3 Ways to Promote Employee Growth

Posted March 12, 2019 By GuestSpot

When you hire people who are driven, they always try to grow their understanding, skills and responsibilities because they know that this sort of endeavor leads to more opportunities and higher salaries. A business benefits from the growth of its leaders, and in turn, they motivate younger employees who want to eventually attain leadership positions of their own. It’s your responsibility to furnish your employees with these growth opportunities. Here are some tips that can help.

Make Them Part of a Team

A business is only successful when everyone has a purpose, and the easiest way to let your employees know that they have an important role is by creating teams. According to SHRM, “Teams can execute more quickly, make better decisions, solve more complex problems, and do more to enhance creativity and build skills than an individual can.” During the early phases, you should keep your teams small because this tactic reduces costly inefficiencies. On a team, there should be one leader and several talented employees who fully understand how to tackle specific objectives. If the leader gives each individual one significant job, every team member will feel important throughout the project. This strategy also gives each employee a major responsibility.

In order to develop young team members into major players, you’ll need to give them more opportunities immediately after they produce solid results. By keeping your teams busy, everyone will constantly grow and develop new skills that could benefit the company.

Provide Peer-to-Peer Learning

Peer-to-peer learning is a process that can enhance how efficiently everyone tackles projects together as a team. According to Instructure, “When people want to learn new skills at work, most start by asking their bosses to help them — but the second most common way employees learn is from their peers.” If your business has seasoned employees and young employees, you should put these people on strategic teams together so that they can learn from each other. Your veteran employees can teach newer individuals about the importance of marketing using print materials. Whenever you run a digital campaign, the newer employees can work strategically with older employees in order to explain effective social media tactics.

Utilize Training Programs

Training programs can help employees grow by giving them opportunities to learn new skills. Some programs also help employees consistently maintain certain skills during periods of growth.

When designing training programs, according to eLearning Industry, “take time to define the parameters that will act as the foundation of your program — defining learner personas, goals, and success metrics.” For example, if you want to boost customer services by reducing disputes, design a workshop that covers the best ways to communicate with customers during various situations. This type of workshop should cater to employees who want a higher position in the customer service department.

Because business is driven by communication and teamwork, everyone must grow together. If you use these tips, you’ll scale your company and promote many employees along the way. For more help to create unity in a new team or for help mentoring an existing team in your business, contact me to schedule a session today!

          

3 Important Aspects of Developing a Strong Team

Posted March 8, 2019 By GuestSpot

A business starts with a vision that is communicated through a mission statement. When you hire the staff, you are asking them to live up to the promise of that mission statement. It is crucial that you develop a strong team that will remain focused on the goal of success. Here are three important aspects of developing that strong team for your company.

Pick the Right Members

Everyone can look good on a resume. It is how a candidate holds up under the scrutiny of a job interview that will give you the first indication of how he or she will fit in with your team. The key word here is “team.” You might find an extremely qualified staff member, but would he or she be a good fit for the team? You have to always think of the “sum of the parts as the whole” when it comes to strong team building.

Once you’ve assembled your team, you’ll want to play to their strengths. Some might be better at presentations whereas others are great at research. Identifying those qualities will help inform how assignments should be handed out.

Communication

Keeping the lines of communication open is vital for a strong company team. You want to create an atmosphere where your staff feels confident and welcome to ask for clarity. You never want someone feeling intimidated to ask for more instructions. This is especially important for the staff that might be working from home. Just because there isn’t a physical presence in the office doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a regular flow of communication. For good team communication, you need to engage your deskless or remote employees. Emails and texts can work, but utilizing video communication links can prove to be more effective. Even when you sense some discomfort with the “video” aspect – you will find that once you build it into the norms of meeting you teams will feel more connected.  You might even want to check out a few of these reads on “Do’s and Don’ts of good meetings” and “Meetings that people don’t hate”.

