Integrity. Are You In Alignment?

by blogadmin 18. June 2019 01:37

Leadership In Action | Sales Edition | June 18, 2019

 

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say,and what you do are harmony." ~Mahatma Ghandi

If you have ever gone to the chiropractor with back pain, you know the relief that comes from having them adjust your spine, so you are in alignment. All the pinched nerves and your vertebrae are in place. Ah, releif!

The same is true when we align what we think, say, and do. When are lives are in alignment, we do not need to worry about remembering what we said to different people. We have integrit in our lives that allows us to relax and for others to build trust with us.

Trust is the foundation of leadership and sales. If people can predict what we will do, and if they understand who we truly are - they will be drawn to working with us.

Personal Challenge:

Are you in alignment? In what ways can you strengthen your integrity to create stronger trust with those around you?

All The Best, 

John Karle 

Is it a Job Interview or Not?

by blogadmin 14. June 2019 02:25

In a house, a solid foundaation is essential to hold the structure in place. Like a house, a strong foundation of sturctured interview questions can help hold or maintain control over the interview so that you are effectivley evaluating the candidate.

Some companies prefer to conduct interviews in a less formal manner with no structure or set questions. They treat the process like a conversation, asking each candidate different questions and relying on gut feel to guide the questions they choose. Whilte this style is beneficial in putting the candidate at ease, if it becomes too relaxed, you can lose the ability to make the best selection.

Structured and consistent questions have the benefit of helping you properly evaluate all the candidates against each other. They also help avoid inadvertently bringing bias into the process.

Helping the candidate feel at ease is also improtant and this can still be accomplished within a structured interview format. As the candidate responds to questions, the interviewer should listen carefully and if need be, ask additional clarifying questions for better understanding. It's these additional questions that can help put the candiadte at ease by allowing him or her to expand on a subject and share more information.

 

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! 

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