In January, as many of us were making resolutions to lose holiday-induced pounds, I invited you to join a different kind of get-in-shape plan – the 2012 Workplace Diet. As your personal trainer, we’ve been here to support you every step of the way.
Over the course of the year I’ve used this space to share practical tips and techniques to help leaders conquer confusion, apathy, lack of motivation, and the increasing cost of ineffective communication. We addressed key areas to help you as a leader elevate your communications and make 2012 your best year yet.
As 2012 begins to wind down, let’s review where we’ve been. This year, I offered tips to help you:
- Share expectations with five must-do steps to help your team rise to the expectations you set for them
- Plan your communication so they’re more planful and purposeful, and do it in five minutes or less
- Listen more to help you better understand where someone is coming from, and get the information you need to take the next step and/or make a smart decision
- Ask for input with the 11 best ways for receiving feedback to bring your own blind spots to light (for you) and overcome them
- Take action on feedback from employees with three steps to help them feel more engaged and willing to share feedback in the future
- Show you care about employees on a human level to get the discretionary effort you want and need from them
- Be more empathetic in five steps, helping you build and maintain healthy relationships with your team
- Share recognition and appreciation with powerful ways to motivate your team and reinforce the behaviors you need to succeed
- Ensure your employees can articulate how they fit in so they can help you achieve your business goals
- Measure your efforts through a few simple way you can check the effectiveness of your communication and make sure you’re being understood – on the spot
It’s been a great year, and regardless of whether or not you had too much of Grandma’s pie at Thanksgiving my 2012 Workplace Diet is one weighty resolution every leader can keep. I know you can do it.
Keep learning, keep practicing and stick to this Diet 2013 and beyond.
So, how are you doing? Which component made the biggest difference for you? Which one will require more work?
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