Unplug from Work by Focusing Your Brain on Something Else

Practical but effective suggestions on this article on how to unplug from work. Something that worked for me at a particular moment in my corporate career was to learn to play guitar. I had always dreamed of playing in a rock band… so when my wife suggested to start guitar lessons on Wednesdays after work, I immediately signed up for it. The lessons lasted for five years, and they were a powerful trigger to leave work on time. No, I did not join a rock group, but yes, I did unplug from work, at least on Wednesdays…

https://hbr.org/tip/2018/02/unplug-from-work-by-focusing-your-brain-on-something-else

How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

Good reminder of the importance to engage with your team members and show your appreciation for their work contributions.

How Much is Too Much When It Comes to Relationships with Your Direct Reports?

How Being A Better Person Will Make You A Better Leader

You have a choice of what type of leader you want to be. There are four behaviors suggested in this article, all of which will likely make you both a better leader and a better person.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2018/02/16/how-being-a-better-person-will-make-you-a-better-leader/#23f08140241c

#WorkTrends Recap: The Secret to Conflict Without Casualties

I am a big advocate of promoting conflict within teams, in the form of a healthy (and even passionate) debate on ideas. Within teams, an issue that is not debated will likely lack the commitment from all its members, especially from those who may have had a different point of view and never shared it with the rest of the group.

#WorkTrends Recap: The Secret to Conflict Without Casualties

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs — But 90% Of Managers Lack

A good reminder of ten useful skills for managers. My favorite is the first one: Giving and receiving feedback. When was the last time you asked for feedback from an employee reporting to you?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2018/02/11/ten-skills-every-manager-needs-but-90-of-them-lack/#6c004cc41614

Ten Life Lessons You Learn When You Lose Your Job

Ten good lessons to keep in mind if and when you lose your job. I lost mine once, and the one lesson I learned, on top of the ten shared in this article, is to be humble. It was hard for me to say I had lost my job. It was hard at first to ask for help to find a new job. But I had to bite the bullet, swallow my pride and diligently look for a job.

If you ever lost your job, do you have any insights to offer?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2018/02/10/ten-life-lessons-you-learn-when-you-lose-your-job/#42a84c6f3483

Don’t Commit These Seven Meeting Sins

Useful reminder on how to make your meetings more productive. And you don’t have to be the meeting organizer to suggest improvements.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/02/09/dont-commit-these-seven-meeting-sins/#192fe02f7333

Feedback for Salespeople Should Focus on Behaviors

Simple but powerful advice: as a manager, focusing only on the closing step of the sales cycle may be preventing you to coach your sales people on other relevant sales stages, such as building relationships with key stakeholders.

https://hbr.org/tip/2018/02/feedback-for-salespeople-should-focus-on-behaviors

Do You Have a Diverse Team of DiSC Styles?

Many companies are capitalizing on the benefits of diversity, which is typically based on different genders, nationalities, cultures, and sexual preferences. How about looking at DiSC styles as another basis for capturing such benefits? (Click here if you need more information about DiSC styles.)

In my recent work with several leadership teams, I used DiSC assessments to understand work preferences, the tendencies of each team member and their teammates, and how to best interact with colleagues of similar and different DiSC styles.

Here’s a view of a sample team, in which each dot represents the DiSC style of its 17 members:

You can apply this information in a variety of ways. Here are just two examples:

  1. How diverse is the team in terms of DiSC styles? In this case, there is a skew toward C-style people, who tend to display such behaviors as challenge, accuracy, and stability. The team leader and Human Resources can use these findings to assess if this skew is optimal for the type of decisions this team makes, or if a different distribution of DiSC styles may be more effective.
  2. Is there a potential inclusion challenge in this team? When looking at the horizontal axis, the skew toward C and D styles (65 percent of total team members) may establish a team culture that favors challenge vs. collaboration. Once again, the team leader and Human Resources may need to review if this skew translates into some S- or i-style people feeling uncomfortable in a team that challenges every suggestion, or would they perform better in a team where the style is more collaborative?

Percy M. Cannon
www.cannon.consulting

For New Managers, Set The Right Tone Early

Whether you are a recently promoted or seasoned people manager, this article makes a point about having clear performance goals for the people who report to you, no exceptions made.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2018/02/01/for-new-managers-set-the-right-tone-early/#c9e356b144de