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Enter the Matrix (of Motivation, that is!)

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In our last post, we discussed the important role that managers play in creating a motivating environment for their employees. This week, we’re switching gears to focus more on the individual (aka you!) and what you can do to find (and maintain) motivation at work.

For starters, motivation isn’t exactly optional in the workplace. Within each workday, we are constantly striving toward change. Whether it’s leading a team toward a shared objective, or something smaller like completing an expense report, successfully driving change by taking action day in and day out defines the very nature of work.

And this is not always easy! Sure, some days we’re operating in our “flow”, but we all have our fair share of days where work feels like a grind...

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Your Users’ Guide to YOU

Up-Front Information is a Game-Changer 
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How many times have you experienced the anxiety of a change in the workplace? This could come from a promotion, a transfer, starting a new job, or even getting a new boss. It’s an uncomfortable, but generally unavoidable part of taking on new career opportunities. Part of that innate worry stems from a place of “I hope I’m good at this”, but a lot of it can come from a place of, “I hope these people get me.” The worry is valid—being misunderstood is a major concern for most people, in all facets of life. Ted Hockey, CEO of TD Ameritrade, set out to proactively ensure his new employees (over 7,000 of them) had a clear, accurate understanding of him before his first day.

In his Fast Company article, “I wrote a users’ guide to mys...

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Powering Employee Development: A Success Story

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Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Southwest Business Corporation (SWBC) provides hundreds of insurance, mortgage, and investment solutions to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Since the late 1970s, SWBC’s workforce has grown at an increasing rate thanks to their strong relationships with financial institutions and insurance companies. However, the company had no formal processes to pursue training and development opportunities for their growing staff. As they continued to expand, SWBC knew they needed to invest in their employees for the company to thrive.Everything DiSC® provided the framework for SWBC to create a program for employee development that aligned with their organization’s values and culture...
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Make the Most of Meeting Using Work Style

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Meetings. They’re a pretty polarizing subject. Some people (and most businesses) place a lot of value in conducting and attending thorough meetings that occur regularly. Other people would gleefully drink burnt coffee for a year if it meant not having to set foot in another meeting. They’re too long, they’re disorganized, they’re boring, the information covered could’ve easily been an email…these are all common (and valid) complaints. The reality is, meetings are an essential part of almost any organizations—but they do have a tendency to go really, really wrong. Luckily, there are ample online resources to transform meetings from dysfunctional to optimal.

We really liked the tips given in Dori Meinert’s article on SHRM.org, “7 Steps to Running Better Meetings...

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How Can You Create an Environment of Motivation?

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When motivation fatigue hits employees, it can seem insurmountable—especially from a management point of view. While a manager’s knee-jerk reaction might be to jump in and take it upon themselves to fix the situation, this can actually be counterproductive. Managers often try to motivate their employees, but in reality, motivation is best achieved when it comes from within.

Sounds like quite the dilemma, right? But evoking motivation in people may not be as challenging as you may think. Looking back on Daniel Pink’s TED Talk “The Puzzle of Motivation” (referenced in our introductory post last week), it seems most organizations tend to motivate people through extrinsic means—financial incentives, pizza parties, or even through fear of consequence—when research shows that peopl...
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Bridging Generational Differences in the Workplace

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Did you know that for the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace? Five! In a time where diversity and inclusion are (thankfully!) a top priority for organizations, generational diversity can be easy to overlook. Yet, each generation brings diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and behavioral norms to work that, when effectively connected, can improve organizational culture and performance.

The notion of so many generations now working together hadn’t really occurred to us until we watched Chip Conley’s TED Talk, “What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work – and vice versa”. Conley, Airbnb exec—and, coincidentally, Wiley-published author—found himself as the company elder when he brought his hospitality industry expertise to the (at the time) up-and-c...

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Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. Achieves Highest Sales Honor

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MARCH 1, 2019
Atlanta Business Achieves Highest Sales Honor

Minneapolis, MN—Wiley announced today that Atlanta business Laura A. Davis & Associates is a 2018 Diamond Award-Winning Partner. The Diamond designation recognizes Laura A. Davis & Associates’ commitment to building better workplaces with the help of Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, proven workplace assessment-driven solutions from Wiley.

“We are excited to partner with professionals like those at Laura A. Davis & Associates who want to make a difference in the world of work,” says Susie Kukkonen, Vice President of Partner Channels at Wiley...

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You can become a certified Everything DiSC® Facilitator and/or Coach

Are you interested in becoming certified as an Everything DiSC® Facilitator and/or Coach?

Was this on your New Year’s resolution list for 2018? It’s not too late to sign up now.

It’s easier than you think! Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc. is an Authorized Partner for three brands of Wiley products, including the Everything DiSC Workplace Facilitator Certification program. We can help get you on your way to becoming a DiSC® facilitator for your organization.

Here is a link to the upcoming certification schedule. Act now as these classes fill up quickly!

Certification puts the power of training into your own hands, allowing you to share the benefits of the Everything DiSC suite of products with your team. Everything DiSC offers immediate, applicable solutions to build better relationshi...

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Productive Conflict Masterclass July 19 from 10 to 11:30 AM ET

LAD-LI-Photo-7-17Workplace conflict is inevitable. Yet most people in organizations either try to avoid it or attempt to deal with it in equally destructive but more aggressive ways.

Entrepreneur Magazine estimates that unproductive conflict in the workplace costs US businesses $358 billion per year. In addition, the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with unproductive conflict situations.

How you respond to conflict is a CHOICE. AND Productive Conflict between individuals as well as on a team is actually necessary to promote innovation, creativity, engagement, and profit.

Making conflict productive is not all about following steps in a conflict resolution model. It is about understanding why we do what we do and learning how to manage our behavior as well as our thoughts and feelings that...

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Why Competence Is NOT the Most Effective Way to Lead

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“Warmth is the conduit of influence.” 
~ Cuddy, Kohut, and Nefinger, HBR July/August 2103 issue

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~  Carl Jung

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” 
~ Daniel Goleman

“Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” 
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I like to combine the dra...

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