New Year Resolutions – A new beginning…!
Wishing you a very happy and progressive year. Every new years eve I try to think of a glorious resolution, so that I can brag to my friends as to the magnanimity of my goals in comparison to their insignificant targets of doubling their salary or buying a house or giving up smoking etc. etc. When I take stock at the end of the year I am lagging far behind in my well-articulated but meaningless principles.
Why do resolutions have to be set once a year, why not every month, every week or some mini resolutions every day. “My resolution for today is staying positive the whole day and building the self-esteem of my team members through active encouragement and appreciation” You think this is easy? Try it!! and catch yourself failing several times…
We have to remember one basic fact about human mind, is its sole purpose to keep us humans away from pain, which means that every time even a little bit of discomfort comes our way it tells us to take the easier route. That’s why excuses come to our mind so easily along with the justification of these excuses. Why am I sitting here watching television while I could be exercising to release my stress or reading a good spiritual book to enrich my life and my soul or spending quality time with my family free from judgments and accusations.
Existentialism, this moment, NOW, determines the very essence of the next moment in a chain reaction marking the quality of life as a whole.
May this moment of you going through these words establish and link your inner core beliefs towards the destined YOU – Time to capitalize on your strengths with what you consider “Right”!.
As quoted by Albert Schweitzer “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” To learn to enjoy life we need to see it through the exuberance of a child. For them every dawn brings forth a brand new day just be lived to its existence.
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Team Building Goals
What are the Objectives of Team Building?
Success in building high performing teams in any organisation has huge benefits for the business, its Customers, the teams and for each team member. To achieve success in team building, it is important to have a tight focus on the objectives and goals of team building, as well as on the benefits of team building for that specific business or workplace.
The Overall Objectives of Team Building
Some think team building is about playing silly games, or indulging in expensive and irrelevant out of work activities. The managers or business people who believe this will quickly dismiss the concept of team building as a total waste of money and energy.
Others who have problems in their workplace with conflict in groups, poor performance or demotivated staff may see team building as positive, but as an unattainable goal. They do not have a clear understanding of team building, or, indeed of the role of leadership in achieving a high performing team.
Team building is a PROCESS that takes place over time. The start of the team building process is where there is a group of people, two or more, and a leader. The end of the process is where there is a high performing team, who are highly motivated to perform better and better, who have well-developed processes and systems to organise their workload, and who gain immense satisfaction from their shared achievements.
The overall objectives of team building are to achieve this high performing team, to develop the group through the various stages of development, until it achieves high performance. However, like any other process, the team building process has different steps or stages, and there are quite different objectives and goals at each stage. Focusing on the RIGHT objectives at each stage, and changing your objectives as you go through the process, will help you and your team achieve high performance.
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10 Powerful Body Language Tips
The effective use of body language plays a key role in effective communication. Here are ten tips I’ve learned during the past two decades of coaching teams around the world:
1. To boost your confidence, assume a power pose
Research at Harvard and Columbia Business Schools shows that simply holding your body in expansive, “high-power” poses (leaning back with hands behind the head and feet up on a desk, or standing with legs and arms stretched wide open) for as little as two minutes stimulates higher levels of testosterone—the hormone linked to power and dominance—and lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Try this when you’re feeling tentative but want to appear confident. In addition to causing hormonal shifts in both males and females, these poses lead to increased feelings of power and a higher tolerance for risk. The study also found that people are more often influenced by how they feel about you than by what you’re saying.
2. To increase participation, look like you’re listening
If you want people to speak up, don’t multitask while they do. Avoid the temptation to check your text messages, check your watch, or check out how the other participants are reacting. Instead, focus on those who are speaking by turning your head and torso to face them directly and by making eye contact. Leaning forward, nodding, and tilting your head are other nonverbal ways to show you’re engaged and paying attention. It’s important to hear people. It’s just as important to make sure they know you are listening.
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