Is Professional Coaching Too Luxurious for School District Leaders?

By Delano Garner

I was recently working with the Director of Nutrition Services for a large public school district in California. We were just getting to know each other over coffee and light chatter. It was our very first coaching session so I asked a fairly standard question. “What are your top three, most pressing concerns currently?” She paused a good moment, and replied, “My people, my people, and my people.” She said that if her people showed up every day and did what they were hired to do, all else would be okay. I asked a follow-up question, “What do you think needs to happen to get your people to show up and do what they are hired to do?” She replied again, “We really need to update our functional operations and improve employee engagement.” I responded, “That's a wonderful place to start!”

A good coach asks good questions and quickly becomes a valued thought-partner. Leaders don’t need someone to tell them what to do. They need space for collaborative problem-solving, organized planning, and thoughtful reflection.

Leadership within today’s school systems is becoming increasingly complex. Leaders need skills that are not traditionally offered in undergraduate and even graduate curricula.  Furthermore, they need to update and refresh these skills regularly to keep pace with their rapidly changing organizational cultures. Most effective leaders would agree, “If you lead a group of people, you need a coach.”

A LEADERSHIP COACH ASSISTS IN FIVE MAIN AREAS:

Communication Skills

The ability to persuade others through verbal interactions or presentations is natural for some and acquired for others. In both cases, being able to calmly and clearly convey ideas, and gain momentum and buy-in, is a skill that can be enhanced through practice,-analysis, and reflection.

Adaptability

Sometimes an organization's most seasoned employees suffer from what I call "set-in." What I mean is that they've always done things a certain way and have become highly resistant to change (Usually, without knowing it). The best way to overcome "set-in" among your employees is to modeling adaptability: When the leader exhibits personal attributes like learning, growing, and stretching, most employees will try to follow suit.

Problem-Solving

Within the chaos of every problem is a solution that can make your organization even better. “Focus on the opportunity, not the problem” is the message that best serves the emerging and veteran leaders of today’s rapidly changing organizational environments. This begins with a positive attitude but also involves the willingness to see problems as they really are in order to develop solutions that work.

Critical Observation

Data is very useful in pointing out blind spots and informing organizations of possible areas of improvement. Coaching helps take this idea further by asking important questions like “How do I best communicate with my staff regarding the behavioral changes needed for success? What does my staff need from me to make these changes feasible? How do I get them to buy into the changes, and not resist the changes?"

Conflict Resolution

The effective leader must be able to recognize conflicts that are impeding smooth functioning and regularly negotiate win-win solutions. Often this requires understanding the personalities involved and how they relate to each other.  A good coach assists in attaining the vital skill of holding multiple perspectives while staying on course toward goal achievement.

We’ve seen it over and over again; professional coaching benefits leaders and their teams with quantifiable results. Sign up for a complimentary coaching session

4 Reasons to Move Your Training Online

By Ian Ilano

In the United States, the number of employees and students enrolled in online education programs is rapidly rising. Although there has been some resistance, higher-education institutions and businesses are starting to embrace the benefits that an online education can offer.

Besides lowering costs, there are many reasons why your business should consider online education. Following are 4 reasons why online education would work for you.

Online education promotes micro-learning, which leads to happier and more productive employees.

Online education promotes micro-learning, which leads to happier and more productive employees.

Updated and Individualized Learning

Recent studies show that young adults are considerably less attentive and aware. In fact, Microsoft recently discovered that the average human attention span has shortened to eight seconds from 12

With this finding comes the idea of micro-learning and online education.

Micro-learning

Micro-learning is the new workplace strategy. Nowadays, workers see long training sessions and huge guidebooks as excessive and outdated. According to research, what workers tend to crave is “short spurts of learning in bite-sized chunks that they can engage in on their own time.” This is not to say that these types of workers are less effective learners – they just prefer to learn in a different way.

Bite-sized chunks of information help make learning more manageable.

