Four Red Flags Wrecking Team Success and Cohesion

Four Red Flags Wrecking Team Success and CohesionBuilding an ideal team is one of the most complex but also one of the most rewarding and advantageous responsibility of a leader.

The leader has to select the team to ultimately create the best results for the organization, in light of the company’s culture and of the personality, motivation, commitment, values, performance, integrity level of his or her potential team members, with respect to his or her leadership style.

When the team is built, the leader has to look out for red flags that can destroy the synergy of his or her team and easily create a lasting toxic climate.

Wondering how to detect these red flags, avoid toxicity on your team, how to extract the best results from your team members and to become the best team member you can?

A few years ago, I worked on a year-long project, under a boss who used demotions and other measures to punish some of his employees when mistakes occurred. For example, he would quickly and sadistically withdraw work responsibilities from someone he did not favor to give to someone else.

Four Red Flags Wrecking Team Success and CohesionAs a result, the team was a unsalvable shipwreck: every man for himself, searching for a flotation device, fighting to get on land. My former boss manipulative behavior created a toxic climate where people were continually in flight or fight mode, were mistrustful towards one another, would turn on each other, retain information and sabotage every other person efforts to succeed, were obliged to seek his “affections” and to continually prove their loyalty to him in order to feel safe in their position, were more focused on office politics than on their work, were always on the lookout of a scapegoat, were afraid of speaking up and being transparent.

The lack of trust, commitment, performance was noticeable on a daily basis. By trust, I mean the ability of the team members to admit their mistakes, acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, stay open, transparent with one another without any repercussion on themselves or their career.

RED FLAG #1: Lack of Transparency

In Speaking Truth to Power, James O’Toole states that “In essence, trust is hard to earn, easy to lose, and, once lost, nearly impossible to regain”.

Teams must be able to understand each other, to interpret their respective behavior and to be candid with one another.

To enable transparency, leaders have to:

  • Ask their team to reveal something personal and relevant about themselves. It can relate to their failures or successes, to their worst or most embarrassing experiences at work.
  • Encourage team building to better understand one another and enable bonds.
  • Assess and apply their team strengths and weaknesses by using profiling tools to get more insights into their behavior such as the DISC assessment, Social Style model, Right Path Profiles, Insights, MBTI).
  • Define a clear purpose for the team.
  • Explain major decisions from the organization to their team and include them in the flow of relevant information.
  • Maintain trust overtime and create unanimity.
  • Consistently tell the truth to their followers, be comfortable with it and practice integrity.
  • Value openness, empower those who tell the truth and must not reward those who do otherwise.

RED FLAG #2: Fear of conflict

In teams, conflicts do exist, are raw and real, are to be expected, and shouldn’t be avoided. In addition, they occur because we were born into different generations, backgrounds, with different personalities, values and morals.

Furthermore, conflict is always seen in a negative light or as a destructive process.
However, conflicts can be healthy and productive too. And even though conflicts are uncomfortable and make you feel under attack, they are necessary for personal and organizational progress, are used to generate the best decisions for the organization and to make team meetings mire engaging. In order to establish a conflict culture, it is imperative that leaders:

  • Create a structure where it is safe for their team members to express themselves without feeling the need to attack.
  • Hold their team accountable to the conflict system established.
  • Focus the conflict on the issue at hand to avoid personal attacks.
  • Assess each team member conflict capabilities/profiles with MBTI to develop the appropriate approach.
  • Ask their team members directly how they deal with conflicts.
  • Define conflict resolution, ease anxious team members in the face of conflict and find courage to speak truth to power.

RED FLAG #3: Lack of Commitment

Commitment is the willingness to achieve common goals as a team, the ability of team members to align themselves with the organization purpose, values and strategies even in disagreement with the decision taken.

To enhance team commitment, leaders must:

  • Embrace conflicts, divergent opinions, ideas and perspectives.
  • Among conflicting ideas, make wise decisions and be unafraid to displease some team members.
  • Before making a decision, understand and consider all ideas.
  • Clarify their decisions with the team and write down them down to avoid ulterior assumptions and ambiguities.

