What do you consider being honest? Is honesty only offering a response to a question with some truth? Are we being dishonest when we avoid telling a significant other, family member or friend something… to avoid a problem? Everyday it seems as though people are avoiding smaller and smaller issues. If we continue to ignore, hide or avoid a small issue, does it not eventually accumulate into a bigger issue?
“every waterfall starts with a drop.”
Honesty is the Best Policy
My take: In business or personal, I believe that it is important to be honest. Yes, often the truth hurts but dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that could come from being forthcoming will only help us grow and become stronger. Obviously, when one conveys a message, tact and consideration should be part of the delivery. The more challenges we face (and overcome) the stronger our resolve is; as we “tackle” the daily grind that life throws at us why not just be honest?
“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.” ~Edgar J. Mohn
“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.” ~Author Unknown
“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” ~Adlai Stevenson
References: Business Week
Five simple actions to enhance your work environment:
1- Say “Hello”
2-A “Please and Thank you” is nice.
3-Listen and acknowledge, it is nice to be heard.
4-Offer support, “anything I can do to help?”
5-“Have a nice day” is a good end to the work day.
Often a little action here or there can brighten up a day.
A big challenge in the world today is to have a strong team with a similar goal for the good of the company. A successful organization needs a strong team to maintain stability growth. “How do we do this?”
A few ideas:
Take a day as a group and go work on something together where you can easily see what you’ve accomplished. For example, take your team out to plant trees or bushes at a local charity. Planting works well because it is easy to see how much your team has obviously accomplished . Many of our daily business activities do not show progress or accomplishment in an obvious way. Planting together is also good because it gives people a chance to talk while they plant and get to know each other better outside of work conversations.
Do a ropes course or something similar together. Rope courses are great team building activities. These courses help to build trust in your group and are important team building events. Groups can make use of a ropes-course for meetings, workshops, seminars, business training programs, etc.
Start a company Softball, or Soccer team. Again on the same team trying for the same goal (no pun intended).
There are many ways for a team to grow within an organization but it starts with trust. Get the group outside of the work environment and “make some things happen.”
In today’s business world we want to always continue to become stronger mentally, learn more skills, understand newer technology etc. Similar to keeping physically fit one must continue to take steps and action to become healthier mentally.
Set a long term goal, maybe “I want to learn a new language.”
A Mid term goal could be…take a class.
Than short term goals. What are some small steps that you can do each day to achieve this…go online and do some reading, maybe talk with someone you know that is fluent in the language?
As we all are aware, much boredom can interfere as we continue towards our goal(s), get PASSIONATE! Reward yourself for accomplishing goals, make it fun, satisfying! Set a plan and try to stick with it!
It is ok to stray, just get back on course.
Remember your are the one benefiting from a stronger, more skilled mind
By Mark Salinas
“Have you had an email with an angry tone” hit your inbox?
In todays world it is important that an employee understands how to use email properly and with professional tact. Often I have seen responses to an email with much opinion and negativity attached, this could be easily misconstrued and backfire.
I believe we all have received an email that “got under our skin.” It would be in human nature to tap the heck out of the keyboard with all your frustration and respond angrily…”how could this person dare send me this?”
Take a deep breath walk away and gather your thoughts. Upon your return you probably have calmed down a bit…hopefully? If not, try this… type a response on a word document, let it all out. When you are done DELETE it. Feel better?
Now type a response to the email and look it over a few times, I avoid inputting too many opinions if any at all. Try to keep the response to the facts. Acknowledge the persons point and look to add possible solutions. Use we and us often as you want to avoid personal attachment. Keep the tone of your response level, avoid caps. and exclamation points.
I read a great post written by Susan Davis at http://www.allbusiness.com it was about “Social Awareness”. Basically it is how well you understand others, identifying their body language, actions, etc. and how this can improve the work atmosphere. “Social Awareness” that I would also call “Mirror Imaging” or NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming). I believe Social Awareness is a learned skill that becomes habit after much trial and effort. The individuals that have acquired this skill naturally are often people that have been involved in a relationship or upbringing in which they were the caretaker. Again I believe that “Social Awareness” is a skill that promotes a better understanding of individuals beyond the words spoken and can lead to a much more positive, productive environment.