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project work

Project Work Will Put You In The Lead

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Are you ready to work? What about being ready to learn, contribute, or go the extra mile? Project work may be exactly what you need to create more success.

We might call work, work, but project work has a slightly different feeling. Thinking of work in terms of a project assumes that there is a beginning and an end. It is more than an ongoing effort with little urgency and a boring trudge that never ends.

Job Roles

Front line job roles often suggest they need self-starters, people who are motivated and people who show up both physically and emotionally.

Since it may not be described as a management role, it also implies that successful employees will receive direction from a boss or other colleagues.

Some people expect this style of leadership. They arrive, but they don’t start until they are given direction. Some roles this is appropriate for, but for those seeking more things are going to have to be different.

Should you start a project?

Project Work

One reason some employees never appear to be in any hurry is because there is always tomorrow. Tomorrow they’ll do the same thing they are doing now and the same thing they did last week.

No rush, no hurry, just another day on the never-ending project.

Workplaces often need more. They need people who not only accept direction and complete assigned work, but they need contributors.

Employees might consider how they can give more instead of doing less.

What if you took a risk to make a reasonable suggestion? A suggestion delivered with tact and respect not grumbling or aggression, might that make a difference?

Imagine if you bought a book that connects with your job duties or industry sector. Imagine what you might learn and how it may help you accomplish more.

What might happen if you asked about the possibilities of workshops, seminars, or other learning events.

How would things change when you do more for the customer, your team, or to benefit the organization?

When you think about it as a project it doesn’t have to be boring work that never ends, or a painful trudge day-in and day-out.

Have a goal, make the start, finish the project and then start another.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Stronger points

Stronger Points May Be Exactly What You Need

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Have you made your point? Does anyone buy it? Making stronger points may be the difference between having a vision and creating reality.

In polite debates making your point might make a difference. Stronger points might make a difference in the meeting being held in the conference room, the chance encounter with your boss or the CEO at the coffee pot, or in the presentation that you worked on for weeks.

When we see something that is hard to believe, we often call it magic.

Magic has a special way of illustrating something that we probably can’t believe until we see it with our own eyes.

If you can see it for yourself, it is true.

Are you needing stronger points?

Stronger Points

This is exactly why the best workplace leaders are able to illustrate a clear vision. It is why strategy matters and why proper execution should be celebrated, put on a pedestal, and broadcast to everyone.

Belief is one of the most powerful psychological connections to work that you can have.

An Olympic athlete has a vision, and a work ethic to obtain the goal based on step-by-step plans carefully placed on a timeline. The timeline illustrates the intersection of preparedness with peak performance. The pursuit is about belief. Belief that it is real and that it can be achieved.

Workplace success shouldn’t be much different. The path, the vision, the roadmap, it is all part of the plan. A plan that once it is made believable, can come true.

Richard Branson proved it with Virgin Galactic.

Make some magic. Make stronger points.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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cultural leadership

Cultural Leadership Demonstrates Upstanding Qualities

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Do you have cultural leadership in your workplace? Every workplace has a culture, but is it one of leadership or is it proclaimed leadership?

There is a difference.

Proclaimed leadership is self-described. It is the authoritarian approach. Leadership dictates and people listen.

The concept is that people listen because they are less powerful. They have to listen because they are not in the position of authority. Respect is expected because you have to give it or else.

Some people call this, “Kiss the ring.”

Are people expected to kiss the ring or are they engaged because of a cultural attraction that keeps them culturally committed?

Cultural leadership is different.

Cultural Leadership

Business leaders, at least those people who are identified as leaders on the organizational chart, have often been known to throw up their arms in disgust about employee teams.

They’ll claim that they have tried everything for engagement. They’ve tried pizza parties; they’ve tried brightening up the workspace with bright colored paint and bigger windows. They even have a special parking spot for employee of the month.

Yet, their frustration is often expressed as, “nothing works.”

It may be because people confuse the concept of environment with culture.

Painting the rooms in bright colors and adding windows feels fresh. It is a fresh environment. However, this doesn’t really indicate whether a change in culture has occurred.

Most likely, the culture is the same, it only looks different.

The rising star organizations have this figured out, at least in part. They are doing things that engage people in the purpose of their work. They constantly connect with a culture of service and they do good, high-integrity work.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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leadership required

Leadership Required, Or Are You Just a Spectator?

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Is leadership required? At your job, in your workplace, is more leadership needed?

Often people wait for leadership. They stall, stay stuck, or find it more convenient to wait on someone to lead. These people are spectators.

The organization that lacks trust also lacks leadership. It can’t be productive or growth-driven. Unless of course, that organization is run like a dictatorship.

In small geographic pockets, some authoritarian styles still exist. If employment opportunities are very limited, people will work somewhere. Not happy, not proud, but they’ll show up each day and shovel.

