JW Way Fundamental #25: Candidly discuss, then align. "Healthy, respectful discussion creates better solutions. Discuss concepts without personal attacks. Check your ego and search for the best solution rather than proving you are right. Once a decision is made, be fully aligned and completely supportive of it."
Relationships, whether they be work or personal, depend on reciprocal candid dialogue among all … Read More
Mentoring is More Challenging than Ever
Most professionals still are working remotely and will be for the foreseeable future. This makes mentoring relationships much more challenging. You can have phone calls or Zoom calls with a mentor or accountability partner, but mentoring relationships grow from forging a relationship based on knowing each other. Getting to know each other is harder to do by phone or Zoom unless that close relationship already … Read More
Appreciation, Gratitude and Humor Help Offset Pandemic Negativity
The past few months have been the most unusual in my life. I never thought I would experience an event that would shut down the world and I have. While there is re-opening of some states, we are far from being back to normal. Having talked to a lot of people about how the pandemic impacts them, I noticed some trends emerging from those conversations.
There is now a lot of clarity around what matters most. Before … Read More
5 Ways to Help Others and Stay Mentally Strong
We are a few weeks into shelter at home, social distancing, remote working, and job losses. What mental health experts warned us might happen, has happened. Some people are lonely, frightened, agitated, and angry. Others are able to cope and adapt to the new normal easier.
People who are normally social connectors may be struggling the most. They have lost one of their primary purposes. These are the people who … Read More
Practice Active Listening
JW Way Fundamental #5: Listen Fully. "Listening is more than simply not speaking. Give others your undivided attention. Set aside your own judgments and preconceived notions. Listen with focus. Most importantly, listen to understand."
COVID-19 has brought many new challenges to the way we communicate with our coworkers, clients, families, and friends. Never has listening been more important than it is now. We … Read More
Be Kind – It Matters Now More than Ever
We are in unprecedented times. The limits on society are changing daily as the world tries to slow the spread of Covid-19, the Coronavirus. People are hoarding certain foods and toilet paper. Videos of people fighting over the last package of toilet paper in a store have been posted on social media. Many people are out for themselves and ignoring the negative effect they are having on their community and neighbors. … Read More
Great Leaders Share these Seven Traits
COVID-19 has created unprecedented turmoil globally. Few businesses have been able to avoid the impact. How leaders have responded is widely varied. They have either been decisive and calmed concerns or have created more chaos. What leadership characteristics are making the biggest positive impact?
Empathy may be the most important leadership trait in this crisis. Understanding, and caring, how this will impact … Read More
Boost Your Efficiency
JW Way Fundamental #14: Work Smart. "Be organized and plan work for maximum efficiency. Have the tools necessary before starting your work. Be thoughtful about your schedule and have a game plan for calls, tasks, and the workday. Establish priorities and work on them first."
I love this fundamental. My brain likes to work in efficiency mode so this fundamental deeply resonates with me. Since this is not an easy … Read More
Be Open to Other Perspectives
JW Way Fundamental #13: Embrace Diversity. "Celebrate our differences. Be aware of and address implicit bias. Be open to learning from others, regardless of their background or role. Be mindful that we make better decisions when we consider multiple perspectives. Hire, mentor, compensate, and promote based on merit."
Workplace diversity is typically characterized as diversity in human traits and characteristics: … Read More
Be a Mensch, Not a Jerk
JW Way Fundamental #16: Don't be a jerk - always take the high road. "Maintain professionalism at all times. Keep emotions under control. Advocating forcefully for the interests of our clients does not require bullying, condescension, foul language, or temper tantrums. This applies to co-workers, opposing counsel, and vendors. Always be a “mensch”. "
This is wise advice, and certainly makes many of … Read More