Dear Change Leader, Change Yourself.

by blogadmin 3. June 2019 02:37

  

 Rhoda Kreuzer | Leadership In Action | Leadership Edition 

Why is change so difficult at work? Often, it's because leadership uses a logical approach to deal with the implementation of a new process, but ignores the emotional side of the equation. Put yourself in your others' desk chairs when it comes to change:

(1) It is unknown. We can't be sure if the change will be positive or if it will work.

(2) It requires us to change our pattern of behavior. Most people enjoy a routine pattern or a way of doing things. Change disrupts our routine. 

(3) It requires energy. Most of us would rather continue our current practice because it takes less work. We prefer autopilot mode.

(4) I am losing something of value. Most of us feel that with change we lose something important. Something we value about our status, our work, our relationships. We may even feel that we are out of control. 

You may think the ability to empathize and fully understand what's going on in a team member's head is easy, but today's leaders need to be REAL change leaders. Draw people into the story by making them active participants. The trick is to uitilize your soft skills and address the real concern of what's in it for them. Great change leaders make people see the positive side of change, show them how they will learn, grow, and improve, and make the status quo seem unappealing.

Personal Challenge:
With upcoming changes that need to be made, what can you do to improve your own soft skills? In what ways can you involve your team in the change process? How can you include them in the journey? Where can you demonstrate your enthusiasm and gratitude for their roles in making your company thrive and become even more successful?

Here's wishing you great success in all that you do! 

The Art of Reading An Interview Candidate

by blogadmin 14. May 2019 04:55

Carol Helsel | Leadership In Action | May 15, 2019 

One of the most important skills of an interviewer is the ability to read (or interpret verbal and non-verbal cues) a candidate you're interviewing. The key is to remain objective and not distort information because of preconceptions. Judith Orloff MD, psychiatrist and author, shares 3 techniques that can help:

1. Observe Body Cues.

-Pay attention to appearance. Are they dressed for success?

-Notice posture. Do they portray confidence? Arrogance? Signs of low self-esteem?

-Watch for physical movements such as nervous habits, distance, what they do with their hands.

-Interprent facial expressions. Do they look worried, bitter, happy?

2. Listen to You Intuition.

This is simply your gut feel. Honor these feelings.

3. Sense Emotional Energy.

The vibe we give off is usually registered with intuition. Some candidates emit positive energy, while others may be off-putting. Ask yourself how you feel being around this person.

With practice, you can ignite your senses and excel at identifying and selecting the candidate who will fit best!

 

Post by Carol Helsel, Senior HR Consultant, for Partners In Action, Inc. 

 

4 Steps To Help You Bounce Back

by blogadmin 22. January 2019 02:13

Carol Helsel | Leadership In Action | January 22, 2019

Failure is a part of life. We've all experienced a failure and will fail again, but how do we recover? How do we bounce back and get back in the game? 

Dr. Cathy Coullatt, Ph.D shares 4 steps to overcoming a devastating setback, summarized here:

1. Change your thinking from "How can I possbily deal with this?" to "I must deal with this." Learning to deal with setbacks, failures, and blows to your confidence will overcome them. It's a necessity.

2. Realize success and failure are on the same path. Successful people fail just as often if not more than their unsuccessful counterparts. Successful people never interpret failure as the last word on the subject.

3. Celebrate the effort not the result. To recover from failure, genuinely applaud your effort. You tried and you took a risk.

4. Isolate the failure to this specific situation and don't let it become global. People can tend to inflate their failure into something bigger, which can lead to generalizations such as "I can't ever get it right".

Check out this short video of Marie Forleo (TV Host, Philantrhopist, and Entrepreneur) interviewing Dr. Collautt on her insights on bouncing back from failure, even devastating failure.

Be Bold,

Carol 

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