Unfortunately, fear is a motivator, but it is a short-run game.

The authoritarian approach doesn’t work well in modern-day society.

Do you believe more leadership is required?

Leadership Required

Even in times of extremely low unemployment and worker shortages, the best organizations are still running strong. Simply put, the best people are working in the best organizations.

Leadership is not a spectator sport. It isn’t about a couple of gladiators fighting it out with swords or large hammers. It is something Beyond Thunderdome.

Every day the working class goes to work. They have a choice about their attitude, their behavior, and the amount of effort they will put in.

They are a role model. A good one, or a bad one. The culture of any organization is based on all of the inputs. There isn’t a selection process for only the behaviors that so called leaders wish to recognize.

At some level everyone should be leading.

If it is work, then work, no one is a spectator.

Lead.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Dennis E. Gilbert Appreciative Strategies

Aspiring Leader Seminar – Virtual Training

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Virtual training starts:

Today’s leaders are more than just supervisors or management team members. They are the heart of inspiration, teamwork, and create the atmosphere required for the pursuit of common goals.

This seminar covers many of the foundation skills that build great leadership habits. Participants will explore what it means to be a leader, not just a supervisor or manager. We’ll be covering change, communication, and motivating the team. Tough topics are sometimes taken for granted such as resiliency, understanding priorities, and the difference between facts and opinions. In addition, we’ll examine some tough questions such as, “Where are you most vulnerable?” and “What is most important right now?” 

This highly effective, flagship leadership program is now available in an online virtual format. 

We’ll be coming together for two, three-hour online segments.  

Spring 2021 dates are:

May 13, 2021 – Segment 1

May 20, 2021 – Segment 2

Times are 9:00 AM – 12 Noon.

Participants should plan to attend both segments. 

Register now to save $20, only $305 $325 THROUGH May 11, 2021

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stressed out talk

Stressed Out Talk Is Different From Normal Talk

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A short fuse. That is a common descriptor for when our patience, energy, or control is right on the edge of a snap. Is your stressed-out talk different from when things are more calm or mild?

Everyone has a guideline that they operate from. It’s a way that they conduct themselves or their business. It is tempered somewhat, not exactly what may be brewing on the inside, but a more controlled and socially responsible version.

When people get tired, pushed, or otherwise stressed out, sometimes the Kraken comes out.

He blew up.

She lost it!

He totally freaked out!

While fuse length varies and is conditioned by many factors, nobody wants this to happen.

Is there something in-between the blow-up and the totally in-control you?

Stressed Out Talk

Authenticity matters but for everyone looking to lead there is a fine line or a balancing act for what you deliver.

When you set out to deliver your best you are probably being very tactical in your approach.

You may be conscious that you need to be kind, be patient, and have empathy. You might also be thinking about how to be more respectful, more generous, or mindful of navigating the rough spots.

It works for many, most of the time.

Yet there are occasions when the time feels short, something is overdue, or expectations have been thrown out the window.

That’s when our somewhat rigid structure of self-management begins to break down and slip out.

It’s not viewed as the normal you.

Interactions and behaviors are always about conscious choice.

An apology for a slip-up is a good idea. Behavior tempered, even when the fuse is short is much better.

Make conscious choices and have self-awareness. As a leader, you’ll contribute better with the proper intentions. It’s always better than needing to make an apology.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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LHU Leadership Institute

LHU Leadership Institute Certificate (Virtual Training)

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Employers within the greater Lock Haven University area have expressed a need for employee training in basic management and team leadership. Based upon input from area employers, the University is working with Appreciative Strategies, LLC., to bring forward this important leadership training program. Registration is open to all individuals and employers, including those who are within the region and those outside of the immediate area.

Dennis Gilbert is serving as the instructor/facilitator for this series.

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to leading in today’s workplace environment. It is appropriate for existing workplace leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging.

Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives and will be delivered by a subject matter expert who will utilize a pleasing combination of lecture, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

Professional course materials will be provided and will include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience.

The five, three-hour modules are:

  1. Leadership Effectiveness
  2. Effective Communication for Managers
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Navigating a Multi-generational Workforce
  5. Being a Great Mentor or Coach

Sharpening management skills and your leadership presence are valuable for navigating today’s workforce. This series will help you prepare and improve your role as a leader.

This program is scheduled as follows:

SPRING 2021 (Virtual – Online)

March 11th

April 1st

April 15th

April 22nd

May 6th

All sessions will be virtual training via the Zoom platform. They will start promptly at 9 AM (sign-in 8:50 AM) and conclude at 12 PM (noon).

To submit an application to participate or to get more information please follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/wdace 

This program qualifies for WEDnetPA grant funding (for eligible businesses). For additional information please contact: Angelic Hardy, Lock Haven University by calling 570-484-3131.

