Journal

Quote by Robert Collier

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 31st, 2014

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

10 Great Habits for Working at Home

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 30th, 2014

Working from home is becoming increasingly common and can include anyone from a secretary to the CEO of a company. Jason Demers lists 10 habits to incorporate into your at-home work routine. His list includes creating a designated workspace that is distraction-free, getting out of those pajamas to get into a “work mode”, setting hours and sticking to them and structuring your day with mini-routines. Most importantly, remember to communicate whether through phone calls, emails, text messages, instant messages or even face chatting. Creating and maintaining a system that works best for you, will allow you to “enjoy all the benefits of working from home without sacrificing your productivity or your satisfaction”.

To continue reading more on these habits, click here.

Quote by Oprah Winfrey

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 29th, 2014

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

7 Unwritten rules of productive office environments

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 28th, 2014

How can you help your team be most productive when each individual works differently? Although there may not be a one-size-fits-all method, Jason provides several policies and procedures that will help boost that productivity! Of all the unwritten rules, a couple stood out:

Every Opinion Counts. Have an “open door” policy in place and allow your employees to voice their opinions. Allowing your employees to speak their minds will be beneficial not only for them but also for you.

Break Time is Break Time. In today’s economy, employees feel pressured to make certain sacrifices in order to keep their job. Taking a break in the workday might make them appear less productive than the individual that eats lunch at their desk. Guess what? Taking a true break from work, if even for 30-minutes, will also increase productivity.

The rules Jason explains may not be appropriate for every business but are worth trying! So today, we challenge you to click here, get more details and begin implementing some of these unwritten rules!

4 Powerful Ways to Develop Your “A” Players

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 24th, 2014

As a leader, it is your job to get the future leaders, or as Jim Schleckser describes as your “A” players, of the company prepared for their next role.   So how can you prepare that top 10-15% of your workforce? Sometimes providing these individuals with a promotion may not be the best way to develop or reward them. So what can be done instead? You can further their education by paying for advanced degrees or certificates, increase responsibilities, allow them to collaborate with other individuals in the organization or provide mentoring from current leaders.

Click here to get more details on developing your “A” players. Having problems with underperforming team members or “C” players? Click here to see Jim Schlecksers’ six steps to help improve their performance.

Quote by Michael Hyatt

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 23rd, 2014

“It’s hard enough to succeed as a leader without being your own worst enemy.” – Michael Hyatt

Be careful! You may be burning out your go-to employees!

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 22nd, 2014

Every leader has their go-to employees. There are times where it is appropriate to give the select few your top projects but giving them all of the projects can lead them to become unproductive! As a leader, be sure to provide ALL your employees with the opportunity to complete a special project! Remember this: “If you don’t have more capable, loyal and trustworthy employees, then something is wrong.”.

Today we challenge you to delegate a project or assignment to a new group of employees!

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Quote by Henry David Thoreau

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 21st, 2014

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

4 Keys to Delivering Constructive Employee Feedback

written by Michael Dauphinee on October 20th, 2014

One of the responsibilities as a leader is to provide feedback – whether positive or negative. Giving and receiving positive feedback is a piece of cake! While giving negative feedback may be a bit more challenging. No one enjoys giving negative feedback but someone has to do it. Mike Figliuolo lists 4 keys for leaders to remember when delivering constructive employee feedback. In the entire article, these few sentences stuck out the most–

“Feedback isn’t personal. If you screwed up, step up and take it like an adult. I’ve screwed up plenty of times. And yes, when I took my beatings they were very unpleasant. But I took them and acted on the feedback.”

The important thing to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. As the leader, you need to be direct but not offensive. If you feel you’re having a hard time in this area, take a minute to read this article.

Click here to read more!