How Sharp Are Your Leadership Skills?

The effectiveness of leadership skills in any team or organization plays a critical role in the levels of success and harmony that can be achieved.

Leadership Skills Compass

Leadership Compass

Take this Self-Assessment to determine whether your leadership skills have been sharpened to a keen edge.

1. I’ve become more comfortable delegating tasks and managing the performance of others than doing things myself.

2. Before committing to a decision, I ask myself if it will serve my purpose. I say “No” to requests for my time and attention that are not aligned with my purpose.

3. Coworkers and those who report directly to me trust me and my effectiveness as a leader.

4. I successfully enroll others in my vision and influence their behavior at work.

5. It’s less what I say and more what I do that affects how others perceive my leadership ability, so I make sure to “walk my talk.”

6. It can be daunting to confront the issues, obstacles and people that block success. But in doing so, I model courage, persistence and a can-do attitude.

7. I hold myself accountable for my actions and the actions of my team/department. I don’t make excuses.

8. I will not be able to please everyone; leadership is not a popularity contest.

9. I view problems as opportunities to excel. In fact, I focus on the opportunities in every problem. A positive attitude can make a project or objective

10. I seek opportunities for education and skills enhancement, as I want to continuously grow my abilities.

11. Everything in my organization/department/team, both good and bad, is a reflection of my leadership. If things need to change, I need to change first.

12. I don’t avoid difficult conversations with those who are not performing to my standards.

13. I plan meetings to keep them short and effective.

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Sharp Leadership

14. I treat others how I want to be treated, with respect and dignity; this includes praising in public but expressing displeasure in private.

15. I am open to new suggestions and receptive to bad news.

16. I don’t hog credit and kudos but attribute them freely to my team.

17. I regularly communicate mission and vision face-to-face to my team.

Are you being seen as a Leader

Are you being seen as a Leader

If you answered true to 10 or more statements, keep up the good work! You have developed strong leadership skills.  If fewer, you may wish to hone your leadership skills with a coach.

Contact Sunrise Business Advisors for your complimentary Leadership Excellence Assessment Preview (LEAP). Thom Torode is a Morris County based Executive & Business Coach. He has owned over 5 different businesses and is also a licensed facilitator and co-principal for Elevate Your Leaders in NJ. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.

Sunrise Business Advisors can be reached at 862-219-6890 or info@SBAnow.com

Author’s content used under license, ©  Claire Communications

Does Your Business Need a Laugh Break Pt 3

Laugh Break

Laugh Break

In Part 1 & 2 of Does your Business Need a Laugh Break we talked about the benefits a good laugh can bring to your business.  Now let’s take a look at the ancillary benefits then give you those 7.5 Ways for Bringing More Humor Into Your Business Life.

Consider these three areas Stronger Connections, Happier Workers, Creative Problem Solvers:

Stronger Connections

Laugh breaks tear down barriers, builds relationships and allows for better communication among coworkers. People with a sense of humor often have the ability to deal effectively with people and work issues; they are able to keep the severity of problems in perspective.

Humor also enhances motivation, collaboration and team-building, quickly creating a climate in which people feel motivated, energized and ready to contribute. You could say that the group that plays together stays together.

Happier Workers

Laugh breaks reduces workplace stress, and breaks up boredom and fatigue. Happier, more relaxed workers are able to better focus on tasks, make fewer errors in their work and produce more. They also stick around longer, are absent less and don’t burn out.

Humor also helps to minimize resistance to change. It is a good weapon to defend against the stress of reorganizing, downsizing, outsourcing and other negative trends in today’s workplace.

Creative Problem-Solvers

Humor unleashes much-desired creativity and divergent problem-solving. For example, good jokes guide us down one path only to suddenly track us onto another with the punch line. This breaks the mind set of our thinking and leads to increased creativity.

The bottom line: All work and no play isn’t even good for work.

 7.5 Ways for Bringing More Humor Into Your Business Life

(How to have a Laugh Break)

Attention all executives and managers: Lead the humor parade. Fun and laughter affects attitudes. And once you affect attitudes, you can unleash a new level of productivity and commitment in your organization (or in yourself). But where do you start? Following are just a few suggestions to get your own creative humor juices flowing:

1)     Figure out your humor profile. Listen to yourself for a few days and see what makes you laugh out loud (and be honest!). Have your coworkers or staff do the same.

2)     Make it a point to look for humor. The more you do, the more you’ll find (and receive!). Try looking at things from an out-of-the-ordinary perspective.

3)     Collect humor. Using your humor profile, start a funny file, collecting cartoons, jokes, comic strips and stories from newspapers, magazines and friends. Set aside a portion of your office or desk or wall as a “humor corner.”

