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Put yourself out there and meet more people, because people bring connections and connections bring opportunity.
Also, keep in touch with your established relationships.
Creating motivation and making your team feel appreciated is a critical part of long-term productivity.
Encourage your team to keep gratitude journals - writing down a couple of sentences about what you are currently grateful for a couple of times a week. This practice improves productivity by increasing happiness.
If people can't focus on their work, they are less effective in areas like collaboration and learning, and they are less likely to be satisfied with their jobs.
Workplaces with a balance between individual focus and collaboration are more innovative, creative and encouraging.
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Unsolicited advice sends a message that you're jumping in because they can't handle the problem. It leaves them feeling less competent and capable, undermining their ability to handle the situation...
When giving advice, people with more experience often make the mistake of assuming that they know best.
To offer expertise in a way that's truly helpful, use it to inform the person about the decision at hand. Tell them what you know about their options, possibly offering a recommendation, then let them use that information to make a sound decision.
Instead of imposing your opinion, guide them through the process you might use to reach a conclusion. Ask the questions you would ask yourself, and give them an opportunity to talk through the options with you. That approach will help build problem-solving skills that translate to future dilemmas.
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To be a stronger leader, you need to practice self-confidence. If you’re always second-guessing yourself and feeling shy around your coworkers, they won’t follow you.
Charismatic leaders think outside the box and aren’t afraid to push the limits.
While others may see this kind of push as risky, these leaders are the ones leading the way and driving innovation. When a problem arises, leaders don’t see only the difficulties. Instead, they rise to the challenge and see it as an opportunity. In business, this creativity can lead to powerful change and transformation, which can inspire and motivate others.
"Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” - Simon Sinek
Because leaders value innovation, they are focused on the future and how they can improve it. They have a dream and direction that motivates and inspires others.
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Careers and markets change over time, and you’ll need to be able to change in kind to remain relevant.
Thinking outside the box will help you stay adaptable. Your mind won’t be closed ...
If you view things as unchangeable, then nothing can change for the better. By thinking outside the box and questioning the status quo, you’ll constantly be considering how you could improve something.
Thinking outside the box can expand your worldview, allowing you to have a greater perspective on the events in your life. When you’re willing to consider alternative ways and points of view, you can find more potential solutions.
A greater perspective can make you more receptive to different ideas, which means that you won’t be limited by a small worldview.
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When you are feeling stuck, start writing about whatever is on your mind.
Set aside 10 to 15 minutes. It may start out as a page of gibberish, but soon ideas will start to flow.
If you feel overwhelmed by how little you have progressed, switch to working on mindless tasks that require little attention and allow the mind to wander. Wash the dishes, organize your bookshelf, or do laundry.
By accomplishing small wins, you develop momentum and confidence to overcome your mental block.
Play around with your home or office environment and discover what works best for you.
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Determine where you are in your career.
Identify how you got there and why you might lack fulfillment in your professional life.
These are the non-negotiable values you want to be known and remembered for.
Once you have identified your values, look at your personality, skills and interests to make sure that they align with your current occupation.
These are questions like “What do I really want?” or “Should I change careers?”
The more grounded you are with the answers to these important questions, the better able you are to reach your true goals.
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Used effectively, stress can motivate us to accomplish more than we had imagined possible. Stress can jolt us to reach our potential. Without stress, we’d feel rudderless and without purpose.
Resilience is how we deal with stress effectively so we “bounce back” after a difficult time.
As we deal with issues that cause tension and strain, we learn to face adversity, deal with significant issues and overcome problems. We learn how to formulate realistic plans and carry them out.
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A lot of people make the mistake of turning down important work due to urgent work that comes up suddenly.
A task requiring immediate attention is an urgent task, whereas important tasks are ...
Some tasks are neither urgent nor important, but as these time-wasting tasks are in front of us, we end up consuming our time with them. These include:
Urgent tasks are the ones that are not adding any value but come up to be done at that moment. The right approach is to avoid the urgent and focus on the important.
Example: Answering a phone call can seem urgent, due to its ringing, but it may not be that important.
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This way, you'll be able to hear your team’s true thoughts, which you can to use to inform the opinion you yourself deliver at the end of the conversation.
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A key part of being a good listener is showing the speaker that he or she has your undivided attention. Close your laptop and put away your phone.
This gives those speakers the confidence to express themselves fully without feeling that they’re imposing on your time.
7 percent of a message is conveyed through words. Body language plays a major role in how we communicate and how we listen.
When you’re listening, then, be aware of what your body language is saying to the speaker. Unfold your arms and be open to what this person has to say.
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