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Monday
Jan132014

Do Your People Look Tired?

It’s not fun to see tired people show up for work. They don’t have to call sick to demonstrate how tired they are. Often, just looking at them is proof enough.

There are many reasons why people look and act (and feel) tired. In this article, we look at 3 of the most important reasons for low energy and motivation for work. 


1) Physical Inactivity

The first and the obvious reason is lack of physical activity, preferably activity that involves the whole body. While you can always encourage your employees to get exercise (even provide incentives, by giving them discounted gym membership, for example) it’s even better if you create a physically active work environment where people are encouraged to move.


Encourage the habit of walking up to another in-office person instead of calling them on the phone. Hold your weekly meetings in a place where people have to walk a bit to attend. Incorporate some fun activities in your meetings and joint sessions where people have to move. Conduct some of your monthly or quarterly meetings in an open park and encourage people to bring their family and friends. 


2) Negative Thought Pattern

The second reason for low energy is negative habitual thought pattern. Nothing sucks energy from a person more quickly than a negative thought that’s thought over and over again. Thoughts produce emotions. Negative thoughts produce negative emotions. Positive thoughts produce positive emotions. 

There is power - the effortless power, not the “lightning-and-thunderbolt” kind of power - in positive emotions. A simple way to say this is: When we feel good we are effortlessly productive, when we feel bad, we are not.

Encourage your people to always look on the bright side of every situation, no matter how hopeless it may seem. Also work to infuse a sense of upbeat, positive tone in your work environment. Encourage your people to immerse themselves in inspiring and uplifting media: books, audio, video and the like. You may even create a formal or informal reward system where people with positive ideas and attitude are publicly recognized for those attributes. 


3) Hard-wired-ness for a Different Job

The third and perhaps the most important reason for low energy in your people is that they are doing a job that’s unnatural to them. This one is hard to detect, especially when the person in question is highly qualified for her position. Unfortunately, our society and family pressures often compel us to pursue professions that are not well-suited to our natural gifts and inclinations. So people who look great on resume could be very wrong for the job they are doing. 


What’s the solution? Put them through some personality assessments, preferably before you hire them, that will tell you if your people are well-suited for the job they were hired to do. Careful though! If you use personality assessments after the job interview, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. People that you fall in love with in the job interview may very well turn out to be the wrong people for the job after the assessment. That’s why, it’s a great idea to use such assessments well before they show up for the job interview. 

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Copyright 2014 Bhavesh Naik. All rights reserved.

Bhavesh Naik is the Founder and Creative Director of Awayre, LLC, a management consulting and human resource development firm specializing in activating the hidden power of a business process by engaging its people’s awareness. Awayre, LLC is a pioneer in bringing human awareness to the field of management and human resource development as its structural and fundamental component.
Thursday
Jan022014

You Probably Have a System, Even When You Think You Don't

One of the problems that many successful business owners share with me is the fact that they are busier than ever and yet they are not getting the equivalent results in return for their increased efforts. 

They are working harder, smarter and better, they say, than ever before and yet their results - revenues, sales, profitability, productivity and the like- are either the same or have not increased proportionately in relationship to the efforts that are put into the business. 

When they ask me what the solution could be, I sometimes ask them a question. I ask them what their system is like. Their response often is that they don’t have a system. Or that they do have systems but only in certain area of the business and not in others or that their systems are not yet fully developed. 

At that point, I often tell them: You probably have a system even when you think you don’t, especially when you don’t think you have them. It’s just that the systems that you do have are not producing the results you hope.

I always get a quizzical look in return so I give them an example.

Think about something that you repeatedly do. For example, let’s take a mundane activity we all perform - or should perform - at least once a day: brushing our teeth. 

If you made a video of you brushing your teeth for the next 30 days and watched it, you will notice a pattern. Perhaps it’s whether you pick up the tooth brush first or the tooth paste. Perhaps it’s how you squeeze the tooth paste out of the tube: from the top, bottom or middle. Perhaps it’s whether you put the cap back on after you use it or leave it on the counter-top for your spouse to clean it. Perhaps it’s the way you clean up the counter after you are done. 

That pattern you notice is your “system” for brushing teeth. Why do you use that particular system? Because it works for you and makes you effective at doing an activity you must do every day. 

Why is it important to look at this idea of a system? Because systems - activities performed consistently - produce results. If we don’t like the results we get, something must change in that system. 

Back to the example of brushing teeth. If my teeth aren’t white enough, I must do something differently in the way that I brush my teeth to get a different result: whiter teeth. May be I need to change the tooth brush or the tooth paste. Perhaps I need to add a new component into the system, flossing for example. And when I run out of options available to me in improving my system, I may have to see an expert, a dentist in this example. 

Think about a specific area of your business where the results you are getting are not satisfactory. Perhaps your sales revenues are not where you would like them to be. May be your product quality is not the standard that’s satisfactory to you or your clients. May be your client satisfaction has waned a bit and you would like to bring it up to a higher level. Or your expenses are out of control and your cash flow isn’t what you think it should be. 

In all of these cases, if you examined your system - the repeated things your people do on a consistent basis - you will most likely find the cause of that lack in performance. And once you find the cause of the problem, the solution can’t be that far behind, even in the rare circumstance that you need an outside help. 

One of the things we do at Awayre, LLC is to help you examine and document your important systems with the intention of helping you figure out if it’s bringing you the results you want. In most cases, we also give you ideas, strategies and recommendations to help you improve your system and what it would take to bring about that improvement. 

Ultimately, we like to move to the idea of Unsystem which is when the system is mastered so well that we forget that we even have a system. In other words, the system becomes so second-nature that it becomes a habit and the work become effortless. 

The system that you had but didn’t know you had is the Unintentional System. When we examine the system, fix its flaws and put in place a new system, it’s the Intentional System. When that new system becomes a habit so that much of the work becomes unconscious and effortless, once again we have a system that we don’t think we have but this time with a difference: It produces better results. 

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Copyright 2014 Bhavesh Naik. All rights reserved.

Bhavesh Naik is the Founder and Creative Director of Awayre, LLC, a management consulting and human resource development firm specializing in activating the hidden power of a business process by engaging its people’s awareness. Awayre, LLC is a pioneer in bringing human awareness to the field of management and human resource development as its structural and fundamental component.
Wednesday
Sep252013

Stagnant Business? Flow Forward

“The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.”
~ Sydney J. Harris 
Once a business becomes successful, there comes a time, sooner or later, when it hits a plateau. The revenues become flat. The margins erode. The net profits decline.

This is a challenging time for business owners. Such stagnation often saps their energy and enthusiasm, sometimes causing a negative spiral of declining growth which feeds negative mindset with further negative impact on the growth of the business. This is when many business owners complain of getting tired of running their businesses. 
 
This is a good time for some tough self-love and brutal self-examination and inquiry into the inner workings of your business.
 
If you are a business that has been successful but has begun to show the early signs of stagnation, I invite you to take Business Health Check with Awayre Quotient (AQ). It’s absolutely free and comes with a free 24-page score guide and strategy handbook. Click here to get started.

Copyright 2013 Bhavesh Naik. All rights reserved.

Bhavesh Naik is the Founder and Creative Director of Awayre, LLC, a management consulting and human resource development firm specializing in activating the hidden power of a business process by engaging its people’s awareness. Awayre, LLC is a pioneer in bringing human awareness to the field of management and human resource development as its structural and fundamental component.