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It Doesn’t Take A Wrecking Ball to Knock Down Social Barriers

2014 September 7
  • Copy (2) of photos from juicer 030Do you have bullies harassing minorities at work?
  • Is there a lot of We versus They going on?
  • Are people telling jokes that make others feel uncomfortable?
  • Are some of your team members silent at meetings and you don’t know why?

I find that many leaders don’t think that they have diversity issues.  People don’t usually bring up uncomfortable issues about gender, race, culture, generations, sexual orientation, religion, mentally or physically challenged.  Start listening for jokes that insult diversity issues or bullying from the tough guy or gal.  I tell my clients, I can’t change you if you are prejudiced.  I can strongly suggest that you keep that prejudice at home in order to work as a team.  Believe me when I say that this business conflict resolution consultant does what I can to open up everyone’s minds.  It does not always work, but I sure do my best! The conversations are never dull during these trainings!

 

My logo says it all:  joyce-email-logoWhen you have respect, you can resolve issues and get positive results.  

 

 

 

 

My last post included a diversity exercise for you to use at future meetings to take down diversity barriers.  Thanks to those of you who sent me private emails sharing
your diversity issues.  This post will give you ideas to reduce conflict in the workplace…to increase respect.

If you use only a few of these suggestions you will realize that social barriers are about as thick as a piece of paper!

Click here for my post on the powerful diversity exercise that I use in my trainings.

Making Diversity Work for You

1.  Hold meetings in locations that are accessible.
2.  Support continuing education on diversity awareness.
3.  Learn about others’ history, customs, etc.
4.  Share with people who are different from you.
5.  Acknowledge your own prejudices.
6.  Interrupt discriminatory actions, conversations, jokes, etc., that you observe.
7.  Speak out against discrimination.
8.  Educate each other about differences and commonalities.
9.  Encourage and support pursuit of new horizons.
10.  Accept persons based on their individual value.
11.  Seek support from others.
12.  Accept differing views, ideas, perspectives and feelings of people.
13.  Show interest in the lives of others.
14.  Speak out when you hear lies being told about people who are targeted for discrimination.
15.  Don’t automatically apply stereotypes to people who are unfamiliar to you.

I will include more strategies to use to remove more of your diversity issues in future posts.  Please send me conflicts that your experience on your team concerning diversity challenges.  We can start a very interesting dialogue! 

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A recognized expert on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP is an author, accountability coach, and a Certified Speaking Professional. To book Joyce to speak at your event or company call: 800.713.1926 or email: Joyce@JoyceWeiss.com
Visit her website at JoyceWeiss.com to sign up for your own FREE video series and Communicate with Impact Weekly to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace.

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Please send me any comments that you may have about this article. Hit the link at the end of this post to share your ideas or questions. Loyal readers like you help us find more people who could benefit from these posts to reduce conflict at the workplace and home. There may be someone in your life who is feeling stressed out…who could benefit from the inspiration and knowledge on improving their working condition or home life.

Until next time,

This is Joyce Weiss, Business Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help people become top level leaders who get GREAT results.
How do I do this?
I teach them to tackle the tough conversations with bullies and negative people to build employee engagement, accountability, and rock star performance…
The Result? My clients get a better night’s sleep!

Feel free to call me concerning your own team/executive retreats, workshops, on line professional growth coaching, and keynote speeches.

Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!

Click here for my post on the powerful diversity exercise that I use in my trainings.

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Even Hondas, Volvos & Chevys Can Get Along!

2014 August 24

Is your workforce diverse?  diversity
Does everyone get along?
Is there some “we’ versus “they” going on?
Do you want to get all cultures talking to each other?

I’m preparing for a training on Diversity.  My client has communication challenges and he wants to decrease conflict in the workplace.  This blog post will give you some ideas on how to celebrate your diverse workforce.  I’ve even included an exercise that is guaranteed to increase laughter and understanding.

Definition of Diversity
Sharing the collective mixture of similarities and differences among people. It creates an environment that allows all individuals to meet their capabilities and potential without being pushed or pulled.

Today the melting pot is the wrong metaphor in business
Not only is it impossible to melt down the many diverse groups that make up the American workforce, but most individuals are no longer willing to be melted down.
When we feel valued by an organization, we feel a sense of control. We feel more competent in our job and sense of support from those people around us. We feel more productive and a sense of achievement. We can feel more loyal to the organization.

“I don’t like that man. I have to know him better.”
Abraham Lincoln

“In spite of our differences, we are all the same. When we are all stripped of our differences, cultures, languages, race, and our color…we then come face to face with our oneness.”
Dali Lama

Click here to get your own copy of Full Speed Ahead:  Become Driven by Change.  This easy read has exercises to use at your own meetings on communication, stress, diversity, etc. 3d_fullspeedahead_cover_sm

 Diversity Inclusion Exercise

Divide into groups.
List categories of groups at work (men/women, age, race, culture etc.)
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List the ones that you fit in.
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List the ones that you don’t fit in.
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What can the company do to make you and others feel inclusive?