Online Education

Online education and micro-learning go hand-in-hand. With online education, you're targeting the specific workers who benefit most from micro-learning. Online education is more convenient, manageable, and flexible. Most of the time, online programs split lessons into modules, which act as bite-sized chunks for workers to breeze through and complete. 

Online education helps workers feel more engaged and retain the information better. They would be more than happy to sit at home and breeze through a couple of online lesson if it means not going to an hour-long lecture that could realistically be condensed down into 10 minutes.

Ultimately, online education promotes micro-learning, which could lead to happier and more productive employees.

Online programs offer them flexibility and the opportunity to plan their lessons around their day.

Online programs offer them flexibility and the opportunity to plan their lessons around their day.

Convenience and flexibility

Ask yourself this: Has there ever been a training day when one or two employees did not call in and say they could not make it?

Almost every employer reading this would say no.

As much as you’d like to think your employees would put aside everything to make time for their training, let’s face it – your workers are busy. For employers, this makes trying to schedule training sessions and design instructional content challenging.

Online education can make it easier.

With online education, employees no longer have an excuse to miss lessons. Online programs offer them flexibility and the opportunity to plan their lessons around their day. In some work environments, employees work multiple jobs. While they would love to come in and receive free training, they may not have the time to attend in-person. In these cases, online education is a perfectly acceptable substitute. This option gives them the ability to access the information when they’re best able to.

Online courses are considerably more affordable than traditional training options.

Online courses are considerably more affordable than traditional training options.

Lower costs for employees and employers

The promise of lower costs should convince any business owner to consider online education.

Online courses are considerably more affordable than traditional training options. For example, a traditional in-person training program could cost up to a $1000 per unit, while the cost for a comparable online program is only a fraction of that cost.

Honestly, some lessons are small enough that online education should be the only option considered. It’s not financially viable to spend thousands for an in-house lesson that could be taught to your employees online. With online education, you’re potentially lowering your company expenses – saving you more time and money down the road.

Likewise, employees would be saving money on transportation and time as well.

It’s a win-win for both parties.

Online education empowers employees to take lessons at a time that works the best work for them.

Online education empowers employees to take lessons at a time that works the best work for them.

Retention

There are two types of people: those that feel more engaged at night, and those that feel more engaged in the morning.

When either tries to perform at their least preferred time of day, they’re less likely to retain the information. Take a worker who feels more engaged late at night. They’re used to working late. When they come to training session early in the morning, they’re less likely to immerse themselves and retain the information.

With online education, you’re empowering employees to take the lessons at a time that works the best work for them. In turn, this increases their likelihood of information retention – making them a more informed and effective employee.

In the end, online education can bring many benefits to your business. It’s a low-cost option that is more convenient, flexible, and effective than some traditional methods of learning. However, it’s important to consider that it may not work for every business. Some businesses may still find it more beneficial to hold in-person workshops where that intimate connection with other employees is preferred.

It's all about what works for you.

5 Tips for Effective Communication in a Culturally Dynamic Workplace

By Delano Garner

Effective communication is the key to good collaboration.

Our workplaces are becoming increasingly multi-cultural as business environments continue to expand. Soon enough, you may find yourself working side-by-side with colleagues from different racial, ethnic, or social backgrounds. For many of us, this can make communication—both professional and social—intimidating and difficult.

Understanding how to communicate effectively in these situations is important not only for improving your workplace experience but also for helping your place of business grow. Recent research shows that diverse companies are increasingly more profitable and successful than companies who are not

While some companies already have “inclusion initiatives” in place, there are additional steps you can take to improve cross-cultural communication in your work environment. By following these five tips, you’ll not only improve your communication skills, but you’ll vastly improve your professional skills as well.

Diversity can bring in additional perspectives on an issue.

Diversity can bring in additional perspectives on an issue.

Recognize and embrace your differences

A benefit of a diverse workforce is the chance to tap into the unique talents that people of different backgrounds bring. Employees from different backgrounds can offer a different perspective or solution to problems that come up on a daily basis.

