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Walk the walk and talk the talk

Walk the walk and talk the talk

For leaders wanting to create and sustain a positive, motivated work culture, using the right kind of language is essential. The language we use can affect how the message is perceived. The choice to use positive language is a great way to instantly create good impressions and lift the energy in a workplace. Using positive language, even when conveying adversities, can help to improve communication, reduce workplace tension, increase motivation of staff and build report.  ..

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Be a leader with an attitude of gratitude

Be a leader with an attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is an extremely powerful human attribute. The gratitude movement has gained a lot of momentum in recent years and for good reason. Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology came out some thirty odd years ago, introducing the study of emotions such as gratitude, optimism, happiness, compassion and altruism. At the time, this was a revolutionary idea in the field of psychology since most of the studies about human emotion prior to this had focused on "negative psychology"; mental illness, trauma, addiction and stress. ..

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Collaboration and respect

Collaboration and respect

Friction in the workplace is part of life. It’s inevitable that when you gather a group of people together to work towards a common goal, friction will arise. We are all human and as such we are prone to good days and bad days, we are likely to get sick, feel tired at work and feel stressed from work and personal pressures. Friction happens simply from interacting with one another. Think of the friction you have experienced yourself; when you resent someone holding a meeting that drags on too long while you have a million other things you could be doing, or when someone interrupts you while you are trying to get an important task done with a looming deadline, when someone sends far too many unnecessary and long-winded emails or when someone doesn’t trust you enough to just do your job without breathing down your neck… whatever the reason, friction is an inevitable part of working life and something we have all experienced. While it is inevitable and unavoidable, it can also be dangerous for an organisation’s productivity if it gets out of hand.  ..

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Tune-in to the emotions driving your decisions

Tune-in to the emotions driving your decisions

Whether we are aware of it or not, from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we drift off to sleep we experience an opera of emotions. Our emotions are the filter of how we perceive the world around us. Behind just about everything we do there is an emotion attached and often the things we do and the decisions we make are led by our emotions. When we are anxious or worried, we are less likely to take risks. When we are elated or excited, we are more likely to make decisions that overlook the risks. ..

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What’s holding you back from making positive changes?

What’s holding you back from making positive changes?

Organisations need to constantly change and adapt in order to stay competitive these days. But leaders faced with the task of ensuring employees change and adapt to move forward face some difficult challenges. By nature, people are resistant to change. It’s a survival instinct, a defence mechanism; if we avoid sudden change, we minimise the risk of danger. Leaders today, or anyone in a position of managing others, can benefit by having a deeper understanding of the psychology behind why we are immune to change and what we can do to approach change.  ..

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'Unconditional Positive Regard' in the workplace

'Unconditional Positive Regard' in the workplace

Leaders who manage to keep their staff satisfied and motivated in their jobs, enjoy much better levels of productivity and lower levels of turnover. Good leaders strive to build strong, healthy relationships with the individuals in their team where mutual respect and trust exist, and communication can thrive. There have been countless studies and research into techniques to keep staff happy and motivated, but perhaps one that stands out to me is a technique favoured by psychologists with their clients that encourages their clients to be the best version of themselves and works to develop a strong and trusting relationship between therapist and client; a technique originally founded by psychologist Carl Rogers, known as unconditional positive regard.  ..

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Human universals keep us connected

Human universals keep us connected

Imagine you have just been appointed a leadership role in a company. Would you walk into the job expecting that you will instantly be granted the respect and trust required to effectively lead your team? Hopefully not. Respect and trust take time to develop and a good leader knows they need to invest the time and effort to earn the right to lead. The best way to develop trust and respect is to work on building strong and meaningful connections, with each individual within your team. People are more likely to respect and follow those leaders that they feel they have a connection with. ..

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Are you past, present or future orientated?

Are you past, present or future orientated?

Have you ever been in the situation where you have to lead someone in your team who seems to have their mindset stuck in past? Perhaps you have moved offices and they keep referring to ‘the good old days’ in the old office. Perhaps you have restructured your team and have someone in it who keeps referring to the old structure as ‘The A Team’, making newer members feel bad. Perhaps they are often saying “We tried that before and it didn’t work”.. Alternatively, you may have managed people who are particularly impulsive and tend to take more risks than you do, and you find yourself holding them back somewhat. Where we are in our mind plays a big role in our ability to move forward.  ..

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How to fight entropy and get better, not worse

How to fight entropy and get better, not worse

I’d like you to imagine a newly built brick wall. The best the wall is ever going to be is when it is first built. It stands to reason that over time, given no care on ongoing commitment to its maintenance along the way, the wall will deteriorate. One day it may even collapse. The same principle applies to organisations. Left to its own devices without effective leadership, organisations are nothing more than a group of people, a mob.  ..

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Learn to be more optimistic PART 2

Learn to be more optimistic PART 2

Last week I explored the attributes of optimistic and pessimistic people in my article Learn to be more optimistic PART 1 and how to identify them through their explanatory style. The fact that optimism can be learned and actively applied through some tried and tested techniques is something we can all embrace in our personal and work lives, regardless of exactly where on the scale our natural levels of optimism lie. ..

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