RED FLAG #4: Lack of accountability

Team members must keep each other accountable for their behavior, their mistakes and lack of performance. If no one is held accountable, team members gradually lose respect for each other and moral decreases. Leaders must:

  • Lead by example, call out mishaps, low results and misconduct.
  • Make every team member aware of each other contributions and functions on the team.
  • Track everyone’s progress and accurately measure performance.
  • Measure team success using objective and liable means.
  • Measure progress with timelines.
  • Focus on areas of productivity.
  • Make sure that the collective interest in results exceeds the individual needs of the team.

How to be an effective team member?

  • Develop your communication skills.

  • Make sure that you are understood and are open to clarifying misunderstandings.

  • Monitor your non verbal communication. Keep your body language positive and opened.

  • Look at the person you’re exchanging with.

  • If a problem occurs between you and someone else, fix it before the problem festers by talking to that person as soon as possible. This shows that you are willing to work through issues, that you are a problem solver instead of being inappropriate and ineffective.

  • Give sincere and appropriate positive feedback to your team members.

  • Develop your listening skills.

 

To demonstrate your interest in learning new skills, to better understand the other person, you have to:

  • be willing to listen more that you speak and voice your opinion in due time.
  • Implement the conversation with probing question.
  • Request other people opinion before giving yours.
  • Avoid planning your responses during the conversation.
  • Encourage the conversation with nods, smiles and eye contact.
  • Manage your tasks and time.
  • Put your understanding of the team task into writing in order to clarify immediate issues and to have a reference for time and deadlines measurement.
  • Own up to your actions.

 

Failing to follow through on your team assignments is synonym to letting your team down. To stay accountable for your part:

  • Keep your promises.
  • Offer to help coworkers in time of need.
  • Avoid procrastination and do not hesitate yo ask for help.
  • Avoid blaming others for your mistakes take the blame if you have done something wrong.
  • Find solutions to issues instead if creating them.
  • Learn from each and very situations and move on group them.
  • Avoid repeating past mistakes.
  • Work on interrelationship skills.

 

Last Words Of Advice!

In the team, you have to cooperate with your coworkers and work well with your supervisor. To do so:

  • Treat everyone with respect.
  • Avoid stereotypes and jumping to conclusions.
  • Avoid gossip and keep confidences.
  • Share your knowledge with your team.

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Goal Setting & The 80/20 Principle — 18 Ways To Apply This Principle And Change Your Life

Strangely, this week, I found myself explaining the 80/20 principle to everyone I know. Though this principle is well-known by leaders, it is rarely applied. Leaders around the globe get flooded with information, sometimes more than they can handle. However, they have to make swift decisions and keep their most important objectives in mind.

To extract value and positivity in every situation, to improve our daily life, our institutions, our efficiency, our processes, our achievements, it is detrimental to understand the 80/20 Principle.

Wondering how to generate goals and focus on the most important ones using the 80/20 Principle?

Goal Setting & The 80/20 Principle

What Is The 80/20 Principle?

The 80/20 Principle is actually known as the Principle of Imbalance, the Principle of Least Effort or the Pareto Law, uncovered in 1897 by Vilfredo Pareto, an italian economist. In the 19th century, in England, Pareto noticed that 80% of the wealth and income was accumulated by only 20% of the population.

Furthermore, Pareto remarked that the wealth was not evenly distributed and that not only wealth was distributed in this manner. The Pareto Principle was consistently reproducible in different countries, in different times and with different sets of data.

The Pareto Principle :

  • has been justified by Professor Zipf who demonstrated that 70% of marriages happened to people living 30% within each other.
  • has been used by Joseph Moses Juran during the industrial revolution, in Japan, in order to improve the quantity, the reliability and the value of customer goods.
  • is illustrated in every cause to effect relationship. For example,
    • 20% of employees or customers are responsible for 80% of the company profits.
    • 20% of criminals commit 80% of the crimes.
    • 20% of your clothes in your closet will be worn 80% of the time.
    • 80% of our achievements happen in 20% of our time.

