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How Valuable Is Your Job?

 

David Graeber, the anthropologist, recently published a book which stated and unraveled why up to 40% of us secretly think our jobs aren’t necessary or could easily be done by a software or mechanism.

To back this theory, a survey carried out by YouGov in 2015 found that 37% of people believe that their job makes no “meaningful contribution”.

Alongside many wonderful facts and theory’s, we are reminded of John Maynard Keynes’ 1930 prediction that by the year 2000 due to technical advances the working week would have reduced from 40 hours to 15.  The unfortunate truth is that this hasn’t happened.

If we were to reduce the working week many people wouldn’t be able to afford to feed their families. Besides, people are seriously connected to their jobs and most will spend more than the required 40 hours a week working or thinking and mulling over their work at home.

 

The technological advances that we have created have prolonged the hours we work rather than shortening them because we can now access emails out of hours and are connected to work with our mobile and desktop devices.

Some companies have invested in policies such as Zmail, where email servers are closed off out of hours and at weekends so that the staff can have separate lives from work and then be able to come back in refreshed and re-motivated.

 

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But even if we do have time to shut off, many come to work and feel sluggish and slightly angered due to the fact that they don’t think their job is worth anything or having any contribution at all to the world around them. In fact, they just stay because they’ve become committed and the money is good.

People tend to go along with the majority and conform along with everyone else who feels the same way. They then pretend and mask the fact that their jobs don’t really do anything or are needed for anything.

 

Employment is at an all-time high at the moment and more and more people are seeing the likeliness that they’ll find a new job If they quit and get a new one. Smaller start-ups and roles in public service are now seen as more professional and respectable, meaning there’s a larger threat to larger multi-national companies with all of these ‘pointless jobs’.

These larger companies are working hard to make themselves seem like worthy companies with the use of an annual volunteering day or some wonderful imagery in the company report.  Unfortunately, people aren’t that gullible and it’s time to revisit and reinvent purpose at all levels within organisations for all teams and individuals.

 

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Leadership

Be A Multiplier, Don’t Diminish Your Team.

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In most businesses, smart leaders are put in jobs to support other smart individuals. Sometimes it is clear that your own intelligence is being put down and potentially drained by a leader, Liz Wiseman in her book ‘Multipliers’ calls these people ‘Diminishers’. In other instances leaders bring out the intelligence and capabilities of their team, Wiseman calls these ‘Multipliers’.

Diminishers will often generate less effective teams, whereas the effect of a Multiplier can be significantly great.

Liz Wiseman explains that the differentiating traits between diminishers and multipliers aren’t all that many, but they are incredibly important. She explains that there are specific actions you may not even realise you do that are effecting the effectiveness of your team.

1. Environment

Multipliers create an environment that allows for flexibility. Your employees have different flexibility and creative needs and they need to be offered the opportunity to express this in order to fulfil their full intelligence.
Diminishers will create a work environment which is highly controlled and limits resources and creativity, therefore suppressing the intelligence of their employees. They limit the flexibility and encourage order because they believe success will come from them, not from creating an environment in which each individual employee can flourish.

2. Challenges

Diminishers will believe they are the driving success for their team and will push their teams in the direction they want to go in.
Multipliers will get to know their employees and their specific skills and tailor challenges to their teams that will challenge them to improve as an individual and as a team. They also provide as many opportunities for their staff as possible, believing in constant improvement and development.

3. Decisions

The way you make decisions around the office can determine whether you are a multiplier or a dimimisher.
A multiplier would include the whole group in discussions around decisions that need to be made, whereas a diminisher will make decisions solely, with little debate or input from others, dimishing team insight.

 

There are many other insights that Liz Wiseman explains in her books, and you can get much more details from reading those, but take a moment to reflect on your practices and asses where you think you fall. Most people lie somewhere in between the two, the hard part is assessing where you stand objectively and then making the changes to become more of a ‘multiplier’.

 

 

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Being The Boss: What Does It Really Take?

Up until now it has been assumed that an intelligent leader is a good leader. But new research into IQ and leadership suggests that being too intelligent in relation to your employees could have negative effects on how they perceive you.

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The Power of Reflection

How often do you take time out to reflect on your business?

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To be more effective and productive, sometimes you need to take a step back and review things- past successes, future plans, and perhaps those which didn’t go as expected.

In reality we don’t always get a chance to reflect as often as we should thanks to the fast pace of life in the business world, and so we are forced into making speedy decisions on the go without always having the chance to think them though. This can increase the risk of bad choices being made, as it is through reflection that we learn from our mistakes. By having clear plans we are able to make good decisions with conviction.

The benefits of reflecting 

Reflection sets us up for success, as it can help to bring clarity to our thoughts and enables us to work out the goals that are most important to us. It also provides an opportunity to come up with new ideas, by giving our thoughts the space they deserve.

If you struggle to remember the last time you took some extended time to reflect, then consider booking in some time over the coming months- whether individually or with your team. Facilitated discussions can be a great way to come up with new ideas as well as providing an opportunity for team building.

Time to get out of the office

Taking time away from your desk can help to allow reflection, and Team Building London offer refreshing and motivating activities to get you and the team in a different frame of mind.

From the bustling markets, to the iconic historic buildings of the city, London provides the perfect backdrop to inspire reflection and change for your business.

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Beating The Networking Headache

How To Overcome The Networking Nightmare

There are always a large number of networking events throughout the year and sometimes your boss may pass you an invitation, suggesting you go along to one. Networking is not for everyone, but in this blog we will look at how you might be able to look at networking differently.

Beating The Networking Headache

Beating The Networking Headache

Entering a room of strangers can create a number of fears, including:

• You could get stuck with the most boring man or woman in your industry
• You might be subjected to a hard sell
• You’ll be left standing alone, looking lost

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Team Motivation is key to success

Motivate Your Team In 5 Simple Steps

Motivating your team can have a big impact on performance and the general atmosphere in the workplace. So, we have created 5 simple steps to follow that will give your team a boost and increase overall productivity.

Team Motivation is key to success

Team Motivation is key to success

1. Share positive news

During meetings, or around the office during conversation, share information about strategic moves and company goals. Sharing important information can help demonstrate trust to your employees which makes them feel valued and part of the bigger picture.
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Get Your Team Performing

5 Tips To Help Your New Team Perform

Bruce Tuckman’s wise words about the 4 stages of development (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing) are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago.

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Get Your Team Performing

Improving the performance of a team right from the outset is important, so here are 5 ways you can get them started on the right foot:

1.       Embrace Different Strengths

Successful teams consist of people with a variety of different strengths and qualities. Some members of the team will enjoy solving problems, other will tend to focus on the process methodically and others will enjoy generating new ideas. Embrace the different strengths and use them together. Continue reading

World Cup In Brazil

Which World Cup Team Are You?

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil around the corner there are a number of ‘teams’ on show, including the players, the management and the administration making it all happen. But, which World Cup team is most like your team?

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Which World Cup Team are you?

Has your team shown a huge improvement over the last few years? – Your team is most like … Continue reading