would work well with you and would help you create the results you want. You may be pleasantly surprised with the range of helpful services a professional trainer can provide you.  Where will you start?

Take care,

Guy

Leadership Training: Achieving Your Goals

Many leaders make plans at the beginning of the year and have difficulty keeping up the momentum and enthusiasm they initially have.  So how can you make sure you fulfill your goals?  Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Pick a manageable goal. You can always select another if you achieve one.

2. Choose only one thing you want to change. Don’t try to do everything at once.

3. Pick a goal that you are very likely to follow through on. This leads to success.

4. Find an outside person to help you reinforce your goal.

5. Develop a plan and stick to it.

6. Take one step then keep walking.

7. Practice, practice, practice. The act of doing things over time creates change.

A significant part of self-awareness is to take an honest look at how you do things and be willing to try something new. Creating a plan gives you the ability to deal with events proactively rather than letting things happen to you and your organization. What will you do to achieve your goals?

Take care,

Guy