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Have you ever noticed that a lot of the people looking forward to team-building and company off-sites are the really outgoing employees?
I coach a lot of highly analytical and technical leaders who are great at their jobs, and while not all of those highly analytical leaders are introverts, I’ve noticed that a high percentage of them do fall into this category. Are they the ones looking forward to the team-building fun? Not so likely.
In fact, it’s not hard to believe that many introverts look upon the requisite team-building exercises and company retreats as something to be endured.
But don’t let that stop you from scheduling the next off-site for your company or team! It’s a special challenge (and interest) of mine to make sure that team-building exercises and leadership off-sites are enjoyable for everyone. That means extroverts, introverts, and everyone in between.
So I’d like to
I frequently watch (and recommend) Ted Talks. In less than 20 minutes I can learn new ideas with compelling speakers. However, I don’t usually get the pleasure of recommending a talk from brilliant and engaging friends and colleagues. CrisMarie and Susan are two partners who work with teams in conflict recently rocked TedxWhitefish with their talk: Conflict – Use It, Don’t Defuse It!
I got them to share with me some of the behind the scenes of their Tedx Talk.
Click here to watch their Tedx talk: Conflict – Use It, Don’t Defuse It! and read below for my exclusive Q&A with them!
Q: How did you discover that your sweet spot was working with teams in conflict?
First we are a team AND we quickly learned working together that conflict was a natural part of the process! In our first client off-site, our differences were shocking
Or at least instantly get the ideas to help you improve them
People skills, like any other skill, need constant updating, evolving and upgrading. Books are a great way to up-level your people management and leadership skills, easily and effectively.
You can read a traditional paperback on your commute, listen to an audio book, or even read on your smartphone or laptop. I know it’s hard to fit in one more thing but reading great books can not only leave you feeling hopeful and inspired, it can be key to growing your arsenal of skills.
Here are my 3 top picks for books to improve and enhance your leadership skills:
1. Your Brain at Work by David Rock I had heard positive reviews, but it took some time for me to jump on the bandwagon and read David Rock’s hugely popular book on how to use
I was reading some recent research that talked about the great divide in satisfaction with workplace advancement between employees with sponsors and those without sponsors. Sheryl Sandberg also made a point in her book “Lean In” about the importance of workplace mentors to help guide your career decisions and workplace choices.
So the question is: do you have a workplace mentor?It’s very common for employees to joke that they have a workplace spouse, usually a co-worker that they can trust, vent to, and share some “for your ears only” jokes with. While this can make your days at work happier, it doesn’t seem to be enough to increase your overall satisfaction at work.
So how can you find a true guide to help you navigate your organization?
1. Don’t just socialize laterally, socialize up Find out what you have in common – kids of the same age, similar interests,