Top 10 Team Achievements in 2016

As I reflected on the words I was going to say to the LearnLoft team at this year’s Christmas party, I took a moment to reflect on what this small team had accomplished in 2016 in support of our purpose as a business.  In case you don’t know our purpose as a business is to:

“Teach Modern Professionals Add Value to Their Organization and the World”

It filled me with gratitude thinking about the effort and energy every team member put in over the past 365 days. Now I share these statistics not to brag, but to get you thinking about what your team has achieved towards your organization or team’s purpose.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your attention and if you or your organization played a part in helping our team with these achievements.  Without you none of this is possible.

Share your team achievement below and regardless if you share them here please do your team a favor and share it with them. #teamachievements2016 #leadership

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John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft and Host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. He is passionate about the development of people. He writes, and speaks about modern leadership and learning techniques. You can find him on instagram @johngeades.

The Simple Essentials for Fulfillment at Work

Every professional has struggled being fulfilled in his or her profession at one point or another. A recent report by The Conference Board showed that 53% of Americans are unhappy in their work and a Gallup report showed 71% of millennials are not engaged (or actively disengaged) at work.  The frequency at which people checking Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or just wasting time during working hours makes me believe these numbers are low.  

Even so, these  fulfillment numbers are important because the average person spends over 92,000 hours working in his or her lifetime, the equivalent of 35% of their waking hours. What professionals get while working those hours goes a long way towards being happy, engaged, and ultimately fulfilled.

We’ve discovered a formula for professional fulfillment that we call the PEG factor.

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Providing + Experiences + Growth = Fulfillment at work.

The P in the PEG factor stands for Providing. Statistics show that providing financially for yourself and/or your family is a the most important necessity in order for a professional to be fulfilled by their job.  Each individual’s financial threshold is different based on personal expectations, but a Princeton study found that once an individual is making $75,000 the majority of their happiness that is derived from money (the ability to provide) is fulfilled. Providing to your expectations and standard of living is the second necessity in being fulfilled with our work.  

The E stands for Experiences. The second necessity in being fulfilled with our work is having positive experiences. These experiences can come in a lot of different forms; completing a difficult project, traveling to industry conferences, giving a group presentation, or hiring an employee.  Each organization, job role and or industry can provide different experiences but the key is they are positive and present on an ongoing basis.  

The G stands for Growth. William Butler Yeats said it best, “we are happy when we are growing”.  When employees are acquiring new skills, given challenging work, and adding value that they can realize —  they are  growing. There is a simple test every professional can do to be sure they are growing.  Ask yourself, “Am I growing in my job?” and answer it in less than 5 seconds with a yes or no.  If it takes you longer than 5 seconds or you are unsure then the answer is clear.  

All of these necessities of our professional fulfillment are measured with our personal expectations.

If any of them aren’t equal to your expectation, there’s a high likelihood that you will become one of the 2/3rds of professionals that are anticipated to switch jobs in the next 5 years in search of fulfillment.

So remember, If you are providing, having positive experiences, and growing professionally to your expectations, you will be fulfilled in your work.  So, Providing + Experiences + Growth = Fulfillment.

Getting Leadership Ready moving into a leadership role within an organization typically provides the opportunity to increase each element of the PEG Factor.  You can learn more about standing out as a potential leader from our Getting Leadership Ready Program HERE.

Simple Habits Making you a Bad Leader

Everyone has habits. Some are good, some are bad and they range in how severely they affect your daily life. As a smoking habit can hurt you and your loved ones, a non-productive habit you keep in the workplace can do major damage. As a leader, its important to be aware and concentrate on the habits you have that negatively affect others.

No habit regardless of how engrained it is in your daily activities, is easy to change. In order to have a shot at changing it, you first have to be aware of the habit and what routine is causing it.

For me, the habit was talking too much, and the routine was team meetings. I would talk at my team instead of with them and it gave me no chance to listen and observe. It kept me inside of my own head, unable to learn and gain perspective from others. I shouldn’t have been surprised to watch them begin to shut down, get frustrated with meetings, and lose their creativity.

