1-Minute Playbook: Don´t Spread Already Contained Conflicts

meeting-106591_1920As a leader it´s natural to desire a swift end to any current conflict in or between your team members or departments, while at the same time take the opportunity in question to share your expectations with your employees. However, this can easily – and often does – backfire.

When conflicts are localized to one or two individuals or departments, as a leader you need to avoid expanding them to the organization as a whole. If you hold a staff-wide meeting to admonish everyone about your expectations in terms of their behavior, the very common but unintended result is actually an increase in gossip and rumor as well as the taking of sides based on personal loyalties and sympathies. And that´s definitely not a good outcome for you or your organization. In other words, unless it’s something that directly applies to everyone, don’t involve them.

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True Team Building

team buildingTeam building is much more than just recreational activities.

The purpose with teambuilding is to create a team spirit – a “we”-feeling – where your group works towards the same purpose and goals, and where all your team members work in harmony with each other.

However, improved relationships are only part of effective team performance. Find out more about true team building here: True Team Building

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1-Minute Playbook: What Does Your Body Language Say?

woman-801872_1280Our body language plays a key role in our communication. What you do – your body language – is equally as important as what you say. If not even more so.

If you want people to speak up, don’t multitask when they talk to you. Focus on the one who´s speaking by turning your head and torso to face them directly and make eye contact. Leaning forward, nodding, and tilting your head are other nonverbal cues to show that you are paying attention. It’s important to hear people. It’s just as important to make sure that they know you are listening.

Unconsciously imitating someones body language, is a nonverbal way of saying that they agree with or like you. When you mirror other people with intent, it can be an important part of building rapport and nurturing feelings of mutuality. Mirroring starts by observing a person’s facial and body gestures and then subtly letting your body take on similar expressions and postures. By doing that, you will make the other person feel understood and accepted.

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Grow And Develop Your Team

Great Leaders Go FirstThe very soul of leadership is a leader’s commitment to growing and developing people and this is accomplished when leaders – acting as servants – use their words and actions to convey faith, hope and love to their team members.

On the flip side, when leaders communicate fear, hostility and doubt to his team members the confidence, work morale and productivity of the team takes a nose dive. The Bible explains the power of communication this way, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

Leaders can use their words to build people up or tear them down. Many leaders are not even aware of which of these two effects their words have on their team members.

Mastering the art of communication as a leader, means getting your team to react to what you are saying in the way that you want. However, to succeed in this, you need to educate, motivate and inspire them. You need to educate your team members about why you are asking them to do something. People will follow direction, but they will only do that reluctantly if they don’t understand why they are being asked to do something.

Your words – and you actions – should motivate your team to want to react in the way you desire. To inspire means the ability to touch someone in a positive way with your words and actions – lead by example. This will encourage your team members to do something they might not have done otherwise.

Remember that successful leaders provide the foundation and the fuel that allow others to achieve success. So keep on educate – motivate – inspire!

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1-Minute Playbook: Improve Your Listening Skills

One of the most important skills you can learn to master in order to build and deepen your relationships is listening.

Try these techniques to ensure that you really understand what the other person is saying:

Ask the right questions at the right time
Remain silent until the other person has finished – don´t preach, interrogate or interrupt with your thoughts or advice. call-15683_1280 After he stops, ask for clarification with questions. Then paraphrase his words to see if you’ve gotten it right.

Keep an open mind.
Be curious instead of defensive. Don´t make assumptions or prejudgments. Eagerly and excitedly, ask the other person to add more specifics so you can truly understand what she means.

Be present, focused and listen attentively for the total meaning
Pay attention to both content and delivery. Tune in to the feelings of the speaker along with the facts – use both nonverbal and verbal cues to convey understanding and empathy.

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How to Add Value To Your Team

teamwork-615159_1280What´s your philosophy when you are recruiting a new employee? Do you look only for the formal qualifications or do you make sure that a candidate will add value to your team?

Conscious leaders are always looking to add value to their team and their organization, including when they are recruiting new employees.

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Improve Your Relationships at Work

Have you ever been involved, either directly or indirectly, in a workplace relationship going bad? If so, you are likely to be aware of the negative effect such event can have on the entire work environment.

However, there are ways to effectively improve relationships at work. In our video we give you 13 tips that will assist you in moving past any disputes.

 

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Don’t Get Stuck – How To Move Through a Conflict

We’ve all had them. They are time consuming, emotionally draining and sometime heart-breaking. I´m talking about conflicts with other individuals, be it at work or privately.

In today´s video we´re giving you some easy-to-implement tips on how to effectively work through a conflict situation.

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Words You Lead By

Are you aware of what words you lead by? Are you using words that empower or disempower your employees? And are you setting a good example for your employees with a positive language?

As leaders, we not only set the tone for communication in our workplaces but our choice of words also affect our work culture. The impact of the words that you have chosen to lead by might be greater than you think. Hear more about it in our video “Words You Lead By”.

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How To Lead During a Change Process

Progress means change. It’s not always comfortable, it may challenges our assumptions and it demands having faith in the still unseen bigger picture.

As a leader, you have a critical role to play in managing change. However, as a conscious leader you’ll see that in the process itself, lies a fantastic opportunity to empower your employees to accept and embrace changes in their environment. In our video, we talk about how to lead during a change process.

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