September Biz Forum discusses strategies for team motivation

September Kitsap Business Forum presents: FUELING MOTIVATION When You’re in the Driver’s Seat     September 12th 7-9am Kitsap Golf & Country Club People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” –Zig Ziglar Most of us keep plugging along . . . until we don’t. When you’re the leader, you must stay motivated to support those around […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Stress Reduction Made Easier!

THE CHALLENGE: Most experts agree that stress is a byproduct of living in the 21st century.  Employer expectations, family dynamics, finances, and traffic are all common sources of stress but they don’t have to be. Stress comes from our appraisal of a situation and not from the situation itself. We can choose to see things as threatening and provoking, or not. Having control over your […] Read more »

Timely Management Tips: Managing Conflict in the Workplace

THE CHALLENGE: Most of us have experienced some degree of conflict at work. People can be dismissive and ignore our opinions or they can openly dispute our version of reality. These behaviors actually cause people to avoid one another and don’t allow for disagreements to be resolved in a timely manner. Without resolution, disagreements escalate or fester becoming worse over time and even harder to […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Hiring the BEST Talent

THE CHALLENGE: Managers want to hire the best talent available yet the interview process is rarely given the time and effort it deserves. At the same time, managers think they are better interviewers than they really are! So how do you balance best in class interviewing techniques with a timely and efficient selection process? The Solution: Behavioral Interviewing The #1 predictor of future performance is past […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Finding Life Satisfaction

THE CHALLENGE: The old adage “if you’re not busy growing, you’re busy dying” is true to an extent. When we stop making intentional choices and allow life to just happen, then we are no longer in control of our careers or ourselves. Practicing intentionality in all aspects of daily life is important if we want to have a life worth living. Too often we act […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: The Importance of Storytelling to Employee Engagement

THE CHALLENGE: Companies spend significant monies on ways to engage and retain their employees. By some estimates, almost 33% of the US workforce reports NOT being engaged in their work. This equates to lost productivity, poor work quality, and potentially lackluster customer service. THE SOLUTION: One solution that doesn’t cost very much is storytelling. Sharing stories about a company’s history, specifically its key milestones or […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Conducting Effective Conversations

THE CHALLENGE: Conducting an effective conversation is both an art and a science. Last month we looked at the science behind this topic and this month we will discuss the art of effective communication.  According to George Bernard Shaw “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place!”  The art of effective communication lies in three learned skills: active listening, […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Conducting Effective Conversations

THE CHALLENGE: What do we know about the science of conversation? Effective conversations are built on trust.  They are about more than sharing information. Humans are essentially social beings and as such we are hardwired to connect with others while we are also programmed to protect ourselves from harm. Perceived threats tend to activate our fear or flight response, which puts us on alert and […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Learning From Your Mistakes

THE ISSUE: In life, we will all make mistakes because no one is perfect. The trick is NOT to let it derail you or devastate your self-confidence. Some people are so careful not to make mistakes that they become frozen when confronted with a big decision. Others make the mistake of not pushing themselves far enough to learn and grow professionally. THE SOLUTION: Rather than […] Read more »

Timely Management Tip: Holiday Etiquette

THE ISSUE: During the month of December, leaders are challenged to find appropriate ways to express their appreciation for a job well done, while celebrating the end of a calendar year. Some are fortunate enough to have a budget for this purpose, while others expect to dip into their own pockets.  Either way, it is important to frame the intent of your message clearly and […] Read more »