Learn from Successes and Failures

When the staff members have met their goals, then it is time to celebrate that success. This doesn’t necessarily mean rushing out to happy hour on a Friday. Instead, consider how that success was achieved in specific details, and honor the team members that made it happen. Conversely, you should also examine the failures. This shouldn’t be used as an excuse to lay blame but as a good opportunity to learn from mistakes. You might just discover that you’ll be more productive moving on from the failures.

The team you build is going to be a reflection of your company. When team members work together towards common goals, then success becomes the only result.

          

How to Put Forward Your Best Self as You Get Older

Posted February 23, 2019 By GuestSpot

As you master your field over time, you can feel something like an identity crisis coming. What do you do next? Plenty of possibilities and opportunities are perfect for a veteran in the industry to take on. You can put forward your best self as you get older by giving speeches, growing your confidence, and embracing your role as a veteran in the workplace.

Begin Giving Professional Speaking Classes

As you get older, your insights become valued and respected in your field because you have experience. Public speaking is a way to maximize this and earn a side income from sharing what you know with others. Before venturing into giving speeches, take a professional speaking class, even if you feel like you’re already good at giving speeches. Or take an online course for preparing and teaching others. You’re guaranteed to learn something new that helps you give inspiring speeches. Being a good public speaker provides many great benefits, including career advancement, new social connections, increased confidence and personal satisfaction.

Look Your Sharpest to Establish Confidence

Appearance isn’t a marginal issue; you need to look the part if you’re going to play it on the professional stage. If your skin is starting to sag or your face isn’t looking quite as energetic as you’d prefer it, there are plenty of options for treating this situation. Feeling satisfied with your personal appearance helps you feel confident. Confidence is important in the professional world because it leads to accomplishing more, advancing your career and communicating more effectively. Even if you already have great achievements in your field, there is always more to reach for, and confidence helps push you.

Step into Your Role as Veteran of Your Field

It’s time to share the insights that you’ve gained throughout your career. Your work experience has helped you develop soft skills. You may have become better at teamwork and time management through experience. And you can share the tips and tricks you’ve discovered with those younger than you. Your expert guidance can help the team perform better and generate greater results.

Mentorship not only benefits the mentee, but it benefits the mentor, too. You may decide to closely mentor someone whom you see potential in, which can be a fulfilling, rewarding experience. Proven experts also have additional opportunities available to them if they’re interested in climbing up the ladder. You could even start your own business if that has been a dream of yours.

Getting older comes with advantages. Focus on the benefits of age and experience so that you can put forward your best self. Your industry record makes you a respected veteran in your field, and your growth isn’t finished yet. Push yourself to greater heights by developing public speaking skills, nurturing confidence and sharing your insights with others.

          

What Do Employee Assessments Really Reveal?

Posted February 12, 2019 By GuestSpot

Hiring new employees is an important task for any business. You want people who will come in with the necessary skills to function right away and a personality that works with the culture of the workplace. Pre-employment assessments are an essential tool to make sure that the right person gets the job.

Pre-Employment Assessments

The number and type of assessments used in the hiring process will depend on the business. At a basic level, a candidate’s resume and interview may be enough to make an informed decision. SmartRecruiters explains, “in a skill-based business, such as a technology company, skill tests may be used to determine if a potential employee’s skills are at the level needed to work in the business.” A variation on this is an intentional trial period, where the employee does the job under observation for a defined period of time.

Another area around which pre-employment assessments are used is risk. You want to maintain an environment where employees feel safe and can be responsible and productive. Common risk assessments include criminal background checks, mandatory drug testing, credit checks and physical exams.

Red Flags

As you work through the hiring process, you want to keep your eyes open for potential problems. These red flags may mean that a candidate is either unqualified or unfit to be in your workplace. A common issue to watch for is out-of-date information on a resume. Most people assume that information that is more than a decade old is usually no longer relevant. If the candidate’s resume lives in the past, it may indicate a person who has not been growing his or her skills. This would also be indicated by a candidate who cannot pass a basic skill test. Another red flag is large gaps in employment. Workopolis explains, “large gaps in employment aren’t always a bad situation, sometimes people have to stop working to care for an ailing relative or other circumstantial reason. That being said, it’s important to note those gaps and ask about them.” Other resume red flags might be references that cannot be reached or long gaps in employment history.