According to Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle The secret of achieving more with less, the principle either requires 80/20 Analysis or 80/20 Thinking:

  • 80/20 Analysis: Before taking action, Prior analysis of the non linear relationship between cause and effort. This analysis is time-consuming but more detailed.
  • 80/20 Thinking: Before taking action, intuitively identify what is most important, then verify the usefulness of the 80/20 principle in the given situation. This is faster.

Why It Will Change Your Life

Generally, the 80/20 is used to prioritize, to set goals, to achieve more in less time and with less effort. It can be applied in business, in life, in any social grouping and in various cultures. For instance, in business, it helps you identify the areas where you lose time, money and where it is possible to cut your losses.

To exploit its full potential, the 80/20 principle exerts us to:

  • Spot the most important and ignore the massive unimportant.
  • Understand that every action doesn’t lead to the same outcome or even lead to one.
  • Use and work on strengths rather than weaknesses.
  • Seek shortcuts instead of taking long detours.
  • Gain more control over our lives and thoughts, our work and career selection.
  • Relax, work less and “target a limited number of very valuable goals”.
  • Transform your work habits.
  • Target a number of valuable goals.
  • Develop a healthy business strategy.
  • It is always possible to improve your skills.
  • Multiply what is effective.
  • Apply it in business to reduce costs and to generate more revenue.

Putting The Principle Into Practice To Set Tangible Goals

The 80/20 is for those who want more of their life, for the ambitious, for the goal-oriented and for the self-disciplined. Being ambitious is not synonymous to bein overworked, busy, or sacrificing yourself. To harness the 80/20 Principle, to make your dreams more feasible and to grow exponentially in any field:

  1. Discover what you are more enthusiastic about in life.
  2. Avoid investing the same amount of energy in everything that you pursue. Be strategic and identify the best 20% and invest 80% of your effort.
  3. Most people believe that goals are wishes, mere desires that they don’t believe they can achieve. Get clarity and be specific on what you want. There is no unrealistic goals.
  4. Make your goals big. The bigger the goal, the bigger the impact on your life, the higher the motivation and the longer you can maintain the vision.
  5. Make sure that these goals are self-imposed.
  6. Keep your goals simple. Simple is rare but simple is effective. Choose simplicity first. For example, identify the simplest and most standardized product, nurture the simplest 20%, make it high quality and eliminate the rest. In addition, simple businesses are better than complex ones because they deliver better value and perform better.
  7. Find ways to make your goals achievements fun. Avoid spending time on easy tasks and tune out distractions. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said it best: “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least”.
  8. Avoid focusing on the negative and waiting for a positive outcome. It is necessary to let go of the customers, employees, products and processes that don’t bring profits
  9. Know your values and purpose. Then, align your goals with your values in order to feel more fulfilled.
  10. Analyze the reasons and the costs of these goals beforehand. Applying the 80/20 Analysis will indicate whether or not you would pursue them.
  11. Write down your goals for various parts of your life (career, work processes, leadership styles, lifestyle, health) and accomplish the most important goal. These goals must have value. Writing down goals allows you to solidify them subconsciously and to get everything into place.
  12. Write down what you really want and write it down as if you are writing it from the future, having already achieved your goal.
  13. Work on this one goal all the time. 20 Percent of your activities will result in 80 percent of our results. It is  a known fact that you shouldn’t put all your eggs in a basket. Instead, choose the basket to put all your eggs into.
  14. Review these goals on a daily to keep your commitment to yourself.
  15. Divide your goals into smaller steps to make your plan more coherent and easier to achieve.
  16. Identify the obstacles, the knowledge needed, the relationships that you have to build to achieve your goals.
  17. Measure your progress with parameters like money, time, energy, emotional investment. You can even create a deadline. If you miss a deadline, create another one.
  18. Share your goals with those that will implement it.