Here are 5 simple habits making you a bad leader:

  1. Getting to the Office After Your Team – In a recent meeting with a friend, he shared how frustrating it was for his leader to show up at the office at 10AM everyday when the rest of the team was there at 8:30AM. Even though he stayed much later than the team at night, it negatively impacted his teams performance and mindset. One of the perks of a leadership position is being able to control your own schedule. Unfortunately, this can have negative consequences in how your team perceives you as a leader.
  2. Talking Too Much- I documented my bad habit of talking too much in meetings but this is a common bad habit for many leaders. Since many decisions have to be made by a leader, it’s natural to dictate and dominate conversations. Unfortunately, this stifles innovation and creativity, which are two of the keys to being successful in any business. Often times, leaders can come up with great ideas by observing and listening.
  3. Sitting Behind the Iron Throne- A mentor of mine told me something I will never forget, “You can’t kill an elk from the lodge, you have to get out in the woods.” When leaders sit behind their Iron Throne (desk), they stay at the lodge instead of getting out in the woods where all the action is. Team members and clients need and want interaction. Losing sight of this is a surefire way to stagnant results and be a bad leader.
  4. Consistent Pessimism- You hate nagging clients, flat growth, long hours, the co-worker who doesn’t perform and everything in between. At every opportunity you speak up with a negative remark to certain team members. Pessimism is contagious and draining. How can you lead effectively if your team looks at you as negative? If there is one thing I have learned from leadership, it’s that people need positivity and constant encouragement in order to perform at their best. This doesn’t mean you can’t expect great things from your team. It just needs to be done with an optimistic attitude.
  5.  Not Holding Your Team Accountable- You might think you are doing people a favor by allowing them the freedom to determine the quality or success of their work. On the contrary, staying too hands-off is doing more harm than good. People need accountability in order to be at their best.

     

Regardless if you are guilty of all of these or just a few, these habits are causing you to be a bad leader. The best part is we can change our habits and now that you’re aware of them, you can change your routine to fix them.

Getting Leadership Ready. LearnLoft’s out of the box training approach to helping professionals understand what leadership is all about and helping them get to a leadership position faster. Find out more here.

John Eades is the President of LearnLoft and Host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. He is passionate about the development of people. He writes, and speaks about modern leadership and learning techniques.  You can find him on  snapchat @johngeades.

5 Ways to Make Your Outdated Training Methods Effective

Many organizations struggle with outdated training methods that are no longer effective for various reasons. Whether it be generational differences, technology enhancements or stale content, the need to change and adapt has become a requirement to stay aligned to the modern learner. But the transition from making old technology and old content work for modern learners is not only a time consuming process, it’s a hard one. So, where do you start?

Here are 5 simple ways to be more effective in aligning to the modern learner.

  1. Leverage Video – Video popularity doesn’t even need stats anymore. It’s blown up. Platforms like Youtube, as well as Social networks that primarily leverage video, like Snapchat (How Snapchat is changing Corporate Learning) , has created video monsters in modern learners. Organizations have taken notice and are using it at the highest rate of all time. It doesn’t hurt that it’s cost effective for both building and deploying as well.
  2. Stretch Their Thinking – Providing content that helps the learner stretch their mind  goes a long way in being more effective with the modern learner. Using stories, models, or even a theory is a fantastic way to do this.
  3. Include Social – The modern learner is social and they are willing and able to engage with each other to help others learn. Use social functionality to leverage the collective intelligence and improve engagement.
  4. Involve the Learner– The best way to be sure you know something is to teach it to someone else. Asking learners to teach back or for action after learning is a fantastic way to be more effective with the modern learner.
  5. Provide Coaching– The easiest thing to get right, yet the one that is often not leveraged. Give learners feedback and coaching based on their actions and involvement in the learning process.

All of these might not be necessary for every learning program, but each one will go a long way in being more effective in developing the modern learner.

Want to see a modern learning program in action?  Check out LearnLoft’s out of the box Leadership Development Program for young professionals. Getting Leadership Ready Program. 

The Powerful Characteristic that Separates Professionals

It was the 2015 NBA Finals – game 3. Cleveland Cavaliers backup point guard Mathew Dellavedova would not quit. He played 90 feet of defense every possession, held NBA MVP Stephen Curry to 10-20 shooting with 6 turnovers, and dove on the floor for loose balls a minimum of 7 times. Dellavedova was undrafted out of college, is under-sized and under-skilled, but he had something other players on the court didn’t – tenacity.

