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Becoming a Transformational Leader

Never before in the history of humankind, has the demand for a new kind of leadership been felt as much as it is today. In business, leaders carry the burden of responsibility for far more than just generating returns for shareholders. Similar responsibilities lie with leaders in other fields (for example, resource management, healthcare, education, and non-profits).

To navigate successfully through these turbulent and uncertain times, today’s leaders require an understanding and mastery of transformational leadership. This is characterized by a willingness to focus beyond the leader’s impact on the external, and reflect internally on humility, compassion, discernment, and a willingness to tap into something that is greater than themselves.

This 8-week Open Learning (online) course from +Alef Trust will provide both the understanding and practices to expand human consciousness to enable leaders to discover new aspects of themselves, thereby embracing the essence of transformational leadership.

#transformationalleadership #leadership #management #transpersonal #transpersonalpsychology

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Empathy - Good For Management, Good for You

"The moral of the story: It's all about empathy. Do your best to see things through the eyes of the other side, and your communication will improve automatically. That's easier said than done, but it's a habit worth cultivating. "

#management #emotionalintelligence #empathy

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Mindfulness @ Google and Twitter

"... bringing the ancient practice of mindfulness into the workplace. When Twitter cofounder Evan Williams started Medium, he placed a room in the middle of the office where yoga and meditation could be practiced, and brought in Will Kabat-Zinn to offer mindfulness and meditation classes several times a week. Google launched the ever popular Search Inside Yourself course about emotional intelligence, Asana offers employees private yoga classes, and corporations that range from Starbucks to Aetna are integrating mindfulness into the workday in one way or another."

#mindfulness #meditation #management

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Compassion at Work

"Have you ever dreaded going into work because the people around you were in a negative spiral of energy? We are emotional beings and we can’t help but be affected by the varying moods and interactions we have with others. Life is always changing and this constant change can create difficult thoughts and emotions, which can flow into the workplace. The silver lining is that if we can meet suffering at work with concern and care, compassion naturally arises. Work environments that cultivate compassion create a much more positive and productive place to work."

"When distressed employees received acts of compassion like emotional support, time off from work, or flowers, they demonstrated more positive emotions such as joy and contentment, and had greater commitment toward their workplace organization."

#compassion #mindfulness #management

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Participatory Management: A Win-Win Approach

"The participatory management approach to business and team building is one that Tony Costa, the second-generation owner of Costa Farms, instilled in his children, Maria Costa-Smith and Jose Costa, and son-in-law, Joche Smith, the current owners of Costa Farms."

"_In case you’re not familiar with the term, I’ll save you some time: Participatory management is the practice of empowering members of a group, such as employees of a company, to participate in organizational decision-making."_

#management #participatory

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Authenticity and Emotional Intelligence

It's one thing to understand what is required to "appear" emotionally intelligent and to act as if you sincerely care about the feelings and emotions of your co-workers or employees, and actually, genuinely caring.

In other words, "Emotional intelligence won’t do a thing for you if you aren’t genuine"

"There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than people with low EQs. Ninety percent of top performers have high EQs, and a single-point increase in your EQ adds $1,300 to your salary. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with tremendous results."

#emotionalintelligence #management #psychology

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Mindfulness for CEO's

"Mindfulness is quickly following yoga in becoming a billion-dollar industry. It’s no surprise, then, that the popularity of meditation – one way to practice mindfulness – is also growing among CEOs and senior executives. Why are business leaders embracing meditation rather than, say, massage or ping-pong? Because there’s something to meditation that appears to benefit CEOs more than recreation or relaxation do alone."

#mindfulness #meditation #business

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Traits of Successful Teams

Creating an effective team environment requires a number of skills but none more important than creating a safe psychological space where ideas and participation are not threatening in any way. Basically there is "...a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking.".

