Leaders and Entrepreneurs must be good storytellers. They have to be so that they can realize the dreams and goals they have for their business, product or service. I met a local Entrepreneur. A young one at that. At least to me, he was young as he had not yet reached his 20th Birthday. He was sent to me for advice regarding his new business venture. As I sat in the local Coffee Shop, I watched him, and his product walk toward me. He was excited, and you could tell that by looking at him.
Let’s be honest; most human beings dislike conflict. They avoid it because it makes them feel uncomfortable AND they believe it is either an affront to their authority or a sign of disharmony.
To paraphrase Gordon Gecko (Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street), “Conflict is Good.”
Assertive communication is how we express ourselves to others in a firm yet positive way. It is different from aggressive communication. Aggressive communication is often viewed as harmful. Aggressive communication is sometimes viewed as a way of establishing individual superiority by putting others down. Some characteristics of aggressive communication are sarcasm, harsh tones (regardless of intent and condescending statements directed toward others. When individuals are feeling stressed nor overwhelmed they tend to communicate in an aggressive manner. Assertive communication, on the other hand, is a more respectful form of communication that considers our own needs while being respectful of the needs and feelings of others.
What can you do to be more assertive and less aggressive in communicating?
We have heard it over and over. “We have to work on establishing a more engaged workforce.” “We have to get our employees more engaged” What does that mean? Let’s define Employee Engagement. Employee Engagement is nothing more than the extent the individual chooses to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities toward an effort. I invite your attention to three words “the individual chooses.”
What does that mean?
Workforce Planning is the single best way to not only drive your talent strategy but also to support your overall business strategy. Your workforce planning strategy should not exist unless it is aligned with and supporting your overall business strategy. Building a Workforce Plan, as I have shared before, takes time, effort and knowledge. A common concern is its complexity. Is Workforce Planning Too Complex?
Let’s answer that question…