The Self-Awareness Guy
10 Easy Ways to Ensure Your Employees Hate You

10 Easy Ways to Ensure Your Employees Hate You

I've worked with a lot of different leaders both as a trainer and consultant and I've noticed that many of them consistently do things to make their employees unhappy.  None of these people are uncaring, unprofessional or evil in any way, they just don't know what else to do.  It's as if they let things get out of hand one little step at a time until, one day, the car is driving off the cliff.

Very few leaders go to work with the intention of damaging their employees but there are an alarming number of workplaces where, if you asked employees, the boss would be less popular than a toothache.  Here are ten things I've noticed leaders do that increase the chances their employees will hate them.

1.  Never ask for feedback.
2.  Never listen, just talk at people.
3.  Tell people you're treating them poorly for their own good.
4.  Don't allow people to complain or dissent in any way.
5.  Make the workplace hyper-competitive instead of collaborative.
6.  Hang out with pet employees and show favoritism.
7.  Don't be consistent in your decision making.
8.  Run around like everything is an emergency.
9.  Micromanage a lot and give a lot of unsolicited advice.
10.  Treat people like they don't know anything and you don't trust them.

Have you ever worked with someone like this?  Think of what kind of workplace it created.  A large percentage of workplaces actually run like this even if they have a veneer of civility.  This is usually because we've let our organizations run out of control one small step at a time by forgetting that employees are really valuable and important.  Try doing the opposite of these things and you'll find your employees will like you a lot more.  You don't have to be perfect, just start changing the direction of your leadership one small step at time.

Have you ever hated a boss?  Share your story.

Cheers,

Guy

Improve Your Leadership Skills by Focusing on the Present

Improve Your Leadership Skills by Focusing on the Present

Leaders sometimes spend so much time thinking about the things they could have done that they forget the power they have to change things in the present.  It's easy to get stuck in a mode where you replay past events or make up future possibilities but that never affects your present results.

Spending more time consciously working on the present is an effective way to improve your leadership skills.  If you start today by telling yourself that you will work on something that actually exists right now in the present you will suddenly have greater command of your destiny and the ability to change whatever is happening.

Try taking action today; find something in the past or future that you wish would change and re-focus it in the present.  Ask yourself what you can do right now to affect something in your workplace right now.  Taking action in the present helps you take your mind off all the things you can't control and focuses your energy on the things you can change.

Cheers,

Guy

Leaders Take Action

Leaders Take Action

Many leaders make things happen by taking action.  When you purposefully decide to move in a certain direction you begin a journey that will take you in directions you may not even have imagined. Here’s what some wise people have to say about the subject.

Anais Nin:

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Anatole France:

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Alfred North Whitehead:

We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.

What will you take action on today?

Cheers,
Guy

Self-Awareness and Your True Path

Self-Awareness and Your True Path

As you increase your self-awareness you'll naturally follow your true path in life rather than:

  • Pretending you love doing something you don't.
  • Justifying doing things you really don't find meaningful.
  • Doing things solely for money.
  • Doing something because you sort of like it.
  • Doing something because you can.
  • Following other people's visions.

The more deeply you know and understand yourself, the more you'll:

  • Do things you genuinely love.
  • Do what you really want to do and find meaningful.
  • Worry less about money and more about fulfillment.
  • Do things because you're passionate about them.
  • Do things because they're your calling.
  • Follow your own inner compass.

The key to living an authentic and fulfilling life is to be the real you rather than pretending to be someone else. Take the time to discover who you are and let your authentic self guide your thoughts, feelings and actions. What will you do to follow your true path?

Cheers,

Guy

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When Diversity Isn’t an Issue

When Diversity Isn’t an Issue

Workplace diversity is as positive or negative an issue as any leader or organization makes it.  Diversity can be a powerful tool to bring people together and use the talents and knowledge of your employees or it can generate fear and mistrust.

I tend to focus on workplace behaviors that produce positive results and create productive work environments.  Let's look at what might happen in a workplace if diversity is a negative.

  • Employees view each other as different.
  • People don't trust each other.
  • Some people are treated differently than others.
  • New ideas may not be welcome.
  • Leadership does not reflect the workforce.
  • Differences are viewed as negative.
  • Individuality is discouraged.
  • Diversity isn't discussed.
  • Differences are viewed as a threat.
  • Resistance to change.
  • There are exclusionary groups or cliques.

What might happen if you view diversity as a positive factor?

  • Differences are valued.
  • Less conflict because people value each other.
  • People learn about each other.
  • More trust.
  • Fewer divisions between people.
  • Leadership is diverse.
  • Greater collaboration.
  • Diversity is not an issue.

It takes so much effort to resist diversity because people just can't be jammed into one mold.  Even organizations that consider themselves homogeneous will find a wide range of thoughts, behaviors and abilities in their workforce, they just don't call it diversity.  By ignoring or minimizing the value of diversity they actually make it a bigger issue than it is.

When diversity isn't an issue you free yourself up to focus on creating an even stronger workplace.  Leaders have the ability to create diverse, thriving workplaces where there is a lively exchange of ideas and perspectives and people of every description are celebrated.  What will you do to make diversity a non-issue in your workplace?

Cheers,

Guy