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“It’s Not In My Job Description!” - Resistance in Your Team Members

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2019 6:54:58 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence, stress, mental health, Awareness, Engagement, Performance

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“It’s not in my job description” is a phrase you’ve probably heard many times as a leader. Whether you’ve asked a team member to cover for someone or take on a last minute assignment, “It’s not in my job description” can be a default response in the workplace.

How do you feel when you hear this? Frustrated? Exhausted? Disappointed?

Getting to a place of understanding and empathizing with your employees when they use this response will help relieve these emotions, and also allow you to communicate and approach them in a more successful way.

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3 Common Team Challenges and How to Move Beyond Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 11:48:04 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence, mental health, teamwork

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The busier we are, our minds get cluttered and we can grow less patient and less focused.

This busy-ness increases the likelihood of being reactive to any stressors - traffic jams, a missed deadline, office/family politics - and less likely to feel happy, productive and effective.  

 

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Can your communication improve mental health?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2018 7:11:08 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence, mental health

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Imagine if you were feeling overwhelmed at work:

  • the workload is increasing,
  • you are understaffed,  
  • there are last minute requests,
  • there are behaviours in the office that clash with your values,
  • people around you are stressed…

Do such stressors ever impact your emotional well-being (mental health)?

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3 Conscious Communication Strategies to Reclaim Your Time

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence

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Let’s control our energy and how we experience the time we use.

 

Purpose

  • To remove the guilt and anxiousness associated with time pressure
  • To raise awareness of how you can better enjoy the time you have
  • To shift perspective, the LENS you currently look through, regarding your time use
  • To practice a more conscious way of feeling more productive

 

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How to Overcome Resistance with the PRISE Model Questionnaire

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2018 9:45:23 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence

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Could having a model to guide your communication - that minimizes threat reactions (like fear and resistance) and maximizes openness, approachability and engagement - be helpful to you and your team?

 

Over centuries, we (humans:) have had deep urges to discover the ‘truth’ about how life actually works: what motivates us, what inspires us, what scares us, and most importantly why we behave the way we do.

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How to Work with Resistance

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2018 11:20:07 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence

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Change, conflict, stress and overwhelm can all lead to resistance...

… and resistance is one of the most challenging leadership issues you will experience. It clouds over the actual goals, intentions and priorities, making it challenging for your team members, clients and colleagues to progress.

But have you noticed that when you try to push back against someone’s resistance, you often make it stronger? And this creates a cycle of fear and reluctance that hinders your ability to help team members perform well.

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How to Get Over a Mistake

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 24, 2018 1:05:49 PM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict, Leadership, Influence

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If we are supposed to learn from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them?

Has anyone ever misinterpreted or misunderstood what you said or intended? Have you ever misunderstood what someone meant and then reacted to? We make mistakes every day, large and small, from epic fails to minor faux pas: deadlines will be missed, a tone of voice will hurt, you will deliver something and your boss will not be pleased, your kids will think you’re a bad parent. 

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3 Steps to Creating (Conflict) Resolutions in the Workplace and Beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2018 1:08:07 PM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Conflict, Leadership, Influence

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While we often resolve to do something more, better, different at the beginning of a year, we rarely take the time to consider the conflicts that these resolutions create, and how we’ll deal with them.

 

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Raise a Little Hell To Get What You Want

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 24, 2017 9:37:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence

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Most everyone we coach thinks that their experience is different from everyone else's. And they’re right.  There’s no one with the exact same reactions as you. This is your  fingerprint. Your snowflake.

That’s also what makes us all the same! We all react to and are stressed by thoughts and situations every day. And when you slow down to think about it, the triggers are often very similar.
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3 Steps to Manage Feeling Stretched and Stressed

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Confidence, Leadership, Influence

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Have you ever felt stretched and stressed? Of course you have, as we all experience these responses in our life. Fortunately, we have some control over the feeling of being stretched…and thankfully we have TOTAL control over feeling stressed.

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