This exercise will bring out issues that your team will be able to resolve.  Make sure that there is a facilitator who can ease any tension that may come out.  Please send me your team’s results after you take this exercise.  You can send me a comment or question since my clients ALWAYS learn new things after using this important strategy.

Want to Use this Article in Your Newsletter or on Your Website?

Of course! You are welcome to print this, and any other articles we send, if you use the following byline:
A recognized expert on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP is an author, accountability coach, and a Certified Speaking Professional. To book Joyce to speak at your event or company call: 800.713.1926 or email: Joyce@JoyceWeiss.com
Visit her website at www.JoyceWeiss.com to sign up for your own FREE video series and Communicate with Impact Weekly to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace.

Was this helpful?

Please send me any comments that you may have about this article. Hit the link at the end of this post to share your ideas or questions. Loyal readers like you help us find more people who could benefit from these posts to reduce conflict at the workplace and home. There may be someone in your life who is feeling stressed out…who could benefit from the inspiration and knowledge on improving their working condition or home life.

Until next time,

This is Joyce Weiss, Business Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help people become top level leaders who get GREAT results.
How do I do this?
I teach them to tackle the tough conversations with bullies and negative people to build employee engagement, accountability, and rock star performance…
The Result? My clients get a better night’s sleep!

Feel free to call me concerning your own team/executive retreats, workshops, on line professional growth coaching, and keynote speeches.

Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!

PS  Click here to get your own copy of Full Speed Ahead:  Become Driven by Change.  This easy read has exercises to use at your own meetings on communication, stress, diversity, etc. 3d_fullspeedahead_cover_sm

 

2 4 6 8…Who Do You Appreciate? Employees!

2014 August 17

Do you want to  cartoon booste office morale

  • Build morale?
  • Improve team spirit?
  • Get people talking about something positive for a change?

This article has strategies that my clients use and they receive GREAT results.  They liberate their team so they WANT to come to work.

Read this short article on Quick Questions to Check Your  Team’s Intentions for more ideas on how to get input from your team,

1. Celebrate Small Wins:

•   Birthdays
•   Work oriented accomplishments increase morale

2. Manage the Junk Pile:

•   Ask the following question to your team:  “The most demeaning, annoying, and humiliating rule/procedure/form/regulation/policy with which I have to live with  
     is…”

3. Crystallize your mission:  Ask…

•   What am I doing that gets in the way of achieving this goal?
•   What am I doing to sabotage it?
•   Launch a campaign to eliminate these mission-stoppers

4. Appreciate them now:

•   Write notes to two or three people each week (taking risks, speaking well on the telephone, educating themselves, handling a tough member).

 5. See windows of opportunity:

•   Organize a team to visit other organizations
•   Study their leadership training, employee involvement, managing change, hiring, quality assurance, etc.

Thoughts From Joyce

These 5 strategies are just the tip of the iceberg.  I will be including a powerful interview in a future blog from the QUEEN of Morale Boosters, Harriet Meyerson who developed ConfidenceCenter.com.  She will give you ideas like the ones included in this article to help you reduce conflict in the workplace and bring back smiles to even the doubting team members.  Look for this interview soon.  

Please let me know what you or your company does to appreciate employees.  I will send a copy of my booklet, 19 Secrets for Successfully Navigating Life’s Potholes, Ruts and Obstacles if I use your ideas in a future blog.

 Want to Use this Article in Your Newsletter or on Your Website?

Of course! You are welcome to print this, and any other articles we send, if you use the following byline:
A recognized expert on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP is an author, accountability coach, and a Certified Speaking Professional. To book Joyce to speak at your event or company call: 800.713.1926 or email: Joyce@JoyceWeiss.com
Visit her website at JoyceWeiss.com to sign up for your own FREE video series and Communicate with Impact Weekly to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace.

Was this helpful?

Please send me any comments that you may have about this article. Hit the link at the end of this post to share your ideas or questions. Loyal readers like you help us find more people who could benefit from these posts to reduce conflict at the workplace and home. There may be someone in your life who is feeling stressed out…who could benefit from the inspiration and knowledge on improving their working condition or home life.

Until next time,

This is Joyce Weiss, Business Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help people become top level leaders who get GREAT results.
How do I do this?
I teach them to tackle the tough conversations with bullies and negative people to build employee engagement, accountability, and rock star performance…
The Result? My clients get a better night’s sleep!

Feel free to call me concerning your own team/executive retreats, workshops, on line professional growth coaching, and keynote speeches.

Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!

