2018 is in the home stretch. This is the time for looking back at the year that was and ahead at what we’d like for the year to come.
The three principles of Authentic Communication can guide your review of 2018 and your visioning for 2019. Here’s how:
The foundation for all clear, consistent and effective communication is self-awareness. It’s also key to running your team or business.
Take an inventory of your activities for the year. Go through your calendar, your email, your balance sheet. Spend a morning making a comprehensive list of everything you accomplished in 2018.
Celebrating your achievements helps cultivate a non-judgmental understanding of yourself and your business and will energize you for 2019.
Good communication requires good listening. And a year-end review needs it, too.
Pull together a list of people you trust from your various audiences: customers, suppliers, partners, industry colleagues, team members and managers. Throw your net wide, and choose people who will give you honest feedback. Then ask for it.
Send out an email requesting frank answers to these questions:
If that feels risky, it’s because it is. That’s why we start with getting solid in what went right.
Listening this way takes courage, and it’s worth it. It helps you identify the real gaps your 2019 business strategy needs to fill – the ones that affect the relationships your business is built on.
Grounded in self-awareness and insightful feedback, you’re ready to set your sights on 2019. It’s time for mindful action.
There are a variety of tools that can help with visioning for your business (like SMART Goals, OKRs and Golden Circle). Choose one that works for you and fully engage your team in deploying it. Create a safe container to call forward your team’s most innovative thinking. Then make clear, effective agreements about who will do what in the coming year.
Apply the principles of Authentic Communication – BE, LISTEN, ACT – to celebrate 2018, listen for your greatest opportunities, and prepare for a stellar 2019.
Want to share your experience or get more information? Please contact me. I’d be delighted to exchange ideas with you.
Jennifer Wasmer is the founder of DaySpring Communications, a communication consulting and coaching firm that focuses on the application of Authentic Communication for organizations, teams and individuals. Based on her 25-year career in public relations, corporate communications and coaching, Jennifer developed the Authentic Communication methodology to enhance efficiency and effectiveness, reduce misunderstandings and missed opportunities, and infuse dignity and integrity into relationships with teammates, clients, family and friends.
Hey there! Victoria here from Clean and Sassy. As a small business owner I've created a personalized office space to encourage effectiveness, collaboration and idea generation. An office can impact yourself and your employees' performance, mood and efficiency. In fact, "Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier -- they’re also up to 32% more productive." So, in honor of Spring Cleaning, I'm sharing all things inspirational to help promote productivity in the office whether you're at home or in a business setting.
"Wherever you are, be all there!"
In the days I spent working in a professional office, I always had to bring a touch of who I am to work because it helped me get through the day and more importantly, it made me want to be there. It's certainly not easy if you can't surround yourself with the things you love. Daily reminders are a reflection of your productivity, attitude and well being. Remember the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words!?" It's also something very simple yet, makes a huge difference. Add your favorite photos to your desk if you can. I wasn't able to bring photos of my family but I printed out a saying like this and tacked it on the board in our office.
Anything to make you smile deserves to be there. The littlest things will do that.
Here's some tips to allow you to become more productive in your work environment:
Make sure you have your days well balanced. For many individuals, mornings are more productive than afternoons because you may feel sluggish after lunch. Schedule meetings, prepare a fresh pot of coffee, have afternoon team huddles, capture photos, take a break and then get back to what needs to be done for the day.
A productive day in the office translates into a nice evening at home with a reflection of a job well done. So remember, "Wherever you are, be all there!" And if something doesn't get done today, there's always tomorrow.
Do you have a office space you love?! Share on social media and tag the chamber - @NaplesChamber.
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