In today’s busy world with lots of things on the go and with most people working in open space offices, it is often difficult to stay focused and to be fully present with another person before the next interruption comes your way. On any given day in open space, you are likely to be interrupted 54 times by people who walk up to your desk to tell you something or ask for ‘a minute.’ It takes roughly 3 minutes to regain your focus on the task at hand, culminating in roughly two hours of wasted time every day.
You definitely have to work harder to keep yourself focused and fully present. This is why many people really enjoyed working from home during the COVID lockdowns – describing their work as more efficient and effective, largely because of minimal interruptions or distractions. Now that people are back in the workspace, many have fallen back into the same old pattern of trying to stay focused, yet not fully present on most things. In my conversation with Carley, we covered the following questions:
We often hear the terms, ‘being present’ and ‘having presence.’ Are those two things connected in any way?
Given the new reality of working ‘virtually’ from home, do people have to work harder to be fully ‘present’ with their colleagues?
For a person to befully present with someone else, what are some things they can do to make that happen?
People are people, which means the dynamic on a team will fluctuate around the different personalities, as well as be influenced by different circumstances that a team Faces. Whether you lead a team, or are a member of a team, you should keep your eye on the team’s health and occasionally do a WOF to see if anything needs adjusting -- i.e., the team is firing on all cylinders, where everybody is reasonably engaged and committed, and where you’re getting good results.
Here are some symptoms of a dysfunctional team:
Polite conversations, especially after everyone has been together for a while
Very little vulnerability
Conflict is seen as a bad thing
Meetings that happen either before or after the scheduled team meeting
Inability to see the whole; focused instead on ‘my part’
An inner circle: in group/out group dynamic
Trust equates to loyalty
Very little affirmation going on
Little or no accountability
Below is a link to my conversation with Mel Homer on Magic Talk Radio where we discuss the topic dysfunctional teams and what can be done if we find ourselves on one.
Unconscious biases are cognitive biases that exist in our subconscious. They can be both positive and negative, and have significant influence on the vast majority of our decisions – in life and at work. Many companies are now requiring ‘unconscious bias’ training for their managers and supervisors who have to make decisions on who to hire, who to promote and often, who to let go. If these biases aren’t recognized and avoided, they could lead to decisions that work against diversity and inclusion. Ultimately, unconscious bias can hurt the business’s bottom line. In this video, I talk with Mel Homer from Magic Talk Radio on the topic of unconscious bias and how to reduce their impact.
At work, and in life, building a strong personal brand is important. It’s also a choice. Even if you don’t care about how you come across to others, the people around you make all kinds of assumptions about who you are – based on each and every encounter they have with you.
If you have a poor reputation and your brand is weak, you won’t have as much impact in your work – especially if you want people to hear your ideas. So it really does pay to devote some time and effort to build a strong personal brand – with every single opportunity that comes your way.
If you don’t look after your brand, you leave yourself open to being passed by, or even worse, being avoided by people around you. Can you really afford to have that happen?
When thinking about personal brand, there are 5 questions to ask if you want people to be drawn into you. They are:
Are you good at what you do?
Are you consistent?
How well do people know you?
Are you spending enough time being vs. doing?
Are you your authentic self when connecting with others?
This is my conversation with Mel Homer on Magic Talk Radio where we discuss the topic of building your personal brand at work.
We have all been asked the question: Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? How you answer that question may make a big difference in your personal and professional success.
Many studies show that being an optimist correlates with better health, having more friends, being a better leader and going further in your career. If this is the case, why doesn’t everyone wear rose-coloured glasses?
An optimist sees things in terms of what is possible. You tend to push your thinking out and are not hampered by constraints or other factors that might slow other people down. You think in terms of what is possible, so the energy is upward and outward.
A pessimist takes the opposite perspective, choosing to look at things in terms of what is probable, rather than what is possible. The energy tends to be downward and inward. There is a big difference in the impact each of these lenses can bring.
In this video, I talk with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio about optimism, and if it really is a benefit?
For most of us, 2020 has been the most amazing/incredible/incredulous/craziest year of our lifetime. Good or bad, every person in every country on earth will have been impacted in some way by the pandemic. At the end of an ‘average’ year, we typically reflect on a range of experiences that have helped us to grow in different ways – intellectually, spiritually, physically & specific capabilities related to our work. 2020 has likely stretched us even more so than in previous years, many people having a different lens now on what ‘quality of life’ means to them.
In this video, Dr. Harold Hillman talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio and reflects on 2020, and looks ahead to what 2021 might look like.
Many companies are now putting the ‘I’ before ‘D’ – whereas that was not the case even two decades ago where the focus was all on ‘D.’ In fact, until about a decade ago, there was no ‘I.’ Now businesses and organisations have started to realise that unless you get ‘inclusion’ right, ‘diversity’ will never thrive.
In this video, Dr. Harold Hillman talks with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio and talks about the shift in thinking with the topic of Diversity and Inclusion.
In this interview, I talk with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio about the significance of Joe Biden’s victory, and tracing your resilience and well-being, especially in a year like 2020.
BIDEN'S VICTORY Joe Biden’s victory signifies the importance of character and empathy in leadership.
Four years ago, Trump won on the promise that he would change things (drain the swamp). He had no track record as a political leader, but people trusted his business experience. Four years later, he has a record – and it certainly is not pretty. America got to see a lot about his character, perhaps the major reason he was defeated.
RESILIENCE Anxiety & depression have spiked in a number of countries, including New Zealand. It is very important for people to look after themselves with a greater sense of purpose and proactivity.
Three resilience factors from 2015 article in the Harvard Business Review:
The ability to accept staunch reality quickly
Deeper meaning to life | Ability to take the long view
2020. What a year so far! In this interview, I'm reunited with Roman Travers on Magic Talk Radio and talk about the year to date, and reflect on the importance of leadership, resilience, and positive energy in times like this.