Month: November 2017

Simple Tips On Life Coaching

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Using Different Leadership Styles

Leadership has often been described as an art which moulds people to work towards a common goal, irrespective of their likes and personal preferences. In other words, it is the capability of an individual to get work done from co-employees by uniting them, so as to produce maximum optimum benefit for the collective benefit of the department or the organization as a whole.

The ultimate aim of the leader is to ensure that all his team members remain focused and aim at the focal point by displaying and putting in the best of their abilities. However, although all leaders have a similar motive to achieve, their mode of operation may vary from person to person. This is what we term as leadership style. The working sphere of any leader revolves around 4 C’s namely Consistency in operation, Communication skills followed, Creativity shown and strength of Character. These four traits seem to vary in their extreme proportions within leaders, in spite of possessing the same inclination and enthusiasm in achieving and utilizing them.

To sum it, there are three distinctive leadership styles which have distinctive characteristics and pattern of operation. Let’s understand them closely to clearly get a briefing of which of these categories do you belong to.

  1. Autocratic style of leadership – This style of leadership is synonymous to dictatorship, where the leader follows the golden rule of throwing his ideas on his teammates who, on the other hand, are expected to blindly follow and work as per his inclinations and desires, without raising a question. However, such dictating leadership quality is seen to be advantageous either under stressful or emergency situations or when handling multiple group projects. Under such circumstances, an autocratic team leader can extract maximum co-operation from the team and also lead it successfully towards achievement of its collective goals.
  2. Democratic style of leadership – In a democratic scenario, as the term suggests, the leader gives an opportunity to his teammates to share their views and ideas, vote and give suggestion for every small or big decision to be taken in favor of the department or company’s benefit. Hence, the decision-making process is too time-consuming as the leader expects to get everybody’s consent before giving in his final verdict. The plus point of such a leadership style is that the leader, being flexible and responsible, can easily identify with newer, better and more innovative ways of handling a stressful situation. This kind of leadership style shows best results when the team members are small in number, are knowledgeable, understanding and co-operative with each other.
  3. Laissez faire style of leadership – A leader following this style of operation does not impose his decisions and instructions on his teammates. As a matter of fact, he gives them complete freedom to take their own decisions and follow their own path, consisting of their own sets of principles, for the successful completion of the work or duty assigned to them, thereby providing them with total flexibility within their work environment.
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Goal Setting Is Crucial For Time Management

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Benefits Of Goal Setting

Goals give wings to your dreams and direction to your plan of action. Having a written testimony of the goals that you desire to achieve in life, helps pave an easier path towards reaching those goals, without getting deviated or lost on the way. A realistic, specific, measurable, attainable and timely goal assists in maximizing your potential which ultimately would result in creating true wealth, happiness and prosperity for life. Let’s now throw light on some of the benefits of goal setting.

  1. A well defined goal gives clarity to the targets to be achieved and motivates the individual to work in direction of the pre-set goals by instigating him to put in the required amount of hard work, enthusiasm and motivation. A measurable goal, along with a set time table, lays the correct foundation for reaching the end point as it keeps you accountable and holds you responsible for your deeds and actions at every crossroad of life.
  2. A well specified goal gives a cleaner vision of where to head and what to achieve in life. It helps in creating a crystal clearpicture of your aspirations and targets, which in turn enables you to focus more on your deeds and actions, rather than just putting them into words.
  3. Setting a goal increases the efficiency of an individual. The reason being, if you are sure of where to head and ultimately reach, you start formulating and planning everything accordingly on those lines by laying down steps to climb the ladder of success, which would finally take you to your goal, as soon as possible. The end result is that you accomplish much more than what you had expected, that too at a much faster pace.
  4. Setting goals gives you an opportunity to make your dreams come true, as against just trying to adjust and settle with whatever comes your way. It gives you the courage and capability to challenge your destiny and achieve your aspirations and goals as per your terms and conditions.
  5. With every crossroad and hurdle that you cross, on your way to make it to your goals, it boosts your self confidence and lifts up your morale incredibly. It makes you believe in yourself and your abilities, which had not been explored and identified by you as yet.

So, set your goals and write them down explicitly, in clear cut terms, today, if you have not done it as yet, so as to come out with flying colors and accomplishing more than what you had ever expected.

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Team Work And Team Building

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Leadership Skills – To Become an Exceptional or Extraordinary Leader

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Games For Leadership Development

A practical knowledge, in any field, definitely leaves a greater mark and a better understanding of any lesson or activity undertaken. The same rule applies with sharpening one’s leadership skills as well. In the corporate sector, a lot of games and activities have been introduced in order to brush-up leadership qualities of professionals and executives.

