Demonstrating our core values around ease, value and trust is something Sarah does everyday. Value comes from understanding the big picture and being able to demonstrate that to our customers – she does that with Ease and has earned the Trust of every BLS employee she comes in touch with. Patience and process is something you will always get from Sarah, and she demonstrated some serious patience when she and Lori Coruccini were staying in Nashville with the Gaylord explosion earlier this year. That experience enabled her to remove sleeping in the Grand Ole Opry for one night off her life “bucket list” too!
Get to know Sarah a little bit more by checking out some fun facts about her:
1. How many siblings do you have?
2 sisters and 1 brother (I’m the baby)
2. What is your favorite movie?
Sound of Music (love to watch that one with the kids)
3. What is your favorite band?
Wow that is hard I like all kinds of music – I guess I would say U2 and Santana
4. What is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii – I love the beaches there…Mexico also used to be one of my favorites….
5. What was your high school’s mascot?
6. What is the weirdest combination of foods you have eaten?
Deep fried cheese curds dipped in sour cream and ketchup (healthy I know) or frog legs ( ick and yes they do taste like chicken)
7. What is/was the name of your favorite pet?
Zach and Zoey our 2 dogs!
8. What was your first car?
A Datsun B210 ( it was an old rust pit that had rotted floor boards so when I went through puddles I put my feet up- safe I know)
9. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
Norway and Sweden (go see where my family came from)
10. Would you rather sky dive, bungee jump, zip line, or parasail?
Parasail – I’m not sure I could ever sky dive or bungee jump!
11. What is the funniest saying you have heard working here?
That Justin cracked his tail bone – no pun intended….sorry Justin but it was funny. I hope he has recovered.
12. If you could eat dinner with anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?
My great grandmother as she lived to be 100 and there were a few things I remember of her but I was young when she passed away and don’t remember a lot. I would love to talk with her more about our heritage and her times and how she grew up. I used to ask her, granny, how did you live so long? She used to say, Sarah baby, you be nice to people, you pay your bills, and when you get a sore throat gargle with pickle juice. That makes me want to hear more!
Sarah, on behalf of the entire BLS leadership team – we congratulate you on being our August employee of the month!
Regardless of the size of your company and your team,
teamwork is more than just working together to get things done, but more about collectively
sustaining changes that result in continual achievement!
We talk about our ProScan® on the individual basis quite a bit, but this report is an extremely effective teaming tool. When a client approaches us regarding one of our “Team Impact! Workshops”, our second step after collecting each attendees’ survey results is to develop a TeamScan® Report. The TeamScan® graphs a composite of the behavior and communication for everyone in a group. This report helps managers address interpersonal conflicts and increase productivity by uncovering group work styles, preferences in a department, and changes that may be causing division in an organization. It’s like a fingerprint of a team’s culture! It defines our team environment – who we are collectively as a team and, most importantly, why we do what we do. It provides an understanding as it identifies where and how each team member will most naturally contribute to the team and the overall results. The strengths and roles of each member can be understood and appreciated.
Recognizing and understanding the natural and learned abilities that determine how a person thinks, acts, communicates and accomplishes goals are key – each individual with their set of unique characteristics, must be understood, valued, developed and empowered. Think of a project team that you may be a member of. How would you rate you overall satisfaction with your team’s progress? If this brief imagination of your fantasy team has resulted in anxiety, you may find peace when reframing your thinking about your team.
Does each member:
Simply put, a team does best when each member demonstrates trust and respect in one another’s unique talents. Individuals understand how to leverage their peers’ strengths to support their own flaws and form teams that can become infinitely innovative.
significant task as a leader does not entails focusing in results; your job is
to focus on your employee’s results. Being able to bring out the best in others
is a skill that involves patience and faith. Here are six habits that impactful
leaders impact when they are holding the reigns.
1. They focus on the other person’s STRENGHTS:
a. Focus on cultivating and optimizing others’ abilities and take the opportunity to take personal investment in others’ goals
2. They Empathize:
a. Engage with active listening that helps them to put themselves in the others’ place
3. They Give Recognition
4. Great leaders know how and when to praise good work. Leaders often worry that praise is unprofessional, but employees feel empowered when their effort is recognized
5. They Connect the Right People:
a. Leaders should be “multipliers” who focus on finding people and talent who know things they don’t. They build a virtuous cycle of attraction, growth, and opportunity.
6. They Don’t Micromanage
a. The best employers implement trust and delegation. A\\The can assign their employees tasks that align with their strengths and goals and allow others to be innovative and self-sufficient
Putting it short, if you think your most important rale as a leader is to write mission statements, set revenue goals, and discipline, you are putting on the wrong “hats”. Shift your focus and make your number one priority the success of your employees, and you will be fascinated by the accomplishments of your team from there!
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Our PERCEPTION impacts our emotional muscle!
