Connection Conversations

Founders short on time and money tend to short communication with staff. Hasty hires, ignoring minor office tiffs, hazy objectives and the like can cost more time and money in the end. These problems aren’t too great for your health either. Minutes of wholehearted, attentive listening can save a company millions. Research shows that founders who foster a mindful listening environment meet their deadlines and quotas more often, are more successful and have happier and sustainable teams. It’s never too late to infuse more mindful listening into your startup.

Hands down, the best ways to improve communication is to have quarterly face-to-face, electronic-free, 20 minute meetings  with each employee. The goal, simply by listening, makes your employees feel valued and respected for their ideas and opinions. I have found that giving an employee just five minutes of uninterrupted, earnest listening can be transformative.

Discovering an employee’s learning and communication style can be very helpful in forming teams and meeting expectations. Are they high energy and assertive, meek and agreeable, task driven or deadline driven? Are they static or growth oriented? What are their values, and why do or don’t they show up to work every day? Expensive surveys are a time hog, touted as a time saving way to get a pulse on the opinions of the group, barely skim the surface of what employees need and want to make your company great.If you offer these periodic connection conversations, come performance review time, your employees will show greater willingness to accept feedback and make needed changes.

Founders alert: Short on time and money? Can’t afford expensive consultants and training? Get a 60 minute personalized coaching session with me. Learn how a few simple changes to your listening style can upgrade your team’s efficiency and productivity. Contact me at [email protected]  

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Two Steps to a Smooth Re-entry

To echo my previous blog, let me remind you that the most powerful transformations begin with small, consistent steps.

The most common refrain I’m getting from readers this week is: “I just returned from time off from my project, and I’m having a tough time getting back in the groove.” This is where your brain is saying, “I am struggling to shift gears” or “I can’t get a foothold back into my routine.”  Hopefully, you had some hunks of restorative downtime – you caught up on sleep, you let your mind wander so that your subconscious had a chance to work on solutions and new ideas. Bravo! Now, make your re-entry into the world of work smoother:

  • If you don’t have a simple morning ritual, a jump-start to your day, find one. See my earlier blogs on this topic. If you had a morning ritual, maybe it’s not as potent as it needs to be. It’s okay and advisable to tweak a ritual – maybe add little more push to last year’s routine, or replace one step with another to keep it fresh. For example, I’ve begun alternating a slide workout on M,W,F with a holding position on T and TH. I’m adding no extra time, just a little spice. One of my students is starting off his morning ritual this year with a strong cup of coffee instead of waiting till after. Keep your routine simple, novel and effective or watch it fade.
  • Do 1-2 tasks that require some deep productive work starting today, short bursts of 30-60 minutes, to refresh your concentration. Reward yourself in a small, but appreciable way for re-igniting your brain’s super powers.

Take just those two steps and call me in the morning!

This is your year to make things happen! Let my CoreFour Coaching be the push you need. Email me at [email protected]. Happy 2018!       

 

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