Last Words Of Advice!

Don’t beat yourself or your team up for not realizing all your goals. Have you used the 80/20 principle and what have you noticed? What is one of the goal that you want to accomplish?

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130 Motivating Quotes For The New Year

This year went by quickly… Am I right?

We barely had the time to breathe or to make sense of everything.

Here are a few quotes to get yourself back together and motivate you for the New Year.

This year is going to be your best year yet. Each step that you take will help you overcome your fears and lead you closer to your goals and make you more excited for the year to come.

  1. Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard

  2. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar

  3. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. The most successful people reach the top not because they are free of limitations, but because they act in spite of their limitations. – Michael K. Williams

  5. Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. – Robin Sharma

  6. Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

  7. Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined. – Andrew Hendrixson

  8. Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein
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  9. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu

  10. Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan

  11. Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other. – Brian Tracy130 Motivating Quotes For The New Year #newyear #motivationalquotes #inspirationalquotes

  12. Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you. – Grace Coddington

  13. What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  14. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

  15. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Dr. Robert Schuller

  16. Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. – Helen Keller

  17. The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir

  18. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

  19. Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. – Charles Kettering
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  20. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. – Mary Kay Ash

  21. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

  22. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. – Napoleon Hill

  23. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

  24. A year from now you may wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb

  25. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

  26. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. – Teddy Roosevelt

  27. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. – Frederick Douglass

  28. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. – Tim Ferriss

  29. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

  30. Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein

  31. Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. – Victor Kiam

  32. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Kay

  33. Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

  34. Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso

  35. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

  36. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

  37. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi

  38. What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Napoleon Hill

  39. Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. – Doug Ivester

  40. The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. – Epictetus

  41. Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. – Robert Schuller

  42. It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed. – Doe Zantamata

  43. If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit130 Motivating Quotes For The New Year #newyear #motivationalquotes #inspirationalquotes

  44. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

  45. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

  46. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher

  47. Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life is too short to think small. – Tim Ferriss

  48. The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. – Henry Ford

  49. The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. – Zig Ziglar

  50. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller

  1. If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. – Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Albert Einstein

  3. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. – Jim Rohn

  4. If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein

  5. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

  6. You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. – Maya Angelou

  7. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

  8. Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. – Charles Swindoll

  9. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean

  10. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

  11. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

  12. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein

  13. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

  14. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

  15. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. – Amelia Earhart

  16. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

  17. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James

  18. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

  19. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

  20. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  21. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

  22. We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

  23. Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen

  24. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

  25. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi

  26. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn

  27. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain

  28. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

  29. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

  30. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Aristotle

  31. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

  32. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

  33. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

  34. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins

  35. You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. – Robert Anthony

  36. Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. – Napoleon Hill

  37. Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. – Ella Fitzgerald

  38. Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments. – Henry Ward Beecher

  39. The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed. – Nelson Boswell

  40. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi

  41. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

  42. We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us. – Virginia Satir

  43. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

  44. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. – Milton Berle

  45. The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. – Colin R. Davis

  46. Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. – Les Brown

  47. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali

  48. You will succeed because most people are lazy. – Shahir Zag

  49. The grass is greener where you water it. – Neil Barringham

  50. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. – Earl Nightingale

  51. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin

  52. If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. – Seth Godin 

  53. If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

  54. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

  55. Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. – George Whitefield

  56. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

  57. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth

  58. Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  59. When you know what you want,and you want it badly enough,you’ll find a way to get it. – Jim Rohn

  60. Every great story on the planet happened when someone decided not to give up, but kept going no matter what. – Spryte Loriano

  61. If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

  62. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. – Michael Jordan

  63. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. – Robert Collier

  64. ll progress takes place outside the comfort zone. – Michael John Bobak

  65. Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. – Benjamin Franklin

  66. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  67. Don’t count the days, make the days count. – Muhammad Ali

  68. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

  69. You can’t give up! When you give up, you’re like everybody else! – Chris Evert

  70. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho

  71. Victory is not always winning the battle…but rising every time you fall. – Napoleon Bonaparte

  72. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. – Earl Nightingale

  73. Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you. – Mary Lou Retton

  74. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy. – Leo Buscaglia

  75. One finds limits by pushing them. – Herbert Simon

  76. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Sir Winston Churchill

  77. If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

  78. Success is not what you have, but who you are. – Bo Bennett

  79. Good is the enemy of great. – Jim Collins

  80. There is nothing impossible to him who will try. – Alexander the Great

 

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Last Words Of Advice!

