Author AmandaHogan

Author AmandaHogan

What Ever Happened to Caring About People?

This is a question I ask myself every day when I observe others at work. I wonder how people become disengaged, moody, and bitter in their work environments.

Caring about people is above and beyond employer/employee relationship. Get it, or don’t.

All people have lives outside of work, some good, some not so good. The moment our employees come into work they carry what happened with them from their morning or the night before. As managers, before the day starts we should check in with our team members, they usually just need a sounding board that lasts 5 minutes or less. I have noticed I get the most productivity out of my employees when I attentively listen to them about whatever is going on in their lives inside or outside of work. I myself need someone to talk too as well. Even if it’s my husband, friend/colleague or just my journal…I need to get out what’s on my mind to be able to move on.

From my observation most employees haven’t honed the skill to know how to diffuse the emotions that arise at work. Emotions vs. Facts. It’s our job to let them know we care, but at the same time let them know what they need to work on to move themselves ahead in their career.

The challenge as managers is we still have to relate to those who have not developed this skill. It’s a very important recipe to get right if you want to run a productive team. It’s the soft skills that come into play here. It’s the active listening and truly caring about people. People want to know you care about them as a person, not just an employee. If you don’t, you will never be a leader. It’s your employees that choose you as their leader afterall.

If you can get this right, it builds trust, loyalty and a winning team. You then become a leader.

My favorite quote about people:
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”
John C. Maxwell

Dictator generation is over. Cultivate a “people” culture. Its hard work, but worth the effort.

Leadership Starts at Home

Have you ever asked yourself why people react the way they do? Have you ever wondered what causes people to react instead of responding? Are you one of those people? If so, that habit probably started at a very early age.

It seems as though people have never practiced being “self-aware”. Let me put it this way;

My five year old is now at the stage where he is repeating word for word what I say. Although this can be quite trying on the nerves, it actually got me thinking that everything I say and do has great influence on how he behaves. As children our parents are our biggest influencers.

My Background

When I was a child I grew up in a house of “reactors”. As a family we were strong Irish opinionated east coasters. Good people, not so good communicators. We were loud and very outspoken, it was perfectly acceptable to say what was on your mind at that very moment without a thought. When I grew up and started working I found that way didn’t work for me. It has taken me years to develop a new habit of being self-aware and to respond to my situations accordingly.

This is in no way bashing how I grew up, and to this day I still enjoy banter with my family and appreciate how we function when we are together. But by developing my new habit, I have become more effective in my communications in my professional life. It’s a work in progress and I am getting better every day.


Choosing The Right Leadership Development Program

Managing a company of any kind and at any level is often realized as being a major responsibility for anyone involved in the process. The continual changes that companies go through require leaders to adapt and enhance their skills to keep up with all that is demanded of them while trying to focus on continual efficiency increases and profit levels. Anyone focused on their skill building efforts should know the fundamentals of choosing the right leadership development program to ensure they obtain the best guidance.

Leadership development programs are designed to offer managers the opportunity to develop new skills and remain effective in their positions. A majority of courses that are offered to professionals are based on the specific issues that are currently faced by leaders while offering the chance to remain fully adaptive at all times. The choices made from available programs can be difficult to complete when considered.

Anyone focused on this particular learning process is offered a significant number of options to try and work through. Many professionals are unclear about what facets of insight are the most helpful to consider when trying to be assured their learning efforts are productive and viable. The right choice is usually quite easy when several factors are considered.

Professionals are urged to try and assess the current needs they have pertaining to what areas of professionalism they struggle with. All managers are required to work through various complications that can be confusing and unable to be overcome individually while trying to develop a more lucrative career. Matching these needs to content that is offered is useful in successfully overcoming professional weaknesses.

Review forums are also quite useful to focus in on when trying to make the right choice. Consumer reviews are incredibly helpful in offering people the chance to fully understand what is offered from the program in the eyes of people that recently participated in course completion. The best rated programs are helpful in generating the most confidence among professionals that are interested in participating in effective programs.

The learning format of the course in question should also receive attention. Taking courses can be difficult to prepare for while also still trying to manage work and life balances that are increasingly more stressful for professionals to consider anyway. Concentrating on the programs that are offered through a virtual format is helpful in avoiding challenges in being able to fulfill all requirements.

Instructors that are used to deliver the content being offered should also be carefully weighted. Instructors are often industry professionals that are also trained in teaching at various levels and are directly responsible for how well people are able to learn and absorb all content they are being offered. Concentrating on the most experienced and qualified instructors is helpful to ensure the learning process is more effective.

The right leadership development program is also affordable to enroll in. The costs of participating in any kind of vocational program are quite challenging to prepare for financially which creates the need to find a reasonably priced fee structure. Low costs combined with effective content help consumers find the best deal available.