Journal

How Smart People Act Smarter

written by Michael Dauphinee on March 5th, 2015

Smart people tend to act smarter by doing a few things:

  1. Smart People focus on the people around them. They listen to those that will help support their problem solving, and provide positive reinforcement. Smart people tend to see dividends from those affected by kindness and attention.
  2. Smart People assume they are not the smartest people in the room. That way, by asking questions, smart people are constantly learning from those smart subject matter experts.
  3. Smart People ask intuitive questions, always. Similar to number 2, it’s a consent pursuit of knowledge.
  4. Smart People pursue new areas, new subjects, or new things to focus attention to.
  5. Smart People see new knowledge as a bridge to just learning even more.
  6. Smart People, when looking at a new area, tend to focus on the origin (the beginning of the story).
  7. Smart People associate with those individuals that have power insight.

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The 12 Best Ways to Reward Employees on a Budget

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 24th, 2015

Scientists have found that the release of oxytocin in the brain causes people to be happier and more connected to their work. Maybe you’re on a tight budget. So what other options do you have? Rhett Power has figured out 12 ways to reward employees on a budget:

  1. Ask staff to post recognition notes to each other
  2. Give people time off
  3. Send a letter to the employee’s loved ones about the importance of the employee
  4. Do one of the employee’s least favorite tasks
  5. Give a coffee or carwash gift car
  6. Create a fun “traveling award”
  7. Allow people to work from home or give a “flexible day” certificate
  8. Give departments their own week
  9. Create opportunities
  10. Celebrate important events in their lives
  11. Establish a “Wall of Fame” of outstanding achievements
  12. Say “I’m glad you’re her” and “Thank you“

It is not how much we give, but what we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

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7 Ways You Can Function in a Dysfunctional Workplace

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 17th, 2015

How many of us work in some dysfunction at work? It becomes difficult to succeed in a dysfunctional workplace. Lolly Daskal has come up with 7 ways you can function:

  1. Stay focused on your job and your performance
  2. Keep your distance from the games
  3. Enlist allies to keep each other accountable
  4. Tune out negativity and the craziness
  5. Look for triggers so you can avoid them
  6. Set an example by setting high standards
  7. Take your leave if you’ve tried everything

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3 Ways to Become Super Productive

written by Michael Dauphinee on February 5th, 2015

Do you feel like you have so much to do but so little time? Even when you are out of the office you continue to think about the things that have been left unfinished? If you continue with a hyperpacked schedule, everything might get done, but not at 100% which will ultimately lead to subpar work. AJ Agrawal has come up with three ways to become productive. Ranking number one, it’s important to prioritize tasks, say no to other tasks or delegate tasks. Then, make sure you are making time for yourself whether through a day off, taking breaks during the workday, or spending time with family in order to recharge your discipline. Lastly, cancel meetings or phone calls that seem unnecessary or waste your time by turning them into emails instead.

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10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Your Stress

written by Michael Dauphinee on January 13th, 2015

Now that the holidays have come and gone, we are all back to our normal lives which for many of us means being stressed, anxious or overworked. Christina Desmarais has compiled 10 scientifically proven ways to reduce that stress! These include:

  1. Get up earlier than everyone else
  2. Exercise every day
  3. Check email less frequently
  4. Forget wishful thinking and try mental contrasting
  5. Consume more Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, flaxseed or chia seeds
  6. Practice mindfulness
  7. Hug someone every day
  8. Make new friends
  9. Unplug
  10. Get more sleep

Although you’ve probably already heard exercise is a positive stress outlet, the most difficult for most people is to unplug especially in a technologically filled world. Our challenge to you today is this: before going to bed, don’t read articles off your phone and instead read a book! Take a weekend off at the spa or camping along or with family! Relieve your stress!

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6 Tips for Working with a New Team

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 18th, 2014

In a team, you have a group of individuals working together towards one common goal. It may not always be an easy task to work in a team but there are some ways you can overcome those common challenges. When first getting together with your team, whether or not there is a time limit, take some time to get to know each other by talking about your likes and dislikes. Throughout the process, keep an open mind and be flexible; your way is not the only way. But most importantly, remember to have fun!

To read the complete 6 tips for working with a new team, click here.

15 Proven Tips to be Happy at Work

written by Michael Dauphinee on December 2nd, 2014

Look at this scary statistic: “In 2013, unhappy employees outnumbered happy ones by two to one worldwide, according to Gallup.” Remember we said scary…not surprising. But it doesn’t have to be that way! John Rampton has provided 15 proven ways to be happy at work. Of the fifteen different tips, two stood out the most. First, creating an ‘Office Nest’ allows you to make your space your own. You decorate your house to feel comfortable and relaxed, so do the same to your workspace! The second is reflecting on the day. Answer the question, “Why are you working so hard?” Think of the positive so that you can be reminded of why working matters to you.

Click here to read the other thirteen tips and try a couple out!

5 Ways to Create a More Holistic (and Productive) Environment

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 25th, 2014

We recently talked about taking a nap during your workday. Zoe Henry has 5 more ways to create a more holistic (and productive) environment. Instead of “bring your child to work” day, implement a “bring your pet to work” day! Simply because “the policy offers an immediate stress relief” and “brings about a light-heartedness to everybody”. What about in-office massages, yoga, or meditation? What we found most important was the family-first model. There are different ways to implement this, however, it is the “overall understanding of the importance of family” that makes an effect with employees.

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Schedule in a Nap!

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 13th, 2014

Needing some extra energy at work? Michael Hyatt’s “secret weapon” is a nap. You read right! A nap! A nap, when taken the right way, will allow you to be more alert, energetic and creative, therefore more productive, because you’ve been allowed time to disconnect and recharge. But how do we take a nap in the craziness of our workday? Michael provides 4 tactics: schedule it (as if an important meeting), keep it short (just 10 minutes), set the conditions (e.g., lighting, comfort), and try caffeine. The most surprising tactic was drinking caffeine! Today we challenge you to increase your productivity by taking a nap!

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5 Ways to Re-Engage Your Best Employees

written by Michael Dauphinee on November 6th, 2014

Ever felt like you’ve been at a standstill in your work? At times, even your top employees will go through a standstill and need a slight push back in the right direction. They may lose focus or start slacking and it will be your job to get them back on track! Through James Kerr’s “5 ways to re-engage your best employees,” you will learn that “staff engagement and motivation start with communication.” Communicating the vision and how they fit, their importance in the company, your faith and trust in them, and more.

To get details on how to engage and motivate your employees, click here.