Friday Fab Four 12.4.15

Happy first Friday of December! Just two more Fridays until Christmas…holy moly.  Did this TTG Fab 4 Decholiday season sneak up on us or what? I hope you had a great week…I certainly did.  The sun was shining all week and it was so wonderful.  Here are the four best articles I read this week, hope you enjoy!

  1. 8 Fascinating Studies Every Entrepreneur Should Know~Kissmetrics {thought this was good for anyone}
  2. 10 Science-Backed Tips for Rocking Your Next Public Speaking Opp~Carly Stec {Excellent tips!}
  3. Two Things to do After Every Meeting~Paul Axtell {if you must meet…do it well}
  4. The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss~First Round {a must read for managers}

Can You Find Love at Work?

Untitled designIn honor of the Hallmark holiday…let’s talk about love at work.  No, I’m not talking about hooking up with a co-worker! I’m talking about loving your work.

My keychain says “Love What You Do, Do What You Love” simple enough message but not always easy to accomplish. Maybe you don’t love everything about your job, only a few things…that’s ok.  Focus on those things about your job that you do love.

We’ve all been guilty of wasting hours of time griping about those aspects of our job that we absolutely despise.  Bad boss, lazy co-workers, less than stellar work environment, slow internet, inflexible hours, and asinine policies. (I’m sure together we could go on and on with this list.)  It’s not healthy to focus on the negative…even at work.

Take a few minutes and think about what you do love about your job.  Is it rewarding?  Do you have a friend in the office that you look forward to seeing everyday? Do you enjoy creating spreadsheets/reports/widgets/presentations etc?  Is your boss motivating and supportive? Is the office space inspiring and pleasant?  Whatever you love about your job, focus only on those things.  Let the negative thoughts go.

If you cannot find one single thing to love about your job…then it is time to find a new job.  We spend a lot of time at work so it’s very important to find something to love about work.  I know it’s not always easy, I know many people who work in horrific circumstances…but you must either find the silver lining or move on.  Maybe, it’s as simple as moving to a new department at your place of work.  Many times, a change of scenery can help tremendously.

Do you manage people?  Then ask yourself, do your employees love your management style or love the job they are doing?  Maybe as a manager you struggle to find things to love about your job, but you can directly affect whether or not your employees love their job and you.  Managers can be great buffers against negativity and inefficiencies…you just have to be willing to do so.  Here’s a great article on 10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them. 

So when all the flowers, candy and balloons start showing up at the office on Friday…use that as a signal to list the things you love about your current job.  Are the things you love about your job enough to keep you happy and motivated? If the love outweighs the hate then you can probably make the best of the situation.  If not, then while you are in transition to find a new job, focus on those aspects you do love and make sure you take those with you to the next job.

Can’t find one single thing to love at work? Time to start looking for a new job to love.

Coach by Example

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via Business Insider

Sunday, Coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th basketball game.  Incredible feat.  His after the game interview was pure Coach K, he took zero credit for himself and gave all the credit to his mentors and players. He is truly a class act and it’s no wonder why he’s been so successful as a college basketball coach.  Coach K has always commanded excellence at Duke because he has exemplified excellence as well.  I doubt he has ever asked any of his future or former players to do anything that he has not done himself.  He leads by example and takes incredibly good care of his players.

Since I am a basketball sports junkie, most of my management style comes from being on a team for many years and from coaching.  I believe that in the office just like the sports team, chemistry is essential.  If you have the wrong people on the court or on a project at the same time and they do not work well together…you will not score points on the court or in the office.  The coach/manager has to recognize chemistry and build a team with the best chemistry possible in order to succeed.

It is up to the coach/manager to build a good culture on the team and in the office.  If the coach/manager works hard to live that culture every day, the team will excel.  If the coach/manager treats culture as lip service the team will fail.  I have seen so many sports teams have amazing talent but not be reach their potential because the coach does not have a good policy/culture on discipline. The same is true in the office, if the manager allows a poor culture to be the norm, rock star employees will seek opportunities elsewhere, thus the team will fail.  Coaches and managers cannot ask their people to follow rules or policies that they are not willing to follow themselves.  This is usually a dictatorship management style and trust me, dictatorships get overthrown!

Attitude goes a long way when coaching or managing a team.  If the coach is negative in practice then the team will begin to believe they aren’t very good.  If a manager is negative in staff meetings then his team will stop bringing new ideas to the table for fear of negative feedback from the boss. Positive people live better lives…I am convinced of it.  In that interview, Coach K was positive about everything and everyone.  Duke didn’t play a perfect game but he talked about how they came back and how they fought until the end.  That’s positive speak, not negative.  It’s no wonder he’s the greatest college basketball coach of all time.

Finally, I love a coach with passion.  The coaches who jump up and down on the sideline, meet their players on the field and hug them…those are great coaches.  Everyone loves to be cheered for and recognized for great effort.  Managers can’t forget that its their job to cheer on the team and hand out atta girls/boys. When the team does well, celebrate, every time.  Players/employees want to play for people who are passionate. My good friend, Stephanie Buckley, always says, “be the fountain not the drain.” I love that statement and I think more coaches/managers could learn from it. Managing people does not have to be a drain for the manager or the employees.

What is your favorite management style?

 

 

Friday Fab Four

image001The days are getting shorter…I love fall.  Here are four articles I chose just for you this week so find your favorite sweater and take a look.

1. The Bacon Boom was not an Accident–David Sax (this was so interesting and made me hungry for bacon. Shocker!)

2.24 Surprising Things about Parenting in the United States-Joanna Goddard (some of these cracked me up)

3. 10 Reasons Why Superstar Employees Make Lousy Managers–Dan McCarthy (I’ve witnessed this a few times)

4. 3 Time-Wasting Social Media Habits You Need to Stop Immediately–Laura Roeder (Guilty!)

Friday Fab Four

image001Is there anything better than a Friday? Yes, four great articles to read on Friday!

1. How we Work is Changing–Jaleh Bisharat (boy, is it ever)

2. 5 “Stupid” Ideas that Became Million Dollar Businesses–Drew Hendricks (just wow)

3. The Absolutely Essential but Most Overlooked Skill You Need in Management–Walter Chen (So true)

4. The NBA’s Silver and NFL’s Goodell–Jena McGregor (Interesting contrast)