Delta’s Billion-Dollar Thank You: A Masterclass in Employee Appreciation and Gratitude

How Do You Show Gratitude?

It’s not unusual for us to talk about the need to have a desirable work culture, the need to build and sustain relationships, and the need for rewards and recognition for a job well done.

Showing gratitude can vary greatly; from a simple “thank-you” effort, to a prime parking spot, theatre tickets, team building events, travel perks, and of course pay raises and bonuses, but Delta has done something extraordinary this year: They have paid their employees over $1 billion dollars in profit sharing. (A reported $1.4 billion to be exact).

More than 100,000 Delta employees received a one-time bonus of roughly 10% of their annual salary, and although this is certainly special, it’s the seventh time Delta has paid more than $1 billion in profit sharing. Now that’s gratitude!

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said “rewarding our people is fundamental to who we are at Delta. It’s always my No. 1 priority to take care of the Delta team“. A lot of companies make claims that their people are their #1 priority, but this action truly does show gratitude for the contributions and efforts of their dedicated workforce.

As leaders we most likely don’t have the opportunity to show gratitude to this magnitude, but we can ensure our team feels appreciated. We can show our employees that they are valued as much as our clients and shareholders, and we can make efforts to provide an enjoyable workplace.  And, when in doubt, we can always ask our team how they feel about our work culture.

How do you show your gratitude? Do your employees feel it’s sufficient?
 

Mike and Jan

 Take time to appreciate employees and they will reciprocate in a thousand ways.
–Dr. Bob Nelson

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Revolutionizing Leadership: Mastering Self-Leadership with ‘First Lead Yourself Revisited

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
– Aristotle

We’ve shared this before but feel it’s worth sharing again.

In the early 2000’s we started having discussions and giving speeches about “FLY – First Lead Yourself, Then Lead Others”. It turns out that we were not alone in this concept so we’ll share what it means to us.

Basically:

  • As leaders we must first understand and develop effective leadership skills and behaviors and apply them in our daily interactions.
  • We must invest the time to develop and maintain strong relationships; without them trust will be lacking and success will be more difficult to obtain.
  • We need to commit to continually hone our skills and recognize that “Leadership is a process, not an event!”.
We also believe the most impactful leaders act on the following:

  1. They work on self-awareness and learn how to best engage others
  2. They understand and leverage their “Magic Dust” and that of others
  3. Their Vision, Mission, Goals and Measures have been communicated and are fully supported by their behaviors (VMGM=B)
  4. They communicate with others in each person’s preferred style
  5. They have clearly defined roles, responsibilities, and desired results     
  6. They not only hold themselves accountable, they encourage others to do the same
  7. They Honor & Embrace Conflict as it can spark innovation and be inspirational
  8. They Influence Others through their interactions and behaviors
  9. They build and nurture Authentic, Lasting Relationships
  10. They provide timely and meaningful feedback, and regularly solicit feedback
  11. They make others feel valued and Inspire others to learn more and do more  
  12. They support career growth
Have you developed essential leadership skills and are you equipped to lead others and help them lead themselves? If yes, you FLY!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

 Mastering others is strength; mastering oneself is true power.
– Lao Tsu

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Coach Dan Campbell’s Inspiring Leadership: Transforming the Detroit Lions into NFL Contenders

Building relationships + truly caring is a formula for success

Whether or not you’re an NFL fan you’ll probably like this story.

Despite being one of the oldest NFL franchises (2023 was their 94th season), the Detroit Lions have never played in the Superbowl but came one game away from that honor this past week-end. They had some championship wins in the 50s, but most ensuing seasons have been lack-luster, yet they still had a loyal fan base.

Things started to turnaround when Coach Dan Campbell came onboard in 2021. He’s been credited with changing the team culture by inspiring his players and by building trusting relationships.

Coach Campbell has been known to make speeches that are passionate, sincere, and unifying. He’ll say things like:

  • Rely on the man next to you”
  • “Trust me as the head coach
  • Do you understand what you’re doing right now? What we’re capable of?”
  • All I think about is you guys”

He also understands the “magic dust”® of his players. Here are some excerpts from an article written by Somnath Mukherjee that talk about what led to the Lions’ successes:

  • Offensively, Campbell has implemented a strategic game plan that maximizes the strengths of key players
  • Campbell’s focus on player development has seen noticeable improvements in individual performances, contributing to the overall success of the team
  • Campbell has instilled a renewed sense of determination in the team
  • Campbell’s motivational tactics have fostered a sense of unity among the defensive unit, resulting in a more cohesive and effective playing style
   
And what we view as the biggest differentiator:

Campbell’s leadership off the field cannot be overlooked. His ability to cultivate a positive team culture and foster strong player-coach relationships has created a winning mentality within the organization.

