Create A Communication-Friendly Space
- Keep Communication Constant
- Uncover Communication Issues
- Hold Weekly Town Hall Meetings
- Ask For Your Employee’s Feedback
- Communicate Face To Face
- Master Your Body Language
- Don’t Over-Communicate
- Take Time To Listen
- Personalize Your Communications
- Be Authentic
- Incorporate Team Building Games
- Try The One Up, One Down Exercise
Tell it straight and walk the talk.
If you’re open and genuine, if you say what you mean and mean what you say, then people will always know where you stand, what to expect from you, and where they stand with you. If you also consistently follow through with actions, then you’re transparent, honest, and impartial. That, to me, means you’re fair.
That also means you don’t tell people what they want to hear, take the easy way out, sugarcoat, spin, BS, play political games, or behave passive aggressively.
by Steve Tobak for Inc.com
The beginning of a new year brings about the desire for change. Leaving old habits behind and implementing new ones with the hope of increased productivity and success. Here are four to leave behind…
MULTITASKING IN AND OUT OF THE OFFICE
TAKING YOUR PHONE INTO THE BEDROOM
STRETCHING YOURSELF TOO THIN
NOT COUNTING YOUR WINS
It’s a new year! What better way to prepare to reach your 2019 goals than to get organized?
- Purge – Throw away the things you don’t need.
- Label – Find things quicker by labeling shelves, files, bins,etc.
- Clear your Desktop – Both on your computer screen and your physical desktop, create files and only put back the things you need daily.
- Restructure – Your file system may need to be revamped. Store things digitally to cut down on paper.
- Clean out your drawers – Throw away old notes, pens that have dried-up, expired snacks, organize paper clips, notepads, etc.
- Delete – Old files and unnecessary emails.
Use this list to do a weekly assessment and stay organized all year long.
In most competitive sports, getting off to a good start can mean the difference between winning and losing. Our hyper-competitive world of work is much the same. Getting off to a rough start with a new boss, colleague or client can put us at a distinct disadvantage.
As a team of psychologists from the United States, Canada and Belgium discovered, negative first impressions are particularly difficult to shake, even if we do get that second chance. The research showed that a positive impression made after an initial negative one is limited to the specific context in which it was made, while the original negative perception will continue to count against us in all other contexts. In other words, we must find many different opportunities in varying contexts in which to make a positive subsequent impression to sufficiently weaken an initial negative one.
The good news is that we never run out of opportunities to make first impressions. Think about all the people you meet at networking and industry events, at new jobs, at interviews and client pitches, and at investor presentations and contract negotiations. That’s just in your professional life.
To ensure you make the best of these many opportunities, I recommend three simple yet powerful strategies.
I’ve regretted the moments when I backed away from a bold, exciting risk. Regret makes you feel like you don’t belong somewhere; you’re here now, but you keep thinking, I should be over there. And so, when it comes time for me to take another risk, I force myself to relive that regret. I imagine feeling it again, a regret plastered to my body. I hate that feeling. I don’t want it ever again. So then I give myself an option: Feel that awful regret, or be free of it. Take a leap, and be free.
By Jason Feifer for Entrepreneur Magazine
People say they like to push boundaries, but they rarely push those boundaries. They like the idea of change more than they like change. They call themselves risk-takers but always play it safe. You know the difference between successful entrepreneurs and everyone else? They don’t just flatter themselves with talk of their bold hearts and daring intentions. They make hard, necessary, real decisions. They produce things nobody has seen before. They push and they scrape and make holes in the wall. They act.
by Jason Feifer for Entrepreneur Magazine
Establish the rules of the game.
There’s nothing worse than trying to play a game when you don’t know the rules or they keep changing in some arbitrary way. Not only isn’t it very fair, it can be extremely frustrating and a significant drain on employee morale and organizational performance. That’s especially true of hiring, performance reviews, and promotions.
When it comes to anything organization or company-wide: goals, strategies, plans, processes, culture, rules–whatever–establish them, document them, and communicate them. Then be as even-handed in your execution as you reasonably can without becoming overly bureaucratic.
by Steve Tobak for Inc.com
The end of the year means filing your tax returns is just around the corner.
We are excited to share the great news that office furniture purchases, financing/leasing is tax deductible under Section 179.
It is a use-it or lose-it write-off so you need to act now!
Acceptable Equipment List:
Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use
Tangible personal property used in business
Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs (see Section 179 Vehicle Deductions)
Computer “Off-the-Shelf” Software
Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e.: a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)
Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)
Certain improvements to existing non-residential buildings: fire suppression, alarms and security systems, HVAC, and roofing
Make sure you do your homework to verify that your company is leveraging the Section 179 Deduction this year. More info
A leader worth following realizes their ability to influence others, desires to treat others fairly and brings out the best in others. Great leaders strive to:
1. Be accessible
2. Be flexible
3. Be patient
4. Be understanding
5. Be creative
6. Be fair
7. Be trusting/trustworthy
8. Be positive
9. Be an active listener