BOOST Your Emotional Intelligence At Work

by blogadmin 31. July 2018 00:57

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | July 31, 2018

 

Most people know it's not a good idea to be highly emotional at work. Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to identify and manage our emotions. Have you considered, though, our ability to manage other people's emotions? Or what type of emotion we should display for any given situation?

Research suggests that people who are more emotionally intelligent are also more successful at work, in relationships, and stay healthier. Psychologists say it's not easy to improve, but if you are brave and motivated enough to want to learn how others see you, you can make positive changes.

Below are listed first 10 of "21 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence". Check them out and get a good start onto becoming more emotionally healthy. Do take some more time to read the full article as it is very valuable to overall leadership and personal growth. 

1. Pick one area below to improve on.

2. Surround yourself with people who don't necessarily agree with you.

3. Find a "career" mirror or friend to help you reflect on your emotions.

4. Assign someone to be your "loving critic" at work.

5. Try to see things from another's perspective.

6. Give people the benefit of the doubt.

7. Ask people directly what they are feeling.

8. Learn to empathize without getting overly emotionally invested.

9. Pretend to be humble.

10. Know what sets you off and watch for it. 

Personal Challenge:  What area did you pick to begin working on? How about picking someone to serve as your "career mirror" or "loving critic"? Talk to that person today to begin seeing yourself as others see you.

QUIZ: How Well Do You MANAGE PROJECTS?

by blogadmin 19. July 2018 03:41

Special Project Management Edition | July 23, 2018

Whether or not you hold cerification in Project Managment, chances are it's a big part of your role or what you do in your business. Whether you manage projects on a regular basis or only twice per year, the skills learned in project management are complex and requires a wide range of skills and experience. The fundamentals of managing a project from start to finish are very similar.

Listed below 10 KEY AREAS IMPORTANT TO A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT from mindtools.com. How well do you fare in each one?

Take this SHORT QUIZ to determine how well you perform. 

1. Project Integration

2. Scope Management

3.  Schedule Management

4. Cost Management

5. Quality Management

6. People Management

7. Communication

8. Risk Management

9. Project Procurement

10. General Project Skills 

 

Personal Challenge:

-Use your answers to determine whether you are applying best practices or not.

-In your industry, what project management areas are most important? Least? Try ranking them and managing your next project with these key areas.

-Lastly, do some reading up on project management. There are  many online resources all the way to gaining certification. 

 

Teams: Check Your Math!

by blogadmin 16. July 2018 04:08

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition 

  

 

Of course, you say, "the answer is 4!"

Indeed, but healthy teams calculate differently. Their team building formula suggests that no matter how many individuals you add together, the result will always add up to one, strong, healthy, working team.

Strong teams know that each individual brings unique perspective, experiences, and preferences to the team. However, once these separate characteristics are brough to the team, they are interwoven tightly and function together to achieve the goals and objectives of the team.

If we continue to act like individuals, we will miss out on the most amazing results. Indeed, four individuals can accomplish much. But, the most complex goals take the unity and integration of each person to achieve them.

Think of an orchestra playing a beautiful piece of music. Different individuals play different instruments, different notes, and at different times. But - it is one masterful piece - one destination - one meldious result!

It is through such collaboration the the most amazing performances occur.

Personal and Team Challenge:

Are you a team where each member is integrated together to perform amazingly?

Or, are you a group of individuals, all working hard, and all just getting by?

Check your math. Apply the team building formula. See if the team that works as one is not the best!

All the Best,

Rhoda 

 

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