Public Opinion – Don’t Let it Control You

Public Opinion – Don’t Let it Control You

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Fear of public opinion can often hold you back. The need for social acceptance is so ingrained within us that most of the times we are scared or anxious to even try new things. Fear of social disapproval can drastically affect our performance and even our perception of the world around us.

When you start paying attention to what others think, you will eventually lose focus on what you want. This will seriously harm your potential. You will start playing it safe and never take any risks. You will easily surrender to other’s viewpoints. Your self-confidence will also be deeply affected.

Due to all these reasons, you need to let go of your need to fit in and learn to train and condition your mind.

Develop self-awareness             

Becoming more self-aware about your thoughts is the first step towards training your mind. When you become anxious or find yourself pondering over needless thoughts, control your mind and guide your thoughts towards more positive statements.

Take deep breaths and calm yourself. Then, repeat positive reaffirming statements that will boost your self-confidence. Focus these statements on your skills and abilities and do not base them on others’ opinions.   

Craft a personal philosophy

Being self-aware is not limited to the mind alone. It also involves knowing yourself and understanding what drives you as a person. Your personal philosophy should contain your values, beliefs and what you regard as important. This is something that will act as a guide in your life.

Sit down and be introspective. Think about the qualities and beliefs you value in life and about your favourite quotes and come up with a phase that best describes you and your aim. Share this philosophy with a loved one and a close friend and ask for their input. Commit this new found philosophy to your memory.

Live according to your philosophy

Commit your time to following your life mantra. Having a personal philosophy will help you focus on what’s important in life. You can start at home. Take small risks and give a presentation at work. Focus on getting a promotion.

If you feel like you are being held back by others’ views, take a pause and remind yourself of your philosophy. Learn to tune out the unwanted opinions and commentaries. Focus on achieving your goals.

Feedback

Constructive criticism and honest self-reflection is important for personal growth. Entrust in people who know you personally and also understand your aim in life. Listen to their advice and feedback.

Learn and grow

Personal growth is possible only when you step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Living in accordance with your new mantra will take effort but you will be pushing yourself to live a life with more meaning and purpose.

Team Building – Improve Internal Communication

Team Building – Improve Internal Communication

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Good communication is an important part of leadership and teamwork. Efficient communication will help in team building and employee retention. Becoming a good communicator will require patience, effort and trust.

Since good communication is a fundamental requirement for any business, it is highly important that entrepreneurs and managers focus on improving employee communication within the organization.

Here are a few tips on how you can improve internal communication:

Communicate from the start

It is important to create an environment where employees feel engaged and committed to your vision. Make sure to introduce new members to the team and to entrust them to a mentor who will provide them with the necessary information. Check on them frequently in the beginning.

Conduct regular meetings with employees at least once a day. Discuss how they are completing tasks and clarify any questions.

Have one-on-one meetings to discuss reports, projects and solve problems.

Always listen

Most people believe that communication is simply talking. But communication is a two way process. You must learn to listen to effectively communicate.

Listen to your employees and understand their goals and vision. Integrate their vision into the overall vision of the company.

Listening also helps in diffusing conflicts and prevents miscommunication.

Proper Feedback

Providing effective feedback is important when managing a team. Most employees require feedback to feel encouraged or to properly understand if they are on the right track.

Make sure that your offer both formal and informal feedback on a regular basis. Weekly or daily meetings are a good time to recognize employees for their contributions and achievements.

During formal reviews discuss the performance of the employee and address the action of the employee. It is also an opportunity to understand the employee’s needs. Ask if they require any training or are interested in taking on more responsibility.

Communicate any change

Change can be stressful time for anyone. Be open about any change happening in the business. Whether it’s a change in product, procedure or management, be sure to keep employees in the loop.

Explain the reasons for the change and its necessity. Be honest and straightforward with your employees. Openly communicating such changes will help employees in coping up with the situation.

Imbibe a communal feeling  

Proper communication will induce a sense of community within the employees. Organize company events where employees can meet and spend time together. Celebrate birthdays, weddings and personal achievements. Create opportunities for informal conversations.

The Art of Work Delegation

The Art of Work Delegation

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It is a leader’s primary responsibility to focus on the success of their people. You retain your top talent by keeping employees engaged, empowered and letting them develop their skills to become leaders.