4)     Encourage laughter in your department. Establish a humor bulletin board, keep a prop box, play simple games on a regular basis, gather a “fun committee,” encourage humor breaks.

5)     Laugh at yourself. One of the characteristics of effective leaders is the ability to laugh at themselves when things they try don’t work. Without that, people view them as critical.

6)     Use humor in the course of normal business. Add humor to presentations, performance evaluations, meetings, in memos, newsletters and emails, and at parties and recognition events.

7)     Keep the humor appropriate for the office. Never poke fun at anyone in a subordinate position in the organization and be careful not to offend others with humor that deprecates anyone’s beliefs or backgrounds. There is plenty of wonderful, clean humor out there.

7.5)  Every night at dinner, make family members share one funny or even             embarrassing  moment of their day.

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Sunrise Business Advisors is a Morris County based coaching, mentoring and leadership development firm.  They are also licensed facilitators for Elevate Your Leaders.  They may be reached at 862-219-6890

Author’s content used under license, © 2008 Claire Communications

Does Your Business Need a Laugh Break 2?

Does Your Business Need a Laugh Break 2?

Thom Torode, MBA (2of 3)

In part 1 we talked about the importance of having laugh breaks.

Still, for too many, the prevailing attitude is that one cannot be “professional” and have fun at the same time. The office motto has become the athlete’s: No pain, no gain. If you’re laughing, then you’re not working.

Right

Laugh Break

 Consider these:

  • The Harvard Business Review (September 2003) reported that executives with a sense of humor climb the corporate ladder more quickly and earn more money than their counterparts.
  • University of Wisconsin professor Stu Robertshaw cites one corporate study in which the firm experienced a 21 percent decrease in staff turnover and a 38 percent decrease in Friday absenteeism after incorporating humor into the workplace.
  • Robert Half International, an executive recruitment firm, surveyed 1,000 executives and found that 84 percent felt that workers with a sense of humor do a better job.
  • In a study, David Abramis of California State University determined that employees who have fun on the job are more productive, more creative, are better decision-makers and team players—and have fewer absentee, sick and late days.
  • An often-cited survey of 737 corporate CEOs by Hodge-Cronin & Associates found that 98% said they prefer to hire someone with a sense of humor to someone without.

Injecting humor in the workplace is not about turning your organization into a comedy club. It’s not about entertaining others or being able to tell a joke. It’s not about pranks, practical jokes or juvenile antics. Instead, it’s more of an attitude, a way of viewing and processing things.

Thanks for reading Laugh Break 2, look for pt 3 on some additional benefits.  In the mean time check out this page for your own laugh break 2 of the day.

17929491_ml (2)Sunrise Business Advisors is a Morris County based coaching, mentoring and leadership development firm.  They are also licensed facilitators for Elevate Your Leaders.  They may be reached at 862-219-6890

Does Your Business Need a Laugh Break?

Does Your Business Need a Laugh Break?

Thom Torode, MBA (1 of 3)

 laugh breaks are the best medicine

The idea that laughter promotes good health first received widespread attention through Norman Cousins’s 1979 best-seller, Anatomy of an Illness. But centuries earlier, astute observers had ascribed physical benefits to humor. Thomas Sydenham, a seventeenth-century British physician, once observed: “The arrival of a good clown into a village does more for its health than 20 asses laden with drugs.”

Does your business need a laugh break? Executives and managers today are increasingly acknowledging that laughter is good not only for personal health and well-being, but for career success and overall workplace wellness as well. Around the office, laughter can motivate and facilitate team building, improve stress management, and increase productivity and morale.

In other words, business can (and should) be a laughing matter.

Here’s what the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, composed of more than 600 health care professionals who study the effects of humor on humans, is discovering:

Laughter decreases the amount of stress hormones in the body, activates the cells that boost the immune system and increases the activity of natural killer cells that go after tumor cells and fight viruses.

  • Three minutes of deep belly laughing is the equivalent of three minutes on a fitness rowing machine. This kind of laughing also releases anti-depressant mood chemicals.
  • By the time a child reaches kindergarten, he or she is laughing some 300 times a day. Compare that to the typical adult who, one study found, laughs a paltry 17 times a day.
  • When you laugh, your heart rate goes up, bringing more blood and oxygen to the brain. You also breathe faster, expanding your lungs.
  • Laughter increases production of catecholmanines, which increases the level of alertness, memory, and ability to learn and create.
  • After you laugh, you go into a relaxed state. Your blood pressure and heart rate drop below normal, so you feel profoundly relaxed.

So with all their prods and wires and gizmos and gauges, professionals are telling us what we knew all along: when we laugh we feel better. It doesn’t take much to reach the conclusion that all this extra brain power and relaxation leads to enhanced performance at work.

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Look for pt 2 on some additional benefits.  In the mean time check out this page for your own laugh break of the day.

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