Communication

Ask, Don’t Tell – Coaching through Facilitation

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How many times has somebody come to you with a problem at work, and you just tell them the answer? Win-Win! Right? … Until they come back tomorrow. And the next day. Again and again until all you do is solve their problems. History has taught us that one of the main responsibilities of a manager is to answer employees’ questions. Of course, this seems like a noble gesture. And it could be necessary when employees don’t have the needed information. But in reality, true empowerment comes from helping employees learn where to find or figure out what they need. And that comes from facilitation. When you provide a quick answer, you solve one problem. When you facilitate a discovery process, you create problem solvers!

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How Do Your Communication Skills Measure Up?

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Communication: It’s an exchange. A process of sharing your thoughts, ideas, or feelings with another person. It’s easy right? We all communicate perfectly…Not so much. Especially today, the ability to communicate effectively is one of the most critical skills an employee or manager must have. Whether it be remote or face-to-face, it’s key to have people in your company that are transparent, assertive, and positive; otherwise it’s almost certain you’ll feel a shift in your company’s culture…if you haven’t already. For communication to be effective, it requires great skill in both listening and speaking. Here are a few tips to improve your skills as a communicator.

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Leading With Fairness, Respect & Support

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We’ve all been there. And some are still there. Maybe this will remind you of the people on your team. In a spot where what was once a career is now just a job – a means to an end. All purpose is gone and people don’t feel valued. Negative behaviors have become the norm. It feels like some have given up. People start to feel stuck or are keeping their eyes peeled for a new job…far, far away from here. What happened?

The short answer: YOU could be the problem.

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It’s All a Matter of Perspective

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Consider this all-too-familiar scenario: You’re driving to work behind an SUV that abruptly stops before an intersection. No turn signal, no warning. Just stops in the middle of the street. How inconsiderate! You could have wrecked! So you lay on the horn, angry and flustered, yelling a few choice words. We know what it feels like. Your morning was off to a bad enough start already. You probably feel frustrated, like nothing else is going to go right.

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Why Your Ping Pong Tables Aren’t Working

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Let’s get real about corporate culture

You have no idea why your culture sucks. It just does. You bought the ping-pong tables. You started Happy Hour Fridays. You even do the obligatory birthday cakes for your employees. The problem is that none of this has made a difference; your organization still seems lackluster.

People just don’t click. They can’t communicate. Your turnover rates are on the rise; and the employees you do keep don’t seem like they want to be there. Getting people to work together, collaborate, and have a normal conversation is like pulling teeth. And those words you had so beautifully hung on the wall seem meaningless.

Here are some signs that your corporate culture is out of control:

  • People don’t want to work for you (or your company).
  • Team members are working against each other.
  • There is drama between departments, divisions, or locations.
  • Individuals talk about each other; you may even see some bullying.
  • Leaders are going in circles about the same issues; things feel stagnant.
  • Leaders and employees don’t trust each other and there are cycles of collusion.
  • Ideas are unremarkable because people are holding back.
  • Employees aren’t being heard; and your organization has lost its edge.
  • People aren’t productive, wasting valuable time and money.

 

All you want is for people to trust each other, support each other, and actually enjoy working together. You need to find out why your culture is the way it is; and you need to do it quickly.

It might not be your people. 

Your decline in culture can stem from many issues. Sometimes the things you would consider to be positive changes can actually be your problem. And because they’re “good” things, they might not even hit your radar. Has your company recently gone through rapid growth? Did you have a change in company leadership? Did you recently update or implement a new process? Has an influential person either joined or left the organization? A ping-pong table isn’t going to fix how people deal with change, or each other, for that matter.

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“You have to find the root cause in order to actually correct a corporate culture problem.”

While no company is perfect, high performing organizations have a clear understanding of where they are going and everyone understands how they support the effort to get there. People believe that their co-workers’ intentions are good and give them the benefit of the doubt even when things don’t go well.

Here are some things you can do to take back control of your culture:

Get people excited again.

We know; that’s easier said than done. But when people are excited, they talk to each other. They share stories. And they’re more engaged. You must encourage people to use their voice. You have to give them authority to make decisions and take ownership of their work. Most importantly, you need to involve them in the important decisions and make it okay for people to talk about their concerns. Show them how they contribute and allow them to be a part of it. Trust them to do the job that they were hired for.