Do you hear or do you listen? Sometimes our entire day can turn upside down because of an “in the moment” comment someone made. Perception of how others see us shouldn’t matter. But, that is easier said than practiced. It is second nature to internalize how others feel about us. When we bottle up what is affecting us, we risk regressing to our backup communication style. Same as resist, resent revenge – all our behaviors will take us down this path – if we let stressors cause us to feel threatened, our instincts with kick in quickly.
Think about how many hours of working out it takes to strengthen your muscles. This same with our behavior, we must build on it. Every day we are emotionally challenged to toughen up and if you are one who tends to avoid tense interactions, you won’t build your emotional muscle. However, sometimes we must to step back reevaluate what our needs, and implement self-care.
Our behavior plays a big role in our day to day. We create our own belief window based on how we have learned to adapt and adjust according to deeply engrained past experiences. Melanie shared a story about the formation of her own belief window:
Emotional intelligence and emotional labor are topics that are hardly centralized in discussions of leadership and success. We limit our imaginations of the “leader” to be the type who maintains a stern resolve, one who cannot let their flaws be known. We must be honest- that’s why we keep burning ourselves out.
As you know, here, we focus on Why we do what we do:
Two weeks ago, our Chief Game Changer, Sarah Blik presented “Behavioral Responses to Changing Environments.” The Know Your Talents team has been adjusting to the new PDP update. As we accommodate to this change ourselves, we are guiding some of our clients through it as well. A change in organizational systems is just one workplace occurrence that can have varied effects on employees. Luckily, we are an office of behavioral experts! Knowing who we are behaviorally can help us to know what factors push us to our limits and can enable us to push back against our stressors.
Change is never easy. There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction. But, no words can alter the fact that change and disruption are hard on individuals and teams. When faced with an unexpected or unwelcome transition, it's human nature to immediately descend into fear and doubt. Unless you want your employees to stay stagnant--paralyzed by uncertainty--keep these five change-management tips in mind:
Most of us associate anxiety with danger or unwelcome events and circumstances. For some of us, a spike in our stress levels can be debilitating. Yet here's the thing: workplace anxiety is as predictable as Monday Morning – it’s going to happen! While some level of anxiety is expected, severe anxiety can quickly develop and affect an employee’s workplace performance, relationships with co-workers and supervisors, and overall quality of work.
Melanie Benitez , our Client Success Manager, lined out ten of the most common sources for workplace anxiety last week, and we wanted to share a few of them with you today.
Our founder Lori Coruccini led us through this week’s Tutor Tuesday session. Last month, she had the opportunity to speak in Chicago at the National Contract Management Association World Congress . One of the most insightful experiences Lori had occurred when her presentation was over, several attendees approached Lori and referred to a single slide:
We’ve got some big updates coming this August! PDPglobal is proud to announce a brand-new experience for its clients! Just to give you a sneak peak of what to expect this upcoming month:
· Updated Personal Strengths Reports
· Updated Personal Development Report Package
· Easier ProScan QuickView for Managers
· More In-Depth Team Scan Reports
We are also thrilled to announce the ALL NEW Side-by-Side ProScan report. When mutual understanding and appreciation occur between two individuals, a natural phenomenon happens—PDP calls it the power of two! This report is designed to highlight the similarities and differences between two people and to introduce proactive planning concepts and clarifying questions that they can use to help strengthen their relationship.
Using the ProScan Side by Side , each individual will gain an understanding of the other’s basic nature—who they are and what their preferred styles of behavior are. The report concludes with Tips for working well together, identification of key motivators, and thought-provoking questions help individuals clarify how each will most effectively relate to the other. The Side-by-Side report will take an organization’s interpersonal communication process to the next level!
Think of how you can see yourself using this report?
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Have you ever met someone who you made an instant connection with? Or the opposite, someone who immediately makes you want to run in the other direction? Our natural intuition causes us to unconsciously seek out others who have communication styles like our own. However- we not always have the liberty of “running in the other direction” when we are approached with difficult conversations. Furthermore, what are we to do when our communication style contradicts those of our coworkers, our staff, our bosses, or anyone else we interconnect with daily?
The first step to becoming a more effective communicator lies in our ability to self-reflect. We all have communication styles that we fall back on, but a person who can adapt their own style to accommodate for others’ will lead more successful conversations.
What do you consider your communication style to be?
No matter whose work you study on this topic, you're bound to find that they all describe individuals to one of four distinct communication styles. In PDP, we identify the 4 difference styles as Teller/ Authoritative, Seller, Persuasive, Casual/Careful and Guarded/Cautious Exacting. The graph we are referencing here today refer to the categories as "Thinkers, Directors, Relators, and Socializers." Look at the graph, and you'll see that the two intersecting scales describe four categories of communication styles.
Another Tuesday, another informative webinar led by our Client Success Manager, Melanie Benitez . This week she taught us about how our brains accommodate and adapt to new behaviors! This information comes from an article written by Dr. Athena Staik. Check out some of the key points below: