Is Your Workplace Culture Attracting The Right People?

“We can change culture if we change behaviour” - Dr. Aubrey Daniels

Recently, my second eldest (Jake) left home to travel to the other side of the world (or in his mother’s words 12,656 kilometres away!!!) to join Menlo College to begin his dream as a student/athlete to play college basketball. Despite not knowing anyone prior to arriving at Menlo, Jakes’s loved the experience from Day 1 and by all reports has fitted in like a hand to a glove. My observation is culture is the single biggest reason why Jake found the transition so smooth.

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Why You Should Make Time To Delegate Effectively

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” – John C. Maxwell

You have too much work to do. The impact from this has you working long hours, yet you still seem to miss the occasional deadline because the volume of work is so monotonous. You have the option of delegating some of your work, but you don’t because you’re too busy to do so. Why don’t you leverage the power from delegating effectively?

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Great Workplaces Have Cultures People Want To Be Part Of

“We have a culture where we are incredibly self critical, we don’t get comfortable with our success.” – Mark Parker, CEO, Nike

82 percent of respondents to a Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends survey consider culture to be a potential competitive advantage. Is your workplace culture something you rave to your friends about? If it’s not, then before blaming others, understand whether you are part of the problem or the solution.

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Results Matter: When You No Longer Can Fake It Until You Make It

“Faking it until you make it is also known as lying. Lying is usually an act reserved for CVs, kids and sociopaths.” — Adam Fletcher

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made things up, said you can do something you’ve never done before or had any idea how to do it whatsoever. If we’re honest then I guess we’re all guilty to some degree.  There’s nothing all that wrong with of faking it until we make it; that is unless we don’t achieve the results we said we would.

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How Badly Do Your Limiting Beliefs Hurt You?

“If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you are right” – Henry Ford

Confidence has such power. When we’re confident we can feel invincible and be simply awesome at whatever we’re doing. However, it’s quite the opposite when we’re lacking confidence and even worse if we don’t believe we can improve our situation. If we find ourselves in this situation then we need to be mindful how limiting beliefs influence our level of success.

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Celebrating Small Wins Helps Get the Big Breakthroughs

“Track your small wins to motivate big accomplishments” – Teresa Amabile

A hero’s journey would see us achieving major accomplishments at work every day; completing strategic projects, realising key milestones, closing large deals, driving record results etc. Imagine that? Unfortunately, it’s pure fantasy for most of us as our day to day reality is quite different. While large breakthroughs happen, they’re typically not an everyday occurrence. That’s why it’s important to not lose sight of the small wins.

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How To Make Techniques and Tools Absolutely Useless

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” – Michael Jordan

Despite understanding techniques in theory and having the necessary tools to get the job done, not all workers are thriving. Instead, there’s a largish percentage who just get by. They feel trapped as they work long hours but don’t achieve their targets or meet deadlines on a consistent basis. The surprising thing is the problem of the matter is often the very techniques and tools that are meant to support them.

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What Happens When the Bare Minimum Isn't Enough?

"You can't have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic" - Stephen C. Hogan

Nowadays a more with less mantra drives so much of what we do. To keep up we need to constantly work smarter and occasionally even cut corners where we can. While a self-serving approach can seem necessary, it doesn’t always provide the best outcome for those around us.

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Are Expectations Overwhelming Or Is Performance Underwhelming?

“Raise expectations forever and even Superman is going to let us down”- Seth Godin

Our relationship with pressure isn’t always perfect. Studies indicate we perform better under moderate pressure; however, it’s open to interpretation what can be considered as low, moderate or high pressure. There’s a correlation here to our output and to how well we perform.

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What If You Have More People Pleasers Than High Performers?

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves” - Ray Kroc

Great teams consist of a wide variety of personalities with different skill-sets who collectively strive to achieve a common goal. A challenge for leaders is to unlock everybody’s potential within the context of achieving team success. It’s a delicate balancing act that leaders don’t always get correct. This is especially true when leaders are misled into thinking people pleasers are high performers.

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Why You Should Leverage Your Strengths, Weaknesses and Preferences

“Knowing your weaknesses is as important as knowing what your strengths” – Anonymous

We all have our own specific strengths, weaknesses and preferences. There are things we find easy to do and things that we don’t. For instance, what’s a strength for you might be a weakness for someone else and what’s a preference for them might be a weakness for you. It’s what makes us unique. Those who work smarter in the work environment leverage their strengths, weaknesses and preferences.

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When Near Enough Is Just Perfect

“I'm not perfect.  Never have been.  Never will be.” - Louis Tomlinson

Steve Jobs’s defining quality was perfectionism. The early days of Apple saw the development of the Macintosh take more than 3 years due to Jobs’s obsession with detail. In many ways, this mindset was Job’s legacy that set Apple apart from their competitors. However, trying to replicate a similar mindset may not be appropriate for you. Should you also always aim for perfection or are there times when near enough is just perfect?

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Great Workplace Cultures Unlock Potential to Amplify Impact and Results

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” - Phil Jackson

Have you ever been in a team or attended a party, a dinner, a function or a similar event that you just didn’t want to be part of? You know the place you didn’t enjoy and couldn’t wait to leave. Imagine if that was your workplace day in day out? It’d be awful, wouldn’t it?

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