Stop addressing symptoms.

 You have to find the root cause in order to actually correct a corporate culture problem. Sometimes you can do that by having 1:1s with employees; other times they might feel more comfortable with an anonymous survey. Growth and change is scary, and not everyone is open to talking about their fears. That can cause them to disengage. Stay aware, watch for signs, and start doing a little digging. You need to gather some data and get rid of the “gut check,” communicate the plan to the employees, and then act on it.

Change the way you think about work.

 An article by Business Insider detailed the findings that Microsoft saw by switching to a 4-day workweek. Productivity increased by 40%. While this is an extreme example for some companies, it took someone with an open mind to initiate such a change. Be fearless. Other things they tried were reducing meetings to a 30-minute limit and encouraging remote communication. The bottom line is that they changed the way “they’ve always done it,” and inspired their people with options and flexibility.

Being an employer of choice requires senior leaders to work purposefully on the culture of their company. Remarkable leaders address more than just the symptoms of problems; they collaborate with others to get to the root cause and then take action. Employees are invited and encouraged to use their voice and become unified. People are highly productive and still have fun!

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“You have to find the root cause in order to actually correct a corporate culture problem.”

Without data you’re making decisions in the dark. For quick decisions, you often rely on your gut instinct. But when it comes to decisions that can change the future of your business, you need hard data. It’s time to stop your people from going rogue, and solve the culture problem once and for all.

revSCAN Organizational Health Assessment

People deserve to work in a company that has a clear direction and a culture to support it. But you first have to start by knowing what your organizational health actually is! For a limited time, you can get the data you need for FREE, and get your culture back on track. 

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Giving Feedback: Say What You Mean!

Think of all the words in the English language that can be used in different ways. Then add all the new “slang” words that keep popping up. And don’t get us started with social abbreviations and emojis. LOL! 😊 Giving feedback isn’t as simple as it used to be. What means something to you may mean something completely different to another. It’s time to get back to the basics. People, from Boomers to Gen Xers, use so many words incorrectly that our culture and the way we communicate can be challenging to understand. And speaker and comedian, Jill Shargaa, believes that we’re taking the meaning out of some very powerful words.

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The Results: Chatterkick X Revela Remote Work And Flexibility Survey

Remote Work And Flexibility Survey Blog was Written and Published by Chatterkick

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Businesses are approaching the workplace differently, thanks COVID-19! We’ve literally had to change our mindset on the things that we’ve learned to utilize to get better as a business; technology, communication, operating systems, safe physical spaces, stable sales environments, and flexible work opportunities. Our approach to these topics are being as COVID-19 is forcing us to dig deep into our businesses. As Revela and Chatterkick collaborate on a series of the Generation Social Media Podcast episodes, we wanted to hear honest feedback on remote work and flexibility. We sent out a 5-minute survey on remote work and flexibility during COVID-19, and the results were fascinating.

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You Started Strong. Don’t Let Up.

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We’re all about six weeks into this pandemic. Some a little longer, some a little less. What uprooted and affected our entire world has now become what we consider normal…for now. In the beginning, when people started working virtually or rotating their shifts at work, we all tended to be more intentional about connecting with our teams. Having daily huddles, weekly (or more frequent) team meetings, happy hours, and individual check-ins. But now that some time has passed, are we really still being as intentional as we were before?

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How to Keep Remote Employees Engaged

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Telecommuting…sounds like something from the future. However, it is one of the most challenging issues for businesses today. Employees want flexible work schedules and work hours. And many companies are trying to make it a priority and allow employees to work remotely. Some have even gone as far as hiring full remote teams that work in different states across the country.

Having remote employees can be a benefit to both the employee and the company. The employee finds harmony by being able to have a professional career, as well as more time for activities outside of work. They have the choice to work for an organization halfway across the country, giving them unlimited possibilities. The company can benefit from this as well. It reduces overhead costs and they are able to have access to more talent that otherwise may not have been an option to them. And technology has given us this alternative; it’s a beautiful thing. But as with all new things, there are some obstacles to overcome, such as how to keep remote employees engaged.

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#AskRevela – Toxic Boss

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Let us be your leadership “Google.” Ask Revela!

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