Daily Read – Everyone Makes Mistakes The Bigger Question Is: Can You Forgive?
Sooner or later, someone on your team is going to screw up. Hopefully the stakes will be low when it happens. Either way, be prepared to say three words that may not come so easily, at least not right away: I forgive you. Even if the stakes are high, how you handle the situation can be crucial. Handle it right, offer forgiveness and you can move forward leading and teaching your employees if however, you do not forgive you can create an environment of anger, bitterness and animosity. Understanding the reasons you have a difficult time forgiving mistakes can help you learn to do better so you can be a leader that continues to make a difference:
- You tend to obsess over the past. You need to learn to move on. Remember Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra: “An-eye-for-an-eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
- You’re unable to empathize with your employees. Empathy is learned early in life, but it is also a skill you can work on by not rushing to judgment, conclusions, or rash interpretations of your employees’ motivations.
- You suffer from envy. A sense of deprivation, or a fixation with what you do not have, can make you feel negatively towards your employees–especially when they achieve success.
If any of these strikes a chord, you probably need to work on mastering the skill of forgiveness.
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Daily Read- Empower Yourself! Don’t Do This…
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Many articles discuss the critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability and how to develop them. However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Here’s a quick run-down:
1. Waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
2. Give away their power.
3. Shy away from change
4. Waste energy on things they can’t control.
5. Worry about pleasing others.
6. Fear taking calculated risks.
7. Dwell on the past.
8. Make the same mistakes over and over.
9. Resent other peoples success.
10. Give up after failure.
11. Fear alone time.
12. Feel the world owes them anything.
13. Expect immediate results.
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Daily Read- Loving Your Career? If Not Change It Up!
Pursuing what you’re passionate about is often the best way to be happy in your career. Doing something you love will make you work harder at it, but that alone doesn’t mean you have a good business. Hard work, ultimately, has to meet with the right opportunities, and that’s where entrepreneurial spirit can come in, allowing passion to meet real business sense. If you are looking to change your career, here are some tried and tested lessons you can learn from:
1. Treat goals like recipes. Remember to take it one step at a time. It’s easy to get mired in the day-to-day, and though you may be doing something you love broadly speaking, that doesn’t mean you will love it all the time.
2. Get to know the people who came before you. This will help you to better understand the landscape as well as the successes and mistakes these guys had made.
3. Always have something to offer. Start small, ask if you can watch the service of your interest for the day. In exchange, offer to do something you are good at and comfortable with.
4. Seek help from those who do it better than you can. Use your network and resources thoughtfully. If you don’t have a skill, you likely know someone who does.
5. Prepare to be uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. Some of the greatest lessons and most gratifying experiences will come from times you arent entirely comfortable with what you are doing.
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Daily Read – You Did What at your Holiday Office Party?!?
It’s the holiday season and with that comes the annual office party. With the stress of work put on hold, wine flowing and the temptation to talk gossip, these functions can lead to tricky predicaments. Don’t let your business etiquette fly out the window. Here are 7 simple survival tips to enjoy the party without any next day regrets:
1. Eat something before the event. It’s best to eat a little something before the function, so you can nibble politely on small bites. Avoid messy or difficult-to-eat foods (anything in a red sauce or on a bone) or large hors d’oeuvres that can’t be eaten in one bite.
2. Don’t sit with your friends. An office party is a chance to shine and mingle with those you don’t see very often. It is also the perfect time to network with key employees at the office. Do a little research and find out who’s attending that you may want to meet.
3. Practice remembering names. The sweetest sound to someone’s ear is his or her own name. When you meet someone new, repeat his name immediately after hearing it. Use the name a couple of times in conversation.
4. Hold your glass in your left hand. For introductions, always keep your right hand free for handshaking, as no one likes to shake a cold, wet hand. Don’t talk with your mouth full; avoid juggling too much food/drink and ladies swap your larger purse for a small wristlet.
5. Choose your guest carefully. The person you bring to the party can reflect either positively or negatively on you. Make sure you and your date follow the dress code. Keep it festive, yet professional.
6. Keep the conversation light. Though work topics are bound to come up, this is not the time to plan your company’s next advertising campaign, talk about the recent layoffs or gossip about a co-worker’s divorce.
7. Be all there. Be engaged and don’t spend a majority of the evening texting, talking on your cell phone. Put people first and put your phone on silent.
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Daily Read - Is College Really Preparing You For The Business World?
With finals around the corner, some college students are preparing to graduate and begin their careers. For years, business schools have gotten away with just providing a textbook education but companies are looking for more than facts and figures. Here’s what you should do to land that first job that they don’t teach in class:
Dress the part. Depending on the career path you choose to pursue, make sure what you wear to class reflects the industry standard. By doing so, you come off as more professional to your professor and peers.
Know when technology is appropriate. Get into the habit at school. Learn to turn off your phones and pay attention. Not only will you show respect for your professor and classmates, but you will be more focused on what is happening in class.
It’s still about people and relationships. To make it in the real world, developing communication skills is key. Learn how to make small talk, network, get to know people and exercise humility and appreciation.
Be open to feedback. No one likes criticism but being critiqued is something that is constantly occurring in workplace. So if you are receiving an assessment, be receptive. Ask questions and be open to different perspectives.
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