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  • - Who are you smiling at?
    categories 1 returned cheery hello and smile 2 minimal acknowledgement of the greeting not necessarily accompanied by a smile 3 no expression at all or 4 a frown There s pretty much an even distribution across all four responses What I find most fascinating is that no matter how much experience I bank with the hello game my ability to predict the response I m about to receive remains sporadic at best this is also true with the recreational version of the game I play when I run I hope it s got nothing to do with the shorts I think this relationship also applies to change management We can t predict the responses an employee a team or an entire organization will have if we don t know the people We can however work diligently to understand them where they come from where they are now and where they need to go Then and only then can we help create stimuli that inspires responses aligned with their and our desired destinations Phil Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/hello-insert-big-goofy-grin-here/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Taking it all very personally…
    joined a Friday night badminton league at my local community centre Badminton was good fun in high school and to my delight it s still good fun And I like my exercise thickly disguised as something I actually enjoy When I mentioned my badminton commitment to a work colleague her reaction was confounding Badminton is great for your work life balance she said Huh Since when did work and life become mutually exclusive When did we decide to divvy up work and life in two piles Is there some sort of difference between one s work and one s life For many people work defines their life and life defines their work The subject of balance is really non existent Not such a bad thing really Work is part of what makes us whole whether you re toiling away on a spreadsheet or shovelling the driveway Work is an important and real part of life I think work life balance is a crock There s only life and it plays out where ever you go and in whatever you do You can strive for a balanced life of course but it takes work and you need to work at it For me achieving a balanced life starts with my personal relationships It means building solid meaningful relationships with the people I respect and adore This includes family friends and work colleagues I wince when I hear It s nothing personal it s just business When you spend a good chunk of your time at work it s impossible not to take it all very personally And I always do my best work for the people I care about Life is personal at work or at play If you re not convinced read Linchpin Kelly Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/taking-it-all-very-personally/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Beware of fortune cookie wisdom
    astounded by how many actually head up teams You know the blowhard s he is the one full of what my compatriot Keith calls fortune cookie wisdom pithy little phrases of inspiration like those motivational posters from the 1990s that are rarely if ever followed by any concrete or meaningful action on the part of the leader S he leaves it to others to deliver I m fine with that but don t say you re the guy who turns around businesses only to expect others to turn around your business for you What we need in times of change are motivators not bloviators Motivators have a plan inspire their folks to line up behind it and get into the trenches and lead clearing the roadblocks and doing some of the heavy lifting themselves They inspire the rest of us to get our hands dirty to get in and make a difference That s what Shackleton everybody s favourite mythic leader did Bloviators are glib heavy with words light on action They might talk like leaders but they don t actually lead And sadly they often quote Shackleton while they re not leading If you need to inspire people to change be prepared to weather it yourself More people are motivated by doers than sayers Even if you re not the greatest speaker if you can show people you have a plan and a heart and dig in yourself 9 times out of 10 they ll rally to get you to bright If your preference though is to swing a cudgel while shouting skate to where the puck is be the future change is no excuse for mistakes or other cold and meaningless phrases you ll likely be disappointed by the results Mel Scroll past the comments section for more

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/are-you-full-of-fortune-cookie-wisdom-2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Do you have the nerve?
    if you don t publish names there will always be a few folks who think they re on the list and yet to be spoken to Paralysis ensues In addition I believe businesses owe impacted employees the courtesy and respect of acknowledging what s happened and thanking them for their contribution Having been on the receiving end of a downsize myself I would ve been more hurt had my employer not recognized me by name when I was shown the door It s the most human thing to do Over time I was able to chip away at my client s resolve At one point they thought publishing 4 separate regional announcements listing the names of impacted employees in each region and the rest would be a good place to land Maybe so if we were on Gilligan s Island season one but employees have phones and email and would piece it all together anyway remember the risk of the crazy quilt If we don t create the narrative employees do Who do you want controlling your message Ultimately they decided to do the right thing and all impacted employee names were published But the struggle that preceded that final decision kind of reminded me of celebrities who spend years kicking and scratching to get public attention only to complain they have no privacy If you have the smarts and frankly the privilege to become a leader know that sometimes there s a seamy underbelly to your benefits package But don t cower from it step out in front As Shakespeare said in different plays I know screw your courage up to the sticking place and once more unto the breach Your public will appreciate your honesty your integrity and your steadfast belief that you ve done the right thing