Successful teams share (at least) the following traits:

1: They Create Psychological Safety
2: They Require Dependability
3: They Have Structure and Clarity
4: They Give Members Meaning
5: They Have a Purpose

#management   #teambuilding   #successfulteams  

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A Successful Business Model = Compassion & Empathy

I have been in the work-force for nearly 40 years and the list of jobs or career's I have had is long and extremely diverse. Some of the jobs or careers I have had include: magician's assistant, gas station attendant, painter, foundry worker/moulder/pourer, male waiter (ladies nights), gym manager, miner, youth worker/counsellor, statistical consultant, research assistant, marketing analyst, business analyst, web developer, database developer, Linux support engineer and various consulting practices. Say what you will about my "jack of all trades master of none" approach to life, one thing is certain. I have done EVERYTHING to the best of my ability, effort, focus and passion. I don't see any point to doing anything at all, if not with abandon and single-minded projectile attention - like a man with his hair on fire, seeks water.

As a result of this broad experience in many areas (both as an employee and business owner) I have seen a wide range of work environments and certainly my share of unscrupulous, unethical and even abusive employers or clients.

It was not too long ago where the attitude of rigid authoritarianism, corporate selfishness and a sweat-shop mentality was considered the norm in many work environments. It had become a common practice to hate one's job or boss and many would sit around after work complaining about their work environment and dreaming of the day when you could stomp into your bosses office and say "take this job and shove it!".

We live in a different world today and it is not longer acceptable to treat your employees like expendable slaves, violate Employment Standards or be disrespectful or inconsiderate of their needs. And as far as I can tell having witnessed many examples of such treatment of employees by more than one business in Squamish, it seems there is room for improvement with some of our employers, especially in the service industry. However, there are also examples of some extraordinary employers who show compassion and respect towards their employees, focus on how to ensure the work environment is encouraging and comfortable and provide not only a fair wage but many other perks and benefits which place the needs of the employee's front and centre.

When a small business adopts the attitude that short-term profits are the goal often obtained by cutting corners with the Employment Standards Act, forcing/expecting your employees to work long, sometimes excessive hours or not paying them a decent wage, you can be assured of one thing - you will see reduced performance, increased sick-time, and a very high turn-over of employees. In other words, it is not only short-sighted but a ticket to business failure if all you focus on is short-term profits and working your employees to the bone for minimum wage without treating them fairly, with respect and most of all, with compassion and genuine respect.

Employers need to think about their employee's emotional, psychological and financial needs FIRST because if they do, then they will end up with happy, productive, hard-working, enthusiastic employees who will stick around and will WANT TO COME TO WORK every day. This is pretty basic psychology and now, the norm for many of the world's largest and most successful companies. So Squamish employers, what have you got to lose besides the costs and frustrations of dealing with a high turn-over of employees. Start thinking about how to treat your employees fairly, comply with the Employments Standards Act, invite your employees to participate in the evolution of the company, pay them a fair wage and ensure that the work environment you create for them is safe, comfortable and filled with a sincere and compassionate desire to make them feel good, feel valued and respected.

Happy employees are productive employees who stick around and not only does this save you money, but their joyful attitude will be seen and felt by your customers, which means they are more likely to return. Compassion and ethical business practices lay the foundation for a SOUND and long-term business model, along with being the "right thing to do".

#compassion   #ethics   #ethicalbusiness   #squamish   #squamishbusiness  

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Happiness at Work

Some might consider this notion of finding happiness at work to be an oxymoron - the juxtaposition of contradictory ideas. "Work" is something we MUST do in order to provide food, shelter and to pay the bills and so there is little room for "happiness". We simply accept the jobs which are offered to us simply to meet those practical, but necessary means. Well this is only partially true. Anyone, regardless of age, education or experience in the work-force has the same capacity, the same opportunity to CHOOSE what they will do for "work". It is truly possible to take control over your employment options, your career and actually find something which provides more than simply a means to pay the bills where you count the days or hours until the week/day has ended.

"We have entered a new age of fulfillment, in which the great dream is to trade up from money to meaning"

#happinessatwork   #happiness   #jobsatisfaction   #followyourbliss  
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