The above quotes from famous and successful people are meant to motivate and inspire you.

You should read them when you feel demotivated or lost.

Did we miss one of the best quotes of all time? Let us know which quote is your favorite in the comment section.

 

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Are you self-sabotaging at work? 18 Tips to Learn to improve your work performance and climb up the corporate ladder

jonathan-pendleton-61209We all have a dream of outperforming ourselves at work and staying consistent and moving up in our career.

However, we have difficulties bringing our wishes and expectations to life.

Furthermore, in the fast and highly competitive corporate world, some of our attitudes, assumptions, values, flaws often render us completely ineffective, come in the way of us being the best version of ourselves, from learning new skills, from developing our talents.

The reality is that, despite our best intentions, we are often our worst enemies, are unable to improve our career, to achieve our definition of success, to satisfy our higher purpose.

We thereby harbor dissatisfaction, self-defeating thoughts and resort to self-sabotaging actions.

Wondering how to become a better performer, a better contributor, a better leader in the workplace and control the self-sabotaging tendencies?

Most of the time, self-sabotage takes roots from collaborators sometimes abusing substance, striving too hard for materialistic success.

Self-sabotage also stems from an inability to control extreme negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, guilt or resentment, and an inability to control other people. Indeed, in the workplace, low performing employees and leaders tend to either:

  • complain too much about circumstances,
  • not take action or initiative,
  • doubt their capabilities,
  • be addicted to praise,
  • struggle to live up to other people expectations. Not pursuing your true purpose and implementing somebody else dream cause you to subconsciously rebel against your current situation.
  • act impatient,
  • be unable to follow rules or respect authority figure,
  • be unable to handle the pressures of responsibility;
  • misinterpret the image they have of themselves
  • be busy or lack time management skills,
  • lack conflict resolution skills,
  • fear the unknown,
  • fear criticism, looking ridiculous or being embarrassed,
  • fear change or fear success,
  • feel rejected or reject their own being,
  • fear failure. Failures are usually blessings in disguise.

How to improve these bad habits and become an effective member of the workforce?

Becoming a better performer and contributor in the workplace doesn’t end at solely executing your duties and providing acceptable results, it also means working on your character and core values. To enable effective performance in the workplace, it is necessary to:

