The Power of “Thank You”

If you want people on your “team”—whatever that means to you: in business, as a partner, an employee or even just a reference thanking them more than once might be the strategy to win them over to your side as one to call upon.

It is as simple as it sounds. You simply find occasion on which to thank them more than once. Obviously, the gesture needs to be sincere to work. You’ll want to thank them for any time or resources they lend to your cause. This is essential if you want them to help you again and again. While it may sound unfair, a single thank you, while being plenty of a verbal return on their investment in you on a singular occasion, will not stick in most people’s minds. Find ways to so sincere gratitude clearly and often. You should try to go beyond words if you can. Something like flowers, a bottle of wine or some other similar gesture is a great way to go for the second or third “thank you”.

For example, if you were offered a graduate assistantship because of a recommendation from someone in your network an immediate thank you is expected and needed immediately. Very few people would find occasion to thank the person again. After you start that assistantship find a way to say thank again and give them some context about how much the assistantship has helped your career.

After a year into the assistantship, perhaps on the anniversary of its beginning, it is time for another “thank you.” Share your results with them, show this person how much you have learned and grown and thank them again for the opportunity they helped you achieve.
Now, this person in your network will have a clear memory of how appreciative you are and would likely help you again if asked. Really the message here is sincere gratitude. Everyone says “thank you” once. Demonstrate the strength of your conviction by showing this person over a period of time that you are still grateful for their service to you.

How to Wind Down on the Weekend

A Stanford University Study suggests that people who work more than 50 hours a week get the same amount done as people who work more (up to 70 hours a week). Don’t  leave the office with homework. Smart individuals know the significance of changing gears at the end of the week. If you don’t wind down and relax, your team members can’t either.

Disconnecting is the most imperative end of the week task. If you haven’t disconnected electronically you haven’t really left your work at the office. If it isn’t possible to disconnect completely set some clear boundaries. Let your teammates know where and when you will check messages and emails. Also, be clear about the times during which you won’t engage, for any reason outside an emergency, with your work. Plan special activities during which your phone and computer are turned off.

Reflect on the past week. Reflection is a key activity for personal development. Spend some time each weekend thinking about the most successful people in your industry, your own organization and what it is you are doing to be more like them. Being away from the hustle and bustle should allow you to see clearly and objectively where you are going right and where you need adjustment. Bring your reflections with you to the office the next week and let it guide your work.

Find a passion outside your work. Let yourself get lost in something you love. This could include creative pursuits like playing an instrument or painting. It could even be something as simple as playing catch with your kids. You’ll be surprised how clearing your mind will reveal a clearer path to your goals.

 

 

What Team Members Need from Leaders

Leaders look for devotion and commitment from their team members, however here and there leaders sometimes tend neglect to hold up their half of the relationship, leaving team members feeling deserted and unsupported. Proficient leadership relationships are based on trust and responsibility and working for a leader that supports you is crucial to your achievement.

Team members who trust their organization think well of them and support them perform better. What kind of support does an organization put on you as a representative?

Is it accurate to say that they are there to take care of business and go home? It is safe to say that they are rewarded with something genuine? Are they prepared and positive about their professionalism? Do they work under great conditions? Do they get helpful input, or do they feel belittled or invisible?

At the point when team members feel bolstered by their leader, their joy for the work takes off — then the organization is able to achieve its goals. Building a sound relationship requires the endeavors of both sides — leader and team member — and the outcome of a healthy relationship enhances the organization’s ability to achieve. If there is mutual support they team will come up with more successful strategies to achieve its goals, the team will have better communication and the culture of the organization will be more positive.

When to Use Directive Leadership

While directive leadership isn’t in vogue these days, there are still some situations in which it might be the best route.

On the off chance that your group are new to an undertaking, they will require more noteworthy course as they learn. This is the point at which you ought to be more order, revealing to them how to do it. As your colleagues learn and create, you will never again need to screen their work so nearly.

Sooner or later, you might have the capacity to abandon them to work all the more self-rulingly. The less gifted your group is, the more probable they will require course to finish the work effectively.

At the point when there is an issue or crisis, time is of the substance. You can’t bear to settle on choices by panel in these conditions. This is the place mandate administration truly sparkles.

Order initiative may make you be somewhat sudden as you work to settle the issue, however regularly this is important to take care of an issue rapidly.

There are circumstances where you require individuals to pursue the principles and there can be no special cases. This is for the most part in regions like consistence or well being and security. In these cases, rules are set up for the well being of colleagues.

This additionally applies when you have models in your group that assistance work happen all the more successfully or to a base level of value. For instance, you may have required every day gatherings to comprehend what will occur on a specific day. Or on the other hand you may require data recorded especially to have the capacity to create reports.

It’s decent to be cooperative in basic leadership, on the grounds that everybody gets the chance to have their say. This takes longer than settling on the choice yourself, however can result in a result which everyone discovers more worthy.

Here and there when you endeavor to incorporate everybody in deciding, it delays the procedure. On the off chance that you counsel everyone in your group for a choice, it will take quite a while.

How to Handle the Holidays

As we live in a globalized society it is very likely that there are people practicing different religions in your organization. Generally speaking, you should encourage your team members to be open minded and listen to one another, maybe even polite inquiries about a holiday or practice they don’t understand.

Likewise, you and your team are going to have to be accommodating about team members taking time off. Make things easy on yourself and start speaking to your team members early about what time off they may need.

Holiday greetings can be a hot button topic, but all parties should understand that these greetings while specific to one religion or another are all meant to be positive. Don’t take offense, this is only a colleague wishing you the best in their own meaningful way.

Besides religion there are some other things we can do to alleviate stress during the holidays for our team members. Holiday parties are a great idea but make it easy on your team. Keep things casual, secular and think about avoiding gift exchanges. Gift giving can be stressful. Instead of a gift exchange think about doing something charitable that will bring the team together.

The holidays can be a learning opportunity for your team.

Stay Focused, Be High Energy

What qualities do they have that assist them? How do they exceed expectations at an abnormal rate? The best pioneers share characteristics. These qualities can be learned.

Pioneers show others how its done with a strong vision. They have a ravenous enthusiasm for effectively executing the vision of the organization. They don’t sit around stressing over everyday duties or issues. Rather, they rally to where the association needs to go.

Incredible pioneers know how to act naturally and are glad for their self-confidence. Since they are alright with their identity, they can do what they have to do and say what they have to with conviction.

Incredible pioneers can motivate trust in others. They can unmistakably and quickly convey their message to propel people around them to more accomplishments.