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I am excited to announce that my first book has been released.  Leadership Solved can be found on Amazon.com on the link below.  Thank you to everyone who has inspired and motivated me to make this finally happen.

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Sincerely,

Terry W. Thompson

How to motivate your employees to accomplish more through direct engagement

Do you want to motivate your employees so they can be happier at work and accomplish more?  The idea is to make your employees want to work, want to be at work, and want to accomplish things for the organization instead of having to do all those things.  A Leader can inspire his/her employees through several tactics, techniques, and procedures.  However, the most important thing you can do as a Leader is to get to know your employees by interacting and engaging with them directly.  When employees are happy, they will give everything to their work and will be able to produce a much better workflow and product than an unhappy employee.  So get out of your office, engage with your employees, and find out how you can get the very best your employees have to offer out of them on a consistent basis.  The following tips, techniques, thoughts, and ideas will help you motivate your employees to give their best and create an environment within the organization that will make everyone happy to be a part of the family/team/organization.

Get to know your employee’s knowledge and experience – Approach each employee as a valuable resource with something to offer.  It’s up to you as the Leader to find out what that knowledge and experience is and use it.  If you use the right employee on the right task it will lead to better accomplishment of the task, and employee satisfaction in the sense that they are doing something they know and enjoy.

Know what is needed to accomplish daily tasks, and provide it – An employee, team, or organization that has all required training, supplies, and resources to accomplish a task, will.  Nothing is worse than needing something to accomplish a task and you don’t have it.

Maintain an open door policy – The most important thing you can do while engaging with an employee is to listen to them.  You must allow for easy and direct access for your employees to talk to you if they have problems or issues.  As a Leader, you want your employees to bring their problems and issues to you.  This is accomplished through trust and confidentiality.  When your employees trust you they will open up to you and this will lead to a better work environment when an employee can feel safe in a trusting environment.

Face to Face time – You must get out of the office and engage directly with each employee in their workspace environment to fully understand what it is that they are going through from their perspective.  This will help you identify first hand if there is anything that you can change, help, or influence.  The more you know about what your employees are going through on their grounds, the better you can understand their needs and requirements when they request it.  You can also have good face to face time by eating breakfast or lunch with your employees.  –   By eating a meal together this relaxes everyone in a remote setting and allows for everyone to open up and discuss things while having a meal together.

Clearly defined objectives – When an employee knows what, when, where, how and more importantly why they are doing something, you will get the very best out of them and they will accomplish the organizations expectations, leading to organization success.  You should also share company goals, philosophy, values, and vision to give the employee the overall big picture when things are done the way they are.

Social Organization Day’s – Nothing relaxes people and creates an atmosphere for bonding and socializing better than a stress free, fun filled, social gathering in which the organization’s employees can bring their family members and get to know everyone.  One great idea is to have a bring your own dish contest in which all recipes go into a cookbook, the winner gets the cookbook for free, and everyone else can pay for the cookbook.  These funds can go back into the company for funding of future organization days.

Start volunteer programs – Get your employees fired up by volunteering to help the local community.  There are many organizations that will allow you to volunteer to help them or allow you to work through them to help your organization.  Suggestions are:  a local car wash, bagging groceries, a bake sale, provide day care for a family night out.  One of the best volunteer opportunities I personally ever participated in was thanksgiving dinner at a retirement home.  All the employees in my organization got dressed up, went to a local retirement home, and had thanksgiving dinner with the residents.  After we ate, we had a live DJ to play music and we had an old fashioned dance with them.  This was extremely entertaining and created some fun memories for everyone involved.

Team Building/Professional Development Activities/Team Retreats – This can be as simple as setting up in the organizations conference room for a casual game night and playing team building games such as how well do you know each other.   This game is played in which you draw names from a hat, you then engage with that person, get to know everything you can about him/her,  and then you have to stand up and tell what you know about that person.   This can also be as elaborate as taking a team retreat trip to a remote location, having a catered dinner delivered there, and having a guest speaker motivate everyone with his/her words of wisdom on a pre-planned subject.

Hail and Farewell’s – This is an event that can be held once a month at a local restaurant or conference center.  The idea behind this that the organization welcomes all new employees, says farewell to those retiring or leaving the organization, and to present awards to recognize the accomplishments of those within the organization.

