Work Smarter

As a human performance specialist, I always study any problem systematically to find out the gaps that separated an organization (or an individual) from its goals. Accordingly, I find solutions to bridge such gaps. But it is very important to me, not only to bridge such gaps, but also bridge them in less time, using less resources while doing less efforts.

There are always different kids of solutions, different roads that lead to the needed goal, but the best road, in my opinion, is the shortest, less expensive and needs less resources and much less efforts. And this is how I stand out of the others…

However, sometimes the shorter road is not the best road. I am looking for the best shortest road… I believe it can’t be better than this. What do you think?

Feedback that Works. article:Why Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Avoid the ‘Feedback Sandwich’ |

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The attached article critiques that the sandwich feedback might not be as effective as it should be.

Sandwich feedback is when you receive good news followed by bad news then good news.

Well, from my own point of view the sandwich feedback is not effective for different reasons, such as…

1. Usually people like to hear what they want to hear, so they might take only the good news and through the negative news away which are the main message.

2. This could create unclear message. Does that mean I’m good or I’m not? What does this mean exactly.

3. This is a suger coating of the real problem, because people avoid to upset others who are reviving the feedback.

However, where you provide a feedback you want to make things better, right? I believe the best way is to provide the negative news straight ahead, but you can also offer different ways to make things better and how to overcome such negative outcomes.. You can also remind the person of the good skills and qualities he or she has that would help them to overcome such bad feedback.

At the end of the day, feedback is a very powerful and essential tool to keep growing and improving, but it has to be straight forward while offering solutions to solve the problem.

What do you think? Would you prefer to suger coating the problem?

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/why-emotionally-intelligent-leaders-avoid-feedback-sandwich-to-improve-employee-performance-backed-by-science.html

Is This A Job Revolution?

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Hyper work is a new term that is coming out recently due to the changes took place during the recent years when workers recognized the importance of self-care, mental health, and enjoying life. Some workers are back to the offices and do not mind to spend all the working hours at the office away from the home. Meanwhile, the other half of the workers are looking for a balanced life style, where they would have the freedom to work remotely (whatever that remotely means to them). Some of these workers are willing to quit their jobs even if they are making 6 figures salary. They just prefer to have a better mental health, and enjoy life more with less stress.

All these changes,  in addition to the explosion of the technology (including social media platforms) that created other income streams; require a new working environment and protocol for working, and seek different setting for different types of jobs.

I believe we need to look at the type of the job, keep improving the work environment including the schedule flexibility, the skills of the workers and consider to adapt a completely new approach to the carrier and job market.

Is this period about the job revolution? Could be. However, we do need more research, more experts and more leaders who care about evolving both human beings and economic system.

Article: 7 Words and Phrases That Make People Think Less of You Professionally

Words are not only a communication tool, but also explain how skillful you are.

The author suggests to replace a few words in order to show that you are in control of your business. For example, avoid saying “I can’t”, “I don’t have time” or “it is not my job” or “I do not know”. Give a specific date instead of saying “soon”.

Whether you agree with the author or not, I believe one should always walk the extra miles for the customer and should always care about acquiring new skills that strength the business.

7 Words and Phrases That Make People Think Less of You Professionally https://flip.it/WU3Fuv

Article: Your brain has limits. Here are some simple ways to extend your mind, according to science

Our brain is not limited to the one that is located in our skull only. To make a decision, to solve a problem, or to create new ideas; needs more than sitting quietly in a closed room and running our thoughts.

We, as educators and researchers, dependent on social and peer learning in teaching, which this article highlights as a tool to expand our brain. In the same vien, moving around, connect with the nature would also expand our brain. Such approach allies with my usual advice to find a solution for complicated problems: get the main points of the problem and go for a long walk, then start to work on the solution.

The article also stated that the brain and the body are so much related and can’t be separated, aren’t we always say that: the good brain needs a good body?

It is an interesting article that opens many channels for us to thrive. Don’t you think so?

Your brain has limits. Here are some simple ways to extend your mind, according to science https://flip.it/kT9cZF