Diversity is much more than black and white, young and old, male and female; it’s about how we relate, connect, interact, and intersect.

By recognizing the differences between yourself and the others around you, you can start to build bridges across those gaps. You'll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues and give them the opportunity to learn from you. 

Support other people who feel as if they don’t quite belong

Everyone, from time to time, has felt that they did not belong.

If you are lucky enough to be on the “inside” in your office, keep an eye out for those who might feel they are on the “outside.” You don’t have to be everyone’s new best friend, but reach out to them in a professional way that shows you value their skills, ideas, and contributions. Talk to them. Encourage them to share what they know with you and let them know that their voice and skills matter.

By doing so, you're promoting a sense of inclusiveness—something extremely critical towards creating a better and more comfortable intercultural work environment.

Honesty and attention is important when attempting to dialogue across differences.

Honesty and attention is important when attempting to dialogue across differences.

Show up fully

We’ve all got a lot on our plates. However, when you’re engaged in a conversation with a colleague, it’s important to give them your full attention.

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.
— James Cash Penney

Academics call this “active listening,” and it involves asking frequent questions and occasionally restating the speaker’s statements to show that you are engaged and correctly understand the information they are trying to convey. However, active listening also involved nonverbal communication, too.

Features like eye contact, body posture, and attentiveness can impact how welcoming the conversation feels for both parties.

Communicating across cultural differences is already hard enough, so it is important to stay engaged and give the other person your full attention.

Encourage constructive feedback

Okay—so I know you’re an expert at what you do, but let’s face it: We can all do better.

Constructive criticism is important because it gives employees a chance to become better workers and people. When expressed positively, feedback can promote effective communication, personal growth, and organization within a business.

Let your managers and peers know that you welcome their constructive feedback on your work and ideas, and respect their opinions by objectively considering what they have to say. Likewise, be brave and honest when giving feedback to others.

Reciprocity is important. No one wants to be blatantly told that they are wrong. Respectfully let others know how they can improve, and expect them to do the same.

Transparency and openness promotes collaboration between employees.

Transparency and openness promotes collaboration between employees.

Approach communication with openness and transparency

The best way to foster openness in your workplace is to prompt your colleagues to share their ideas and opinions in a positive way, and in return, show that you place equal value to each idea shared.

An open workplace is a workplace that is more productive, effective, and united.

Thanks to recent advancements in technology, the Internet, and education, business environments have become more culturally diverse. As such, it's important to keep these five tips in mind.

To most businesses, cultural differences may seem like an obstacle, but if utilized correctly, cultural diversity can create a better and more productive company.


Interested in taking further steps towards creating a better work environment?

Grab our eBook, How to Thrive in a Culturally Dynamic Workplace, it's free!

Your Post-Election Guide to Managing Stress

We’re all still in shock by the results of the recent election.

If you’ve been following President Trump this past week, you’ve most likely experienced some inkling of stress – no matter where you stand on the political spectrum.

The truth is: Stress is inevitable.

It’s a normal part of life, and small doses of it have been found to be benefiting both mentally and physically. However, it can be equally as harmful if not watched closely.

In today’s working culture, students and professionals are taught to “just live with it.” 

We will all experience varying amounts of stress at some point, so it’s best to familiarize ourselves with it now.

Some people thrive in its presence – responding with more focus, energy, and motivation to tackle any problems for the rest of the day. To them, stress is a manageable nuisance.

To others, stress acts as a hindrance to the enjoyment of life and work

Approximately 48% of American people say stress has had a negative impact on their personal and professional lives, and the amount of people conducting searches for “stress management” on Google has been rising steadily in the last month. 

While we cannot help you avoid stress altogether, we can inform you of healthier ways to manage stress and reduce its impact on your day-to-day activities.

The following five are actions you can take, proven to help you manage stress effectively and easily. By abiding by these five, it may be possible to finally “just live with it,” and prepare yourself for the stress of the next big fiasco.