These games and activities not only enhance further growth of grey cells, but also assist in polishing one’s capabilities as a leader. Let’s have a look, what role they play in enhancing leadership qualities and bringing out a better leader in you.

  1. Games and activities, conducted for betterment of leadership skills, help one in analyzing his own self, more than anything else. It points out the weaknesses and short-comings of an individual to him, thereby assisting him in introspecting the positive and negative aspects of his own behavioral pattern. You can only improve yourself if there is scope for the same and if you know where you are lacking.
  2. Leadership training games and activities play a pivotal role in boosting the morale of individuals and enhancing their overall personality. It gives them an opportunity to get rid of their stage fear and take up the challenge to lead the company towards achievement of its goals. Remember, experience and opportunity received is the key to succeeding as a powerful and competent leader.
  3. Organizational skills, development of great team-building skills and the knack to handle a large group of people, all these qualities get a boost if an individual is exposed to participating in several varied games and activities for the improvement of his personal leadership qualities. These programs and activities make a person better equipped with knowledge in multi-tasking, thereby enabling overall personality development of the individual.
  4. A good leader does not comprise on his success and position as a winner. Games conducted for individuals for enhancing leadership skills help them to imbibe a habit of excelling in their respective field. Not only do they make their way towards success smooth and easily achievable, but are also capable enough to easily guide their team-workers towards their collective goals.
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Visual Aids in Presentations

Visual aids add an integral dimension to a presentation. It helps to achieve its objectives at a much faster pace, through the use of clear pictures which enhance the comprehending capacity of the audience in multitudes. These are adapted for reinforcing the message in clear points and for creating excitement and enthusiasm amongst the listeners. They tend to encourage gestures and movements of the speaker by shifting the communication method from simply listening to visualizing as well.

The use of audio-visual concepts and ideas, which are a combination of words and pictures, ends up leaving a better, long lasting and lingering impact on the minds and retention power of the audience.
Several varieties of communication products come under the jurisdiction of visual aids like overhead transparencies, flip charts, audio slide shows video tapes and so on. To make your presentation most effective, it is highly essential to opt for the right mode of visual aids so as to have the maximum benefit therefrom.

Tips on preparing visual aids, some do’s and don’ts:

Choosing the right visual aid – The major points of the presentation, along with a rough outline of the objectives and goals of the same, should be prepared before going ahead in choosing the visual aids. Determining your accomplishments, the needs and expectations of the audience and the physical settings required would assist a lot in deciding which visual aid mode would work best for you.
Keep it simple – Every element  or slide of an audio visual product should contain only one single message in very simple, brief  and easy-to-understand language. More than one message per page creates confusion in the minds of the audience and ultimately reducing its potential impact.
Connection between the speech and the visual slide-The words spoken in connection to the point specified through the visual aid should be connected and interlinked but should not be the same. In other words, never read out straight from the visual aid script, there should be a difference in your speech and what is being portrayed through the clip.
Read or listen, not both – While delivering a presentation using visual aids, ask your audience to first listen to what is being said and then read. Doing both at the same time will lead to poor or no understanding of the message being delivered. Also, make sure not to provide reading material while you talk.It should be given to highlight and illustrate your points once the talking is over.
Provide paper copies of the various graphics used during the presentation to the participants for future reference
Calculate and analyze your cost constraints before selecting the visual aids. Also, try substituting with  the cheaper and less expensive alternatives if it fits into your needs.
Work on an extended schedule and account for production time in your planning and selection process so as to save on time, energy and money.
When discussing general problems, it is advisable to use local photographs and examples. It would connect more with the audience.
Charts and Graphs should be opted for in order to support numerical information delivered in the presentation.
Sketches and Drawings must be developed for conveying various plans and designs.
Do not overcrowd the graphics with too much detailing. The ,line-details, letters and symbols should be highlighted in bold so that they can be easily seen by the person sitting on the last row. Also, avoid using too many colors.
For persuasive statements, emotional requests, qualifying remarks or any type of rhetorical briefings, visual aids should not be brought into use.
Handouts, if any, should be distributed after you finish addressing the crowd so as to avoid distraction during the presentation.
Practice with the graphic materials and the audio-visual instruments in advance so as to completely become familiar with their use and order.
Ask for feedback from your audience regarding the clarity of your visual aids. This should be done in the initial stages of the presentation so as to have room for making necessary adjustments.
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Improving Managerial Effectiveness

Managerial effectiveness determines the proactive approach of a manager to handle complex situations and conquer collective challenges within the team. To ensure long term success in business a manager has to focus intently on employee development and performance by meeting their diverse needs through well-formulated communication techniques. Aligning motivation with work and personal goals and anticipating and resolving conflict situations also come under the jurisdiction of managerial effectiveness.

