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How to Attract Top Talent in 2022 by Heather R Younger

By Heather Younger | Nov 29, 2021 | Comments Off

 

"Listening is actively listening, it’s seeking to understand" 

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After over 25,000 surveys and years of working with organizations to transform employee engagement, here's what we've seen over and over. When you know how to listen, employees will tell you exactly what they need to bring their full selves to work. When they feel seen, heard and valued, they will do whatever it takes to help the organization be successful.

You can’t reimagine a better workplace or move forward a new project unless you recognize what's not being said inside your culture. So, how do you feel when someone listens to you, and I mean really listens to you? When they take time out of their day to listen to your thoughts, your concerns and your ideas. It feels good to be heard, doesn't it?

When we feel heard, we feel understood, we feel valued. We feel validated. So, for the last several years, I have been on a mission to help organizations understand the impact of listening, and I mean really listening.

Some years ago, I worked at an organization where I led customer experience and I loved my job. Then one day, I got the news. They were going to be merging our company with four others. Now, I'm sure you could imagine what that brought up. Mistrust, anxiety and fear.

There was a lack of communication that was going on all around and no one knew what was going on. So, I had gone to the head of HR and I said, “You know what? We have got to do something about employee engagement, something about our culture. It's going downhill fast.”
And she said, “You know, you're right. You go do that.”

I’m like, “I'm in customer experience.” So, I took her up on it and I created an employee engagement council. Inviting people who were from the other companies who I thought might be open and receptive to being around the table - trying to get to the bottom of what would make this merger a success.

But, it needed everyone. And the leadership team? They looked outside. They didn't get it. They didn't get that there were people right there. Five companies. Ready and willing to give them all they needed to know to make this merger a success. But they didn't know how to listen.

So how do we do it? How do we get there? Well, there's a process. The first thing we have to do is recognize what's not being said. How do you do that? Well, you have to be kind of aware enough to say, I know there's something I don't know. And that's because probably people aren't safe enough or don't trust me enough to tell me what I should know. And, I know that because I don't know it. There's a blind spot. That's a problem.

So, I need to acknowledge that first, before I can even move on to listening. Listening is actively listening, it’s seeking to understand - it’s digging deep and removing my own ways, removing my filter to be able to step into your shoes and understand your filter. So, we’ve got to get there first and then we seek to understand and then we actually listen.

When we’re thinking about diversity, inclusion, belonging and we're thinking about the things we can influence and control - we can control this. We can control how we seek to understand and how empathetic we are and the compassion we exhibit for people in their shoes. And we can decide to be courageous, when it's necessary.

We all agreed earlier that when we hear people's stories, we learn, we get better and we grow. It’s the action behind the act of listening that makes our voices come to life, makes us realize we matter and that action is the same thing as compassion.

You can own a part in this process and you can use it to ensure that those that are in your presence feel listened to, feel valued, feel validated.

This is the future of work. When you invest in your people, they invest back into you. They will tell you everything you need to know to be successful and to get the outcomes you're looking for. Let's get to listening.

 

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Why Your Business Needs More Change by Mike Rayburn

By Mike Rayburn | Nov 16, 2021 | Comments Off

Hall of fame speaker, Mike Rayburn asks, “How do you open up more possibilities, solutions and ideas for your clients and your customers?”

He explains that when we ask, “What If,” we open ourselves up to the world of possibilities. Your clients and customers are coming to you for newer and better ideas and they love it when you open up more possibilities for them.

WE MUST CREATE MORE CHANGE
We are reluctant to accept or create more change. But, Mike says that the only way we can manage change is to create more change. To create more success, we have to step out and be the one who defines the curve.

WE ARE GOLDMINES OF UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
“I believe that we are each capable of far more than we ever believed possible. I believe that regardless of our level of success, we are each a goldmine of unrealized potential.” 

OPPORTUNITIES ARE EVERYWHERE
“We are surrounded every moment of the day by opportunities to access that potential. You are now walking through life no longer looking for reasons you can’t. Your default is to be the one who looks for reasons you can.”

THE TIME TO START IS RIGHT NOW
“I believe the time to open yourself to more possibilities is right now – you will generate more success by starting with the question, ‘What If?”

 

How Leaders Can Identify Microaggressions at Work and Shut Them Down by Heather R Younger

By Heather Younger | Nov 08, 2021 | Comments Off
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"Ending Microaggressions Promotes Employee Retention" 

Creating a safe work environment is imperative if leaders want employees to stay with the organization, innovate, go above and beyond for the team, and exceed customer expectations. If employees don't feel safe, they will not feel loyal or committed to the team and seeing the organization succeed. Acknowledging microaggressions and protecting employees from attacks on who they are is a major move toward making the workplace safe for everyone.

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This article originally appeared in HR NEWS
https://www.ipma-hr.org/stay-informed/hr-news-issues/hr-news-issue/hr-news-october-2021 (members)

 

 

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The 7 Keys to Reinvention by Phil M Jones

By Phil M Jones | Nov 03, 2021 | Comments Off

When you shift your regular focus to “better” you are instantly powered by progress and internally motivated to improve. Better still, when better is the focus, you soon outperform your current best. 