Man stressed at work

1. Know what your stressors are

"A well-defined problem is a problem almost solved."

When you start feeling overwhelmed or overworked, it’s time to stop and reflect on what is making you feel that way.

Stress comes from many places. You could be stressed from something as simple as long work-hours to something physical in your environment. Unfortunately, you could also be stressed by something far bigger and a little harder to pinpoint. 

A good start is to pay attention to what relieves you. Catch yourself in the moment of feeling relaxed after an accomplishment; Most of the time, you can trace that feeling back to the source of your stress.

For example,

  • I may find myself breathing a sigh of relief whenever I check my bank account after a direct deposit. If I were to reflect on that, I may discover that I have been worrying about money.
  • I may be clenching my fist whenever my co-worker walks into the office. It may because we had a heated debate in the office just a couple days prior.

Once you take a break and reflect on what you believe is causing you stress, the next thing you should do is act and address these problems. Detail specific solutions to whatever is causing you anxiety.

Are you beginning to feel more tired at work? Try sleeping more.

Are you more irritable in the morning? Stop skipping breakfast and go for a jog.

Keep this list on hand and refer to it whenever you are feeling overwhelmed or overworked. The most important part of stress management is acknowledging your stress exists. Once you do so, you can begin solving it.

Acknowledging the existence of your stress is the first step towards alleviating it.

2. Laugh it up!

"Seriously, laugh it up – It's no joke."

Your body has a primary response to almost everything. If a foreign particle manages to sneak its way in, your body releases an abundance of white blood cells to deal with the situation. Have a cut and bleeding profusely? Platelets are sent in to save the day.

Not everyone knows this, but your body has a primary response to stress, too.

We call it laughter.

Laughter is a coping mechanism when one is angry, upset, or disgruntled. It’s also a primary response to anxiety and stress. We laugh when we’re sad; We laugh when we’re angry. Laughter, at its core, elevates our mood, relieves ourselves of stress, and relaxes our bodies.

In a study conducted in 1997, two researchers from University of California, Berkeley, studied the effects of prolonged laughter in relation to traumatic events. The researchers, Dacher Keltner and Geroge A. Bonanno, found a direct correlation between laughter and “an increased overall positive emotion.” Spouses who spoke about their deceased partners while laughing and smiling experienced less grief than others over multiple documented encounters.

If we zoom in on a biological scale, this can be attributed to hormones.

When you laugh, your body releases endorphins which act as natural painkillers. These endorphins create a positive state of mind that leads to less stress and more self-confidence and optimism.

So, next time you feel overwhelmed by stress, laugh it out. Take a break from what you’re doing and watch something that’ll make you spew out your morning coffee. It might just be the break you need to persevere through the rest of the day.

If you love, you’re going to laugh. If you love and laugh, you’re going to live.

20150408131026-correcting-leadership-communication-mishaps-co-workers-talking-workplace.jpeg

3. Talk to a trusted friend

"We all experience stress."

We all handle stress differently. Because of that, it helps to divulge your stress to a trusted friend. Tell them exactly what’s wrong. Describe to them what has you riled up and anxious most of the time.

Here, it’s important to get everything off your chest.

Chances are, they may be able to relate and empathize towards your situation. Although they may not have the tools to provide the exact answers to your problems, they can help you freely express your thoughts and feelings.

When you’re done, you can even reflect on the things you shared.

This self-reflection may help you learn a couple of things about yourself that you didn’t otherwise know.

4. Sleep

“The benefits of sleep are incomparable.”

Sleep is one of the most complex processes of living organisms. All mammals do it – tigers, sheep, people – but even small amphibians and fishes do it, too.

Funny enough, most scientists still do not understand how it works. However, the consensus is that it’s necessary. When in this resting state, your body repairs damaged cells, reflects on past experiences, and releases copious amounts of hormones crucial for bodily functions.

Unfortunately, despite knowing full well of its benefits, many people still refuse to take actions to address their sleep deprivation.