Now that’s a winning formula (and that’s leadership!)

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

—Robert Collier

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Building Strong Boss-Direct Report Relationships: Key Elements for Workplace Success

Master the 3 Cs — Competency, Caring and Consistent values
– Karen Dee

Good Boss Relationship
 

Relationships drive success and we know having strong relationships with colleagues, clients, strategic partners, and vendors is crucial, but what about the boss/direct report relationship?

Below is a basic list of elements required for healthy boss/direct reports relationships:

  • Mutual respect
  • 2 way feedback (give and receive, well intended, and meaningful)
  • Hold each other accountable
  • Clear expectations
  • Open lines of communication
  • Ability to have healthy conflict
  • Listen to understand
  • Trust one another
  • Desire to achieve mutual goals

Karen Dee, in a Forbes article, shares that leaders must invest the time to get to know each team member and that there are 3 C’s that create trusting relationships, grow productivity, and increase morale. They are:

  1. Competence
  2. Caring
  3. Consistent Values
Excerpts:

Competence
 
A leader must show that they are competent, can add value to their stakeholders, they possess the skills necessary to do the job, demonstrate competency for clear and sincere communication, hold people accountable, and manage conflict.

Caring
 
Team members need to know their leader truly cares about them, their family, their passions, and their career aspirations. The leader needs to know what motivates each person, shows appreciation for contributions, and is committed for each person’s professional growth.

Consistent Values

Leaders who are honest, respectful, dependable, and open-minded are easier to follow and more readily obtain buy-in. Listening intently and without judgment invites more trusting relationships, and when peers consistently observe core beliefs being applied for decision making, the relationship is strengthened.

Sincerely,
Mike and Jan
 
Leaders depend on strong working relationships with upper management, peers, and direct reports to succeed professionally. –Irene Zhang

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Mastering Active Listening: Enhancing Communication in Business

True listening requires effort.

 
Listening is a skill that requires effort and impacts relationships. Any disagreement with that statement?

Listening requires focus and attentiveness and the desire to truly process the message with the intent to understand.  Issues arise when we get distracted or “tune out”.

Here are some tips for improving our listening skills:

  • No interrupting
  • No multi-tasking
  • Be aware of body language, expressions, and tone
  • Listen for underlying meanings
  • Be open to differing views
  • Retain eye contact (this helps with attention levels)
  • Don’t suggest words or finish sentences when a pause occurs
  • Don’t solve or judge
  • Ask probing questions to obtain clarity and recap what you think you’ve heard

We also need to be aware of when and why we “tune out”. Sometimes it’s the timing of the conversation, perhaps the topic, and it can even be the person delivering the message.

Why? We all have filters and baggage that may cause “selective” listening. Think about your business relationships. Are there individuals that you seem to always be fully engaged with and others that you have the inclination to “tune out”? Does the “deliverers” age, skill, gender, title, general demeanor affect your ability (and desire) to be an active listener? What else de-rails your ability to listen? 

The term ‘Active listening’ was coined by psychologists Carl Rogers and Richard Farson in 1957 and they say “Active listening is not an easy skill to acquire. It demands practice. Perhaps more important, it may require changes in our own basic attitudes”.

Awareness is key. Pay attention to your “non” listening behaviors ex. pencil tapping, raised eyebrows, blank stares, “zoning” out, making shopping lists, etc. Also, think about any colleagues you may have a “history” with for losing focus. That’s the kind of relationship that requires that you make a special effort to remain engaged and not tune out.

What changes can you make to truly listen regardless of who’s delivering the message?
 
Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication,
and clear communication is necessary to management success.
–James Cash Penney

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Empowering Leadership: How to Boost Team Growth and Success

Leadership requires building relationships, letting go, and enabling others to thrive.

 
Are you helping your team members grow and succeed, or are you getting in their way?

We (leaders) have demanding schedules, execute a variety of roles daily, and frequently spend too much time working in the business instead of on the business.

As leaders we need to step back from the tactical work and spend more time on strategic thinking and innovation, and on coaching and developing others. A part of developing others includes delegating responsibilities, but many of us resist doing that.
 
Why do we resist? We may feel that the job will not get done to our satisfaction, that we’re uncomfortable assigning a task that may be viewed as boring, or we may feel we’re adding to an already heavy workload. These are issues we can work through.