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/the-nerve-2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Energized, happy and complete
    felt energized happy and complete every time it played Back on the hill what fascinated me was how addictive these feeling are and how we can feel them in our personal and professional lives At work organizations try to build colleague engagement through surveys consultation and action planning We know that increased engagement can lead to greater commitment creativity tenacity better customer relationship and financial results Do we make the mistake however of rationally approaching the goal of building emotional connections Is our task to create an engagement plan that looks solid and rational and presentable or is it to create tailored experiences where people can feel energized happy and complete If we did focus on emotions then we might approach employee engagement differently And do everything in our power to create an addictive work environment that enabled emotional connections to be made and felt over and over again In doing so our employees might be more energized happy and complete They might also accomplish wonderful things they never thought were possible Phil Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/energized-happy-and-complete/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Too little, too much, just right
    need our employees pulling in the same direction as us To do that they ve got to know our challenges our realities and our strategy if we have one to get to safer shores As one wise leader once whispered in my ear none of us is better than all of us Instead we re seeing more and more companies withholding information or parsing it out in fits and spurts in an effort to keep the full truth shielded When we do this we don t create the narrative we leave it to our employees and left to their own devices they stitch together what one client aptly terms a crazy quilt Often they get the basics right but the assumptions regarding what s behind the decisions are far from true And the competition they do the same damn thing Add to this the wikileaks reality we live in and the ability to keep things within the confines of the boardroom goes out the window There will always be a crack or two and information like water finds the easiest path and drains in that direction Anyone who worries that employees may flip an email or confidential announcement to the outside world should pause and wonder why Employees who trust their leaders believe in their business and are personally invested in the organization rarely do this Employees who are downtrodden mistrusted disengaged or checked out do Where are your employees on this continuum Maybe you ve got some work to do So how much is too much or too little You ll have to decide what s best for your organization But my advice is to err on the side of open The more you can share including the rationale behind decisions and the plan to get to Valhalla or

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/too-little-too-much-just-right/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Resistance is futile
    easier for me to take a picture with my iPhone and send it to you or to Twitpic if you re too hard to contact or take too long to respond than it is for me to stew in my angry juices until I get home call you and hope that eventually you ll do something about it I get faster and frankly better results when it goes viral That s the new reality we live in pretend it doesn t exist ignore it or resist it and get trampled by your competition who will see the opportunity within A number of employers do exactly the same thing when they enact anachronistic social media policies that deny employees access to the tools they use everyday to communicate with each other Organizations firewall Twitter Facebook and YouTube because they say employees don t need access to these vehicles to do their jobs Really How do you know that for sure Other employers are concerned employees will post embarrassing pictures or comments or worse yet waste time trolling status updates Some employees will post embarrassing pictures and others will waste time trolling status updates If one employee s judgement is impaired like the TTC driver who texts in traffic is the solution to deny all your employees access What opportunities are you missing by taking such a draconian patriarchal approach What s the risk in a recognizing these tools can be useful b laying out some guidelines for use to minimize side effects c giving everyone access and d directly performance managing those who take advantage Social media may be a time waster for some but many others use it to track trends solicit feedback and create new opportunities Where you are on this continuum is a good indicator as to whether

    Original URL path: http://www.pivot.ca/resistance-is-futile/ (2016-02-13)
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  • - Run according to conditions
    my legs my core my lungs and learned to control my brain to overcome the voice that would tell me more than I care to admit that it was easier to sit down to stay inside When you run you control your body but you can t control the conditions So if it s cold you dress for it When it s dark you wear reflective clothing and turn down the Ipod On hot summer days you run early in the morning and you hydrate In this regard running is a lot like dealing with change You can t control the conditions especially if change is being imposed upon you But you can control your response Will you get caught up in the natural negativity that always seems to spring from the mere whiff of change or will you adjust for conditions ride the wave and reserve judgement until you know what you re facing You have to decide But back to my run I planned to do 7k At 2k my Ipod ran out of juice I had a moment of I can t run without my music but I quickly recovered At 3k it started to snow so I slowed down I didn t know it could snow at 12C degrees At 4 5k the snow became a white out I m resilient but I m not stupid So I ran home Sometimes being in control of your responses also means knowing when to stop Mel Leave a Reply Cancel reply Comment Spamcheck Enabled Recent Posts What do dreams actually mean Help us fight human trafficking and then you realize you re a liar too and what to do to fix it I don t wanna know What ever happened to class Recent Comments Mel on I don

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