Per statistics provided by Better Sleep, about half of Americans say they do not get enough sleep and refuse to take actionable steps to address it.

Research shows there are serious health issues related to a lack of sleep. Symptoms include irritability, difficulty concentrating, and unsurprisingly, increased stress.

A good night’s sleep makes it easier to handle the upcoming day’s tasks. When you’re feeling tired, you become more easily agitated and emotional. These factors can all lead to increased stress. Typically, adults need around 7-9 hours of sleep per night. A good first step is ensure you get that amount of sleep per night.

Next time you attempt to trace stress back to their sources, try sleeping it off.

A good night’s rest may be what you need.

5. Exercise

"To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise."

Researchers have long agreed on the physical and mental benefits of exercise.
Exercise has well-researched benefits that include maintaining mental fitness, attention, and reducing stress. Studies have linked the effects of daily exercise to individuals who are more focused, aware, and less fatigued.

Like laughter, the benefits of exercise can be traced back to hormones.

When you engage in physical activities, your body is producing endorphins in your brain. These chemicals improve symptoms related to physical and mental stress. Have you ever gone out for a long run or hike as a response to stress? Notice how calm you feel when you’re done. That’s exercise doing its magic.

But exercise does not just improve symptoms of stress. It also improves your ability to sleep.

As mentioned previously, a lack of sleep is one of the primary causes of stress and other stress-related illnesses. When you exercise, you’re using up energy and priming your body for a nice relaxing sleep at the end of the day.

Ultimately, exercise can help you blow off steam and reduce stress. Multiple studies have shown that regular participation in exercise leads to a decrease in anxiety, mood swings, and stress.

The next time you experience something stressful and feel a slight inclination to go out for a run and exercise, listen to your body. That may be what you need to relax and calm down.

Stress is normal; However, excessive stress is not.

In large amounts, stress can seem daunting and intimidating to handle. And if left unchecked, it can have serious mental and physical repercussions on an individual.

In light of everything that’s happening at the moment, understand that it is entirely possible to handle stress in small, but manageable ways.


Interested in increasing employee satisfaction and productivity?

Check out the Top 10 Ways to Build Company Culture and familiarize yourself with the effects of workplace culture.

Top 10 Ways to Build Company Culture

Written by May Chau of 7 Geese

Company culture.

If you’re an avid reader of business blogs on entrepreneurship or general management, the popular term culture will be of no stranger to you. The following are just two of the most common questions people have about it.

  • What is culture?
  • What makes great culture?

According to an article written by the Harvard Business Review:

Culture guides discretionary behavior and it picks up where the employee handbook leaves off. Culture tells us how to respond to an unprecedented service request. It tells us whether to risk telling our bosses about our new ideas, and whether to surface or hide problems. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide. Culture tells us what to do when the CEO isn’t in the room, which is of course most of the time.

Unfortunately, many studies show employees don’t like their jobs. While challenging work may provoke stress from time to time, workplace culture shouldn’t be creating additional stress.

Culture matters because it creates employee enthusiasm and sustains it over time.

Beyond the human factor, employees that want to come to work everyday are those that tend to be most productive. And quite frankly, becoming more efficient than your competitors is a strong competitive advantage to gain.

So, to help you better understand how to create strong work culture. Here are some top things companies with great work cultures do:

1. Hire for culture fit

When it comes to hiring employees, it’s always important to find people that work well with your current employees. No matter how high-performing an individual might be, the ones that don’t fit in your culture can impact your company negatively.

Zappos for example, makes it a point to hire people that represent the company well even outside of work. Chances are, you’ll make a passing judgement on a particular company if the person telling you they work there is rude or arrogant.

Successful teams never have a bad hire to discuss.

"If candidates aren't a good fit with the Zappos Family Core Values then they don't make the cut."

"If candidates aren't a good fit with the Zappos Family Core Values then they don't make the cut."

