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,...
Why Leaders Are Not Born, But Trained!

Why Leaders Are Not Born, But Trained!

There goes a popular fable, which talks about how once a monkey got to become the king of the jungle. The day that happened, everyone heaved a sigh of relief that now things might change. But the next day they found the monkey prancing around the jungle and jumping on tree tops. They wondered what is wrong, but said nothing thinking this might be the new way of doing things around. This went on for some time, the jungle was now a mayhem. Animals approached the monkey to ask why isn’t he doing anything, to which he replied, “Can’t you see I’m doing what I can?  Tell me if there’s something wrong with my efforts? I keep jumping around all the jungle for you people and this is how you talk to me?” With this the monkey left everyone dumbstruck, and went away hopping on tree tops. Moral of the story:  No matter how good you think your efforts are, in reality you might just be a monkey hopping on trees. Nope, just kidding. The real lesson here is to understand that leading people is not an easy task, and understanding what you job entails is a tough thing to conquer. One might do all what they can to make things work, but that doesn’t mean it will succeed.  And that is exactly where it becomes crucial.  Leadership is not what we perceive it to be, it is what the people and the organization needs. People elevated from individual contributors’ role to team managers have hardly any experience in management, in the first go. According to IBM’s Global Chief...
Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

Why ‘No’ is the Most Important Word You’ll Ever Say.

I chase every opportunity that comes in my way. My company was brand new and I needed clients. To grow my career, I said yes to everything. At first, it was great. My professional network grew. But then I hit a wall. I was exhausted and overcommitted. My calendar continued to fill up, but my bottom line was stagnating. I was so busy chasing down every opportunity that I became unfocused. So I took a step back and started to measure what events and activities actually made my career grow. I changed my career model and agreed only to the opportunities that helped me scale my career growth and I learned to say no to everything else. So why is one tiny word so hard for most of us to say? It’s because deep down inside, we all want to be liked. We worry that saying “no” will change the way others view us. This can be especially difficult if you’re a people pleaser. But before you take on any more responsibilities, here are some guidelines to consider. Be proactive.When you say yes to every opportunity, your actions become reactive and it can bleed in to other areas of your business. You may become oversensitive to pressure-filled situations and lose focus. Reactive entrepreneurs often become slaves to the demands of clients, employees, investors and partners. Instead of working toward your long-term goals, you could find yourself chasing after every dollar — and undermine your future earnings in the process. Develop criteria for events.Make a list of objectives and goals for yourself and your business. When you decide to attend an event or conference,...
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...