A major problem for many growing businesses is the owner’s inability to delegate responsibility to employees. This will hinder the growth of the business.

Delegation is a critical skill all leaders must master to be successful. Not only will delegation give you more brain space and time to devote doing what you do best — visionary thought — but you will also empower your team. Being self-aware enough to recognize this is step one.

Here is a guide that will help you to delegate tasks to your employees:

Look objectively at the workload

Analyse the tasks that are to be completed in the following two weeks. Check if you are putting off major plans and operations to focus on the daily workload. Now, consider the tasks that could be delegated so that you can focus on the higher value activities.

Determine where your contribution is needed

Successful entrepreneurs know where their strength lies. If you are great at marketing then focus your attention on marketing and delegate other jobs to employees who are better at it than you.

By stepping back and letting others who are better equipped to manage certain areas take some of the load, you are making your life easier and improving your business’s performance.

Identify the best employees

Look for employees within your organization who are willing to take on more responsibility. When hiring, make sure to take the time to recruit people who have skills that balance your own. Create clear job descriptions, structured evaluation processes, and fair incentives. These will help you achieve your business’s goals.

Focus on employee growth

Lack of trust will only cause more troubles while delegating tasks. Trust your employee and resist the belief that only you can complete the job. Providing employees with training might be time consuming but it will prepare them to handle more complex tasks. Also a sense of making a contribution motivates people and increases their efficiency.

Share your business strategy

Being open to your employees about the business plan and strategy will provide your employees with a sense of direction. This shared vision will motivate them to perform better. It also encourages them to provide new and innovative ideas.

Develop a process

Make your business processes into a plan that is clear, detailed and teachable. This will prove to be highly beneficial when delegating tasks or teaching new recruits.

Focus on the end results

Do not judge people by their working style. Instead focus on the final results and see if they completed the tasks. Each person will have their own unique working style. What matters is the final result.

Through delegation might seem like a daunting and complicated process, it is an important part of a growing business. With proper communication and understanding any leader can easily master the art of work delegation.

Why you should never stop learning

Why you should never stop learning

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Education and learning is something that most people discard once they graduate school or university. But learning is a continuous process. It is an essential part of our existence. Continuous learning is important to for both personal and professional growth. Successful entrepreneurs never stop learning. They update themselves constantly and adapt to the situation. This in turn helps them in building a profitable business. Here are some more reasons on why you should never stop learning.

To stay updated

The only constant thing in life is change. Minor changes in the industry can vastly affect the business. It is important for businessmen to constantly monitor the changes and be up-to-date with the latest trends and needed skills. To keep up with the technological changes you need to learn new things and offer new products to stay relevant.

Being prepared

Sudden changes in the work environment can bring forth unexpected setbacks or failures. By learning new skills you can quickly adapt yourself to the change. Being knowledgeable about the industry will help you predict the changes and be prepared for the worst.

Personal and professional growth

Lifelong learning leads to personal and professional development. You will be able to switch jobs easily or even land promotions faster because of your vast skill set and area of expertise. New skills will prepare you for better opportunities.

Prevents stagnation

Most people stop their formal education once they start a job. Continuing your formal education will help you reach further up your career and even help you switch your position to the administrative or managerial side. The methods and procedures that you follow might become obsolete after a point of time. Identify the areas you are weak in and overcome these hurdles.

Innovative ideas

Learning new things and acquiring more knowledge can help you identify opportunities and come up with new products and solutions. Present problems can be dealt with in a more innovative and unique way that will eventually help the business in the long run. New products can boost sales and increase revenue.

Different perspectives

Continuous learning and new experiences will open up your mind to new possibilities. You will gain a deeper understanding of life and other people. This will help you view problems from different angles and perspectives. You will be able to negotiate better and come up with the ideal solution that will satisfy all sides.

Forward vision

Continuous learning is a process of preparing for the future while making you better in the present. It’s a lifelong process that makes you a better person and also helps in developing leadership qualities. When followed with the at most dedication and interest it can inspire other employees and foster in them the need to pursue education.

Lifelong learning is a basic requirement for long term success. With the sudden social, economic, political and technological changes happening in the world, it’s highly important for aspiring entrepreneurs to be fully prepared to take on the challenging world.