A person appointed on a managerial level has to instill a culture and tradition based on partnership, respect and most importantly, trust. Encouraging and increasing dialogue and initializing constructive feedback from co-employees is a crucial element of managerial skills. Moreover, to further ensure long term productivity, managers have to master the skill of partnering with their team and delegating work so as to increase performance and individual growth.

Here are some tips to fulfill the objectives of managerial effectiveness with efficiency and smoothness.

  1. Managing a large group of people, with diversified ideas and beliefs, and compelling them to work in co-relation with each other towards a common goal, is quite a taxing job for a manager. However, to perform his duties soundly and perfectly, he has to be courteous and respectful towards his employees who are placed under him. Never make a mistake of differentiating among them on the basis of the status that they hold, their intelligence level, financial responsibilities assigned or other criterion relating to their rank or position in office.
  2. A leader has to radiate and reflect a strong confidence so as to comply with enthusiasm with the staff, especially during times of emergencies for meeting deadlines and adverse situations.
  3. Communicating in a simple and an easily comprehendible language can definitely make things easier for the employees as well as the manager. Using excessively technical terminology to demonstrate one’s power and position may confuse and restrict the working capacity of the employees within the team. So, the best is to keep it simple when communicating and interacting with employees.
  4. As a manager, one should provide rationale reasoning for requests and demands made, which in turn would assist drastically in reducing the manager-employee gap, bridging it up and even breaking the ice between them. This leads to better understanding and adaptability of the present scenario, thereby increasing the productivity of the manager as well as the employees.
  5. A manager should always adopt and use established lines of communication to avoid any kind of future confusions which might erupt due to message distortion or otherwise. The best resort, therefore, is to make every small or big request in writing and forward it to all the concerned departments at the same time.
  6. A person appointed on a managerial post should be open minded in his approach. He should patiently listen to the ideas and feelings of his employees, thereby showing concern and care for them. This would lead to gaining trust and respect of the co-workers who would then respond in a better and more enthusiastic manner to their manager’s requests.
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Presentation Skills – Asking Questions

Every presentation program should be accompanied by an engaging and evaluating question and answer round. This stimulates and encourages the audience and keeps them engrossed in the matter of the discussion. There are different stages of encouraging and handling a Q&A round during a presentation. Lets see how:

  • The questions should be pitched at the right level of the listeners
  • Leave some room to encourage exchange of questions and answers by not covering every aspect of your topic for the presentation.
  • Inform the audience that they are free to ask questions during the presentation. They can either ask them as it comes to their mind or wait for the discussion of one part to be over before indulging in a Q&A session for that part.
  • You can even invite people to present their questions in written form.
  • Create a comfortable environment for the people to freely ask questions by validating every question.
  • If the audience looks a bit shaky, shy and in-confident, encourage them to indulge in group discussion before putting their question across.
  • Make sure to answer the questions clearly and succinctly.
  • Always smile and greet the questioner with regard and friendliness.
The right way of handling questions:
  • Once you are through with your presentation, it is essential and healthy to indulge in Q&A session with the audience. However, do not let one person dominate the entire process.
  • After a person asks a question, do not lock eyes with him. Instead, return eye contact to the group to avoid indulging into a one-to-one conversation with the questioner. The best is to shift your attention and sight farthest away from the person who has put forward the query.
  • Always repeat the question yourself so as to ensure that everyone has heard the question well. This also lets you buy time to think of an appropriate answer rather than blurting out an emotion response.
  • While answering the question, concentrate on your body language, eye contact and also take note of where to pause. Remember your reply should cater to the audience as a whole and not alone to the questioner. Your responsibility and communication should refer and indicate the interest of the entire group.
Importance of encouraging participants to ask questions during a presentation:
  • It helps in assessing the very essence of the point of discussion
  • It assists in clarifying a vague comment made by one of the listeners from the audience
  • Helps in getting the initial and first hand reactions of the listeners by exploring attitudes, values and feelings
  • Aids in looking at the subject from different perspectives
  • Leads to refinement of an idea or statement made during the presentation
  • Prompts the audience to support their assertions and interpretations.
  • Encourages people to respond to one another
  • Encourages audience to investigate and put forward their assumptions through a thought process
  • Helps assess possible predictions and outcomes of the subject put forward
  • Aids in connecting and organizing information
  • Encourages people from the audience to illustrate a concept or principle with an example, as per their understanding of the matter.
  • Whatever be the case, always handle the Q&A session with authority and dedication as audience participation and reaction is the best tool to measure the success of your presentation.
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