One thing everyone seems to agree on is that the world we once knew is most likely not going to return and instead we are faced with an altogether different reality.

One thing that is really fascinating is that whilst these are times of uncertainty, we have ALWAYS lived in uncertain times. The landscape is always ever changing, and it is your ability to navigate these changes that can deliver the edge you are looking for to keep moving forward.

As 2022 nears, it is a great time to look at 7 key factors that can refuel a reinvention and help you achieve greater success in your personal goals.

1. Do the Basics, to a High Standard, CONSISTENTLY

What is My Secret to Success?

I get asked this question a lot and have given very serious thought to any answer shared. From starting my first business at 14 years old to every commitment since, the same set of principles continually serve my forward motion. It may not be sexy, profound or even be re-tweetable – but the simplicity and inward inflection has repeatedly empowered me to find clarity in my actions. So here it is….

“Do the basics, to a high standard – consistently” 

As you read this, give thought to your own responsibilities. 

  • What are your basics?
  • How well do you perform them?
  • Where can you improve consistency?
  • Taking personal responsibility for your current circumstances soon empowers you to start to create the change you are looking for.

2. Too Many People Make the Giant Mistake of Thinking that Success is for “OTHER PEOPLE.”

The Mistake Made by the Many

Imagine being sat at a dinner table and sharing your goals and aspirations, only to be sniggered at and told that you are such a “dreamer” – like it was a bad thing. That was exactly what happened to me in my early twenties and from that day forward it was decided that “dream stealers” had no place or purpose in my life.

Too many people make the giant mistake of thinking that success is for “other people” and fail to even give thought and imagination to the possibility of achieving massive things. We are living in a time where the future is unpredictable and that also means it can be better than the past. 

Catch a breath now, dream big and decide what massive goals you are going to shoot at next.

3. Any Time You Are are in the Presence of Greatness - Don’t just say “WOW,” Instead Ask “HOW?”

How Winners Win

The most profound lesson about high performance is the fact that success leaves clues.

Being a student of success means that any time you are in the presence of greatness you don’t just say “Wow” you instead ask “How?”. Behind this question are habits, actions and mindsets that are different to the rest of the pack and unlock attributes that you can borrow to help write your own success story.

When interviewing one of the world’s greatest Olympic athletes about his performance in the 100M sprint, he shared that on race day he runs the best 110m of his life. To become the best of the best of the best, continuously move the finish line past where the rules of the game place it. 

This same metaphor can easily transpire into your daily routines. Whether it is your appetite to reach out to potential customers, your redesigning of the customer experience following an inquiry or purchase, or even how you look at your results in any of your KPI’s – what you can you do to stretch your own finish line

4. Better Beats Best.

If I ask an audience of a thousand people whether they would like to perform or be good at something, better at something or do their best at something, there is almost a unanimous response of “best”.

People want to be seen as doing their best and being the best and fail to realize that this very mindset could be stunting their progress. When the focus is on “best” it creates the belief of a gold standard or absolute way of performing and in turn suppresses the possibilities of growth by overshadowing your daily actions. In fact, it is almost impossible to deliver your best. We are evolving and developing creatures and always maintain the potential of change. 

Instead, when you shift your regular focus to “better” you are instantly powered by progress and internally motivated to improve. Better still, when better is the focus, you soon outperform your current best.

5. A Failure is Trying Something You Have Never Tried Before and it Working Out Differently Than Anticipated. A Mistake is Doing Something Wrong.

Mistake vs. Failure

A failure is trying something you have never tried before and it working out differently than anticipated.

A mistake is doing something wrong. 

When navigating change, failures are a rich and rewarding part of the journey and mistakes should be avoided. Understanding and defining the difference between these two words is how you can innovate yourself out of chaos. By alternative, grouping the two together creates a paralysis of action and you and your workforce become entangled in fear. 

Fail fast and often. Learn quickly and build processes and habits that eliminate mistakes.

6. Being Efficient is Doing the Thing Right. Being Effective is Doing the Right Thing.

Efficient vs. Effective

Being efficient is doing the thing right.

Being effective is doing the right thing.

Your future success is dependent upon the quantity of quality interactions with your customers and teams. For you and every member of your team, identify a list of HPAs (High Pay-off Activities) and ensure that the vast percentage of your time is spent doing these things.

7. You Are Worth A Percentage of What You Earn.

The Missing Ingredient

Trying to summarize my thinking around the current reality and provide reminders of some of the key lessons from our time together becomes pretty complex. If you read through these thoughts looking to find the short cut, fast track or silver bullet to accelerate your success, I apologize for failing to deliver. 

The experience I have gained through both my own career and the insights of thousands of other great leaders delivers a continuous and frustrating fact. 

“You are worth a percentage of what you earn” 

This means that great strategy, powerful tools, premium product and world class skills only work under one condition – the condition that you do the work too. The gradient of the business landscape has certainly changed to a steep accent and there will be casualties. You get to decide how your next chapter unfolds. 

In times of change, it’s time to change.

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and remember that you are in control of far more than you think you are. 

 

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