Self-Awareness Workshops

Leadership Training: Your Perspective Affects Your Workplace

Your perspective affects almost everything you do.  How is it that some leaders are happy with their work situation while others are deeply dissatisfied?  The answer often lies in their perspective.

Perspective is the way you see the world through your own filters.  If you filter out the beneficial bits, then you tend to focus on the things that aren’t as positive.  If you filter out the negative, you are better able to see the beneficial side of things.  Perspective is what allows people in very difficult situations to cope with whatever comes their way.

You are faced with important choices every day at your workplace.  At any moment you can choose to take a different path which might completely change your perspective but it requires conscious attention.  Try this practical exercise sometime: The next time you feel you can’t overcome an obstacle consciously tell yourself, “I can handle this,” “This isn’t a problem,” or some other positive affirmation.  This small action will help you shift from a negative to a positive perspective.  You can apply this strategy to any difficult situation you encounter and it will help you refocus.  Practice it over time and you will get better and better at handling any challenging scenario.

When you choose a perspective that gives you the power to move forward rather than keeping you stuck you take charge of your thoughts and actions.  You gain more confidence and hope and set the example for your employees.  Your perspective can affect the entire tone of the organization.  How will you start shifting your perspective?

Take care,

Guy

Leaders and Their Egos

Many leaders run their workplaces with wounded egos and it deeply affects the way their organizations function.  Your ego is your inner perception of the outside world.  This means that you can experience the world based both on your most noble and healthy impulses or most toxic and disabling.

If your perception is positive and you practice self-awareness, you’ll tend to view your role in the world as interconnected with others and you’ll interact in a healthy way.  You’ll base your decisions on the security you feel about yourself and your sense of balance and well-being.  If you function more on the negative side of the spectrum you’ll tend to view the world based on your fears and feelings of insecurity.  You might rely on mistaken notions of power, trying to control others, need for attention, desire to dominate or yearning for recognition.

The challenge for conscious leaders arises in that ego can reflect their most dysfunctional characteristics and they can get stuck listening only to that inner voice.  If you only listen to the voice that reminds you of your insecurities or hurts then your leadership moves in a certain direction.  Answer the following questions to get a feel for how your ego is working for you.

1.  In what ways am I constantly working on being the best person I can be?

2.  I what ways do I get my stuff on other people?

3.  In what ways do I depend on others to make me happy?

4.  In what ways do I help others grow and succeed?

5.  What is my view of competition?

6.  What is my view of winning and losing?

As you answer these questions you will likely see a pattern emerging that will show you how balanced your ego is.  Remember that your ego is healthy when you’re so confident and secure that you live a great life and help others to do the same.  You don’t feel threatened by others and you enjoy their success as much as yours.

A healthy ego will tend to stay in balance, allowing you to behave with calmness and kindness.  For those of you who already lead this way, you know the deep happiness that comes from self-awareness and helping others discover how wonderful they are.  You get to be you at your finest and most balanced.  What advice would you give leaders about ego?

Take care,

Guy

10 Signs You’re a Great Boss

A lot of people fancy themselves a great boss but you’ll hear a very different story when you talk with their colleagues and employees. When you’re a great boss, you do things that not only create a highly efficient and productive workplace, you also build people up and create a happy work environment. Here are some signs that you’re a great boss:

  1. Your employees tell other people that you are.
  2. You get out of the way and let people use their brains, talents and abilities.
  3. You don’t raise your voice or get angry at people.
  4. You educate when needed and lay back when not.
  5. Employees talk openly and comfortably with you.
  6. You don’t have to refer people to HR when disciplinary issues arise.
  7. Your workplace is efficient and productive and people are happy.
  8. People feel like there are opportunities for growth when they work for you.
  9. You’re not afraid of change.
  10. Employees can question you and you don’t get upset or defensive.

How many of these things do you do? If you already practice these behaviors you know that they create a productive, respectful and comfortable work environment where people feel like they matter. You can start working on these types of behaviors any time you choose to, all it takes is the desire to move in that direction. Try one skill at a time until you’ve mastered it and then move to the next one. What will you do to make sure you’re a great boss?

Take care,

Guy

Leadership Training: How to Coach Your Employees

As a leader, you can help your employees grow and succeed by coaching them.  Coaching is different from directing because it focuses on what you can do to help your employees thrive and excel instead of mindlessly completing tasks.  It’s not the standard sports model where you talk at people and push them to succeed but rather a method where they motivate and educate themselves intrinsically and you’re there to facilitate the process.

Coaching is a valuable tool to improve staff morale, increase productivity, build stronger teams and practice excellent workplace communication.   You can delegate more effectively and give your staff the opportunity to demonstrate what they can do.  Here’s some tips you can use to begin coaching your employees instead of telling them to do stuff.

  • Offer educational opportunities.
  • Praise the things they do well.
  • Support employee skills and talents.
  • Don’t discipline, teach.
  • Let employees have independence.
  • Give employees decision-making ability.
  • Use employees’ ideas.
  • Allow various points of view and approaches.
  • Brainstorm.
  • Listen to employees.
  • Problem-solve collaboratively when appropriate.
  • Help employees find their own solutions.
  • Direct less.
  • Meet regularly to listen to employee feedback.
  • Help people keep growing and advancing.

Insightful leaders know that, when their employees feel their skills and abilities are being recognized and utilized, the organization benefits.  You get to create a happy workplace environment which, in turn, reduces turnover, hiring costs, morale problems and other glitches.  You also make your leadership duties easier because people are more satisfied.

Coaching is an ongoing process that helps  an employee clarify what she wants to accomplish and helps her achieve it based on her talents and abilities.  When you coach someone you move from directing to helping them become a stronger person.  What will you do to boss less and coach more?

Take care,

Guy