After Action Reviews (AAR) – Anytime that an event is conducted, the organization must hold an After Action Review (AAR) to cover what was supposed to happen, what happened, and what the team can do to make it better next time.  This time allows everyone involved in the event to discuss his/her thoughts, ideas, opinions, and suggestions.

FINAL THOUGHTS

That wraps it up for this edition of The Tank.  I thank you for allowing me to fuel your tank with tips, tools, techniques, and resources that will make you a better Leader .  I hope that you have enjoyed reading my newsletter, gained some valuable insight on Leadership, and continue to read next month.  Continue to check back often at Leadertank.com for updates and new material as I am working hard to get new products finished and posted all the time.  Also, don’t forget to watch LeadertankTV on YouTube, check out my blog, drop me a line to let me know what you think, join the Leadertank mailing list, add us me as a friend on facebook, and follow me on twitter.  Keep “fueling your tanks” and be the best Leader you can be.

Sincerely,

Terry W. Thompson

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“Stuck on Stubborn”

Have you ever tried to help someone who stubbornly refuses your assistance? Isn’t this frustrating to know that deep down in your heart you are trying to help someone and they just absolutely are not trying to hear a word you are saying? Sometimes you just can’t help someone who is “stuck on stubborn”, but at least you can put forth the effort to try. Even though they may have given up on everything, you should not give up on them. Keep trying because eventually these people who are “stuck” will see the light and you will break through their “stubbornness”. Believe me, once this breakthrough happens, the person you have just helped will be thankful you did.

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Effective Communication Skills

How many times have you ever found yourself in a conversation, ceremony, motivational speech, or any situation in which you had no idea what was being said because of the speaker’s inability to communicate effectively?  Words are powerful and can make a person seem intelligent.  But, on the opposite end of that spectrum can also make a person feel dumb.  You have to be careful what words you use, how you use them, and who you use them with.  When you are communicating to an audience, or even an individual, fancy words will lose their impact if misunderstood or misinterpreted.  Even though you did not intentionally try to demean a person, it is possible that an awkward moment or situation could be created because of your ineffective communication skills, over use, or under use of words.

There have been many situations in which I have had to repeat myself, depending on my audience and the interpretation of what was said.  I have no problem with repeating myself and will say things 3-5 different ways to get my point across if need to, depending if what I said was understood fully or not.  However, there are many people who have the “I will not repeat myself” mentality.  I would much rather repeat myself and ensure that everything was understood than to have an employee out there beating his/her head up trying to figure out the intent behind something that was said because of ineffective communications skills, or if I used the wrong words.

 

The following tips will help you communicate more proficiently and be better understood by any audience:

Listen – The most important thing you can do when communicating is to listen. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all.   Believe me, listening sends a louder message than any words you could ever say to anyone.

Keep it simple – Say what you have to say and nothing more.  Don’t feel like you have to construct long, elaborate, drawn out, sentences to get your point across.  This will only cause boredom and you will lose the attention of your audience.

 Know your audience – A conversation will not have the same impact if you were talking to children, teens, young adults, professionals, amateurs, and so on….  It is imperative that you know your audience.  You would not try to sell a magazine to a bunch of blind people or certainly try to play a beautiful piece of music to a deaf audience.  So you need to know who it is that you are talking to first so that you don’t lose or confuse them.

Dictionary words – The use of big, fancy dictionary words does not impress anyone, so don’t use them.  If anything, you will confuse your audience with what you really mean, especially if they don’t know what the words you are using mean.  At the opposite end of that spectrum is the use of unnecessary words.  Admit it, there are times you have been in a conversation in which you had no idea what the main point was because of overuse of words which caused the main point not to shine through all the additional verbiage.

 Look at them directly – Talk directly to people, not at or away from them.  It is very uncomfortable and causes tension if both people talking do not look at each other by looking away or “the 1000 yard stare conversation”.  It creates a situation in which trust and genuineness is doubted.

Think before you speak – How often have you seen or heard someone talking and wondered “why is this guy talking”, or “there he/she goes again”?  Let’s face it, there are going to be times in which we wish we could take back something that we said.  But, if you happen to step on your own tongue and say something you either didn’t mean to or you mistakenly said the wrong thing, it is possible to recover from that mistake if you genuinely apologize and re-state what was supposed to be said in a respectful and professional manner.

