25April2017

AWiB Updates Tids and Bits

Tids and Bits

Organizing your team and planning around a culture of success is foundational to taking your business to the next level.

Erik Fisher, productivity podcaster with Beyond the To-Do List, says teamwork, technology, time tracking, and disconnecting from work are organization strategies for small businesses to not only meet, but also exceed their goals.

Once those goals are laid out, here’s how to tame a hectic work week and get those objectives met.

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by Madisyn Taylor

If your tendency is to try and change other people, take some time to explore why you feel the need to do so.

Our perception of humanity as a whole is, to a large extent, dualistic. We paint people with a broad brush--some are like us, sharing our opinions and our attitudes, while others are different. Our commitment to values we have chosen to embrace is often so strong that we are easily convinced that our way is the right way. We may find ourselves frustrated by those who view the world from an alternate vantage point and make use of unusual strategies when coping with life's challenges. However ardently we believe that these people would be happier and more satisfied following our lead, we should resist the temptation to try to change them. Every human being has been blessed with a unique nature that cannot be altered by outside forces. We are who we are at any one point in our lives for a reason, and no one person can say for certain what another should be like. 

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Natasha MantlerWork/life balance has run its course…

Over the past two decades, there have been a plethora of work/life policies and programs designed to ensure men and women lead more productive lives (Greenhaus, 2000). The result? People are feeling even more stressed about not achieving, never mind maintaining, balance in their lives. When the goal is work/life balance, people are being forced to play a zero sum game (Friedman, 2014).

There is an underlying assumption that work/life balance is even achievable. Using the scale as a metaphor, work and life are always competing to create equilibrium, at the expense of each other. The fundamental premise presumes conflict, not balance. Another assumption and complaint is that’s thereis never enough time…

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There is freedom that comes with awareness, because with it comes the opportunity to make a choice.

Life is a journey comprised of many steps on our personal path that takes us down a winding road of constant evolution. And each day, we are provided with a myriad of opportunities that can allow us to transform into our next best selves.    One moment we are presented with an opportunity to react differently when yet another someone in our life rubs us the wrong way; on another day we may find ourselves wanting to walk away from a particular circumstance but are not sure if we can.  Eventually, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut that we can never seem to get out of. We may even make the same choices over and over again because we don't know how to choose otherwise. Rather than moving us forward, our personal paths may take us in a seemingly never-ending circle where our actions and choices lead us nowhere but to where we've already been. It is during these moments that awareness can be the first step to change.

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What is an efficient life? What is efficiency for that matter? We’ll start with defining our term. Efficiency is any system designed to achieve maximum productivity with minimal waste or expense. And this has truly become the thesis for Simple Economist. An efficient life is one lived without wasted time, money, or resources. It is a life where the unnecessary has been removed and only the useful remains. It is a life in which we understand what brings us true satisfaction and we are actively pursuing it. It is about knowledge, self control and behavior. By applying the principles defined in economics, we can leverage efficiency to live a fulfilling, productive, relaxing, and awesome life.

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Why does negotiation matter? Quite simply, the world would be a much angrier and more dissatisfied place without it, and we'd achieve very little in life due to constant conflict and misunderstanding.

A good negotiator finds a mutually acceptable way forward, instead of being at loggerheads with people who hold different views or who are working toward different goals. He or she will skillfully close a deal, agree a new training plan, set a schedule, or fine-tune processes. Good negotiation leads to better working practices, and increased satisfaction in the workplace and in life in general.

In this article, we look at some of the different approaches to negotiation, how best to prepare yourself, and what other skills you can employ to maximize your success.

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Ten years might seem so far away that you can’t imagine starting to think about it right now. But deep down, I suspect you know that to create the future you want, you have to start building it from this very moment.

The first step in this process is to evaluate your behavior, ensuring that you don’t unconsciously sabotage your chance at happiness. To help you on the path, I’ve outlined seven of the choices people most commonly regret. Ask yourself if you’re guilty of any of these things, and if so, start working to remedy those issues/change those habits as efficiently as possible:

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JENNIFER DEAL: The importance of appreciation in the workplace is . . . under-appreciated.

Staff who feel under-appreciated are more likely to leave and find a position where they feel their contribution is appreciated. The simple answer, of course, is to show appreciation. But my research suggests that there are different ways to do that, many of which can be successful in making an under-appreciated employee feel better. Not feeling appreciated at work today is fairly common.

According to data Alec Levenson and I collected, 40% of people in the workplace do not feel appreciated at work. This is slightly true for millennials (42%) than it is of older staff (37%). It is also true for people at most levels of the organization, though, not surprisingly, lower-level professional staff are less likely to say they feel appreciated (58%) than are staff at senior manager (66%) and executive level (76%). With such high percentages saying they don’t feel appreciated–especially among younger and lower-level staff who are likely to be critical to an organization’s future success–the organization faces a substantial problem.

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08 February 2016

Making the right choice

On January 23rd, 2016 AWiB had its RTD session on the theme “Making the right choice”. Since the topic knocks on everyone’s door, members join together to discuss this very stimulating topic. We all were eager to start, to share our experience, to learn from one another and to truly find out the skills on how to make the right decision. We raised some questions that frequently run through our heads when it comes to making the right choice. Questions like, what is making the right choice? How can we make the right choice? Is there always the right choice?

Choice is a gift that is given to us by life; it’s a means to our freedom and we have the ability to act on it. The journey of our life is based on the choice that we make every day: whether we want to be the person we ought to be, whether to live our life with a mission or float, whether to use our mind adequately or not, whether to live abroad or not, to carry on our education or not, to get married and have children or not. The list goes on.

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© iStockphoto vernonwileyEveryone respects Molly. Her team members are fiercely loyal, and they're highly successful – as individuals, and as a team.

By contrast, other leaders in the organization report that their people seem disengaged. They experience high staff turnover, and their results are often disappointing.

So, what does Molly do that other leaders don't?

To begin with, she regularly reminds her team members of the purpose of their work. And she knows that she's a role model for her team, so she demonstrates integrity in all of her working relationships.

Molly is a transformational leader. She sets high expectations, but "walks the walk" to demonstrate the standards that she expects. In this article, we'll explore what transformational leadership is, and we'll outline how you can become a transformational leader.

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