But the truth is, tenacity isn’t just about the little guy, the underdog, or the overlooked. It’s not just about being carried off the field while everyone is cheering your name… “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”

Being persistent, passionate, and never giving up is a skill that everyone has the capability of developing, but it seems that few actually have. Maybe it’s because not everyone cares enough to be tenacious? Maybe it’s because apathy has set in and people are fooled into believing that “good enough” is in fact, good enough.

Either way, when tenacity is at play, miraculous things happen. People achieve things for themselves and their company that they never dreamed they could do. Need some motivation to trigger your tenacity? Here are the top 4 reasons you should be more tenacious:

  1. Higher Levels of Confidence. Every time you quit something or don’t do your best, whether the task is too difficult or you just lose interest, you lose confidence. Confidence is built when you practice, learn, and succeed. Stick things out, complete them well, and your confidence will rise.
  2. Increased Indispensability. Since tenacity is a difficult skill to train, when organizations find tenacious people, they value those employees. These employees move up quicker, are compensated better, and are rarely put on the chopping block (even during hard times). Be the person who learns new skills and does what it takes to win.
  3. Widely Earned Respect. Early on in my career, a mentor reminded me that respect is earned. Leaders are defined by their actions, not their title. Even if you aren’t a manager, you can be perceived as a leader. People immediately gravitate to and respect people who don’t give up and are relentless in their pursuit of success – even if they don’t “win” every time.
  4. Stronger Likelihood of Success. It’s a fact. If you keep at something long enough, hard enough and give it your all, your chances of succeeding increase. If there comes a time when changing paths becomes a requirement don’t look at yourself as a failure. Failure truly only occurs when you stop trying and caring regardless of the task.

Tenacity is a powerful human characteristic that will improve your life and change your professional trajectory. Tenacious people always find a way. Make the conscious decision every single day to be more tenacious.

Getting Leadership Ready. LearnLoft’s out of the box training approach to helping professionals understand what leadership is all about and to stand out as potential leaders. Find out more Here.

 

10 Signs You Have the Best Leader Ever

After talking with hundreds of people about their experiences with management and leaders throughout their careers, its evident that great leaders are hard to come by.  It’s also clear they hone their leadership craft by relentlessly pursuing their end goals every single day.

If your leader does these 10 things, consider yourself pretty lucky:

They stay later than you

 Your leader is the last person to leave because they understand their actions speak louder than their words.

They put your needs before their own

 They know your in-the-office and out-of-office needs, and do everything they can to help you meet those needs. They put Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last into action.

 They ask for your advice

They trust you. They recognize you’re a valuable resource to solve problems and involve you in making impactful decisions. When they make a choice not to use your advice, they communicate the reason why.

 They ask for your advice

They trust you. They recognize you’re a valuable resource to solve problems and involve you in making impactful decisions. When they make a choice not to use your advice, they communicate the reason why.

They inspire you to achieve

There is nothing worse than showing up for work every day just to punch the time clock. Life is too short to be mediocre. Your leader challenges you and gives you the freedom/tools/resources to achieve things that you never thought possible.

 They motivate you beyond money

It’s easy to throw money at people to motivate them, but your leader knows what make you tick beyond the almighty dollar. It’s nice to receive a little something extra, but when the novelty of money wears off, motivation has to be stirred in other places. They have observed or asked what motivates you and then put these things into action.

They hold you accountable

 Most people don’t like to be held accountable, but it’s a requirement in order to facilitate mutual respect. Your leader provides clear and consistent measurements for accountability, and you secretly like it!

They ask for more than you think you’re capable of

People won’t typically stretch themselves to the point of being uncomfortable. We rarely stretch ourselves beyond that, because of a perceived limit. Your leader believes in your ability and challenges you to go far outside of your comfort zone.

 They have a sense of humor

Your leader knows work is serious business, but they typically don’t go more than a day without laughing at something funny. A lot of times they aren’t the ones being funny, but they embrace a culture that makes time for a good laugh.

They are generous

It’s easy for a wealthy person to be generous with money, but harder for them to be generous with their time. Your leader shows his generosity with with their most limited resource, TIME.

My hope is that every person gets the opportunity to have a great leader at some point in their professional career because the impact is so great its hard to measure.

