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How to motivate your coworkers through change…

18 Okt

Have you ever struggled with disengaged and unmotivated coworkers…. and wondered why it can be so hard to get them onboard…? It could be as part of a project, initiative, implementation – or in the everyday business… We often hear about building trust and creating an emotional connection to the wished position and business objectives… relying on elaborate plans and sophisticated communication to do the job… a template approach for how to create a movement and implement change…

Motivation-squareBut it doesn’t always work that way does it…?
The gap between those who lead the business and the coworkers who execute the ground work can be triggered by underlying issues that are more or less easy to identify…  Also, the information available to coworkers sometimes lacks the clarity and facts needed for them to be able to do the job and deliver to expectation… The business benefits and reasons behind the changes taking place can be a struggle for them to understand… which makes it even harder to connect emotionally… While leaders focus on the strategical, financial and organisational aspects of the changes – it is easy to miss the more fundamental parts… the parts that can really increase both coworker efficiency, engagement and motivation… the parts that are so often forgotten…. or ignored…

It’s quite simple really yet so obvious that it’s easy to overlook… even if it’s theoretically on the radar…
I’m talking about ‘The basics’… making sure that the very elemental parts are in place before starting the change/movement… Yes, of course the overall vision, goals and processes need to be clear and understood (really understood)… but it’s the practical things that are more likely to create interest, willingness and energy to make things happen… It’s all about having the right preconditions in place to be able to do the job… When this is working, coworkers will be in a much better position to both build trust and connect emotionally with the cause… with less convincing needed…
and less frustration added..

ifitsnotyouitsme_06.20bSo what are the basics that coworkers care about…? Some common questions that always need to be clear and understood include: ‘When do I start?’…’What kind of support will there be?’… ‘Will I have the right tools to do my tasks? ‘… ‘Will I have enough time to complete the tasks?’… ‘What systems should I use and how do they work?’… ‘Will I get training?’… ‘Will my tasks take longer or shorter time than now?’… ‘How are others doing this?’… ‘How will my efforts contribute to the big picture?’… If you then also add to that facility and logistical things such work environment, office seating, computer and phone arrangements, coffee & lunch break and areas, menus, meeting facility services – you soon realise that the ‘small’ things are in fact the ‘big’ things… and that when coworkers feel well taken care of and supported by having the basics in place – trust can start to happen and leaders will also experience a more emotional connection to the cause itself…

By planning for the practical aspects early in the process, including things like hands-on guidance and support (step-by-step guides, workshops, walking-around & drop-in-support)… and having an agile change management approach – the business processes can run smoother… avoiding unnecessary mistakes… reducing frustration and resisting… increasing acceptance, motivation and intention… strengthening team spirit and commitment… and ultimately improving the results…

For all intents and purposes, if there is one thing I have learned (the hard way) during my years of working with business change and process improvements – it’s that ”People don’t care how much you know… until they know how much you care… ”

 

Understanding women: Part 4…

26 Jul

Ever wonder what a woman’s ideal characteristics for a man are… yeah, me too…

1. It’s important to find a man that helps out with the household work, who cooks and cleans.

2. It’s important to find a man who can make you laugh.

3. It’s important to find a man who has a good job.

4. It’s important to find a man who you can trust and who doesn’t lie.

5. It’s important to find a man who loves to cuddle with you.

…and most of all, it’s important that these five men don’t know each other… ; )

Love and respect… ; )

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The Man rules: Part 4…

26 Jul

 Know any guys who fit the bill…?

  1. Never join your girlfriend in ragging on a buddy of yours, unless she is withholding sex, pending your response.
     
  2. Women who claim they ”love to watch sports” must be treated as spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to pick a Buffalo wing clean.
     
  3. Any dispute lasting any longer than 3 minutes will and must be settled by rock, paper, scissors.
    There is no argument too important for this determining method.
     
  4. You have not made any mistake if you find that there are extra pieces after assembling an object.
    In fact, you have just found a way to make that object more efficient.
     
  5. Phrases that should preferably not be uttered to another man while lifting weights:
    ”Yeah baby, push it!”
    ”Come on, give me one more, harder!”
    ”Another set and we can hit the showers!”
     
  6. Never allow a telephone conversation with a woman to go on longer than you are able to have sex with her. Keep a stopwatch nearby, hang up if necessary.
     

Ouch… ; )
 
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Understanding women: Part 3…

25 Jul

Whatever you give a woman, she will multiply it…
Could be good to keep in mind guys…

1. If you give her sperm, she’ll give you a baby.

2. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home.

3. If you give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal.

4. If you give her a smile, she’ll give you her heart.

A woman multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So – if you give her any crap, she’ll give a ton of shit… ; )

Love and respect… ; )

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The Man rules: Part 3…

25 Jul

Some more dude rules… more or less applicable…

  1. Let us ogle. We are going to look anyway – it’s genetic.
     
  2. The maximum amount of time a woman should have to wait for a man is 5 minutes. For a woman, you are required to wait 10 minutes for every point of hotness she scores on the classic 1-10 scale.
     
  3. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done, not both. If you already know best how to do it – just do it yourself.
     
  4. We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not because we don’t care about you.
     
  5. If we ask what is wrong and you say ”nothing”, we will act like nothing’s wrong.
    We know you’re lying, but it’s just not worth the hassle.
     
  6. You may exaggerate any anecdote told to your friends by 50%. Beyond that anyone is allowed to yell out ”bullshit!”. (exception: when trying to pick up a woman, the allowable exaggeration rate is then 400%).
     

He, he, he… guilty to some of these I’m afraid… ; )

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Understanding women: Part 2…

24 Jul

I never understood why women love cats…

1. Cats are independent.

2. They don’t listen.

3. They don’t come in when you call them.

4. They like to stay out all night.

5. When they’re home they like to be left alone and sleep.

In other words, every quality that women hate in a man,
they love in a cat… ; )

Love and respect… ; )

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The Man rules: Part 2…

24 Jul

A bit of fun with some real ‘dude’ rules…

  1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
     
  2. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. Please see a doctor.
     
  3. Check the oil in the car! Please.
      
  4. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
      
  5. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.
       
  6. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

 
Ha, ha, ha… well dude, you can now remove the pack of socks from your underwear… ; )

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Understanding women: Part 1…

23 Jul

Ever wonder why there are so many misunderstandings between men and women…?

Well, for one thing we have different vocabularies… some words and the way we say them – simply mean different things to us… Here are a few examples:

1. FINE
This is the word a woman will use to end an argument when she knows she’s RIGHT and YOU need to SHUT UP.

2. NOTHING
Means SOMETHING and you need to be WORRIED.

3. GO AHEAD
This is a dare, not permission – do NOT do it.

4. WHATEVER
Is a woman’s way of saying SCREW YOU.

5. THAT’S OK
She’s thinking long and hard about HOW & WHEN you will pay for your mistake.

Aha, well that sure makes things a lot clearer…

Love and respect… ; )

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The Man rules: Part 1…

23 Jul

Yes, there are some  fundamental differences between men and women… which is not neccessarily a bad thing… just different… See if you recognize any of these…

  1. Shopping is NOT a sport, and no, we are never going to think of it that way.
     
  2. YES and NO are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
     
  3. When we have to go somewhere, anything you want to wear is fine. Really.
     
  4. Crying is blackmail.
     
  5. Ask for what you want. Subtle hints do not work. Strong hints do not work. Obvious hints do not work – Just say it…!
     
  6. We don’t remember dates. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar.
    Remind us frequently beforehand.
     

Ha, ha, ha… well, I can sure relate to some of these…
Big time… ; )

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