Posts Tagged ‘respect’

Screaming Makes it Worse

Nobody likes to be yelled at. When trying to resolve a conflict or problem screaming makes it worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Block Out Negative People

Don’t let negative people discourage you. Listen politely but know when to stop and turn a deaf ear to them. Some people either don’t believe you can do something or sometimes don’t even want you to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Internal Communication

Nearly all of us are familiar with the saying, “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Let’s look at that a little. This comes from the Bible in Matthew 6:3 in regards to giving. In essence it is saying that our giving is a private matter not to be done for show or to impress others. However, there is another way of saying the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing that is somewhat different.

A Little Story

Quite a few years ago I worked for a company that acquired another company. After the acquisition the management of the acquired company became the dominant group. While my role changing was fine with me, there was one thing that was troublesome. There were certain things that Read the rest of this entry »

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Employee Ideas

Have you ever worked at a place where just a few people made all the decisions? Those people are missing out on a great opportunity. Employees can surprise you. Sometime employee ideas make a big difference. I touched on employee needs a little in the postings 4 Wants and Needs of Employees, Employee Development, and Employees Need More Than a Paycheck. Now I want to say some more about the specific issue of employee ideas and the value of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mutual Failure or Mutual Success?

If you have worked long you have likely seen a case where two individuals or departments within the same company appeared out to destroy one another. It is actually an easy trap to get caught in. Back during the Cold War between the U.S. and its allies with the USSR there was a phrase “Mutually Assured Destruction” (MAD for short). Essentially the idea served as a deterrent to both sides from launching a nuclear attack on the other as it was believed that in the end they both would be destroyed. Sometimes in business this MAD idea seems to be in play, except that it Read the rest of this entry »

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Are You Really Listening?

I suspect most of us think we are good listeners, but are we really listening to what others are saying. There are several things that are critical to being a good listener. In a prior blog (see Are You Listening) some issues associated with listening were discussed. Let’s expand on these

Assumptions

Everyone makes assumptions. To some extent this can be helpful, but when it comes to listening this can be a handicap. Consider these assumptions that we Read the rest of this entry »

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Autonomy–Your Employees Deserve Some

In the blog, 4 Employee Wants and Needs, I discussed respect, communication, expectations and autonomy as critical issues for employees. I went into more depth on respect in Respect–A Great Starting Point. I looked at communication in Communication–People Thrive On It. A third element, expectations was discussed in Expectations–People Can’t Read Your Mind. Now let’s look at the last item in the list, autonomy, which brings it all together.

Why Does Autonomy Bring It All Together!

Here are four questions for you:

  1. Have you ever worked for someone who constantly micromanaged you, looked over your shoulder, questioned your every action, and continuously intervened to make sure you did everything exactly as they would?
  2. If the answer to question 1 is yes, how did that make you think and feel?
  3. Again, if the answer to number 1 is yes, did you start to wonder just why you were needed?
  4. Assuming the yes answer, did this eventually change the way you approached your work and damage your attitude?

In those four questions is the clue to why autonomy brings it all together.

People Are Not Dummies

Let’s assume that you have Read the rest of this entry »

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Expectations–People Can’t Read Your Mind

In the blog, 4 Wants and Needs of Employees, I discussed respect, communication, expectations and autonomy as critical issues for employees. I went into more depth on respect in Respect–A Great Starting Point. I looked at communication in Communication–People Thrive On It. Here I will talk about the third element, expectations.

Whenever we hire a new employee or promote someone, we generally Read the rest of this entry »

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Communication–People Thrive On It

In the blog, 4 Wants and Needs of Employees, I mentioned communications as one of the key issues for employees. I went into more depth on respect in Respect–A Great Starting Point. Now let’s take a closer look at the issue of communication.

All of us have found ourselves in one of the following situations. Either we Read the rest of this entry »

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Respect–A Great Starting Point

I touched briefly on respect in a prior blog, 4 Wants and Needs of Employees, but here I want to go deeper into the issue of respect.

The late comedian, Rodney Dangerfield was noted for his routines in which he used the phrases, “I don’t get no respect!“, “No respect, no respect at all… that’s the story of my life” or “I get no respect, I tell ya“. Actually, he was considered by many a respected comedian, but his routines expressed the frustration many people have on a daily basis. He would tell made up stories to show the supposed lack of respect he experienced. But, if you listen very carefully, you will realize that comedy is not far from the reality of many.

But, Don’t We Earn Respect?

It is indeed true that much Read the rest of this entry »

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