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bloomsburg university

Management and Leadership Certificate (Virtual Training)

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This Management and Leadership Certificate program is being brought to you by a special partnership between Bloomsburg University and the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce.

Dennis Gilbert, is serving as the instructor/facilitator for this series.

This five-module series is designed to help participants develop and sharpen skills that relate to leading in today’s workplace environment. It is appropriate for existing workplace leaders, managers, and supervisors; or those who are new or emerging.

Throughout the series, each module will provide specific learning objectives and will be delivered by a subject matter expert who will utilize a pleasing combination of lecture, experiential learning activities and exercises, and real-world examples.

Professional course materials will be provided and will include assessments, activities, and other learning enhancement components to help each participant individualize their learning experience.

The five, three-hour modules are:

  1. Supervisor Effectiveness
  2. Effective Communication for Managers
  3. Conflict Management
  4. Navigating a Multi-generational Workforce
  5. Being a Great Mentor or Coach

Sharpening management skills and your leadership presence are valuable for navigating today’s workforce. This series will help you prepare and improve your role as a leader.

This program is scheduled as follows:

SPRING 2021

March 9th

March 23rd

April 6th

April 20th

May 4th

All sessions will be virtual training via the Zoom platform. They will start promptly at 9 AM (sign-in 8:50 AM) and conclude at 12 Noon.

To submit an application to participate or to get more information please contact:  Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

This program qualifies for WEDnetPA grant funding (for eligible businesses). For additional information please contact: Jennifer Williams at Bloomsburg University by calling 570-389-4004.

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Columbia Montour Chamber

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team culture

Team Culture, How Are You Involved?

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What happens inside the organization? Not what is the public perception, what is the internal vibe? The climate inside develops from team culture.

The team has arrival times, break times, or perhaps different, they skip breaks and look busy at all costs.

There might also be the language of the culture. Words chosen, repeated, and inside jokes about behavioral aspects of the people. What gets the boss fired up, who are the weirdos, and who will never go anywhere within the company.

You can’t rule out the price of admission. Joining the culture has a price. It has a predetermined minimum requirement. In some cases it is an education requirement, a box checked, or a resume that illustrates years of experience.

Joining is about adoption of the culture, yet each person contributes. Some for, and some against.

The culture is about what people within the organization do. It’s behavioral and it’s published.

Team Culture

Newbies join, others exit. The newbie doesn’t really bring in many outside ideas, their job is to conform and adapt.

This is how it’s done around here.

You’re not paid to think, you’re paid to work.

Don’t make waves, no one around here really cares.

The CEO is often asked about culture, or voices an opinion of how it should change.

Culture develops from stories told, yet at the same time is unlikely to be defined by a single story represented as a future forecast.

Shaping culture isn’t a task. It’s not a job duty.

Culture is created by the people. People in agreeance, people in dissonance. All aspects of social interactions are inclusive. The people decide. Knowingly or unknowingly, they’re involved.

All-Inclusive

The best way to examine the culture is to understand the focal points.

Are the focal points based on clock watchers? Is it the language that seems to take center stage? Does quality matter and how well respected is the employee population or the customer base?

Every business or organization is going to get more of what they focus on. Focus develops from messaging and observable behaviors.

People are part of everything that defines the culture.

You are involved.

One way or another.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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team contribution

Team Contribution Is What Really Matters, Isn’t It?

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Are you making a good team contribution? Are you working within the bounds, coloring inside the lines, and being a positive role model?

Team contributions come in at least two flavors.

One flavor suggests that you precisely follow all the rules. It is a path of working within the system, no thinking, just doing. It is the support of the system, by design, and never wavering.

A second flavor, different from the first may suggest that the best team contribution comes from working on the edges of the rules. It is more about merit, accomplishments, and contribution.

Leadership Style

Occasionally, or often, depending on where you look, you’ll find arguments about leadership style.

There exists a notion by some that rebels are good leaders. Those willing to bend or break the rules when it favors a goal-oriented result. Not those who only see things as black and white and always inside the lines. Especially when inside the lines is not working and is counter-productive for the team.

It doesn’t mean ethical or legal disobedience. It means high-quality and high-integrity leadership. Being both responsible and accountable.

What path makes the most sense for you?

Team Contribution

If you are the type of person who works from the heart, I’m willing to bet you see yourself somewhere in the middle.

Working from the heart, at least in this case, means you have an undying passion for the pursuit. It is not a reference to being soft, it is a reference to being committed to the achievement of the goal.

Think about who you are. Consider who you want to become. What legacy you want to leave behind, and what will matter most for the team and organizational success.

Success is rarely convenient and it is almost never easy.

Team contributions are connected to leadership.

One way, or another.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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