Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

j0439382Boy, do I agree with this!

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz: What veterinarians know that doctors don’t | Talk Video | TED.com

What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.

To my physician readers and clients particularly, check out this amazing talk from TEDMED:

via Barbara Natterson-Horowitz: What veterinarians know that doctors don't | Talk Video | TED.com.

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations – Judith E. Glaser, and Richard D. Glaser – Harvard Business Review

The more I learn, the more fascinated I have become with the neurochemistry of our interactions with others. Even more intriguing, is its powerful effect on all of our relationships, both within the workplace and without, and on our subsequent professional success (or lack thereof.)

I’d love to hear about your personal experiences as a leader related to this topic, and what you have learned from them.

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The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations – Judith E. Glaser, and Richard D. Glaser – Harvard Business Review.

25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust | Leadership Freak

I LOVE this list!
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Did we miss anything? Add your comments below.

25 Ways to Spot Leaders You Can Trust | Leadership Freak.

▶ John Baldoni: Bad News? Deliver it with Dignity – YouTube

My friend and colleague, fellow leadership coach John Baldoni says this so well, I couldn’t have said it better.

He hits all the right points about how to deliver negative news to an employee, with dignity. He describes simply and clearly how to deliver bad news (about performance) with firmness and clarity while always allowing the individual retain their dignity and the hope for improvement and growth.

I particularly like his suggestion to use notes, to stay on message and use the specific language that is likely to most effective.

Your thoughts?

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Save this one to refer to from time to time as a reminder, about how to do this really well:

▶ John Baldoni: Bad News? Deliver it with Dignity – YouTube.

Women & Co. – Managing Your Career – 5 Tips to Being an Efficient Mentor (Yes, You Do Have Time!)

Some great tips here! Enjoy this short article:

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Women & Co. – Managing Your Career – 5 Tips to Being an Efficient Mentor (Yes, You Do Have Time!).

Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep – Forbes

j0443405But what about your New Year’s business resolutions?

This time of year is a great time to start making—and keeping—business resolutions, too. But sadly, like our personal goals, we often make them (year after year) with sincere intent only to see them quickly fall by the wayside, as we revert to (bad) habits that we have vowed to break.

But what about the most successful people and their resolutions? Have you noticed how the most accomplished people just seem to identify important things and consistently get them done?

Study successful people long enough and you start to pick up on the resolutions they seem to consistently make.

Here are ten of my favorites:

Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep – Forbes.

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem – Heidi Grant Halvorson – Harvard Business Review

“Here’s an unavoidable truth: You are going to screw up. Everyone — including very successful people — makes boatloads of mistakes. The key to success is, as everyone knows, to learn from those mistakes and keep moving forward. But not everyone knows how……” Heidi Grant Halvorson

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem – Heidi Grant Halvorson – Harvard Business Review.

Coach’s Tip:

Is this the missing key to your success?

How can you apply this new knowledge?

Why Doctors Should Be More Empathetic–But Not Too Much More: Scientific American

The job of any physician is  part empathic and part problem solving. This constitutes an inherent trade-off in medicine because the human brain does not have infinite computational resources or time to perform both tasks equally well. One must be caring while also figuring out a proper diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, often under conditions of uncertainty.

Physicians-What do you think of this article from Scientific American?

Why Doctors Should Be More Empathetic–But Not Too Much More: Scientific American.

Ranks of uninsured drop to 15.7% in 2011 | Healthcare business news, research and events from Modern Healthcare

THIS is a good thing!  Take a look at this U.S. Census Bureau data:

 

Ranks of uninsured drop to 15.7% in 2011 | Healthcare business news, research and events from Modern Healthcare.