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Tip #823: For Sanity’s Sake, Adopt A Paradox Mindset

On May 18, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #823: For Sanity’s Sake, Adopt A Paradox Mindset

“A paradox mindset shifts the focus from the need to choose between work and family, to instead learn how to constantly balance these demands over time.” Ella Miron-Spektor and Wendy Smith

It is true that working from home while surrounded by family and pets creates all sorts of difficulties and challenges. But it is also true that we make it more difficult because of how we think about the situation.

In their article, “Overwhelmed? Adopt a Paradox Mindset,” Ella Miron-Spektor and Wendy Smith suggest that it is much wiser to adopt a ”both/and” approach instead of an “either/or” one.

A paradox mindset recognizes that there are competing demands on our time and that we can’t entirely eliminate them. … Read the rest

Tip #818: Leading Infection Response with Liberating Structures

On April 13, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #818: Leading Infection Response with Liberating Structures

“You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” R. Tagore

I recently became aware of group facilitation and problem solving techniques called Liberating Structures, some of which have been helpful in responding to this pandemic.

The website (www.liberatingstructures.com) provides the following description:

Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the way we meet, plan, decide and relate to one another. They put the innovative and facilitative power once reserved for experts only in hands of everyone. Thirty-three adaptable microstructures make it quick and simple for groups of people of any size to radically change how they interact and work together. LS can replace or complement the big five conventional approaches that people use all Read the rest

Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

On January 13, 2020, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , With Comments Off on Tip #805: How to Build Trust at Work

“In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone.” Sophie Kinsella

There are twelve practical ways to build trust at work, according to Hannah Price. She begins by distinguishing between two basic types of trust: practical (which is earned by being competent and reliable) and emotional (which is when people feel they can be themselves with others).

Price then provides a trust equation: T= (C+R+I)/SO, where:

T= Trust (the willingness or ability to rely on others)

C= Perception of Credibility (trusting what someone says)

R= Perception of Reliability (trusting what someone does)

I=  Intimacy (trusting someone with something)

SO= Perception of Self Orientation (whether the person’s focus is on herself or others)

Each element is … Read the rest

Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

On December 9, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #802:  Decisional Balance

“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” Simon Sinek

We are faced with decisions, both large and small, every day. Some decisions are easy to make: “Should I hit the Snooze button?” “Will I have fruit pie or ice cream for dessert? Oh, I can have both! Just heat the pie, please.” Others are more difficult, because there are consequences: “Do I change my lifestyle to improve my health?” “Do I stay in my current job or do I take a different one?”

This is where decisional balance comes in handy. It takes decision making beyond simply weighing the pros and cons of the career move (a change). It … Read the rest

Tip #795: Eight Common Leadership Mistakes

On October 21, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #795: Eight Common Leadership Mistakes

“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.”  Nikki Giovanni

Various studies have found that 44% – 59% of employees say they want to find another job. According to Gallup, 75% of the reasons people quit come down to their managers. In his article, “8 Things Leaders Do That Make Employees Quit,” Jon Christiansen points out that losing an employee can adversely affect team morale, performance and productivity. It is also costly and time intensive.

The only good news is that, according to Christiansen, “only about a quarter of employees that leave do so within their first year. This means you have plenty of time to assess flight risks and address Read the rest

Tip #794: Change Behavior With COM-B

On October 14, 2019, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,, , With Comments Off on Tip #794: Change Behavior With COM-B

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” Plato

If you’re interested in changing behaviors, you may want to explore the COM-B model. It emphasizes that, for a behavior to occur, people must have the capability, opportunity and motivation to perform it.

Capability is the knowledge, skills and abilities to engage in the behavior. There are two components to capability: psychological (knowledge or psychological strength, skill or stamina) and physical (physical strength, skill or stamina).

Opportunity is the outside factors which make the behavior possible. These opportunity factors may be physical (environmental-time, locations, resources) or social (societal-cultural norms, social cues).

Motivation is the brain processes that direct our decisions and behaviors. Motivational brain processes may be … Read the rest