2. Trust employees to make decisions

Employees are one of the most important stakeholders to a company's success. And as companies grow, the ability for employees to provide input and actively make company decisions weakens. Limiting employee involvement can have long-term negative consequences on any company.

Great ideas and decisions don't always come from management — they can come from anywhere within the company.

For instance, the Google News tool we all know and love was created by research scientist, Krishna Bharat of Google, not top management. 

It wasn’t a tool he was told to create, but something he felt was useful to build.

Khrishna Bharat, creator of Google News, a universal tool that indexes over 25,000 news websites.

3. Value collective team intelligence

Ever wonder why so many CEOs address their employees as a team? It’s because collective intelligence is far more valuable than one single high-performing individual.

Employees are individuals thrown together to work on the same projects.

However, as a collective team, the goal and vision is the same and no credit needs to be claimed because the end result was achieved together.

Notice how one of the biggest interest communities today, Pinterest, addresses their employees as a team:

Valuing team intelligence promotes a sense of unity and accomplishment among employees.

Valuing team intelligence promotes a sense of unity and accomplishment among employees.

4. Communicate core values often

Since the only way to really know whether an employee lives by company core values is to observe their work over time, candidates that fit company culture are a much safer hire.

If they live by similar values in their personal lives, it makes sense for them to carry these same values to work.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg does a fantastic job of communicating this:

The reason why we’ve built a company is because I think a company is by far the best way to get the best people together and align their incentives around doing something great.

5. Provide flexible work hours

In a previous article, we discussed the importance of building trust in a team.

Providing the option for employees to choose when, where, and how they get work done is a privilege given on the basis of trust. Discipline without a manager looking over your shoulder is something everyone should seek out in their careers.

Citrix is a software that makes remote working possible and defines strong culture and good values as part of their product strategy.

Citrix built a strong work culture by offering flexible hours and remote opportunities to employees.

Citrix built a strong work culture by offering flexible hours and remote opportunities to employees.

6. Give fantastic training

When you find a high-performing individual that fits your company culture, it’s time to make sure they have the knowledge necessary to succeed as part of the team.

Today, the vast majority of successful companies, like Discover, provide employees with top-notch training.

Not only will training increase the knowledge of an employee, it also supports employee retention. When an employer is willing to invest time and resources into an employee, one cannot help but feel more valued in the workplace. That employee can continue on and assert themselves as a valuable member of the company.

7. Foster innovation in the community

What’s the next best thing to retaining top talent? It’s to cultivate new talent in the community.

New graduates are often looking for experiences that many companies are not willing to provide. Companies with great cultures build their own talent and foster strong relationships with educators and students in the community.

REI, a popular outdoor equipment retailer does this by hiring co-op students — often hiring top talent after graduation. The key here is continuation.

At REI, programs are offered to help employees prepare for and move into management positions.

At REI, programs are offered to help employees prepare for and move into management positions.

8. Promote transparency

Promoting transparency develops a company culture based around honesty and trust.

Leaders that are transparent find themselves in positions where their core values are clearly communicated to the rest of the team.

Buffer for instance, embraces transparency as a core value. The social media startup makes internal company data, such as salaries and revenue, readily available to the public and other employees.

They’ve not only brought attention to their successes but failures as well.

This level of openness is something that employees and customers can both value.

9. Believe in continuous feedback

Trust is often interpreted as an action — It's not, it's a feeling.

You can’t ask two people to trust each other and expect that they will. There has to be an emotional willingness to trust between the two. This starts when individuals are viewed as people, not just as subordinates in a vertical hierarchy.

HelpScout, for example, believes in ongoing feedback that has allowed them to become an open and strong working team. Here, workers at any level, are recognized as equals for their collaboration and effort.

Trust is key — HelpScout's methods not only build customer loyalty, but employee loyalty as well.

Trust is key — HelpScout's methods not only build customer loyalty, but employee loyalty as well.

10. Recognize the achievements of peers

Recognition reinforces achievements and can be utilized to align employees with company core values.

