Was a privilege and honor to spend a week in Preston County, West Virginia with 62 young adults and volunteers making a difference for the grateful folks there! High temps and humidity, no AC, no TV, no internet...only made us appreciate the week more! We did new windows, steps and this deck. Rewarding, inspirational and awesome to see our young adults using their time, talents and energy for such a worthy cause! Teaching our next generation it is NOT about themselves. There is value in looking out and caring for others. I can't wait to go back!
So, Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton and made it clear he "intends to do everything he can to make certain she will be the next President of the United States." It's the united party approach that sends a strong message.
Maybe we need to have more of a "Bernie" attitude at work! Stand behind our boss, back them up, show support and be ready to do whatever it takes to achieve the "presidency of success" for the company! Because it should truly come back to your "WHY" of the reason you are there! After all, when the company does well, you should do well! You get to reap the benefits of success. This time of year and come November, it comes down to just two parties. Ultimately, the party that is united with the most votes comes out on top! The party that knows we ALL have to be in this together to get things accomplished!
Imagine, if everyone in your company had the "Bernie approach" and threw their total support and action into your goals! This is the ultimate team building and team bonding! This is what makes a company win any race!
How often do you push yourself out of your comfort zone at work? Oh wait, I'm not just talking about the job you are doing...no, I"m talking about the people you are doing it with! Are you devoting as much time to appreciating your team members and what they bring to the table?
It's an easy trap and pattern to fall into when you form office "cliques" and limit your personal interaction to a select few. It's the corporate hierarchy just like on the playground. No one wants to be picked last or left out. So why don't we put as much effort into fostering our social connections with our entire team? Now, I'm not asking you to start signing up new best friends...I'm thinking a team is only as strong as it's weakest links. In this case, it may be as simplistic as not knowing someone on the team well enough to appreciate their contributions! Quickest way to shut someone down is to make them feel like they are an outsider. Your team should ALL be part of the "in" group!
So, allow some coffee socials, pizza Fridays, lunch on a bench and of course team building! Provide as many opportunities for integrating social time as you do for meeting time! When you give your team a chance to talk about more than just work topics and details...you are building bridges and team bonds. Remember when the teacher used to switch the entire class seating chart half way through school? No one was happy...because we were no longer seated by the friends you were "used to". Yet, by the end of school, you had acquired a new circle of friends to interact with.
Don't allow yourself to be socially paralyzed at work! Mix and mingle! Get to know your team members and appreciate them for more than just their job!
How does your workplace foster the social connection?
As in any business, one of the most satisfying affirmations you are doing what you love and are meant to do, is when a company requests you to (once again) do an event at their annual meeting, for the 6th year in a row!
It's a great feeling when you feel almost like family to this particular group of people! When you hear, "It just wouldn't be the same without you!" Or "...we know it will be another great event!"
I'm proud to say my job satisfaction is over the top! I wake up every morning excited and motivated to just keep doing more! Pushing the limits and addicted to the rush of making sure each and every client is blown away and happy! Whether it's for team building, workshops or meeting facilitation, the priorities are all still the same. Exceed the customers needs and satisfy their goals! No two events or meetings are alike. So, the constant change is stimulating and keeps us on our toes! It's quite the rush to love what we do, leave the event so revved up and realize we just got paid to have that much FUN!!
Of course, all of this wouldn't be possible without an incredible business partner and friend at the helm with me! Teresa, we have come a long way and the journey is still an adventure, pleasure and blast! The best is yet to come!
Let us know how we can fire your team up?!!
While there’s plenty of work situations in which you may find yourself holding your nose and hating your boss Fred Flintstone-style, if you’re lucky enough to land a job with a thoughtful, smart, encouraging mentor for a leader, you and your co-workers will flourish. Here are five signs you’ve scored a great one and that you should absorb everything you can from your boss.
1. Your ideas, comments, and suggestions are welcomed (and often) acted upon, and you are empowered to make real change. When people have skin in the game, they tend to give their best, whether it’s at work or anywhere else. If your boss is giving you equity in your job, he or she is giving you the opportunity to put your best foot forward. Plus, it’s often hard to see from the top what will work best throughout a company or work environment, so your boss is smart to ask and act.
2. Your co-workers are terrific and talented. The people your boss hires are good insight into his or her values and a reflection of the kind of company he or she wants to build. If your fellow employees are capable, hard-working, considerate, and intelligent, there’s a good chance your boss is too.
3. Your boss makes you feel valued and appreciated. It takes a good listener and observant leader to recognize strengths in each individual and ensuring he or she is set up to succeed in the job. When your boss takes the time to know what you do best, chances are you’re going to do your best work.
4. There’s a work culture that promotes job satisfaction. If it matters to your boss whether you’re happy at work, that’s an excellent sign that you will be. Productivity and bottom-line success will likely follow when you have smart, happy people who are empowered at their jobs.
5. He or she recognizes and rewards achievement and progress. When your boss invests time and money on team building and bonding activities to strengthen the team unit, boosting morale, and creating camaraderie, he or she is cultivating a more efficient workforce that pulls as one toward a common goal. That’s not only good for you, but it will work in your boss’s favor as well. And that’s just good business sense.