Here at Change Masters we hear some hair-raising stories of people being treated badly in the workplace. It can range from being expected to do the jobs of three people, to leaders who never have a conversation with their employees because they’re so stretched. Studies report that 77% of employees currently report being burned out on the job. They’re fried – are you?
After 25 years of coaching executives on their leadership skills, we know this to be true – you often don’t know how you’re coming across to others. Simply put, if you have a greater awareness of how your style impacts your ability to be effective, you’ll be less burned out. Being more aware of nuances and subtle mannerisms you’re projecting can make a big impact on both sides of the relationship.
Our coaching clients at Change Masters tell us repeatedly that increasing their self-awareness lets them “wear a new pair of glasses” so they can see things others can’t!
How do you influence more effectively in this workday drama of communication and interaction? Well, here are three tips we’ve seen work consistently:
1. Have a greater awareness of the other person’s point of view to be more effective in various situations.
2. Be more aware of your body language and what it projects.
3. Managing the inflection and emphasis pattern in your voice differently — say what you mean and mean what you say.
These three simple rules get things done faster and in a more interesting way. When you start observing those around you in a new way and communicate accordingly, they’ll react to you differently, and it’s like starting the game over.
But let me ask you two questions….what drains your energy most at work? What gives you the greatest energy boost? For free tips or more information to increase your executive presence under pressure, go to www.changemastersacademy.com.