Thoughts on how to be a player in your business…

(Or, acquiring a “seat at the table”…)

On the way “up”, partner with managers and leaders of other functions in the business.

Look for opportunities to participate in multi-functional teams and projects.

Manager and Leader tool box

Safe guard the policies of the business; if you have international locations, know what policies cross the border (some do), which ones don’t, and understand and communicate the differences when appropriate.

Establish objectives and measure performance to set objectives. If you have multiple direct reports, manage accountability. Pay for performance. Compensation needs to be relative.

Provide alternative solutions to partners that have or create issues. The former, proactive, the latter reactive.

Be an aggressive communicator, speak up!

Understand basic planning tools and software. Use analytics to support your positions on varying issues and subjects.

Safeguard the company’s values and “take no prisoners” when it comes to zero tolerance.

Manager and leader behaviors are visible to others. A “player” develops these, and needs to be an example: Some are inherent, some acquired through experience: integrity, professional presence, passion, leadership, teamwork, courage, humor, humility, analytical ability, planning, problem solving, performance management, decision making, inclusiveness and respect for differences, kindness, open door, intellectual rigor, risk taking, perseverance, and patience. (Not an inclusive list)

In the end “you gotta want it’ but not so much it becomes a detriment to others. You can get there, reach you career objectives, without leaving a trail of peripheral damage.

Leave ego elsewhere. Replace it with confidence and well-tuned manager/leader skills and behaviors. Be an example, mentor and coach.

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How-to-get-better-at-speaking-up-in-the-moment

Many people can benefit from this one, from a Fast Company article August 16, 2022. Including myself !

By Stephanie Vozza (3 minute Read)

A lot of people struggle speaking up in the moment. Sometimes, it’s due to the fear of saying or doing the wrong thing and suffering repercussions. Or maybe it’s because they’re not prepared and are caught off guard in the moment. The problem with not pushing back is that you don’t address the problem, says Amber Cabral, author of Say More About That . . . And Other Ways to Speak Up, Push Back, and Advocate for Yourself and Others.

“Whatever the not-okay behavior, oppressive action, or inappropriate discussion may be, it will continue to go on,” she says. “It should be resolved or addressed by pushing back.”

Cabral defines pushing back as challenging an idea or position someone else had before. In the workplace, that can be something as simple as disagreeing with someone’s perspective. Or it could be a matter of trying to create space for your ideas.

“When you’re thinking about pushing back, that means that you’re trying to challenge something that has been presented that is inequitable or doesn’t consider all the information is available,” says Cabral.

How to Push Back

There is a wrong way and a right way to push back, says Cabral. “You may be living life through your eyes, but other people are experiencing it, too,” she says. “You want to recognize how things might land, because messaging that lands well is more likely to be effective.”

For example, if your ideas aren’t being heard and you’re not being given the space you need, Cabral suggests inserting yourself by asking a question, such as, “I can appreciate what you shared. Would you be open to a different perspective?”

“What that question does is it invites folks who are listening to say, ‘Oh, there’s another person,’” says Cabral. “They have to give you an affirmative or say no. When you pose a question, you’re ‘permissioning’ those who are in the room with you, asking them to shift to their listening ear. It’s also very non-confrontational; very inviting.”

Why It’s Important to Push Back

Pushing back is important for challenging things that are not equitable. You can make space for aspects of your identity that may not get the space that they deserve. A perfect example is that just five years ago, we were not having conversations about pronouns, says Cabral.

“The reason it’s happening now is that people chimed in and pushed back, giving us an opportunity to have a collective shift to our mindset and perspective,” she says. “Pushback is one of the ways that we move our culture, our identities, our communities—and our workplaces—forward because it introduces ideas that we may not have considered, and challenges us to be willing to evolve and shift to create more inclusive and equitable spaces.”

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Fail-Safe Culture

There is a lot out there on creating and maintaining a great work culture that attracts (welcomes my be a better word), retains, and develops the various generations (various age groups) in the modern professional work force. Hundreds or articles in many forms of media.

One thing that is a certainty — all levels of management and leadership in the business are responsible for the culture in the business. They set the policies and they are responsible for business performance and employee morale and opportunity, and maintaining an environment that is based on values and integrity. And more.

Trust, Communications, Tools

So over the years, despite experts’ opinions on the work environment expectations of different generations of professional employees, consider the skills needed by the leadership and management team to create and maintain a fail-safe culture, highly desired by any generation. So easy to list, so challenging to internalize in an organization:

  • A leadership/management team that is understands and is committed to culture
  • Values are foundation blocks
  • Communications (Listening)
  • Individual Performance
  • Team work
  • Inclusive work force
  • Professional Development
  • Internal and external Community
  • Opportunity and Growth
  • Technology

It is not an insignificant list, nor is it inclusive. And, it is no small accomplishment to build a leadership and management team to take a business to a fail-safe culture. And here is a list of many of the competencies that the leadership and management team needs to command. No small undertaking…

Accountability,  Integrity,  Humor, Kindness, Common Sense, Communications,  Flexibility, Dependability,  Adaptability, Professional Presence, Business Acumen, Leadership,  Intellect,  Passion, Humility, Compassion.

