Polish Your Performance-Diamond®

By MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

At this time, in this economic climate, perhaps more than ever, it is necessary to make your capabilities as well as those of your organization SHINE…so you must polish your PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®.

To enhance your performance, you must possess the knowledge required to optimally perform the tasks of your profession. Organizations must also provide associates with knowledge of enterprise specific products and services as well as the required life-cycle functions associated with successful delivery of those products and services. Learn More »

Overcoming in an Overwhelming World

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.

How can a person overcome the stresses, pressures, discouragement and anxiety of times such as we live in?

To overcome means to:
o Conquer
o Defeat
o Beat
o Trounce
o Triumph over
o Prevail over
o Surmount
o Rise above

To overwhelm means to:
o Overpower
o Overcome
o Engulf
o Devastate
o Beat
o Crush

When you look at the two sets of word meanings it is much like the clash of titans. I suppose a one-sentence synopsis would read: To overcome the overwhelming forces of this world we must conquer and defeat that which tries to crush us.

I certainly do not think that every day we wage war in some aggressive behavioral style against all and everything we encounter. But, I do believe we should be prepared for the various challenges, whether emotional, financial, relational or even physical.

Things like the economic downfall are not as personalized as an individual who berates you at work. However, the stress and pressure of a poor economy can certainly feel like a real “flesh and blood” adversary at times. Actually, the background noise of economic and financial insecurity causes a level of anxiety that certainly can be distracting, draining and disempowering at times. Learn More »

Unfolding Your Best Authentic Self

By David Ryback, Ph.D.

Do you ever wonder what you really have to offer the workplace?  What knowledge, talents, skills you have that could benefit others?  If only such knowledge, talents and skills were recognized by others!  Well, how about you, recognizing your own gifts in yourself?  You see, others will recognize whatever is placed before them in an inviting proposition.  It’s not the others that fail to recognize what you have to offer, it’s … you guessed it … yourself!  Awareness starts at home, with the best measure of what special contribution you make essentially because of your unique person. Authenticity is the capacity to be open to changes and to roll with the punches to bring out your best resources to fit the challenge at hand.

“How do I use who I am on earth for a purpose that’s bigger than myself?” asked Oprah Winfrey in a Newsweek article on leadership for the 21st century. Learn More »

Leaders and Forgiveness in the Workplace

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.

Before I go any farther with this article I want to make it clear that I know this is an unusual topic for general business leaders. Forgiveness is never easy whether in organizational life, family life or just generally in relationships. It is, however, a relevant topic when it comes to leadership. To forgive someone is a powerful and complex action. It can mean to absolve or clear another of their wrongdoing towards you or others. It may include the next step of freeing that person or persons from the repercussions of their incorrect actions. When we make an emotional decision to exonerate another or to be exonerated by another for our actions, something deeply emotional transpires.

Leadership has never and will never take place in a vacuum. To be a leader one has to involve others. It is the “involving of others” that brings about the relational challenges. Most leaders, from my experience as a coach, consider walking into another’s office and asking for their forgiveness a glaring weakness. Leaders also often find it awkward to respond when someone forgives them for a wrongdoing. Even though it is difficult to talk about forgiving someone in the corporate setting, what may appear to be a weakness, could be a definable strength as a leader.

Forgive and forget. Easier said than done, right? Well, now studies are showing forgiveness is not only good religion but good medicine as well. According to the latest medical and psychological research, forgiving is good for our souls-and our bodies. People who forgive: (1) benefit from better immune functioning and lower blood pressure (2) have better mental health than people who do not forgive (3) feel better physically (4) have lower amounts of anger and fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression, and (4) maintain more satisfying and long-lasting relationships. “When we allow ourselves to feel like victims or sit around dreaming up how to retaliate against people who have hurt us, these thought patterns take a toll on our minds and bodies,’ says Michael McCullough, director of research for the National Institute for Healthcare Research and a co-author of To Forgive is Human: How to Put Your Past in the Past (IVP, 1997). Learn More »

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