Building Trust

FOCUS ON: Trust and Team-building Getting everyone on the team to go the extra mile involves all the components of trust: telling the truth, avoiding bad-mouthing, fulfilling commitments, giving credit – and the list goes on. Building “psychological safety” i.e., “the belief that you won’t be punished” requires trust. Having trust on the team means […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

Execute is One Key for the Executive

FOCUS ON: Climbing the Ladder Define, share and network are the keywords for those who want to move up. Volunteering and staying current are also valuable tasks. Reposition yourself with these strategies from an executive and career reinvention coach.  JOB SEARCHING: How Do You Want to be Perceived? How might you be considered for advanced […]

Staying Upbeat

  FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.  FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital […]

Being the First

  FOCUS ON:First You Were a Student The initial learning process for counselors-in-training requires the navigation of of individual learning styles and management of expectations while developing skills that affect the interpersonal roles that shape the counseling outcome. Learning to master basic skills first, before jumping into applying theoretically-based techniques is a goal for beginning students. […]

Soft Skills and Leadership

FOCUS ON: The Soft Skills Gap Having technical skills may get the job done, but soft skills will keep job going. People skills, work ethic, attitude, and emotional intelligence are just a few that are crucial. When the organization is facing an inability to retain clients, high staff turnover, and managers who don’t lead, can […]

Change Happens

FOCUS ON: The Fluidity of Change Rapid readjustment is one solution to the “one step forward two steps backward phenomenon” that often occurs in projects. Are teams accordingly equipped (e.g., with generous freedom allowance)? If yes, then employee engagement during change can continue, leading to a greater chance of success. Read More. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping […]

Servant Leadership

FOCUS ON: Taker-Leaders versus Giver-Leaders Leaders who have an inner vision that drives their purpose for the benefit of others are giver-leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington. These people are servant leaders and inspire others to enthusiastically follow. Taker-Leaders, such as Hitler, more often are driven by external opportunities and they gain followers […]

Engagement and Disengagement

FOCUS ON: Research on Engagement Dale Carnegie Training and MSW conducted a study of 1500 employees. To show why engagement matters, first, the definition was shared: “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Next, the research results: 71% of all employees are not fully engaged; 26% are actively disengaged; […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]