  1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses and ground them into reality. I cannot stress enough how self-discovery is an important and long life process that allows to:
    • upgrade your moral compass and create new ethical standards,
    • accept our unique distinctions,
    • evaluate your role and contributions at work,
    • assist, be assisted by coworkers or team members with a complementing set of skills.
  2. Understand your interests and abilities. This way you are able to develop your core capabilities, to choose the work that stimulates you the most, the workplace in which you best fit in and the team that complements you the best.
  3. Keep learning, grow your knowledge and your emotional intelligence that you may increase satisfaction at work, to envision greater possibilities, to overcome obstacles and to be successful in every area of your life by:
    • doing something new, something different, challenging your thoughts and your routine,
    • nurturing your natural curiosity about the world, about what you don’t know,
    • breaking routine and mindless actions to stimulate your imagination,
    • tackling your fears and negative emotions head and listing the consequences of your actions.
  4. Adjust your self-image to reality by writing down:
    • the qualities you have about yourself and the ones you want to acquire,
    • your trigger points. Don’t let identifying your trigger points to get discouraged and give up on yourself. Noticing your self-sabotaging habits is actually beneficial to you: you are probably not in the walk of life that you wish or supposed to be in.
  5. Act responsibility, be proactive, take initiative. Take on more responsibility and assignments, perform them with enthusiasm and motivation in order to become confident in your abilities, autonomous, dependable, emotionally mature and trustworthy. Indeed, the more you take on responsibility, the more you learn about yourself, the more you understand the consequences of your actions, the faster you admit your mistakes as soon as you notice them, the better you remain accountable especially when things go wrong, the more you grow, the more you gain competencies, the more you are willing to take initiative and even risks.
  6. Discipline yourself by inspecting and readjusting your thoughts, actions and behaviors to set standards, and dominating your immediate desires and impulses.
  7. Stay true to yourself. Avoid comparing yourself to others and competing with others.
  8. Allow yourself to think. In silence, without looking for distractions, confront yourself, make peace with yourself, strengthen your decision-making skills, observe bad habits, and therefore learn more about yourself, find your true purpose, learn to trust your intuition and inner feelings. Meditation, quiet contemplation, introspection are the key to staying alert, to increase your performance at work, to develop and recognize good ideas, to stay engaged and more conscious of your life.
  9. Define clear goals and seek better methods to become more productive, more competent in the workplace.
  10. Learn to insulate yourself from the noise in the workplace.
  11. Vary your experiences and get out your comfort zone.
  12. Take care of your physical health. Exercise regularly.
  13. Make a good impression, from day one, without overdoing it and running a political campaign, by dressing appropriately and being punctual.
  14. Respect and treat people the way you would like to be respected and treated. Uplift people instead of bringing them down or being considered as a toxic coworker in the workplace. Develop relationships and properly manage people emotions, don’t impose your emotions on others, don’t create enemies where you can have a supportive friend. As a result, you can become a good contributor and a valuable team member.
  15. Embrace change, renew your coping and self-defense mechanism.
  16. Expect to make mistakes, to learn from them and keep it moving.
  17. Avoid naysayers and haters like the plague. Change your circle of friends if they are the ones bringing you down.
  18. Service others. Servicing others doesn’t mean to submit to everyone and to every order. It means doing your best to get along with one another.

Last words of advice!

If you happen to abuse substance or are in emotional distress in the workplace, don’t be ashamed, you are not alone. Please talk about it to your closest family and friends, or find the nearest Workplace Help Center.

 

Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You By Cal Newport

The culture that we live in encourages people to live their dreams and follow their passions. We don’t necessarily have a guideline to live the dream, to exercise our passions and to find the career that best suits us.

It seems that to get a fulfilling job or to do great work, following your passion is definitively not the way to go.

Why not?

Because following your passions is difficult, rarely successful and dangerous. Studies have shown that:

  • Passions are not determined at birth.
  • Most people can have several passions that have nothing to do with choosing the right job. Some people don’t necessarily have a passion to follow.
  • Passions for a job takes time to develop. It takes time to build relationships, to become efficient at what you do and see the impact of your work.
  • You become passionate when you master a skill.
  • You become confused and anxious when you follow passion.

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What should you do then?

When going after the career you want, you must measure the importance of growing a set of skills and adopt the craftsman mindset.

Indeed, there are two ways of thinking about work. There’s the craftsman mindset and the passion mindset.

The passion mindset focuses on what the world can offer you. It sets you constantly on high alert, seeking for what you don’t like. It leaves you perpetually in a state of confusion.

The craftsman mindset is useful in building the career that you want, irrespective of what type of work you do. It focuses on what you produce and what you can offer the world. It leaves you with clarity and a love for what you do.

How to acquire the craftsman mindset?

Great work is a combination of creativity, impact and control. This combination is rare but valuable.

Matter of fact, great jobs are rare and valuable. To find them, you need to build up great skills and in turn offer skills that are rare and valuable.

The craftsman mindset is the best way to acquire skills Capital.

To grow a craftsman mindset, you can follow these 5 steps:

  1. Decide what Capital Market you belong to.
  2. Identify the type of Capital you want to pursue.
  3. Define clear goals for yourself.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone and stretch your abilities.
  5. Be patient.

