Most bosses are really good at identifying your areas of possible improvement, but typically they are really bad at identifying their areas of possible improvement. So how do we help our boss take a good look in the mirror? This is a big topic, too big to be discussed to completion in a single blog post. But the overarching themes throughout should be Trust and Respect…. Read More»
Here are some stats that will shock you: The average American employee attends 62 meetings per month, half of which are described by those same workers as a “total waste of time.” That translates into 31 hours per month, per employee of unproductive time. In addition, 45 percent of those polled felt “overwhelmed” by the […] Read more… Read More»
“I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time.” – Blaise Pascal How much detail we use in our communication is a topic I touched on briefly in an earlier post here at Switch & Shift. Since then, it’s become an extremely important topic in our work with clients and colleagues. […] Read more… Read More»
For the next few minutes I’d like you to think about the way you communicate in the workplace. Think about how you deliver information, and think about the efforts you make to persuade and build consensus with your colleagues…. Read More»
Little demonstrations of respect here and there, all of them seemingly small and unnoticed, eventually add up to something significant. … Read More»
Great workplace environments have many common characteristics. But almost all of them come back to the same common denominator… respect. Great colleagues and business leaders treat people with respect. Period. Full Stop.
And one of the most fundamental demonstrations of respect is the ability to listen to what others have to say, without interrupting them, without judgment, and without disdain. If we want to be respectful of the people we work with, we have to, first and foremost, be willing to listen to their opinion and treat that opinion with respect… even if it differs from our own…. Read More»
Regardless of industry, native language, or country of operations, executives the world over have the same complaint – their people need to do a better job at communicating clearly and succinctly.
So if you want to impress the people around you, improve the morale of the people around you, and positively add to your organizational culture, here are some behaviors to think about adopting:… Read More»
Each time we interact with someone, we leave more than literal fingerprints behind. We leave figurative ones as well. We leave unique impressions, perceptions and a lasting impact on everyone and everything we interact with – the way we treat people, the way we speak, the way we conduct ourselves. We are leaving figurative prints everywhere we go, with everything we do, all day long…. Read More»
How good a leader are you? More importantly, how good a follower are you? And most importantly, have you ever thought about the connection between the two? We spend billions of dollars and thousands upon thousands of hours each year teaching and learning how to lead. But we spend comparatively little time teaching and learning […] Read more… Read More»