A more serious concern would be an issue with attitude or their ability to work with others. The Hire Talent explains, “behavioral aptitude assessments can reveal candidate traits that may be troublesome or cause for further investigation before hiring.” People with overly strong personalities or who won’t work well with others isn’t someone you want on your team or in your company.

Checking a potential employee’s criminal record is also a good idea as this can give you a little bit of information on their past that they may not be willing to share immediately. Failing a drug test is also a reason for strong concern. Sometimes there can be an innocent explanation, such as prescribed medication, but you will still want to proceed with respect and honest fact-finding. This also means you must explore the newer legal issues around some use of drugs in private versus the workplace. 

In the End


You want the best people representing your business. Pre-employment assessments will help you find them. Employees will the skills and personality you need will help your business succeed.

To improve the cohesiveness of your business, and to improve your workplace culture, make sure to get in contact with us to schedule a group workshop. Group workshops are a great way for everyone to get on the same page and work together.

          

Adventures Of The Heart, Love Beyond The Binary

Posted February 11, 2019 By Frank Strona

Love

A simple word with so many meanings and so much weight as Valentine’s Day looms on the horizon.

 from Adventures of the Heart

Love and rules

At this time of the year – we often see a commercial push to “define” how and what makes up relationships. If we leave it up to “Hallmark Channel” sensibilities, that would often mean a clear and defined binary coupling between a man and women. Well, guess what folks – it’s 2019 and that is one “standard” that is neither acceptable nor as simple.

As more and more people seek to live out authentic lives in work, play and love, a pendulum shift is in play that redefines who with and how people partner up, some of that redefining includes even the a new exploration of what definition of what a “couple” means, how agreements are formed between those involved and rules of engagements in and out of the relationship.

Love and “couples”

For those fearful of the change, or who demand with such a dedication that borders on zealousness, that relationship is a 2-person dynamic, this expansion of who we partner needs to be met with calm, reserved refraction. Not trying to defend and correct what they believe is wrong. Rather, display and model that what others believe may also be acceptable and that “love” comes in many forms.

Love your way

In Leon Fox’s, Adventures of the Heart found in the current issue of The Fight Magazine is a great example and serves as a way to encourage everyone to check personal bias and assumptions at the door before attempting to define how and what makes a relationship work.

 

For the full article visit Leon’s Adventures Of The Heart

 

 

          

LGBT Coaches Bring MORE Diversity to All Professions

Posted February 3, 2019 By Frank Strona

Ensuring space for diversity in the representation of Coaches to meet client needs.

Options matter to most Clients



Coaching is about meeting the right person to fill the right need to help inspire and enrich an experience.

Some clients prefer to choose Coaches by content specialty. Other by age, race even gender.

Sometimes clients who come from marginalized and stigmatized communities may opt to work with someone more closely aligned with the “world lens” they share. LGBT persons can often fall into this group as well. Now I don’t mean to say that a non-LGBT professional isn’t capable of working with LGBT clients.

Rather what I propose is that clients may find more comfort in the “sameness”. In fact, it may allow them to reduce any feeling that they have to explain the context externally, before being willing to go internally. Even the most well-intentioned and informed ally to LGBT people has to learn about and experience it somewhere. That often provides a perspective that may or may not reflect a wider view held by those who are LGBT.

The Gay Coaches Alliance, 8th Annual Spring conference, May 2-5,2019

Registration is now open and they are still taking inquiries on participation options. This year’s conference is hosted at Easton Mountain Retreat in Greenwich, NY. The theme this year is “Gay MEN – Everyone’s a Coach: Bringing MORE Coaching to All Professions”.