How to gain control using your new found Capital?

Gaining control over what you do is an important part of enjoying what you do and is the hardest part.

Gaining control turns out to be tricky: you cannot ask for more control if you don’t have enough Capital to back it up or you have acquired lots of control that you can no longer evolve in your role.

It serves to have a unifying focus or mission for your career. A mission will focus your energy toward a useful goal and increase your impact on the world. To accomplish your mission, you can take small steps that generate concrete feedback.

Review

So Good They Can’t Ignore You is an extremely practical, logical guide to get the career that you want and to be so “good they can’t ignore you”.

In So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport believes that you should not pursue your passions in order to achieve career success.

Instead, you should seek to improve your skills and apply yourself in a particular field. By mastering a skill, you will gain in efficiency and gradually become passionate about the work you do.

According to Cal Newport, people who solely follow their passions end up shifting careers when they realize that their career is not what is cracked up to be.

To get a fulfilling job and the career that you want, he suggests 4 rules or principles that are extracted from many successful people lives and that are difficult to implement.

It was very interesting and somewhat refreshing to hear an unpopular opinion. His principles and opinion are not designed for dreamers. It is however designed for people at entry-level at their jobs, for analytical people who are geared towards efficient performance and who are career focused.

Even if I’m a practical person, I admittedly don’t see anything wrong with pushing people to follow their passions that might get them out of their comfort zone and into their dream job.

I think that there isn’t one approach to success or else everybody would be doing it. Some people are motivated by having a solid plan, others by an unshakable purpose and others by an exciting passion. 

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5 Tech Services To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Work Day

Technology in the workplace can do a lot to save you time, effort and mental bandwidth, and these five services are no exception…

No matter which type of work environment you find yourself in, technology can bring a ton of value to your work day.

It could be for time management, personal finances, workforce management, or maybe just something to help your personal workflow, technology can help make many aspects of work easier.

These five technologies are no exception, and are worth looking into.

5 Tech Services To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Work Day

1. The Mayo App

Mayo is a mobile application that allows users to ‘ask for help’ from the people in their immediate area- be it a coffee shop, store, library, etc.

Using a no-sign-in-required model, Mayo discourages the social ‘connectivity’ aspect that is traditional in most social platforms and instead focuses on connecting people in the real world for the purpose of solving tasks at hand.

Mayo’s founder Allen Chan is integrating this application into the professional co-working and university environments for helping people solve business problems and school related tasks, respectively.

If you work remotely or find yourself in a population-dense area, Mayo can help you with everything from brainstorming business solutions to borrowing a MacBook charger.

Because the Mayo app is relatively new, there is a lot of opportunity to get early-adopter value from the application.

2. All About PDF

PDFs are the cornerstone of digital documentation in the workplace.

It’s a format that is widely accepted and maintained for professionalism purposes, but for the most part, PDFs are stagnant and can pose a lot of hassle when in a time crunch.

Have you ever received a PDF and realized you have to make changes to it? Not an easy task to accomplish.

All About PDF is a PDF management software that allows you to modify PDFs in ways previously not thought possible, all on a dime’s notice.

See the screenshot below for just some of what All About PDF can do for you in the workplace.

All About PDF is a PDF management software that allows you to modify PDFs in ways previously not thought possible, all on a dime's notice.

3. Keeper Tax

Finance management is a headache for a lot of professionals, especially those in the freelance or contract working space.

Tracking receipts, invoices, costs, expenses, from every micro transaction that occurs on a daily basis is a time management nightmare that nobody has time for.

Keeper Tax is a tool for automated expense tracking with one specific purpose- to help you to get the most accurate tax report filed with the IRS.

Keeper Tax steps in as the middle man for finance management and texts you (yes, you read that right) whenever an expense is incurred on your credit/debit card.

From there, you can tell Keeper Tax if that expense should be filed as business, personal, or other.

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