Getting Leadership Ready. LearnLoft’s out of the box training approach to helping organizations develop their young professionals to be better and more proactive leaders. Find out more here

Top 5 Tuesday 3.22.16

Here is your weekly dose of Top 5 Tuesday: A list of things we are thinking, reading, watching, or doing to stay on top of our game and we think you should too:

Articles Worth Reading 

This is How Great Leaders Use Employee Feedback

Greg Harris explains why one of the biggest factors of great leadership is how you deal with employee feedback. It holds the secret to employee engagement, talent attraction, and retention.

Quotes Engrained in Our Minds

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning – Bill Gates

What Podcast We’re Listening To

All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett

Best selling author Jeffrey Hayzlett does a great job breaking down best practices and providing insight into anything business.  You must check it out.

What We’re Watching

Lindsey Boggs drops knowledge on the best subject lines for prospecting and emailing on LinkedIn. Enjoy!

Tip of the Week 

Whats the most popular app we use every week? GIF Keyboard.  Tough to beat texting with GIF’s.

Who to Follow on SnapChat

Since this is a new section, we will start with a must follow- Martin Matthews @martin.m360. He mixes his life, business, and tips and tricks beautifully on snapchat.

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Top 5 Tuesday 3.15.16

Here is your weekly dose of Top 5 Tuesday: A list of things we are thinking, reading, watching, or doing to stay on top of our game and we think you should too:

Articles Worth Reading 

A Bias for Action and Locus for Control

Anthony Iannarino reminds us that a “bias for action” and a “locus of control,” (believing that you have a choice and can complete some arduous task) is the foundation of motivation.

Quotes Engrained in Our Minds

There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.- Malcolm Gladwell

What Podcast We’re Listening To

Why You Need a Life Plan Now

Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy join Michele Cushatt  to talk about their new book Living Forward.  They talk a lot about the importance of not drifting and how you get the life you want.

What We’re Watching

This video really tells a fantastic and entertaining story. All you need to know is we loved it, and think you will too. We raise a glass to Heineken for their creativity!

Tip of the Week 

Whats the most popular app we use every week? Waze.  Its the best traffic app of all time.  It’s so good we aren’t sure it will ever be topped.

Who to Follow on SnapChat

Since this is a new section, we will start with a must follow- Kevin Rose @hikrose. He mixes his life, business, and tips and tricks beautifully on snapchat.

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Top 5 Tuesday 3.1.16

Here is your weekly dose of Top 5 Tuesday: A list of things we are thinking, reading, watching, or doing to stay on top of our game and we think you should too:

Articles Worth Reading 

How to Build a Culture of Confidence

Paul LaRue on his Upwards Leadership blog, does a brilliant job describing how a confident team is built from confident individuals. He provides some effective ways to do just that.

Quotes Engrained in Our Minds

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King

What Podcast We’re Listening To

Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life Season 7 Episode 3- Why You need a Life Plan Now

Far too many people drift through life, dissatisfied and nagged by regrets.  There one tool that can help you fight the drift and pursue the life you want.

What We’re Watching

Nathan Lyons and Marshall Goldsmith give us a brilliant 5 minutes on real life executive coaching.  It doesn’t matter how friendly your tone is or how honey sweet you’re in a conversation and you start your sentences with one of these words (or both), the message to your recipient is “You are wrong.”

Tip of the Week 

Whats the most popular app we use every week? Amazon Music.  We do a lot of writing and content production so having a song streaming in the background has shown to keep your mind focused.  Sometimes we listen to the same song 20 or more times in row!  Give it a shot.

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Top 5 Tuesday 2.23.16

Here is your weekly dose of Top 5 Tuesday: A list of things we are thinking, reading, watching, or doing to stay on top of our game and we think you should too:

Articles Worth Reading 

3 Ways to Keep Millennials From Leaving Your Organization

Ryan Jenkins, Millennial expert says, 66% of Millennials expect to leave their organization by the end of 2020. He highlights keys to keep Millennials from leaving your organization so that the next generation of leaders can rise.

Quotes Engrained in Our Minds

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” –Christopher Columbus

What Podcast We’re Listening To

The One and Only – Dan Millman Interview Learn the 4 Purposes of Life

Dan Millman best known for his book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior shares insight on how to be authentic and fulfilled human.

What We’re Watching

Margie Warrell gave us a powerful 2 minute clip sharing what fear does to us as human beings.  Great insight by Margie.

Tip of the Week 

Whats the most popular app we use every week? Starbucks App.  Why wouldn’t you want by-pass the long line and pick up your White Chocolate Mocha with ease?

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