How to carve a successful freelancing career?

How to carve a successful freelancing career?

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Freelancing career is becoming more and more popular in the present era. The ability to work from home and being independent is drawing in more people into this new field. 

Given below are a few ways to carve a successful freelancing career: 

1. Find your area of expertise 

A single skill may not be taken seriously by companies hence do not limit yourself to one category, but do not try everything. List out a sensible skill set, explore new areas and find out what would be best suitable for your freelancing career to be built upon. 

2. Create a portfolio  

Ensure that your skill set is displayed in the best possible manner. Make your presence felt by using social networking platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Use other digital tools also like blogs, social media, e-commerce sites, etc. Make an impactful portfolio that will get noticed easily. Keep updating these platforms as your career grows. 

3. Use contracts 

Making use of contracts will ensure that both your client and you are on the same page. Have a general agreement with the clients about some basic yet essential terms like: 

  • The produced work is original and is not plagiarized. 
  • The client’s information will stay confidential. 
  • Your payment terms. 

4. Nail your clients 

Now that the foundation for your freelance career is set, you only need to find clients. Potential clients can be found using Google or any of the many social platforms. The farther you reach, the more likely you are to get work faster. Make sure that the work you offer can get clients. 

5. Focus on your business 

Focus on the identity of your brand and the type of projects you take. Pick one or two services to specialize in, and only accept work that falls into those categories. Turn down the rest. Once you have decided on your services be sure to translate that into your personal brand. 

6. Give emphasis on the present 

Do not get lost thinking about the future. Know where you want to be one day and do what is necessary to get there. Make a daily to-do list with small tasks that will help your freelancing career. Focus on your daily tasks and assignments. Take one step at a time to your long term goals. 

7. Be serious and confident 

Freelancing is almost like sole entrepreneurship. If you do not take your business seriously it will collapse. Take each client seriously. Be strong to face criticism and failure. Persist till you gain blind faith from your clients, and have a good reputation in the industry. 

Be determined and constantly work on improving your skill set. Be dedicated and passionate about your work. Once you have earned the trust and gained a good reputation in the industry, you have carved a successful freelancing career.  

Tips to Effectively Manage a Virtual Team

Tips to Effectively Manage a Virtual Team

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The rise of technology has helped businesses to create teams that cross physical boundaries. Virtual teams offer great flexibility and potential. But working in a globalized work space has its own unique set of challenges.

Given below are a few tips on how to effectively manage and guide a virtual team:

Encourage communication

Proper and adequate communication is necessary for the success of a team. Ensure that there is a free flow of information. Schedule regular meetings and discussions to clear doubts and define goals. Define a proper mode of communication that removes ambiguity and language and time barriers. Informal conversations and socialization can build trust among the team members.

Recruit the right people

Hire people who have the required communication skills and share similar interests. People who had previously worked on similar projects and undergone the same training activities are ideal candidates. Conduct proper interviews that help in identifying the candidate’s communication skills. The aim is to bring in diversity into the team while still ensuring that members can build trust.

Establish a goal

It is important to establish a common goal that is understood by all team members. These goals can be decided based on the broader business goals. Setting goals also helps in measuring the progress of the team. The entire team should have a meeting and work through a strategic planning process. Having a proper goal will make the team members’ more accountable.

Well defined tasks and roles

It is important that the team members understand their role within the team and the tasks that they are required to complete. Give the members a detailed description of the final goal. The best way to manage the productivity of the team is to set clear expectations for role and to conduct regular check-ins to measure the progress.

Choose the right tools

Choose the right software and tools that greatly benefit the team. Virtual teams depend of the latest technological devices for easier communication and management. When picking new software have a small trail period. Provide training to all the members on how to use the tool. Using multiple communication tools will ultimately benefit the team. The right project management tools help in tracking deadlines and provide an overview of the project.

Create a professional work space

Having a team that is spread globally makes it difficult in having a proper professional work environment. Nonetheless, try having a fixed time period daily where most of the team members are online to discuss problems. Being online at the same time encourages team collaboration.  All team members should be aware of the cultural differences within the team. Being aware of the cultural differences within the team will prevent future misunderstanding.

Virtual teams are the future of the modern world. The team leader must modify his methods to suit the needs of the team.