The hosting organization, The Gay Coaches Alliance clearly see the need for more coaches from the gay and bisexual men’s community, as well as the needs of gay and bisexually, identified men. In fact, they put it out that way on the membership website

Whether you’re a coach in training, a practicing coach, credentialed coach, or master coach, OR if you happen to be a therapist, psychologist, social worker, spiritual director, minister, or other professional working with coaching…. WE want you to come“.

I have several colleagues and friends who are on this group, including Leonid Frolov one of the two creators of the Flourish As Gay workshop on tour currently and they have always spoken highly of the conference.

For details visit http://gaycoachconference.com/more2019

If you are a Gay or Bisexual Coach, check out the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheGayCoaches/ or visit the Gay Coaches Alliance site for membership details.

          

In the past, I have written about ways to “get yourself out there” and be noticed.

Yet, many of us still wake up and wonder “how can I get myself noticed and invited to those cool events as a speaker? Especially with the wide range of digital media today – being a guest on someone else’s blog or podcast can take some work, a little bit of luck and lots of practice.

Three Reminders To Getting Noticed

Some of the best ways to widen your personal landscape include the use of old-fashioned Collaboration.

That’s right, back to those concepts we all learned in school about coming together to build, create or share as a group. Collaboration doesn’t have to be a hard thing if you know a few simple tricks;

1) Stay in your lane — don’t try to be the know it all.

2) Let others shine — We all want a moment to sparkle, don’t be that person to stand in someone’s way.

3) Be Self-aware — understanding what’s around while it is happening is a huge asset in group roles.

4) Take a risk — and trust that everyone was the  “new” person at some time

5) Listen first, then speak

When you get done with collaborating, then its time to Share Resources.

Make it a habit to offer and give if yourself to those starting out, or who are going through transitions you yourself have. Resources can be links, books, names of contacts and even simply your time. Too many times we try to keep, for ourselves content and knowledge that in reality, isn’t going to bring you any benefit. But could make a significant impact on someone else.

Lastly, make sure you are using #5 from collaborations every day Listen.

People offer “gifts” of knowledge and wisdom all around us. while waiting in line for the bus, at the coffee shop or at networking events.

 For instance, I found several of my favorite tools for social media promotions from asking and listening to those in the field longer than I, when I asked the question “which of the three tools did you start with, but now wish you had used more once you new more of the trade“.

That discussion pitched itself into a very cool philosophical one on learning, looking back, moving forward and along the way. – so many examples and suggestions were tossed out that I just made a list. then once home I revisited the list and explored one a day.

A few I am sharing a lot about this week include:

Podcast  Guests  for when you are looking for guest or ready to be a guest *

Canva – for quick image and design needs

The Quick and Easy Guide to Resizing Images Online

How to Record Your Screen on a Mac and Windows 10

The HPP Journal – the place for educators in the Health Science and related field can get research and into the hands of teachers

*  Items marked with an asterisk may be a current affiliate link on a product I am currently using and enjoying.

 

 

 

          

Are you ready to Flourish?

Update – the San Francisco Workshop is being rescheduled. More to come

While many of us start January of a new year with intention of recovering and setting new goals. Sometimes come February we need a little help to get kick-started. For LGBT folks, resources are often harder to find that understand the life experiences we hold while balancing all the other parts of our lives.

But wait – help is on the way when you are ready to flourish!

Just in time to keep that New Year’s resolution, on January 30, 2019, at the SF LGBT Center (1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102) comes Flourishing As Gays.

Coaching colleagues Dominic Longo and Leonid Frolov are taking Flourishing As Gays on the road this month with workshops in several cities including San Francisco. The workshop intends to offer a reflective and interactive experience for gay/bi and other men who enjoy sex with men and who yearn to flourish.

Daring its attendees to take an active role in change and discover how to connect with the deep sources of meaning and energy within each of us. Bringing to the surface your own uniquely fabulous flourishing, at whatever stage of life you are in.

 

It’s not an armchair workshop. To Flourish takes active engagement

The agenda they have put together is about being part of the experience. This isn’t a show-up and sit workshop. Come prepared to be active, take a risk and meet some new people.