Satmetrix recognizes employee achievements in alignment to their company core values using the 7Geese Recognition Board. By determining both company and employee objectives, they can be aligned with the desired end results. Whether it’s increasing employee engagement or revenue, alignment is key to company success.

Ultimately, an effective work culture means an effective workplace. Choosing applicants who share your company values, recognizing their achievements, and valuing workplace collaboration goes a long way in creating a more enthusiastic team.

What Would Happen If......

We've heard it a thousand times, "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You." And, most of us have experienced that pleasurable tingle when we do a kind and selfless act for another. But science says that the benefits of such actions extend far beyond just feeling good.

The McGovern Institute at MIT says, "When we experience any motion or perform an action specific neurons in our brains fire. But when we observe someone performing this action, or when we imagine it, many of the same neurons will fire again, as if we were performing the action ourselves.

These empathy neurons connect us to other people, allowing us to feel what others feel. And since these neurons respond to our imagination, we can experience emotional feedback from them, as it if came from someone else."

In other words, we can form positive and pleasurable connections in our brains by simply observing or imagining kind acts.

Taking a step further, we could engage the kind acts ourselves, and potentially set off a worldwide chain reaction of positive and pleasurable experiences. Why not!?

Question: What would happen if every living person engaged in one kind, selfless, and helpful act today?

Race and Identity in the Workplace - October 10, 2016 - Berkeley Unified School District

o-MIXED-RACE-facebook.jpg

Race and Identity in the Workplace is one of the most important topics facing our public schools today. Our students are looking to us as models for how to successfully navigate this tough and complex terrain. But before we can effectively give guidance, we need to do some healing and learning ourselves. We need a standard language, based on respect, that helps us discuss these matters peacefully and productively.

During this interactive learning experience, participants will:

  • Share their perspectives regarding race and identity in the workplace
  • Hear the perspective of others
  • Gain tools around healthy and constructive dialog
  • Engage related strategies for personal and professional development

Angry Birds in the Office!

angrybird11cfinal2 (1).jpg

Even just one angry bird can disrupt your office environment and cause inefficiencies. But left unaddressed, they can quickly multiply and spread attitudes that negatively impact the structure of your entire organization.

The best action is to engage a problem-solving initiative sooner than later. Here are the steps:

  • Discover the root causes - Take the pulse of your organization to discover what people really feel. This listening campaign effectively doubles as an idea-gathering tool.
  • Engage a Culture Enhancement initiative - Use a professional development workshop designed to get all staff members on the same page around what it means to act professionally and effectively.
  • Encourage all leaders to model positive and professional behavior - Give your leaders the tools and encouragement to support your new initiative.

This type of initiative shows that the organization cares about the experience of its staff members and demonstrates a philosophy of constant improvement. It helps your team members tap into (or back into) pride and purpose in the workplace.

Men are recognizing the need for softer skills

Men often suffer silently in the workplace and beyond. These workshops are designed to give voice to the myriad challenges we face around the areas of effective dialogue, focus, and clarity.

Below are some workshops and seminars being offered specifically to male audiences in School District environments:

Discovering Your Personality Type and How it Affects Your Work
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Are you a thinker or a feeler?  In this workshop we will engage in an actual Myers-Briggs personality test to discover your personality type and look at ways to leverage your strengths for increased satisfaction in your work, and increased effectiveness in all areas of your life. This class is fun and informative!

Goal Setting For Men
Are your current routines moving you toward your goals? Do you have clearly defined goals? This workshop is designed to re-motivate those who feel stuck and stagnant. In this course, you will reassess your values and what you want to achieve, learn to approach goals with specific plans, and put yourself on the road towards the life you desire.

Using Presentations to Get Your Point Across with Power
In this workshop, we will look at using Powerpoint and Google presentations to increase the clarity of your messages. We’ll discuss everything from picking the right template, to the proper use of transitions. If you’ve taken the “How to Get Your Point Across with Grace and Power” class, then this workshop is the perfect follow-up. 

Learn more.