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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:51pm -- Beth Flynn

“Our workplaces are full of human “doings,” not human “ beings.” So says Mitch Ditkoff, the man who spends his days trying to humanize corporate work environments.

“Most people tamp down their real selves when they go to work.  However, if you want to bring your ‘A’ game you have to bring your real self to work each day.  That’s the only way the best of your natural creativity will emerge.”

Human beings are thoughtful, inspiring, compassionate and creative, so why don’t we bring this into the workplace?

 

Which Thoughts Do You Feed?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:52pm -- Beth Flynn

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a conflict that goes on inside people.  He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves within is all.  One is evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, worry, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.  The other one is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, wisdom, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth compassion and faith.”

Six Uncomplicated Guidelines for Servant-Leaders

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:49am -- Beth Flynn
  • Manage for the best and not the worst.
  • Don’t engage in police work.
  • Be honest.
  • Trust everyone.
  • Let your first response also be the caring response.
  • Care about yourself too.   (Ray Ferch & Spears, 2011, p.131-132)

How can you utilize these guidelines into your life?

What other guidelines would you add to this list?

From:  Ray Ferch, S. & Spears, L.C. eds. (2011).  The spirit of servant-leadership.  Mahwah, NJ:  Paulist Press.  

The Einstein Principle

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:06pm -- Beth Flynn

 “Many people think that Einstein was just a simple scientist who went about formulating the laws that govern the Universe, but he was so much more than that.

Apart from being the man who had the greatest single impact on the advancement of our understanding of the laws that govern the physical universe, Einstein was also a philosopher king!  Following are some of his musings (ESP), along with how they can relate to your business. 

Run a Social Club, Not a Sweatshop!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:05pm -- Beth Flynn

Run a Social Club, Not a Sweatshop!

Smithson, D. (2014). What managers don’t know: how to be a better manager, leader, and entrepreneur?  Theinformbook.com

“How many times do you hear people say: ‘There can’t be much work going on here with all the talking?’ Do you say it yourself? If you do, why do you?

The fact is that we spend almost half of our waking hours in a working environment!  If we’re not enjoying the time then we’re going to be miserable.  And if we’re miserable then we’re hardly likely to be very productive are we?

Leadership Affirmations

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:25pm -- Beth Flynn
  • I am a leader
  • I'm not afraid to decide.  When anything goes wrong, I face reality, and decide what's best for everyone, not just myself
  • I know how to respond in an instant.  Just do what's best.  Just do the right thing.
  • I'm candid in the moment
  • I think on my feet, and when someone knocks me on  my ass
  • I'm not afraid to talk without a script
  • I'm not afraid to make a mistake
  • I take responsibility for my decisions and my errors - I take "blame" out of the leadership equation

Positive People Triumph

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:47am -- Beth Flynn

Positive People Triumph

Stuff happens but how we respond determines whether an environment is negative or positive.  If you believe that only good things will happen, then you’re naïve.  Positivity doesn’t mean you’re immune to bad things happening.  What if means is that if you are a positive person-you will triumph.

Please share an example where, as a leader, you have triumphed when stuff happens.

 

From: Ades, E. (2013).  The positivity handbook

 

Five Tips to Immediately Improve Your Communication

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:17am -- Beth Flynn

1.  Assume people are hungry for information.

2.  Abandon management-speak.

3.  Do a 360 degree stroll around your messages before delivering them.

4.  Watch your creative language.

5.  Know when to speak in specifics and when in generalities (p. 86-88).

 

What are some tips you use to improve communication?

What is the best communication advice you have ever received?
 

From:  Geisler, J. (2012).  Work happy: what great bosses know.  New York:  Center Street.

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