8 Things to Judge if you are Empowered

The Empowerment definition that I love is “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights”.  As this would indicate, empowerment is a continuing process.  As we work on becoming stronger and more confident, we become more in control of our destiny. The dream to be in control of one’s destiny is within all of us.  The ability to make it a reality differs from individual to individual.  I have had the pleasure of interacting with such empowered people. Some young and some not so young. What is the secret of these empowered individuals? Knew their core values They knew their core values and used them as a foundation to make choices.  As their choices  were in harmony with their values, they were at peace with themselves.  At times, the decisions they made did not yield material well being.  But they were comfortable that they had not compromised themselves in any way. Do you know your core values?  What are they? Knew themselves They knew their strengths, skills, personality and talents very well. They were very conscious of any development needs that they had. They knew their passions and aspirations.  They were clear on their internal and external motivators. They were also clear on the environments that made them flourish.   Do you know your strengths, skills and talents?  What are your passions and aspirations?  Do you know what you would sacrifice to pursue your goals? Do you know how others perceive you? Had open minds They were prepared to try new things or hear and consider new ideas.  They did...

11 Types of Challenging Staff Members and How to handle them

Over the past few months I have written about challenging bosses and colleagues. To complete this picture, I am now writing about the other part to this puzzle – challenging staff members. There is no prescriptive way to bring out the best in people. The foundation for inspiring employees is trust, a safe environment and good intent. Only with such a sound foundation will a leader be able to use practical tactics to address these challenging staff members.   Who are these challenging Staff members? High Maintenance In most cases, these employees are very good at what they do. They need validation, acknowledgement or a sounding board.  This can mean many hours of conversation which can be tiring for managers, who have many other issues on their plate. Setting up regular time slots for meetings is a good way to limit the time spent with these individuals. Bring in the routine to nudge them into the allotted time slot if they ambush you at other times. Ask them if it is a critical issue. If not, push them back to the agreed meeting time.  Make sure that you are present and mindful in the time allotted for them. They are smart enough to know when you are not engaged.  This will certainly turn them off you and you will lose them. Disorganised These individuals cannot prioritise or manage their work.  They are notorious for missing deadlines and delaying projects.  Many of these individuals attend time management courses as a remedy.  Unless there is some follow through in their jobs, these courses will make barely any difference in these individuals...