Greg Alexander shared that a good place to start is:

  • allow high-potential employees to take on more ownership
  • figure out who your rock-solid, high-potential employees are
  • start delegating responsibilities for permanent ownership transfer
  • support your efforts with measurable results
  • have a succession plan
  • empower your employees

He also recommends writing down everything you do and identifying revenue-producing items versus non-revenue producing tasks. Anything that doesn’t produce revenue is a good starting point for an item to be delegated (but as your delegation comfort level grows, the assignments can increase in responsibilities with career growth opportunities).

It’s also vital to:
1.    Assess the strengths of your delegate and match assignments accordingly
2.    Provide clear, documented instructions and due dates
3.    Provide the “what and when” and leave the “how” to the individual which is more empowering and motivating
4.    Ensure your delegate has the appropriate resources they need to be successful
5.    Inform staff, co-workers, business partners, etc of the delegated role
6.    Follow-up and monitor the progress, acknowledge the contributions of your delegate, and provide constructive feedback for areas of growth

Don’t be the leader that gets in the way, rather provide enrichment opportunities that allow your employees to grow and succeed in their career.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

—John Maxwell

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

9 Effective Strategies to Reduce Holiday Stress: Insights from the Mayo Clinic for a Joyful Season

Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Joy is a choice. Choose well.
— Ann Voskamp

 
It’s certainly a busy time of year and with it comes both joy and stress for us, for our colleagues, our friends, and our family members.

We may be scrambling to achieve last minute goals, for ensuring vacation plans have not changed, and that holiday traditions are adhered to. That can lead to stress.

Be observant of interactions and don’t disregard behaviors that may be “off”. Ask how others are feeling and help them focus on what’s positive; be a good listener!

The Mayo Clinic shared the following recommendations to help ease holiday stress:

1. Plan ahead.
Between co-workers, friends and family, it’s inevitable that some commitments will end up on the same day.

2. Say no.
With holiday commitments, it is OK to say no to a few or all of them. It also will help relieve some stress.

3. Plan spending.
Make a budget and stick to it.

4. Create relaxing surroundings.
Research has found that listening to music and the scent of citrus can boost feelings of well-being, and vitamin D is always a happiness booster.

5. Maintain healthy habits.
Try adding a short workout each morning and eat healthy snacks throughout the season.

6. Share feelings.
Accept that not all feelings are positive; don’t be afraid to open up.

7. Respect differences.
We all have different viewpoints. Focus on your similarities and replace tension with something productive.

8. Be realistic.
You can only do so much. Be realistic with how much you can handle this season. Forget about perfection, and relax and enjoy the company surrounding you.

9. Take a break.
Don’t forget about your own needs. Take a nap, go for a short walk, read a book or watch a funny movie. Laughing relaxes the whole body and can relieve physical tension and stress.

Wishing you peace, joy, and minimal stress!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose

one thought over another.
-William James

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Embracing Gratitude: How Thanksgiving Enhances Well-being and Relationships

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
 Henri Frederic Amiel.

 
This week the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving; for many it’s a time for families and friends to gather and reflect on what they are thankful for.  And, the U.S. is not alone when it comes to having this type of celebration; 17 other countries around the globe celebrate some version of Thanksgiving throughout the year.

Studies show that there are linkages between our well-being and our tendencies for feeling grateful. We will likely sleep better, have more positive thoughts, and sustain strong relationships. That’s certainly a win!   

This is the perfect time to reflect on our personal and professional accomplishments as well as our challenges. We need to consider:

  • What do we have to be thankful for?
  • How have our challenges helped us grow and improve?
  • What relationships have we built and maintained?
  • Who have we motivated, inspired, or influenced?
  • Who do we appreciate and why?  Have we told them?
  • What have we done to make a difference in our work culture (and at home)?
  • As leaders, what are we doing to impact the levels of gratitude and attitudes in others?

We are role models; set the stage for gratitude, attitude, and thankfulness for family and friends as well as for colleagues and clients.

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season with hopes that it’s filled with an abundance of things to be thankful for!

Sincerely,

Mike and the PeopleTek Team

 

Of all the “attitudes” we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.

–Zig Ziglar

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Maximizing Business Growth: How Effective Communication and Strong Relationships Drive Success

When strong relationships exist, communication improves and the bottom line grows.

 
Leaders who are trying to reach a vision, grow the company, reduce expenses, and implement changes are faced with a common challenge:
     Do all business colleagues share the same objectives and do they utilize strong relationships to make this happen?

