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For many leaders and their teams, annual performance reviews sends chills of dread running down their spine. A newspaper headline reported that performance reviews were not just stressful for large and small businesses employees, but were becoming increasingly more stressful for federal employers and employees. At that time, performance measures were being introduced for federal employees in order to weed out non-productive workers. Part of the justification was that in the private sector, the dismissal rate for unsatisfactory performance was between 5 and 10% while it was .06% among federal public sector workers. The performance review process, however, isn’t suppose to be a tool primarily used for dismissal. It is suppose to be used to tie productivity and success, serving...Read More
Effective Communication: Leaders Fail To Master The Art Of Effective Communication These leaders have not mastered the keys to Effective Communication. For many leaders, success is dependent on their ability to effectively and efficiently communicate their ideas to others, yet many of us have been victims of leaders who have put us to sleep. According to research by Towers and Perrin, employees want effective communication that is an open and honest exchange of information – both the good and the bad – and presentations that are clear and understandable. An effective leader is able to tell the story, along with the facts, to bring people on board. Beverly Beuermann-King Click to tweet Succeed As A Leader Through Effective Communication To...Read More
Difficult People and Managing The Emotional Contagion Research shows that employee and leader temperaments are highly contagious. Emotions are contagious. Employees are not emotional islands. Rather, they continuously spread their own moods and receive and are influenced by others’moods. When your employees work in groups, they literally can catch each others’ emotions like viruses, a phenomenon known as emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is a three-step process through which one person’s feelings transfer to another person. The first stage involves non-conscious mimicry, during which individuals subtly copy one another’s nonverbal cues, including movements, posture, and facial expressions such as a frown. Some believe this is reflective of our evolutionary past, as being highly attuned to other people’s negative emotions was directly linked...Read More
Mental Illness Awareness Week For many years, I was the educational consultant to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Toronto, Ontario. In that capacity, I promoted mental health and awareness around mental illness. One of my proudest accomplishments was in developing several mental illness awareness workshops for frontline workers, agencies and caregivers that brought understanding and support strategies to those that worked directly with those experiencing a mental health challenge. Knowledge Equals Hope Today, through my own business, I still find that the most satisfying part of presenting is going into work with a group of participants who are fearful of mental illness, and opening their eyes to the realities of mental health and resilience. The proverbial light bulbs go...Read More
I deliver dozens of workshops each year on stress and work-life balance. Many of my participants ask me about my personal work-life balance, thinking that as the ‘expert’ this has been an issue that I have completely conquered. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Four Main Causes of A Lack Of Balance: Role Overload. Work-To Family Interference. Family-To-Work Interference. Caregiver Strain “My oldest is playing AAA hockey which requires a lot more travel. My husband has been away more with his job. I developed pneumonia and was down and out for a couple of months. I moved my grandmother moved from her home into a nursing home. My youngest broke his collar bone. I had to stay late to finish...Read More