PS Click here to read an article on Quick Questions to Check Your Team’s Intentions for more ideas on how to involve your team.

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Need a Lever to Turn it Up a Notch

2014 August 10

Do you want…ask your team what opp accountable 9

  • An easy activity to do with your team to get their input?
  • Constructive feedback from everyone during a meeting?
  • Ideas how to improve your team?

If so, this strategy will help you improve communication and reduce conflict in the workplace.  I have found that when large groups are asked to give their input, the response is not always great.  Divide your team in groups of 3 or 4 people.  There are many ways to divide groups in a creative way -ask them to find people who have a birthday in the same month or season.  Then find out if there are any team members who share the same birthday. 

Give each team a sheet with the following information on it:

 Team’s Need for Improvement

A Great Need for improvement = Great Energy Drain.
Some Need for improvement = Some Energy Drain.
No Need for improvement = Positive Energy.

Great Energy Drain
Great need:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Some Energy Drain
Some Need:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Positive Energy
No Need:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

 

Once teams have enough time to share their ideas in small groups ask them to give their best ideas to the large group.  Ask someone to write all the ideas down.  Once all the teams have given their input, start discussing each idea and prioritize which ideas to work on first.  Ask ALL team members to sign up on committees to follow through on the team’s need for improvement.   I strongly suggest that there has to be an accountability factor built into this process.  Deadlines and follow up feedback need to be part of the accountability plan.  I see the biggest mistake when groups get together and become very motivated to make changes and there is no follow up or resolution.  Remember when people respect the process, they resolve issues and get outstanding results.

Click here to read an article on You Have an OK Team…Now Make it An A Team

 Want to Use this Article in Your Newsletter or on Your Website?

Of course! You are welcome to print this, and any other articles we send, if you use the following byline:
A recognized expert on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP is an author, accountability coach, and a Certified Speaking Professional. To book Joyce to speak at your event or company call: 800.713.1926 or email: Joyce@JoyceWeiss.com
Visit her website at www.JoyceWeiss.com to sign up for your own FREE video series and Communicate with Impact Weekly to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace.

Was this helpful?

Please send me any comments that you may have about this article. Hit the link at the end of this post to share your ideas or questions. Loyal readers like you help us find more people who could benefit from these posts to reduce conflict at the workplace and home. There may be someone in your life who is feeling stressed out…who could benefit from the inspiration and knowledge on improving their working condition or home life.

Until next time,

This is Joyce Weiss, Business Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help people become top level leaders who get GREAT results.
How do I do this?
I teach them to tackle the tough conversations with bullies and negative people to build employee engagement, accountability, and rock star performance…
The Result? My clients get a better night’s sleep!

Feel free to call me concerning your own team/executive retreats, workshops, on line professional growth coaching, and keynote speeches.

Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!

P.S. Click here for an article to get more ideas on… You Have an OK Team…Now Make it An A Team

Discover Secrets to Add 26 Days to Your Year

2014 August 3

clock and hammer bigDo you want to…

  • Add 26 days to your year by reducing conflict in the workplace?
  • Stop others interrupting you so you can do what you need and want to do?
  • Set boundaries for those “talkaholics?”

Is so, you will really enjoy this post.  I was interviewed by RECHARGE! publication on how to set boundaries with others.
Click here to read the article.

RECHARGE! is designed to help you move forward daily in every sphere of your life. Visit the RECHARGE! website to see articles and videos by experts on self-development topics, such as career, wellness, time management, wealth, and much more. 
Click here to find more articles and videos on RECHARGE!

 Want to Use this Article in Your Newsletter or on Your Website?

Of course! You are welcome to print this, and any other articles we send, if you use the following byline:
A recognized expert on Resolving Conflict in the Workplace, Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP is an author, accountability coach, and a Certified Speaking Professional. To book Joyce to speak at your event or company call: 800.713.1926 or email: Joyce@JoyceWeiss.com
Visit her website at www.JoyceWeiss.com to sign up for your own FREE video series and Communicate with Impact Weekly to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace.

Was this helpful?

Please send me any comments that you may have about this article. Hit the link at the end of this post to share your ideas or questions. Loyal readers like you help us find more people who could benefit from these posts to reduce conflict at the workplace and home. There may be someone in your life who is feeling stressed out…who could benefit from the inspiration and knowledge on improving their working condition or home life.

Until next time,

This is Joyce Weiss, Business Conflict Resolution Consultant
I help people become top level leaders who get GREAT results.
How do I do this?
I teach them to tackle the tough conversations with bullies and negative people to build employee engagement, accountability, and rock star performance…
The Result? My clients get a better night’s sleep!

Feel free to call me concerning your own team/executive retreats, workshops, on line professional growth coaching, and keynote speeches.

Remember…You Get What YOU Tolerate!

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