Tip of the Week: Wisdom You Can Use!

Tip of the Week: September 24-28, 2012

Posted by on September 24, 2012

Change Management“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Apple Inc.

Are you an agent of change, or are you stuck in a groove?

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Tip of the Week: September 17-21, 2012

Posted by on September 17, 2012

Goal Setting“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. – Michelangelo

Have you set ambitious goals for yourself? Do you have the tools to achieve them?

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Tip of the Week: September 10-14, 2012

Posted by on September 11, 2012

Communication Skills“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question. – Peter Drucker

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Tip of the Week: August 27-31, 2012

Posted by on August 27, 2012

From our Strategic Planning and Implementation workshop:

“By assessing business unit competencies, business trends, uncertainties and opportunities, a manager can construct appropriate strategies and actions that drive results which in turn assist the company as a whole to fulfill its mission.

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Tip of the Week: August 20-24, 2012

Posted by on August 20, 2012

“I have more influence now than when I had the power. – Gough Whitlam

Have you tried Positive Power and Influence? We’re holding an open enrollment program on August 29th in beautiful San Diego, CA!

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Great Communication Skills: Do’s and Don’ts of Using Humor at Work

Posted by on July 13, 2012

Great Communication SkillsDoes humor really count as a component of “great communication skills”? After all, humor is just joking around, right? Well, it turns out that humor—or the lack of it—is a major component of one’s communication skills as a whole. In fact, an incredible 98% of CEOs would rather hire someone with a good sense of humour than someone with a more serious demeanor.*

Want to know how you can use humor in an effective and appropriate way at work? I won’t kid you…there are a lot of minefields to navigate. First, let’s make the distinction between jokes and humor:

  • Jokes usually stand alone, aren’t closely connected to the situation, and tend to follow a recognizeable format such as, “3 guys walk into a bar…”
  • Humor is pulled from the situation or environment, such as mentioning to a colleague that you’re trying to cut out carbs as you both walk into the breakroom to find a mountain of donuts and bagels someone brought in. You might say something like, “See? It’s a carb conspiracy!”

The clever and appropriate use of humor is a great way to improve communication, reduce stress, help people think creatively, reduce the fear of making mistakes, improve morale, build stronger relationships, alleviate boredom…and more! How can you make this miracle tool work for you? Let’s talk about what you should do.

Workplace Humor: Do’s

  • Incorporate humor into your everyday conversations and presentations
  • Know your audience and tailor your humor to them
  • Make your humor self-deprecating when possible
  • Fit your humor into the context of the conversation
  • Include the whole group; no “inside” references

Following these guidelines is a great place to start, but beware of pitfalls! Poor use of humor works like a poison. At best, it can fall flat and embarass you. At worst, it can offend others, create strained relationships, and even get you into legal trouble. On that note, let’s talk about what you shouldn’t do.

Workplace Humor: Don’ts

  • Never make jokes about people’s appearance, sexuality, religion, socio-economic status, or ethnic heritage
  • Don’t make fun of people, only situations
  • Avoid using humor to complain about your colleagues, supervisors, team or organization
  • Never use profanity or inappropriate references
  • Be careful when using sarcastic humor: it can come off as insulting, arrogant and/or snarky

Put yourself in the place of your audience and try to imagine their reactions. I strongly suggest that you practice using humor in a safe environment—such as with family or friends—before unleashing your hilarity at work.

Used well, humor at work can change the whole atmosphere for the better. Who knows? You colleagues may soon be referring to you as “that funny guy/gal”!

* According to a survey of 737 CEOs conducted by Hodge-Cronin & Associates

Sources: Forbes, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, ScienceDaily


Tip of the Week: July 9-13, 2012

Posted by on July 9, 2012

Positive Power and InfluenceThe greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.

– John Hancock

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Tip of the Week: July 2-6, 2012

Posted by on July 2, 2012

Positive Power and Influence“The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Are you ready to exert your Positive Power and Influence?

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Tip of the Week: June 25-29, 2012

Posted by on June 25, 2012

Positive Power and Influence“A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

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Tip of the Week: June 18-22, 2012

Posted by on June 18, 2012


Positive Power and Influence“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”
– Voltaire

Have you harnessed the power of Positive Power and Influence?

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