With all the positive and loving thoughts about Valentine’s Day, what could possibly go wrong? Lots! Lots can, and often does, go wrong at work. Cupid should steer clear of the workplace. Taming the office is very important. But, how?
The Declaration of Independence says that an inalienable right for Americans is the pursuit of happiness. It’s loosely meant as having our needs satisfied and being positive. Is this true today? Disruptive leadership creates happiness.
The pioneering spirit of our ancestors is much alive. We are continually searching for the next great thing. We have to get out of our comfort zone and shake up the status quo to make things happen. That’s disruption. Disruptive leadership creates happiness.
Too many leaders do so by consensus and that creates confusion. They continue the status quo allowing poor performers to stay. This drags everyone down, including themselves. This is an inward-looking mentality and average leadership at best. Look closely at areas where you are tolerating “average” and identify how you can disrupt that.
What do cowgirls have in common with leaders in corporate? Lots. Dr. Mary Temple Grandin is a leader in livestock behavior and management. She teaches that when livestock management is done well happy cows produce significantly more. Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
It takes special leadership to effectively work with creatures that don’t talk back. How does this carry-over to the workplace? Successful leaders understand non-verbal communication can be louder than words. They also know that happy employees are much more productive. Companies with women leaders often have better financial performance, social responsibility and fewer layoffs. Cowgirl leadership spikes productivity.
Satisfaction and engagement have been workplace buzz words for a long time. Many companies conduct surveys to measure these. It’s often wondered how meaningful it all is. Lead with happiness for success.
Creating a culture of happiness is the goal for leaders. Why? Happiness goes hand-in-hand with engagement that gets to the core of productivity and creativity. Lead with happiness for success.
Having a culture of happiness doesn’t mean it is all fun and games at work. There will be stressful times. Actually what makes employees happy is working on important projects that have serious consequences. What? That seems contradictory!
Have you heard the proverb, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? It can also make Jill a dull girl. We become bored and boring. You and your organization need CPR!
For every company you hear that is offering huge amounts of parental leave or unlimited time off, there are other companies with punishing environments. 40% of U.S. workers say their jobs are very or extremely stressful.
For some, it’s nearly impossible to “switch off” and get away. Our electronic gizmos get most of our attention – during meetings, during meals – it’s almost rude.
Others feel overloaded with personal obligations and transfer that stress to their work. Your family wants attention, you have meals to make, dishes to do, & how about laundry? Perhaps you’re a caregiver – more stress!!
Get a life? You’re joking, right? Bottom line is that you and your employees are frazzled.