Solitude and personal reflection time are two very rare commodities in our busy worlds.
Larry Schruder, The Delfi Group
This topic has been written about before – and will likely be again.
The quality of teaming in the workplace is becoming a significant competitive advantage for those organizations that do it well.
Change is hard. We know this from our personal lives – and we know it from our business lives. Change is all around us, and without it we would stagnate and die. But change is hard – and it is stressful.
Most of us in business are stressed enough keeping our operations successful in ordinary everyday times without worrying too much about how we would keep things afloat if the sky were to begin to fall.
Our last Delfi column introduced the concept of emotional intelligence – the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behaviour and relationships.
There are many great teachers and mentors when it comes to leadership skills – and today I want to borrow a few lines from some of the best to stimulate some reflective thoughts about leadership as we race towards the end of another year. Whether these people led a country, a company, or a movement, the words of these leaders can provide a yardstic
Our last column drew attention to an all too familiar organizational reality that severely limits overall effectiveness – the presence of organizational silos.
This week’s column carries on from our last column’s exploration of organizational structure and its importance to your business performance and success.
We are all in the business of selling - which we will define here as the art of influencing another person to change a behaviour, a belief, or a state of being.
Today we will explore new laws that come into effect in Ontario's provincially-regulated workplaces that are important for both employers and employees to be aware of.
Our last Delfi Column used the analogy of the Wagon Wheel to help us see teams another way.
Wagon wheels were an amazing development in our transportation history. A wagon wheel has three main component parts. First comes the hub - the centre of the wheel, connected to each and every spoke, the only point of contact with the wagon, and usually well lubricated to ensure minimal friction with the larger entity.
Work can be tiring - and sometimes less than our favourite activity. However, it is that "thing" that most of us will do for 35 to 40 hours a week for 35 to 40 years. Or put another way - work is something that will occupy our lives for about 80,000 hours.
This week's column wraps up the current series of articles focusing on teamwork. Today we get right to the heart of the matter by exploring ideas about what constitutes the ideal team player.
Our last Delfi column provided employee-based survey results indicating that teams in the workplace are not always as efficient and effective as they could or should be. This should be troubling to all business leaders as teams are increasingly replacing individual employees as the unit of production - for both products and services. Increasingly,
Our last two Delfi Columns described the simple DiSC model of understanding how we differ from each other in our personal and relationship behaviour styles.
As individuals, we find it easiest to relate to people if we make the assumption that everyone is, or should be, quite similar to ourselves. We do understand that we are not physically the same on the outside. But inside we must all be the same - 'after all- we are all human' as the saying goes.
There is increasing attention in business to the concept of Social Responsibility - the importance of all businesses, large and small, to do "good" in their communities while striving to do "well" in their business.
In the busy, crazy schedule that surrounds most of our work lives, it is really difficult to make the changes necessary to achieve some work/life balance. Working 50-60 hours a week can be gruelling - but doubly so if you let it spill over into your weekends. So what are a few things that you can try now - especially since most of your 2016 resolut