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If you can’t get along with coworkers you won’t love your job.
Recently we discussed David Allan’s first tip for falling in love with your job—hack it. This is part 2 of 3 in the How to Fall in Love with Your Job series.
Allan’s second tip has to do with how to get along with coworkers.
We all know that coworkers mostly fall into the “things about my job that I don’t have control over” category. We don’t get to pick who we work with. But the fact is, how we get along with coworkers (our relationships with them) has a direct impact on our daily lives. It can impact how we feel about ourselves and our work. And we do have control over how we choose to interact with people placed into our lives.
Here are three tips for how to get along with coworkers.read more
You have the power to take control of your job.
More than half the people in the U.S. don’t like their jobs. This, according to the Conference Board Research Group in their most recent annual survey. What’s more, our nation has been hovering at this spot for at least the last 16 years.
It’s not that surprising though is it? Most people’s day jobs have very little to do with their passions. Sure, on occasion, we get a spark of accomplishment from our jobs. We enjoy a good challenge or creative brainstorming session. But for the most part, we work because we must work. And most days we’d prefer to be somewhere else. But we show up. We’re always going to show up. And if we’re going to show up, why not make the most of it?read more
Earlier this week, Fast Company released an article all about learning how to put your team at ease. Gwen Moran, author of the piece, provides 8 simple ways to be more approachable and “fine-tune” your communication skills. Guess who kicked off the...read more
Relationships are a two way street.
This is what makes them so challenging. As a leader who wants to have great relationships with your team, it’s easy to think that knowing that about yourself is enough. But what about all the things you don’t know about yourself. The things people see in you that you don’t see in yourself.read more
We could really use your help. We want to make our content as relevant to our readers as possible. In order to do this, we need to know what’s working for you and what’s not. If you can spare a minute (it will literally take less than 60 seconds) please...read more
People are not just going to come up to you and say “Hey, I’m uncomfortable approaching you.”
That’s why it’s so important that we as leaders learn to recognize the signs associated with approachability. This is what our tool, the Recognizing Gaps Tool, is all about. It teaches you the three main areas to look at in order to discover just how comfortable your team members are with you. This is extremely important information to know as your level of approachability directly effects your knowledge of what is actually going on in your organization and amongst your team.read more
Turnover is expensive.
Turnover costs companies anywhere from 16% to over 300% of annual salary (for the highly skilled—the ones most likely to leave). Companies lose productivity, valuable organizational memory, relationships, and often intellectual property. Critical activities stall and die while searching for new talent.
What’s more, nearly 20% of employees will voluntarily quit their job this year. You read that right: 20%. Why? With mortgages to pay, kids to clothe and put through college, and stuff to buy, what makes a person so fed up that they quit?
The fact is that to a very large degree your relationship with your people is the difference between whether people stay or go. That’s what makes leadership such a tough gig. You are the glue.
What can we do to stop the turnover madness?read more
Active disengagement costs US companies between $450 and $550 billion annually. Does active disengagement at your company contribute to that shockingly high number? I’ve got bad news – it does. Every company does its share. Because we all have actively...read more
As leaders, criticism is inevitable.
Criticism is inevitable because mistakes are inevitable. We are going to overlook some things that we should have paid more attention to. We are going to make decisions that prove to be the wrong ones. We are going to say things that we shouldn’t have said. We will fall short at times. We’re human.
Accepting that reality is the first step to being able to respond to criticism with steady assurance, class, and understanding. The video above shows Steve Jobs doing just that.read more
Failure to successfully implement change projects is killing companies.
Change projects are inevitable because change is inevitable. You must spend time innovating and implementing new processes if you want to stay ahead of your competition. The problem is, even those companies that are great at innovation tend to break down when it comes to implementation. In fact, only 56 percent of strategic initiatives meet their original goals and business intent.
How can we change that?
The answer most leader experts, managers, and academics have been giving in recent years is for teams to focus more on soft skills throughout their change efforts. In truth, it seems like soft skills—qualities like self-awareness, relationship building, effective communication, and the ability to create trust and motivate others—have become the catch-all for your leader problems. And while we are big proponents of soft skills in leadership (after all, our main message is leader approachability), the fact is nothing is a catch-all. You have got to learn to strike the right balance in applying your soft skills while not forgetting to consider and look to hard factors as well.read more
Learning to be vulnerable at work decreases workplace accidents. I’ll admit it, this story had me scratching my head. I’ve spent a lot of time working with companies in tough safety environments. When I think of safety programs I think of systematic,...read more
Trust is the most vital aspect of any relationship.
If you don’t trust someone it is extremely hard to get past that feeling and get any quality work done. Mistrust causes stress and distraction. It leads to politics and disengagement. And sometimes we find ourselves wanting to trust a leader or a coworker – but not feeling as though we can.
For some professions (the military, police and fire departments, heavy equipment operators, and healthcare professionals to name just a few) trust can be a matter of life or death. These leaders and teams must have trust for physical safety.
In most professions the stakes aren’t that high. But trust is still really important. For my team trust is essential for peace of mind. Without it we cannot perform our best.read more