Do you have a personal Board of Directors? Is there a trusted group of people out there you can tap to guide you, provide feedback on your ideas, or offer encouragement when you’re unsure which professional step to take? If not, you may want to consider creating your own personal Board of Directors.
Poor or offensive behavior in the workplace must be confronted early and decisively. Lack of action may cause people to assume such behavior is acceptable to leadership, potentially prompting anger, low morale, or even spawning more negative behavior. Although some behavior must result in prompt firing or even legal action, for less serious issues, a three step framework can be helpful in dealing with bad workplace behavior. Those three steps are: confronting the behavior, devising an action plan, and planning for the future.
As effective leaders –-anyone who positively influences someone else-- it is essential that we carefully listen to those around us in order to deeply understand our environment, truly know the people we’re interacting with, and meaningfully connect with co-workers, family members, and others who are counting on us. Try these five methods to improve your listening skills.