We work closely with several leaders and teams who know where they want to go, and they have plans for making growth happen. This requires that everyone’s productivity be at “full steam ahead” doubling efficiencies and effectiveness.

When interviewing leaders and their teams, we found that what often gets in the way is a disconnect in communication, holding onto the past (aka baggage), having a lack of trust with other team members, along with a strong fear or reluctance to accept change.

These all have linkages with business relationships. One of our clients wanted to implement a change regarding how their customers were treated. (The idea was to create a desired reputation and be known as “the best” in their industry.) Improvement occurred after they started to:

·         work on their business relationships

·         enhance internal interactions

·         build closer relationships with the C-suite leaders

One way they did this was to host a “coffee and learn” daily session. They had everyone begin these sessions by sharing the gaps and issues they were experiencing.

There were many other changes that came as a result of this, but the desired changes happened after some of the leadership team understood and owned that they were not communicating with a sufficient emphasis on relationships. They could have ignored the situation, ultimately making it worse, but instead they accepted they had an issue and took action.

The results? This company not only achieved all of their goals, but they also have the reputation the CEO craved.

Sincerely,
Mike and Jan
 

To have a healthy and thriving business, there must be healthy relationships with the C.E.O.S. in the organization and I’m not referring to the Chief Executive Offficers.
I am talking about the Customers, the Employees, the Owner (or stockholders),
and the Suppliers.

—James Hunter

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Unlocking Leadership Excellence: Understanding and Leveraging Differences for Success

The stronger our relationship, the more appreciative we are of differences.

Peopletek Coaching Leadership Coaching
 
We’re starting something new; we’re kicking off a series about relationships and why they impact the ability to be highly effective leaders with the ability to achieve success.

The series will consist of relationships and impacts to:
  1. Understanding Differences
  2. Communication
  3. Feedback
  4. Mentoring/Influencing
  5. Conflict

We’re starting with Understanding Differences because of the strong linkages with being aware.

Highly successful leaders are not only aware of their own styles, skills and gaps, they are also in-tune with the styles, skills, gaps, and professional desires of those they lead and interact with. Additionally, they are keenly aware of their work culture. Why is this important?  The group culture impacts relationships. This includes behaviors, attitudes, satisfaction levels, and the comfort of the environment, all which impact the ability to obtain results.

Things to ponder:

  • Every work culture has differing styles – are they all appreciated?
  • Is there tension or cohesion within the group?
  • Does the leader (perhaps you) recognize the differing styles and address conflict if it exists?
  • Is the reason for the work/tasks/goals understood and supported? 
  • What does the team value most?
  • Does there seem to be negativity in the break room? 
  • Do people speak up or have they gone quiet?

Understanding differences requires energy, courage, honesty, and an open mind.
It also requires addressing the “why” behind our thoughts, words, actions, behaviors, and emotions.

When strong relationships exist there’s a greater likelihood that team members will want to understand differences.  They will address when behaviors seem “off”, and openly share issues, fears, emotions, and preferences.

Colleagues will also be in the position to encourage each other to support goals and priorities by using their “magic dust” (their strengths). Most of us know what we like and what we’re good at, and we also know the strengths of others. Ex. Who are the visionaries? Who prefers providing detail? Who enjoys status updates? What about communicating change?

Understanding differences and leveraging those differing styles, behaviors, skills, and abilities makes for stronger relationships, is energizing, and will help us achieve our goals while creating a happier workplace!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.
—Mark Sanborn

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Optimizing Virtual Engagement: Fostering Relationships and Trust Remotely

The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.
—Robin Sharma

Peopletek Coaching
 
So many of us work virtually with most business interactions conducted via conferencing which is fine, but we lose the opportunity for the in person “coffee chats” which can create energy and fun in the workplace (while at the same time building relationships).

Don’t ignore the need for these relationships. They’re essential for building trust, for encouraging collaboration, for understanding differences, for allowing healthy conflict, for job retention, and for networking.  Bottom line, they’re required to be successful!

Chances are there will always be some virtual interactions, either with us working remotely, or engaging with colleagues that are offsite, and it’s important to build in some personal time. 

Assess what works best for your team. Examples:

1.    Encourage (mandate?) that everyone be on camera
2.    Start or end each meeting with personal chat time
             (ex.   Family/vacations/hobbies, etc)
3.    Allow family members or pets to be on camera for a portion of the call

Some other suggestions are to have coffee breaks online, hold an after-hour cocktail hour, start a book club with monthly meetings, watch a movie together, share wordle results (or other games), and play virtual games.  You could also have a monthly birthday club or create a WhatsApp group where team members could send personal updates, jokes, or interesting pictures.

