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Keep the giving going!

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This is the place where everyone can get involved in this month’s Graceful Giving celebration! Keep the giving going!

Leave a comment, picture, or video below that recognizes an act of giving you’ve witnessed during the month of October. When you share, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $50 donation to the non-profit of your choice! But even more importantly, we can all become inspired by the kind acts happening around us each day.

Perhaps you witnessed a kind action from one person to another. Or someone provided a much needed service to a non-profit organization. Tell us all here!

Want to learn more about Graceful Giving? See how your favorite non-profit can benefit and how Graceful Giving got started. Read all about it here.

Let’s work together to make this a powerful way to give back and create healthy relationships in our world.

Watch for these clear signals to tell if your employee is open to growth

I’ve been delivering assessment results for years. I feel fortunate to be a part of so many milestone moments in a person’s development, whether it’s early in their career or someone who is a consummate learner. I have oodles of goose-bumps stories that I’ve witnessed through these experiences. This week I enjoyed another of those moments.

A new job offers opportunity for learning

A long-time employee, let’s call her Emily, was moving into a new role within the same organization. Her manager, Carl (also not a real name), called me suggesting that she take the PXT Select™ assessment. He wanted to figure out ways to help her.

We moved ahead, Emily completed the assessment and we scheduled a phone review with the three of us. Throughout the entire process, it was easy to tell that she was truly open to her own growth. 

Signs that an employee is open to growth

There were several signals that indicated her openness. Looking for these signs will help you identify the folks on your team who are eager to learn.

When an employee hears that a manager wants to “help them improve,” or “provide resources for development,” they can understandably feel concerned. They can start to think, “Something must be really wrong if I need help!” It’s easy to see how the employee might feel insecure or threatened. Even a simple conversation about “performance” can be intimidating. It’s like bringing out the magnifying glass to expose those hidden warts. Some people get defensive or shut down. Not Emily.

Carl had let Emily dip her toe into the waters of this new sales position, giving her a certain number of hours each week to devote to the role. That had been going on for a few months and the outcomes were mixed. In this new sales position, Emily had brought in one new client. It was a step in the right direction but the manager had expected more within this time frame.

Emily and Carl got together and Carl explained that he needed to see better results in order to feel good about offering this position to her full-time. After all, he didn’t want Emily to fall short and be disappointed or out of her current job, which she did exceedingly well.

Employees demonstrate their openness with actions they take

When Emily heard about the opportunity to take the assessment, she completed right away, the first sign that she was open to learning and growth. There was no resisting, no worry about what the results would say. She was eager to discuss.

We had scheduled an hour but it was clear from the beginning of the call that we would need more time. She was actively asking questions, truly interested in how she could improve her outcomes. Another sign. She wasn’t going through the motions, or trying to get out this discussion at the earliest moment.

In this discussion between Emily, Carl, and myself, the dialogue was candid. Carl offered examples of things that hadn’t gone so well. It’s hard to hear those things about yourself, especially in front of your manager and an outside consultant. Emily never flinched. She understood that the intent was for her well-being, not to criticize or ridicule.

The discussion did spill over into a second session and Emily had already tried out some of the ideas we discussed in the previous call and came prepared with more questions. Someone who is committed to a plan will take action, enthusiastically!

Signs can be subtle but are visible

In a very short span of time, Emily had exhibited several obvious signs of her desire to grow:

  • No resistance, hesitation, or defensiveness
  • Wanted more time than what was allocated
  • Fully engaged in conversation, not just going through the motions
  • Actively asking questions
  • Recognized the time and effort was for her best interest
  • Took action without any prodding

Emily’s mindset will ultimately create success for her and her organization. If your team members are not motivated to learn and grow, it stifles them and others. Lucky for me, I find that most people do want to enhance their effectiveness. They recognize by building skills they feel better and are less stressed.

Working with Emily and Carl — and many people with those same qualities — are the reason I love my work so much. It is incredibly inspiring to be around people who are open and driven to constantly seek better ways to work. We can all be better. And it is a pleasure to be reminded of that in my interactions with so many of you.

What have you done lately that signals your willingness to grow?

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A simple change can yield impressive results

An article in our local paper identified this particular type of moth as a polyphemus. Even looking at this guy upside down (right bottom) offers a change of perspective. What can you turn upside down at your office for new insights?

Grace and I changed the time of our daily walk and yesterday morning, we had an unexpected treat. It made me think of how just a simple change in a routine can yield significant — and in our case, beautiful — results!

In our workplaces, routines are commonplace. Our teams and departments start to run on autopilot, executing tasks and projects without much thought about why or how we’re doing it. That means that we tend to have the same kind of outcomes, without bringing innovation or new ideas to the forefront. Our staff can start to get bored and we don’t even know why!

So this innocent change in walk time created an eye-opening reminder to the value of changing things up occasionally, even when things are going well with your existing processes. Prior to the summer’s heat wave, our walk time had been mid-day or sometime in the afternoon, when one or the other of us needed a break to stretch our legs. The sun was strong and there were certain rhythms to what we saw, such as insects and birds. But things are different at dawn. Yesterday, we headed out before 7:00 a.m. and very quickly, we noticed something quite unusual ahead of us on the road. We stumbled upon an enormous moth, measuring nearly 6″ in width, laying still as if he was trying to make himself invisible. He (she?) fluttered a bit when Grace almost stepped on him! Moths are nighttime creatures and we apparently caught him at the end of his active cycle and the beginning of ours.

A simple change of time to avoid the heat provided the opportunity to experience something totally unexpected, a treasure that we would have missed otherwise. 

What routines have become stagnant at your workplace? Mixing things up, even just a tad, can offer fresh ideas and new ways of seeing things. Here are a few examples, all easy with no cost attached!

  • Change where your staff meeting is held or adjust the day/time of week
  • Offer to meet in your employee’s space/cubicle instead of your own for your next one-on-one meeting, or even go on a walk instead!
  • Bring in a guest speaker to your next meeting, perhaps an expert in their field, or a client impacted by your work
  • Alter the frequency of an activity, either to more or less often, depending on the event.
  • Add a new topic to a meeting, or drop one.
  • Ask your team how to mix things up, they will have good ideas! Just keep it simple and easy. That will get the creative juices flowing without adding stress to people’s plates.

What other ideas to you have for generating a buzz in your office? Remember, the smallest of efforts can yield amazing results.