How to have a greater impact at work

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For many modern workers, one of the worst feelings that one can experience in the workplace is helplessness. People may often feel like they do not matter or think that all the changes they want to make get shut down for one reason or another. This can even extend to interactions with other companies – sometimes people feel like they just cannot get any traction with any of the suggestions they offer. This can be a very demoralizing feeling and may even lead to workers – even high-level executives – rethinking whether they even want to continue working for their current employer. Although this is a common dilemma many workers encounter, it is important to realize that it is possible for individuals to enact meaningful change at  Read the full article…

3 situations that can be avoided through better influence

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Influence has become a critical business tool in the current work environment. Many people are hired because of their unique skill sets and experiences – they have attended particular schools, worked at certain companies, held specific positions or taken unique classes that have allowed them to excel at their jobs. However, those skill sets and experiences can only get a person so far. Successful business leaders and managers also need the interpersonal skills that allow them to make the most out of the tools in their possession. These interpersonal and communication skills often form the basis of influence in the workplace and help separate effective leaders and managers from ineffective ones. Business leaders with the power of influence are often able to communicate in ways that make  Read the full article…

Are management skills evolving?

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In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing industries and markets, few well-laid plans last for a long period of time, meaning that businesses must focus on continuous performance improvements to remain relevant, effective and successful. Although this tenet can be applied to a wealth of operational demands within the average workplace, few compare to the intensity with which leadership and management skills are evolving in the current era. From a rapidly transforming workforce that is getting younger on the whole with the passing of each year to similar changes in consumer and corporate purchaser behaviors, the best practices of management are much different today than they were even a short decade ago. As such, decision-makers should ensure that they are garnering the skills and following the best practices that  Read the full article…

Preparing a new generation to lead

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The millennial generation is a unique one. They tend to be characterized as innovative and fast-learners due to the way they have picked up new technologies and made these tools a part of their lives. Millennials are also known as ambitious go-getters who do not settle, they are always looking for new and exciting experiences and ways to grow. Of course, some people also say they are lazy or entitled, which may affect their ability to lead. Whether or not company executives ascribe to any of those beliefs, there is no denying that millennials are quickly becoming dominant contributors in the work force. Citing data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Brookings Institute, The Tennessean recently reported that Generation Y currently accounts for approximately 24  Read the full article…

Using Influence to Land That Job or Get That Promotion

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Face it…interviewing for a job or asking for a promotion can be unsettling.  There are a number of ways you can employ influence. In this case we will discuss a combination of the Push and Pull Influences Styles of Persuading and Bridging, respectively. The first step is preparation. When interviewing outside of your present company, do some homework. For starters, visit the organization’s website to read about the mission, vision, and values. If the company is publicly traded, you might also check their standing in the marketplace through independent reports which are easily obtained online. The fruits of this research can be very effectively leveraged at the interview as you impress the interviewer with your level of preparation. Once in the interview, you will use  Read the full article…

How to be More Influential in 2019

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Know Thyself Influence is all about our behavior…period. Therefore, the more you understand about how your behavior impacts others, the more focused you can be in setting and working toward achieving personal learning goals and other desired outcomes. So how do you explore this area for yourself?  At SMS, we use a 360-degree influence style assessment tool. This tool helps people understand how their actions impact others, regardless of their intent, when using the behaviors associated with any of the four Influence Styles. Once you know the impact you are having on someone, you are better able to influence that person, especially in a difficult relationship. This, in and of itself, will naturally begin healing that relationship.  Remember, influence is the behavior you use to  Read the full article…

7 Ways to Increase Accountability at Work

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Write lists: Have you ever had so much going on at once that you forgot to do certain things? Most of us have been guilty of this, at one time or another. Keeping track of everything you need to accomplish ensures that tasks don’t slip your mind. There are countless ways to keep lists. Maybe you need a daily, weekly, or monthly list, or all three. Some people like to make their lists in the morning, but you might find that making them the night before works for you. Keep a calendar: It can be incredibly helpful to look at the broad picture of your tasks. If you’re working on an assignment that’s due on Friday, but you don’t look at your upcoming deadlines, you  Read the full article…

How to Use Lists to be More Accountable

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Some of us make several lists each day, and some of us find lists a nuisance. If you love lists, we have some tips for fine-tuning them; if you don’t, here’s why, and how, you should start making them. The first step in making lists is to find a place to put them. A journal or small notebook work very well for list-making because you can keep all of your lists in one place and easily bring them with you so you don’t forget a list at home. Using post-it notes might work better for you if you like to put reminders in places where you need them, i.e. if you have things to order online and want a post-it on your computer, or you  Read the full article…

6 Ways to Show Accountability in the Workplace

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Admit wrongdoings: Perhaps the most obvious way to hold yourself accountable is to admit when you’re wrong or have made a mistake; there is much to be said for someone who is willing to do so. It’s memorable when people will accept responsibility, but it’s equally memorable when someone seems to seldom apologize. Take pride in your work: Since you are responsible for the work that you complete, it’s important to give it your all. Even if a task seems simple or mundane, you want to show that you are responsible for the effort put into your assignments and you hold yourself to a high standard. Don’t make excuses: There’s a difference between an excuse and a valid reason. Generally, the difference between the two  Read the full article…

The Way that Your Attitude Influences Those Around You

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Our moods and attitudes impact the people around us, and we probably don’t even fully recognize the extent of it.Have you ever found yourself feeling slightly grumpy, only to realize that the person you’re with is being a downer? Can seeing certain cheerful people automatically make your day feel a little brighter? We are deeply affected by the attitudes of those whom we’re surrounded by, which is why it’s so important to surround ourselves with people who uplift us. If you’ve ever worked in an environment with a boss who exhibits cold behaviors and negative outlooks, you may have noticed that this tends to affect the whole team or office. As a leader, it’s absolutely imperative to put out an attitude that you want to  Read the full article…