These aren’t for everyone so feel your team out. What works best for them (and you)?

Also assess if budgets allow for a once or twice yearly in person get together.  It’s a great way to create upcoming goals and tasks and obtain buy-in, and it’s also a great for sharing progress against goals, for team members to determine best practices, and for celebrating successes.

Be intentional about keeping in touch with team members and clients and build it into your schedule. It’s all too easy to get bogged down with daily issues that prevent us from strengthening our virtual relationships.

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.
—Mark Sanborn

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.

Crafting a Thriving Work Culture: Key Insights from Top CEOs

A thriving work culture is all about people and relationships.

 
We all want our work culture to be the place where we, and our team members can learn, thrive, and actually enjoy our jobs. Why? Because when we create the right environment success is more readily attained.

There are many thoughts around what is required to have this kind of work culture and we want to share highlights of two differing perspectives.

Amy Somerville, CEO, Success Magazine states that there are four components:

1. Curiosity – Get to know your team, learn about their perspectives, passions, and personal stories. This will help with understanding key value drivers, purpose, and what causes joy or discontent.

2. Collaboration – Co-creating your vision, mission, goals (VMG) and company values is galvanizing and will help obtain buy-in and make the VMG come to life.

3. Clarity – Curiosity and collaboration help bring priorities into focus  and clarity encourages direction, trusting relationships, and inspires innovation.

4. Connection – Leaders must continuously assess their work culture by observing and addressing how connected people are to the vision and one another. Evaluate what’s working well, what is not, and determine the reasons why.

Adam Witty, founder and CEO, Advantage Media Group feels there are 5 elements that create a desired work culture:

1. Staff Your Team with A-players – This person not only possesses the required job skills but they also add a human element to the team (which admittedly is not always seen during a brief interview). Do they have a “can-do” and positive attitude, a desire to maximize their skills, and can they put the team before their own needs?

2. The Importance of Having Fun – Having fun at work creates energy and enthusiasm and helps promote the feeling of being valued, that the team members are making a difference, and that they are appreciated. The intent is to have a team of individuals who are motivated by the “why” of what they do.

3. Make Employees and Clients Your Extended Family – A family environment facilitates a team mentality especially for those who like to keep to themselves because they’re shy. Treat clients, suppliers and other business relationships with this mentality.

4. Encourage Difference Makers – Team members are driven by the “why” of what they do. The right content in the right person’s hands at the right time can change the world forever. Share stories, passion and knowledge to guide and help others learn and grow.

5. Commit to Lifelong Learning – (we know you’ve heard this numerous times before!). Encouraging all team members to establish a path of personal and professional development. With increased knowledge, experience and skills, people lead a more fulfilled life, which profits everyone in their work environment.

A simple recap is that it’s all about people and relationships. If we want our work culture to thrive, we need to invest in our team members. That’s what drives success!

Sincerely,

Mike and Jan

The work environment is very important in determining how enjoyable work is.
It is very important to work with smart people who have a superior level of intellectual bandwidth and still have softer skills as well.
— Kumar Mangalam Birla

Leading the Future of IT: PeopleTek’s Premier Strategy for Advancing Tech Professionals and Their Teams

At PeopleTek Coaching, our expertise lies in guiding IT visionaries, propelling them to the zenith of their capabilities. With a potent combination of bespoke coaching sessions, forward-thinking methodologies, and deep-rooted insights from the tech sector, we empower both individual tech mavens and cohesive teams to thrive in the dynamic world of IT.

Our state-of-the-art coaching model hones leadership skills and bolsters team unity, aligning them with a shared technological mission. This steadfast dedication to fostering teamwork has cemented our standing, making us the go-to consultancy for myriad tech corporations over our distinguished 20-year journey.

Beyond just business achievements, our aspiration is to mold IT spaces that resonate with positivity, creativity, and mutual respect. We champion environments that catalyze individual advancement and heighten productivity. This visionary approach forms the cornerstone of PeopleTek’s ethos.

At PeopleTek, we invite you to reshape your IT leadership path and lead with unmatched accuracy and enthusiasm. Delve into the nuances of our tailored approach by visiting PeopleTekCoaching.com. Boasting a comprehensive array of tech-focused services, we are primed to refresh your ascent to tech leadership excellence and collaborative success.