What will you do at the Workshop?

They guys shared with me some of the agenda and share more details  it on the link below as well

  • Reflect and share
  • Move and be still
  • Connect and be known
  • Play and be real
  • Be safe and comfortable
  • Take risks and be vulnerable within the boundaries that are right for you

What more details on how you can Flourish?

Visit the Flourishing as Gays link for more information and ticketing details HERE

 

          

Facing our Time: The City of the Future

A Night Of Ideas; One Theme, 120 Cities, 70 Events, 65 countries; Feb 2 2019

This year, Night of Ideas will take place in five U.S. cities culminating in San Francisco at the San Francisco Public Library – Feb 2. 

A Night of Ideas is 7-hour marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings & music

I happened across this event announcement in my monthly issue of The Library and it stimulated my thinking.

According to the website for NIGHTSOFIDEASSF

With keynotes, panels and presentations by diverse voices including artist JR, Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, Tristan Harris, Co-founder of The Center for Humane Technology, Mayor London Breed, Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States, John Law, Founder of Burning Man, architect Nicola Delon, designer of the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale,Dominique Alba, director of the Paris Urbanism Agency,Michael Krasny, host of KQED’s Forum program,  and Alison Arieff of SPUR, the San Francisco edition of Night of Ideas expects thousands to participate in the evening’s exchange of ideas and creative dialogue. 

Note: Night of Ideas is free to the public event but guests should register online here to guarantee a spot.

For more details visit https://www.nightofideassf.com

Or visit them on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/785700691822035/

          

It’s no secret that I’m a planner and journaling junkie.

Posted December 18, 2018 By Frank Strona

In fact, I’ve written about my love of journals in the past… 

Not mention how useful they can be for the professional as well as the those recovering from illness or setbacks. I have collected many different styles over the years.  Some end up as favorites and some I had less than stellar experience within the style,  from expensive to handmade, limited edition finds. I even go so far as to create decorative bookmarks and planner/binder keepers for friends and clients from random thrift store finds.

In the last two years, there’s been an influx of electronic versions adaptable for both the laptop and the mobile device. Many of which offer monthly subscriptions as well as an annual or limited free plan. I dabbled in a few of them as well.

But in the end, “I keep coming back to the reality that I still like mapping out my ideas using pen and paper.” I even have this year’s personal planner/journal ready to go on January 1, 2019. It is one I picked up in August from TEDxProvincetown when I did the recent TEDx talk on size, body Image and how we shape our social success and yes, that is the repurposing of an old school record as the cover.

Well, it seems I am not the only one.

This is exactly why,  much like the search for the perfect fitting pair of underwear or favorite pair of footwear, I’m always on the search and often meet up with folks who express the same need for a “fix”. Now, before you say – “ah this is an affiliate promotion“, it’s not. It’s just my geeking way of saying “I found a new one!”.

The newest kid due out and currently in Kickstarter phase is called The Content Creators PlannerMy promotion of the Content Creators Planner is not as a paid affiliate or is being offered because of samples or promo material. I mention it because I really felt that it spoke to me and my need to balance how I create contentAccording it’s developers Kim Doyle and Jodi Hersh it can help those of us looking for more balance and adaptable support to create a strategy that supports our creative and business goals.

The elements in the Content Creators Planner is said to help it’s users “define our goals, map out our content strategy, shape content, schedule it and measure it!

After listening to Kim and Jodi’s pitch and seeing how strong they are with content development themselves, with only 16 days left in the Kickstarter, I figured now was the time to get mine. If you are looking for an “I deserve it gift” for yourself or someone else – the Content Creators Planner is a definite “try it” for those of us looking to capture and wrangle our content creation using old-school pen and paper coupled with designs coming from content creators themselves.

Check out The Content Creators Planner Kickstarter page, the website or the Content Creators Facebook Group. Kim also has a great podcast called The Kim Doyal Show