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Change

If you visit the “About” page of this site you will find its primary purpose is to help readers improve their performance and the performance of others.

I have found that I have strayed away from that “mission” and find myself posting more about the horrendous political, environmental, divisive, and corruption issues in the USA and around the globe.

I am tired of it. I feel that the negative “force” of these issues has caused the blog to stray from its original charter . And, there is sufficient, negative news out there without this blog republishing and commenting on it!

There IS content in this blog’s past postings over the years that addressed personal and work-related performance topics to assist with personal improvement.

I’m moving on to more enjoyable posting. I will not abandon the topic of “leadership” as I find it so elementary to everything.

7/26/2022

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There is not always wind, not always sun, but always TIDES !

The technology was new to me when I read about. I found it a possible significant solution for the world energy issues.

With this tech being around for years and very successfully applied in a few countries, and considering the renewable energy issue, and fossil fuel pollution situation, and the not so

unknown and now recognized impact of global warming, it is a wonder the world has not joined together and developed and applied this technology to a global grid to feed consumer energy needs.  Of course that would have a great impact on several industries… maybe this great alternative resource is too painful to existing industries to broadly implement on a meaningful scale.

https://time.com/6189832/ocean-tide-energy/

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Humor, a business tool…

… and it is absolutely free! And it is all about maintaining some balance in the culture if you are a leader. And as a reminder, leaders can be found anywhere in the organization, they don’t necessarily have to carry a manager’s title! And, some managers/supervisors/executives are not necessarily good leaders.

Here are some excerpts from the full article in Fast Company Magazine on the benefits of humor in the work environment:

“Fact: organizations in which humor is part of the culture reported shareholder returns 19% higher than their competitors, according to a Huet & Associates study.” 

And from another source, some of the benefits of humor in the work place

“The CEO of Peppercomm observes that humor and levity in daily work interactions, even virtually, can actually change how our brains work to develop creative solutions, reduce stress, and solve problems.”

https://www.fastcompany.com/90751142/the-business-case-for-getting-your-team-to-laugh-together2

“It’s very difficult to dislike someone who makes you laugh.”

This blogger has worked in more than 25 business locations in the USA and business locations in 19 other countries. Obserations and experiences have proven that humor is highly appreciated and respected, it easily and effortlessly crosses all cultures, and molds great, long term working partnerships and relationships!

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Landmines in the field of recruiting

… in the ever present minefield of candidate interviewing.

From Maggie Smith, vice resident of HR at Traliant, a provider of online compliance training.

Asking personal questions that aren’t job related can be problematic. A simple rule to follow is to keep interview questions focused on the position, the skills and experience needed, and realistic expectations for the role.

Some questions to avoid may seem obvious, but it can be a minefield if one slips into casual conversation and ends up asking something that can potentially cause problems for you and your organization.

Additionally, to stay on track, remain focused on talent and capability. And to assist  in evaluating future performance, behavioral based questions (behavioral competencies) are excellent recruiting tools for employers. They are also excellent traits that candidates should highlight as part of their interview plan. Referencing a previous post:

https://successnexcess.com/2018/05/30/influence-impact-of-behavioral-competencies-on-careers/

From Maggie Smith and Fast Company:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90745224/5-things-you-should-never-do-in-a-remote-interview

… predictable characteristics of changing times and changing work environments.

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Productivity Boost

There are many tools “out there” to help get you through your day in a more productive way.

You may be one of those people who have productivity down pat, or, maybe you could benefit from a tool to improve your organization and output. “It is worth considering your natural rhythms when writing your to-do list.”

Here’s a one that might be new to you… sounds like it has some promise. From Fast Company Magazine, and Stephanie Vozza.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90742937/how-to-use-daily-quadrants-to-get-more-done-each-day

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So much selflessness

Inside war torn Ukraine, so many examples of those who risk their lives to serve others.

Before the invasion, these entrepreneurs ran growing startups or family-owned businesses passed down for generations. Their companies sold products like custom shoes, baked goods and pizza in Kyiv’s historic district and e-learning tools for students, teachers and professionals

T.C. Pizza has been preparing hundreds of boxed meals to donate to people in need.

In the midst of war, they’ve pivoted their missions and are now utilizing their resources to provide badly needed necessities such as food, first aid, even combat boots for Ukraine’s military.

This is probably one of a 1000 stories inside the country.

The boxed meals contain salad, potatoes and some meat.
Kachorovska started making combat boots during the Russian invasion to donate to Ukrainian soldiers.

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Impact of habits on success

This is a great article by Stephanie Vozza, published in Fast Company Magazine in February 2020, republished January 10, 2022. Timeless advice that will work for anyone, anywhere. It is well researched, a three minute read.

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