Offensive versus defensive – Don’t be offensive when speaking.  Crude, rude, and vulgar language makes you sound unintelligent, weak-minded and it is disrespectful.  Being defensive also makes you look weak or you are lying.  If someone does not challenge you about what you are saying then there is no need to defend it.  Say what you have to say and leave it at that.

 Watch your tone – It’s not only important “what” you say, but “how” you say it as well.  Your tone of voice and the way you say words can have a positive or negative impact. You will have your audience in the palm of your hand, running for the hills, ready to defend, or not listening to you at all depending on the tone of voice in which you are talking to them.  If you speak in a clear, concise, professional, caring tone of voice you have your audience right where you want them.  But, if you speak in a condescending tone of voice, as if you were talking down to your audience you will either have them on the defense or not listening to you at all.  So, be careful “how” you talk to people as it could be disastrously misinterpreted.

Everyone loves a story –Tell your audience a story if you have a personal or professional experience that will describe what you are trying to say that gives a great example.  By doing this, it makes what you are trying to say seem more “human” and people can relate to a story better, especially if there is something humorous in there that they have done too.

Avoid using slang – Slang words confuse people especially if they don’t know the meaning behind the word.  This could cause an awkward or negative situation depending on the interpretation of the slang.

Body language says it all – You could be trying to say the most motivating, inspirational, uplifting thing in the world and your body language will cause what you are saying to lose its impact.  If you are excited about something then don’t hesitate to get your entire body into the action and let it do some speaking as well.  How often have you heard someone speak and they just stood there straight, rigid, almost scared and sounded extremely monotone.  This would make for a boring conversation, wouldn’t it?   If you are excited about what you are saying, you should move your entire body with every word you say.  By doing this it will get others excited, keep them awake, and interested in what you are saying.

 FINAL THOUGHTS

That wraps it up for this edition of The Tank.  I thank you for allowing me to “fuel your tank” with tips, tools, techniques, and resources that will make you a better Leader .  I hope that you have enjoyed reading my newsletter, gained some valuable insight on Leadership, and continue to read next month.  Continue to check back often at Leadertank.com for updates and new material as I am working hard to get new products finished and posted all the time.  Also, don’t forget to watch LeadertankTV on YouTube, check out my blog, drop me a line to let me know what you think, join the Leadertank mailing list, add us me as a friend on Facebook, and follow me on twitter.  Keep “fueling your tanks” and be the best Leader you can be.

Sincerely,

Terry W. Thompson

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I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and worshipped a lot of the musicians and actors of my time just like any of the kids do exactly the same today.  Sure, I never really got to meet any of them and only got to see or listen to them if and only if they were on the television or radio station I was listening to at the time and was lucky enough to have a blank vcr tape or cassette tape ready to hit record, otherwise I missed it.

Today, it is much different from when I grew up.  With the ever expanding wave of media formats that are exposing today’s “Teen Idols” to more people in more countries brings a revolution in Leadership opportunities and influence for these young artists to make an amazing impact on our children’s lives and culture.  Justin Bieber is one such “Teen Idol” that could make a huge impact.  Instead of just tossing his name and face on watches, cologne, posters, lunch boxes, and the plethora of many other products that industry is looking to make a dollar off his image, why don’t some organizations use him as a public service representative to speak to kids about things?  It makes me wonder, are there any positive organizations out there trying to use these “Teen Idols” to make a worldwide influence on something other than mommy and daddy’s wallet.

I believe that would be amazing if someone like Justin Bieber was to put on miniature “free” shows at High schools, churches, and other organizations with a positive message that will motivate, inspire, and more importantly influence kids to be something greater than they could possibly ever dream.  The concept would be to go from “Teen Idol” to “Teen Leader” and lead a revolution of young minds to a future of amazing possibilities.

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“Regardless of how painful it is to our ego or pride, sometimes we all need a little outside perspective.”

Have you ever seen or been around one of those people that absolutely refuses to seek and/or take anyones help and/or advice? Sometimes we need a little outside perspective.

Generally speaking, when someone offers advice or help they are not trying to impose, be rude, or overstep their boundaries by thinking that you are dumb/stupid. They are merely offering a helping hand from their perspective because they seen something that maybe you didn’t.

So, the next time someone offers their assistance, don’t hesitate to at least give it a try. You never know, it may just be what was needed from a different perspective.

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