Of course you have heard this question. Everybody has! The answer is probably yes. If you even wonder whether you should write something down… do it. Being the person to remind the group of writing results down – or even doing it yourself without even asking that question – might trigger your colleagues to wonder why you insist on this. So let’s quickly review the top three possible reasons.
Have you ever learned by accident that someone really didn’t like your presentation, or meeting, or workshop that you held? And you wondered why they didn’t tell you? Maybe you even got a bit mad that they didn’t tell you, because you explicitly asked for feedback? If you start looking for a reason, there are two processes that might not have worked: Providing the feedback and receiving it.
We have all been there: the online meeting is already quite intense, and there’s this one colleague who scores the hat trick of annoying habits. Or maybe there’s no colleague who is like this… maybe it’s you and you don’t even know! Read on to check if you might be annoying your colleagues without even knowing…
Nonviolent communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s is an approach to human interaction based on the assumption that everybody is capable of empathy and compassion, and that conflict only arises when your own needs are not met. NVC is bigger than your workplace – for some, it’s more like a world view, and there are also parenting strategies based on NVC. It basically can be applied to any system or organization, because it’s so universal – that’s the beauty of it!
As a team leader, empowering your team and helping them succeed is critical. In the digital age, you will not be respected as a leader just because you have a title. Instead, your team will trust you if you show responsibility, engagement, and trustworthiness. The style of your collaboration with your team and other teams is crucial on your path to obtaining these virtues. As nice as it is to have an external coach for every workshop, this is not always possible (time- or money-wise), and you will be in the position to plan and execute a workshop with your team. The better you plan ahead, the better the outcome of your workshop will be – so every minute you can invest in planning has its worth.
There are those days where work just piles up sky-high. You start in the morning with too much work for the day and when you finish in the evening, the piles are even higher. No wonder that you feel exhausted and frustrated, especially if you cannot see the silver lining. The bad news is: There’s no way to avoid this completely. The good news is: You can be responsible for creating your own silver lining.
Boy, I wished that I hadn’t heard this sentence in real life from a manager – but I have. Learning and developing your team still is news to some people in a leading position. If you are one of them, please take a few minutes and read on. I’ll promise to make it short! Here’s five good reasons why you should encourage your team to learn, even if you’re really not interested in their development.
Since I started working as a machine translation specialist, one of the most complex and interesting questions that impacted my daily work was this one: How can machine translation achieve human quality? This article is not a technical description of the numerous options you have to measure human quality, like BLEU score or other evaluation methods. No, in this post, I want to discuss a much more complicated question: What is human quality? Spoiler Alert: Human quality should be called Schrödinger’s quality instead, because it always has different states that are only distinguishable once they are in the past. I will present three reasons for this behavior.
Close your eyes and think of someone you really, truly trust. I bet it’s neither your boss, nor a colleague, right? It may be your spouse, your parent, your best friend, or your child. If you’re spiritual, it could be your God. However, you will most often hear this sentence from your boss or colleague. Let’s figure out why.
When discussing bias and prejudices with colleagues, I have more than once heard the sentence: This is not a problem for me. For others, yes, but I am free of bias… I think. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning: No one on this planet (and to my knowledge in the whole universe) is free from bias. There is a pretty simple explanation for this: Because we all have a brain. As a team leader, our most important job is to be aware of this fact, accept it, and act as independent from it as possible.