Time for Change

by blogadmin 23. June 2020 03:12

It has been said that the change we love the most is the change we initiate. When change fits our preferences, our work style, and our beliefs, we are all for moving ahead. However, most change is not that easy or convenient and requires us to stretch.

Even when we know that change is needed, we struggle. For example, most of us would say that racism is wrong and that things need to change, but we are still having the same conversations around racism that have occurred over the last several hundred years. The question becomes, “How do we create and grow from change”? This is a great question to which I would like to suggest a few thoughts related to eliminating racism.

 

  • Commit yourself to the change past the media attention: Instead of eliminating racism being a nice idea that we “hope” will occur, we must commit ourselves long term to do what is needed to ensure that we are anti-racist.

  • Educate yourself: What is systemic racism and how has this practice continued? Read books, take classes, visit museums and landmarks, and talk to people of color to learn from their experiences.

  • Speak up when situations arise: Write your legislators about needed reform, march when issues arise that need joint action, speak up about racism and correct misinformation when in conversation with others you know.

  • Change your habits: Consider adding Juneteenth and Martin Luther King Jr. Days as holidays in your company, diversify your media feeds to include influencers who are people of color, frequent businesses owned by people of color, listen to music by black artists, and attend festivals celebrating other cultures.

  • Be an advocate for others: Actively recruit people of color, support them for leadership roles and encourage others to consider them for promotions.

  • Be in relationship: It is amazing what we learn and how we become better informed when in relationship with those we seek to serve or advocate for them. Firsthand knowledge informs our understanding. Listen when talking with people of color to learn their story and understand their perspective. 

  • Be willing to be uncomfortable. Change does not come without some stretching and discomfort. However, change will produce a richer experience and growth if we are open to embracing the process.

 
 
As you seek to lead your organization or your team through change, use these steps to embrace and grow from change. 

Tips to Improve Virtual Non-Verbal Communication

by blogadmin 1. June 2020 02:56

 

Recent quarantines have turned professional meetings and relationships upside down, making video meetings an essential component to keeping a business running smoothly.  With a simple click of a link, everything from team meetings to securing business deals to interviewing candidates can now be done remotely.  Have you taken the time to consider your online business etiquette?  While working from home it feels easy to jump on a video call without considering how our internal and external environment presents to others. For instance, is the background behind you busy or chaotic? Is there a moderate volume to the background noise? Is the lighting dispersed well? Did you brush your hair? Many of these things would generally not have been thought of when having a business meeting in person, as we are ready for our day before we leave the house and have chosen a certain environment to meet in. The tips below will help you keep your meetings productive, effective, and professional while presenting a positive image to business contacts and interview candidates.   

 

1. Mute yourself when not speaking.

2. Be on time.  If you cannot make it, let the host know of your absence.

3. Ensure your technology works correctly before the meeting starts. 

a. Test the camera and microphone ahead of time.

b. Use an on-line internet speed test to make sure your speed is fast enough to support a decent level of quality.

c. Don’t move the camera during the meeting. 

4. Create a high-quality presence.

a. Be centered on the screen and a distance that shows your head and chest.

b. Have a presentable look- appropriate clothing, grooming.

c. Ensure even lighting- no sun or bright spots, or shadows.

 

d. Consider a virtual background if your background isn’t pleasing. 

5. Eliminate or minimize distractions (kids, pets, co-workers) but if there’s a chance of something happening, let the participants know ahead of time.  Standards are a bit more relaxed now than in the past, but it’s still important. Use headphones if there will be external background noise. 

6. Pay attention and focus on the meeting.  Don’t do other work.  It’s obvious, it’s distracting, and it’s unprofessional.  Taking notes is fine if you let the viewer know what you’re doing. 

 

7. Keep your video on- it adds a human touch, can help combat isolation, and can strengthen relationships. 

8. It’s acceptable to have a beverage, but don’t eat. 

9. Interruptions can occur more often during a video meeting so be more courteous and allow others to speak first. Allow a moment between speakers to ensure they have finished their thought.   

 

Check your etiquette to ensure that you are communicating well virtually.  Doing so will enhance your relationships and strengthen your impact. 

Next Level Culture

by blogadmin 27. May 2020 01:24

Leaders often are focused on creating efficiencies, creating systems, setting goals, and checking off tasks on their to-do lists. While all these things are important, there is another aspect of leadership that is even more critical...
 
 Creating a culture where team members know the following:
 
*Innovation is everyone’s job
*Learning is ongoing for everyone
*Humility and mission focus are foundational
*Sharing information and collaboration creates a propelling energy
*Recognition and celebration are as important as analysis
*Diversity creates depth and richness within our team 
 
 

Ask yourself, “How am I fostering each of these cultural pieces?” and “How much time do I spend focused on and modeling each of these?” The answer to these questions will demonstrate your success quotient. Without these there will be great programs, initiatives, and ideas. However, they will never go the distance, because culture is the fuel that leads to sustained success.

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