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Building Office Success One Compliment at a Time

Building Office Success One Compliment at a Time

 

It’s a natural feel good to receive a compliment. Yeah! Does your high profile manager recognize you for doing a quality job? Don’t you always accomplish the mission and stay ahead of the game? You sure do. What would happen if you gave yourself an internal compliment? In your mind, you give yourself an award for a job well done. You deserve it, so don’t hold back.

What if you gave your boss a compliment? How about an award or a plaque from the team to your boss? Would you be reluctant out of fear of what your team would think if you thought this was a great idea? Perhaps your team could create a bond as tight as a sailor’s rope knot. compliments

Can you give your co-workers a sincere compliment about their work habits and feel good about it? I know you aren’t the person in charge, but could you change the atmosphere in your environment by complimenting someone else’s success?

Can you grow from the middle of your organization when you become a source of energy to others? Do winners gain strength by disciplining themselves to turn inward for approval for a job well done? Your ability to see and comment on the contributions, dedication, and the many characteristics that make the people around you successful creates a game changer.

Do you want to continue to win by making everyone smile? Maybe your environment needs new leadership that has yet to be discovered? Could making you smile happen because you are self-contained when it comes to recognizing your achievements? You have your own sense of self-worth and you set high standards by challenging yourself.

Start today with one compliment carefully placed with sincerity. Will your office team look to you for approval? Will a poor office performer want a compliment as well? Could this be a move to increase productivity and maintain retention? What a great place to work! I smile because you can make this work!

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How to Build your Skills to get a Promotion to Management

How to Build your Skills to get a Promotion to Management

 

Your company wants the person with the right skills to lead the troops at every level. Can you provide the leadership needed to successfully drive a team to victory? Could you be the next “Saving Private Ryan Commander”? Don’t forget “Hamburger Hill”, you must fill the soft skills or magic needed to motivate, drive, and at times deal with delicate personnel issues.  If you want a promotion you need to battle with multiple skills that can be delivered at the correct time and place.

So what are the soft skills or magic areas that companies want to see in todays’ tough promotion races?

1. Team Player

How many organizations have employees who work in silos with no planning or logic to getting the work completed? Team players support each other to accomplish tasks. Part of being a vital member of a work team is being reliable and someone that others can count on. Show up to work on time and meet deadlines consistently. Reliable and consistent performance will earn favor with everyone.

2. Knowledge sharing and Mentoring

Create a knowledge base for sharing information. Build processes that allows for an error-free day of work. Ask the team what are we missing from our knowledge sharing? Provide mentoring support for the challenged employees to continue to grow.

3. Good Communication skills

The best communicators are good listeners and perceptive in their observations. Great communicators are skilled at reading a person/group by identifying the attitudes, moods, and concerns of those conversing.

4. Meeting skills

Plan, execute, and complete meetings with an organized style of nonsense. Does every meeting have to take an hour to complete? Value your meeting member’s time. Every member should have a sense of accomplishment or direction after your meeting.

5. A Sixth Sense

How many different project management tools and methodologies are being used every day? What tools do you need to be aware that your project is charging right up “Hamburger Hill” without enough support to complete the task? How many employees will burn out due to a poorly ran contract? Some leaders and/or managers have this sixth sense. Even before metric reports are processed these people have an idea on what is driving the business and what is failing.

6. Technical vs Customer Service

Technical jargon doesn’t work well with today’s customers who want to understand what they are purchasing and how it works. Quality service is explaining and providing promotion to managementguidance to your customers. A good manager will develop a customer facing staff that can relate to the customer as well as build or fix products.

7. Politics

A persons desire to obtain advantages greater than a persons’ authority or to make change beyond what has been established. Understand that some managers and employees will forgo ethics and integrity to reach a desired goal. If someone is treading in your lane or vice versa you need to create an offensive or defensive depending on the situation. Try not to take sides, express the best solution to a problem.

8. Continual Service Improvement

How do you keep everything intact and still implement improvements to your organization? Will monitoring key performance indicators resolve problems? Do you understand the theory behind having quality metrics? Can you design service level agreements that provide stability to your organization? If you want to make it to the next step you must understand and apply this wisdom.

9. Troubleshooting

Everyone likes to keep it simple, but in life there are those shaded areas that don’t fit into logic. There are those areas where being “Right” is not very “Smart”. Scope creep, compromise, and troubleshooting people, processes, and technology can be extremely difficult.

10. Negotiations

 The key to successful negotiations is, getting the other side to accept your plan or come to a compromise. Can you paint a picture and have someone else visualize that image? How much of your plan do you need to have approved to consider it a success?

Try to be patient even when pursuing a promotion. Be genuine with yourself about your credentials and job performance. Frustration can set in when you don’t understand why you are not getting promoted. Be polite and diplomatic when asking for real answers to why you haven’t been promoted.

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