Time for Learning

I’m proud to call myself a life long learner. In the past I’ve had colleagues ask me why I’m interested in so many different areas of study, why I always seem so interested in discovering new things about myself.

That second question is an easy one to answer. As a consultant and advisor I am the instrument of learning and change with which my clients interact. I consider role modeling when building engaged organizations to be essential. Think about it. How can I ask workers to do anything that I have not done myself? People tend to take stock more in a person’s behavior than in what they say. If the two are incongruous a red flag is likely to be raised, and an unexplained sense of caution could very well prevail.

What do you think? Are you open to learning at this stage of the game? I hope your answer is yes. It’s important to keep an open mind—even when you think you know all there is on a particular subject, or what a person means when they make a statement or comment. 

Let’s look at a quick example. What if your colleague remarks to you about a particular issue on a project you both are working? And what if you think you know what s/he means but in reality you’re not entirely certain? It’s prudent to paraphrase or simply ask to be sure your assumption is correct. I’ve been teaching this basic of all communication skills for more than 25 years now, and I am still fascinated how infrequently people do this.

Here is a challenge for you to consider. Make an agreement with yourself to learn something new each day. It could be as simple as learning a new word, its definition and using it in a sentence each day. Another suggestion is to read an article or chapter in a book each day. Others of you might pair up with co-workers at break or lunchtime to have a conversation about innovations in your workplace or what can be done to improve work conditions.

Your own time, work and focus are important, but so too is learning. We should all make even a small amount of time to learn. During these dog days of August I ask you to open yourself to learning. I promise, this will improve your work as well as your life overall.

Have any of my comments evoked something in you? What is your thinking on this topic? Sharing your reflections helps all of us to grow and expand our thinking. 

If you have found the information of value, please forward it to colleagues, associates and friends. I'm always available by email at info@bovaenterprises.com or phone 212 685 0870.

Thanks!
Scatter joy, and be kind to others particularly at work,
Rosemary 

When Humanity Speaks

For the last two weeks the world watched with bated breath as an international team of highly skilled rescuers and volunteers numbering close to a thousand, first located 12 missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave in northern Thailand. They then devised a highly complex plan to extract them which went off without a hitch and in record time. 

How does this happen?

Humanity spoke! Every person on earth could identify with being trapped deep underground in total darkness, with no food and surrounded by water which they knew would likely rise with the monsoon season upon them. Add to this the fact all but one were children. These universal emotional touchpoints magnetized people all over the globe to come forth. Within days an international team of rescuers formed, translators showed up and this group who speak different languages, pull off an impossible feat. They developed a comprehensive, albeit highly dangerous and complex plan to extricate the children and their coach. Millions of people prayed using their own religious traditions, creating an energetic safety net for this plan. Sadly, one diver did die before the extraction got underway.

What if you could create that degree of focus and commitment in your company? How might that impact your business?

There is a phenomenon called the vortex. According to Esther and Jerry Hicks, it is an energetic field of positive vibrational energy. It took a few days for the vortex to be created. When people heard of 12 young boys and their coach missing in a flooded cave, millions of positive thoughts and prayers traveled over the airwaves in hope they’d be found. Once found, the ante was upped--how do we get them out?

We’ve all heard stories of groups of bystanders lifting a car to save someone pinned under it. It’s more than just an adrenal rush. Here are a few of my thoughts.

  • A common goal people understand the whys and wherefores of speaks volumes to them
  • When people recognize their efforts, and ideas are valued and appreciated people become engaged
  • When people recognize that the goal is bigger than they are and that the goal has a greater purpose, they rise to the occasion

I invite you to think of three steps you might take within the next few days to transform your organization. Here’s a first step: Talk about this with your people; listen closely to their thoughts.

Have any of my comments evoked something in you? What is your thinking on these topics? Sharing your reflections helps all of us to grow and expand our thinking. Comments can be left at the BE website, on the Contact Rosemary page.

If you have found the information in this blog of value, please forward it to colleagues, associates and friends.

I'm always available by email at info@bovaenterprises.com or phone 212 685 0870.

Thanks!

Scatter joy, and be kind to others particularly at work,

Rosemary 

What A Year It's Been!

Can you believe it’s been one day short of a year since I started my video blogging on a weekly basis after having taken a few years hiatus? Quite the learning experience for me. Being in front of the camera was intimidating at first. Now, I can honestly say I enjoy it and have even built quite a good level of confidence with it all.

That said, I’ve decided to start a bit of an experiment with this week's blog… While I am still committed to providing you with information and ideas on which to ponder and reflect over the weekend, I will write blogs while only occasionally sprinkling in a video or two. Also, for the summer’s duration I will blog on a bi-weekly basis. Therefore you will hear from me next on July 13th and every other Friday morning thereafter.

Recently, I saw an article about the four most important words a manager can say. What four words come to your mind? Send me an email and let me know.

The four words were: What do you think

After pondering this for a few days, I understand where the author is coming from. All too often a manager will ask employees what they think. Yet before the individual has a chance to respond, she provides the employee with what she thinks. Most employees will not offer a differing idea. Rather they will provide supportive arguments to the managers thoughts.This becomes an unconscious collusion that serves no purpose, and inadvertently caps idea generation in the company.

If a manager asks employees what do you think, the impact of the question can be wide reaching. Initially, the manager is eliciting the best thinking from people, sending a message that says, I want to know what you think about this. People feel good when someone wants their opinion, particularly at the office. By asking this, the manager is granting permission for employees to express thoughts and ideas, while also providing foundational pillars for a culture of inclusion and engagement. Continually asking for employees’ input strengthens their connection to the organization. The caveat here is that the manager must be sincere in wanting employee input. Ask for clarification and what made them think of that so that employee thinking skills are also being developed.

Try it and let me know what you think. 

Next week we celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day. This is a difficult time for our country. The lack of civility is rampant. I am sure you have experienced it whether it be in the form of road rage, on a check out line, on your child’s sports team, or at work. Each of us needs to work hard to take personal responsibility for our behavior and energy. Three deep breaths always work.

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to NAWBO NYC’s Evening of Excellence.

Have any of my comments evoked something in you? What is your thinking on these topics? Sharing your reflections helps all of us to grow and expand our thinking. Comments can be left at the BE website, on the Contact Rosemary page.

If you have found the information in this blog of value, please forward it to colleagues, associates and friends.

I'm always available by email at info@bovaenterprises.com or phone 212 685 0870.

Thanks!

Scatter joy, and be kind to others particularly at work,

Rosemary