How to have a Crucial Conversations with your Boss

How to have a Crucial Conversations with your Boss

There are plenty of things that affect our working environment and not necessarily all of them are good. Some build us up, and some tear as down. But the call to action needs to be taken when the negative days start to overpower the positive ones. And usually, this is where people go in a limbo. Rather than discussing their problems with their team or their bosses, they choose to harbor their feelings and gulp down their issues which have disastrous consequences. Then what needs to be done? This is something which might vary according to people’s ability to hold a crucial conversation where stakes are high. It is indeed a tough decision to make. Actually, sitting down with your boss and discussing your problems with him/her? There are people who’d break into a sweat at that thought. Are you one of them, too? Then keep on reading on. Holding a tough conversation is an art, a skill that needs to be learned over the years. The art of making the other person see your side of the coin without making them lose the entire point of the meeting and focusing on you rather than the topic, a tough one to master. We all at some point suffer from confirmation bias, and conversations often bear the brunt of the same. Then how do you make yourself heard, when you don’t know how to put yourself out there? A crucial conversation, as mentioned above, includes the high stakes which can make or break your personal/professional life in a jiffy. So the question arises, how to handle such conversations?  Here are...
Why E-learning Is the Best Way Forward!

Why E-learning Is the Best Way Forward!

Did you know that you can train people faster and cheaper? Did you know that it is perfectly possible to increase learning capabilities of people without getting them to the classroom? If you didn’t, you will now. E-learning is coming up as one of the easiest ways to enhance the learning environment across the globe, and it is just a matter of time that the traditional method of learning is taken over by e-learning. People often ask, what is it that makes E-learning so viable that it stands out. The answer lies in a scrutiny of the benefits of E-learning and how it is carried out. It can be summarised a s follows: 1. E-Learning is cost effective Via E-learning companies/ organizations cut down on their environment costs as they do not have to arrange for classes or traditional methods of teaching which include physical presence of students or teachers/trainers. For example, Compass Group whose program demonstrated an estimated cost reduction of £495k in 6 months because of cost cutting in accommodation, travel, time out of the business, external trainers or materials. (source: kineo.com) 2.E-Learning benefits learners With e-learning, learners have the option to learn at their own convenience. Where most of the online courses are tagged as self-paced, it becomes easy for the learner to grasp the knowledge and information at their own pace which helps in better retention. 3.E-Learning ensures faster delivery Due to less implementation time and costs, it becomes easy for trainers and learners both to wrap up sessions at their own convenience. It doesn’t take that much time to start or end a class,...
Train Your Brain to Become a Better Leader

Train Your Brain to Become a Better Leader

Good news, old dogs – new tricks can be learned. And the secret to making dramatic changes to behaviour involves one of the coolest new trends in contemporary science – neuroplasticity. So, what exactly is neuroplasticity? To put it simply, it’s the ability of the nervous system to respond to stimuli by reorganizing its structure, function and connections. There is plenty of evidence proving the incredible capabilities of the brain. Human beings can indeed change the way they behave and think, even in the presence of brain disorders. An April 2016 case study published in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care found that patients with schizophrenia who underwent intervention strategies like cognitive remediation and physical activity can improve cognitive function and their quality of life while positively modifying neuroplasticity in schizophrenia. Neuroplasticity sheds some light on the human ability to essentially change the structure of the brain. As needs change, people are able to create new neural pathways as a way to adapt. These changes are the brain’s method of tuning itself to a new habit or practice. Neuroplasticity and the workplace. How does this impact the professional world? For those who want to go for that promotion but don’t consider themselves to be a leader, think again. Leaders are needed and are in short supply. According to the Workplace Trends’ Global Workforce Leadership survey, almost half of the companies surveyed note that leadership is the hardest skill to find in employees. Many companies are trying to implement leadership training courses to proactively address this growing concern. The 2015 Business Human Capital Challenges Report from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that one of the top concerns...
Nine Myths of Success- Debunked!

Nine Myths of Success- Debunked!

Success, in itself has no definite meaning, as it changes from person to person accordingly. But on a general note, the common idea of success means financial affluence, increased societal status, a happy family, and many such indicators. Since there is a clichéd understanding of success, there are also a few connotations attached to it. Not necessarily true, here we are debunking much popular notions surrounding the popular idea of success: 1. Success makes you a better person When people work in a very demanding role that makes them deeply competitive. It rubs off on their personal life also. People seem to be on a short temper all the time, flaring up at people including their family for no reason. Once this is realized, people can make an attentive effort to separate their work life from personal life and things can soon return to being normal. Staying level headed and not letting success go to your head sometimes needs a conscious intent! 2. To succeed, you need to focus on some parts of your life more, however once you are successful you can balance your life again When you focus too much on one aspect of your life at the expenditure of other aspects which are equally important, you cannot always escape the consequences. Let’s look at an example. In 2009 Ranjan Das, the SAP India CEO, died of a massive heart attack. He was 42 years old and active in sports, was a fitness fanatic and also a marathon runner with no history of any type of cardiac problem. So what led to this tragedy? Apparently, as he had...
Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Want to Be Successful? Make Sure You Practice These 10 Things!

Here’s the thing: some of the most successful leaders in the world will readily admit that they aren’t any smarter, luckier, more talented, or even more confident than their less   successful peers. So, what is it that leads to their success? We tried finding out what exactly makes people stand out and take the charge. Leadership is no easy feat to achieve in today’s competitive times, yet the people who overcome every hurdle and reach the top are no different than the rest of us. There is only a slight difference that brings all the change. We are letting you in on that secret, so that you can try these yourself. A successful leader always has these traits: 1. Be Trusting and trustworthy: Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders make their employees feel secure and draw staffers into a circle of trust. 2. Emotionally connected to the work: Author Robert Greene has interviewed and analysed the lives of people he calls “masters” and discovered that the most successful leaders were emotionally connected to their work and their success. Success, he says, is often a result of resiliency and a love of what you’re doing. 3. Sensitive and flexible: Researcher Jeffrey Pfeffer studied great leaders of history and noted that recognizing and being sensitive to the needs of others, and then being flexible enough to fit your position to match, were keys to successful leadership. 4. Creative: Research shows that most people will do whatever is easy, but the most successful among us get creative to do what works best instead, and that is always the path to success. 5. Willing to fail: Author Dan Schwabel notes that successful leaders have a willingness...