How to Become a More Likeable Boss

Boss 1Becoming a more likeable boss can sometimes be a difficult process to describe. It can be one characteristic that facilitates great communication and great employee relationships. It can be the special way that you show confidence in among your team. These and other events can become more easily managed with training.

While many who enter into management and leadership roles want to be genuinely liked by the workers they supervise, seeking popularity for its own sake can be a dead-end path. Many have tried to lead while seeking popularity only to find that, indeed, they are loved but not respected. Becoming a more likeable boss however does not mean you have to sacrifice respect. However, being a likeable boss and a respected boss does mean you have to learn to be more effective.

Whether you prefer an authoritative leadership style, a lenient one, or something in between, one factor that can truly enhance your effectiveness in leadership is to see yourself as serving the needs of your employees even as you serve the needs of your company or organization. Often these two sets of needs will coincide. The needs of your employees are the needs of a well-run organization as well. When they do contradict, seeing yourself as a kind of servant to your employees can help you to better weigh your priorities in both the long and short terms.

In our How to Become a More Likeable Boss Workshop, you will begin to see how important it is to develop better managerial skills. By managing and looking at the way people interact and seeing things in a new light, you will improve on almost every aspect of your career.

Workshop Objectives:

• Understand how to develop leadership qualities
• Know how to delegate effectively
• Choose inspirational and engaging tasks for yourself and others
• Use wisdom and understanding to lead others
• Identify the roles of your team
• Learn how to trust others and earn their trust

For inquiries about our workshops contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Schedule your training today. Get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. For a complete list of available soft skills training courses.

Darlene Hunter has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

 

 

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Work-Life Balance

Work life balanceHaving a balance between work and home life can be a challenge. With this challenge come great rewards when it is done successfully. By balancing a career with home life it will provide benefits in each environment. You will become healthier, mentally and physically, and you will be able to produce more career wise.

Work- life balance is essential to combat stress, ensuring both individual and company success. The stress associated with unbalanced lifestyles is costly; it damages productivity and increases individual health risks. Employees who have the tools to balance their professional and personal lives are happier, healthier, and more productive.

In addition to improving performance, many younger employees place a high value on work-life balance. Companies that include work-life balance as part of their culture will be able to better attract qualified candidates.

Understanding the benefits of a healthy balanced life will motivate anyone to make necessary changes. Balance will improve the lives of individual employees as well as the company culture. Learning the basics of work-life balance will also increase employee productivity, health, and morale.

Why It’s Important
A healthy balance between work and home should be a priority for everyone. Implementing proper work-life balance offers many important benefits. There are, however, many hazards linked with an unbalanced work and home life.

With our Work-Life Balance you will be managing your time better. Better time management will benefit all aspects of life; you will be working less and producing more. This workshop will show how to focus on the important things, set accurate and achievable goals, and communicate better with your peers at work and your family at home.

Workshop Objectives:

• Explain the benefits of work life balance.
• Recognize the signs of an unbalanced life.
• Identify employer resources for a balanced lifestyle.
• Improve time management and goal setting.
• Use the most effective work methods for you.
• Create balance at work and at home.
• Manage stress.

Darlene Hunter & Associates offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training to schedule your training and to get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.

For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene Hunter has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

 

 

Teamwork & Team Building

 

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Teamwork & Team Building

For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more successes than not.

Success is determined by a wide range of factors. When we are given a project or an assignment we are also usually given a metric to which we can gauge the success of it. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more successes than not.

What makes up a good team? Well, that question is open to interpretation. In our workshop  we will start with the first step in the team building process which is forming. We will discuss what makes up that stage and how each person in the team fits into the process.

Our Teamwork And Team Building workshop will encourage you to explore the different aspects of a team, as well as ways that you can become a top-notch team performer. You will be given the details and concepts of what makes up a team, and what factors into being a successful team and team member.

Workshop Objectives:

• Describe the concept of a team, and its factors for success
• Explain the four phases of the Tuckman team development model and define their characteristics
• List the three types of teams
• Describe actions to take as a leader – and as a follower for each of the four phases (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing)
• Discuss the uses, benefits and disadvantages of various team-building activities
• Describe several team-building activities that you can use, and in what settings
• Follow strategies for setting and leading team meetings
• Detail problem-solving strategies using the Six Thinking Hats model — and one consensus-building approach to solving team problems
• List actions to do — and those to avoid — when encouraging teamwork

Register for our next Teamwork And Team Building Workshop in Orlando, FL on June 27, 2017 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teamwork-team-building-workshop-tickets-34379398707

Darlene Hunter & Associates offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training to schedule your training and to get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

 

 

Increasing Self Awareness

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Self-awareness is an important part of everyday life. It transfers over to your personal, social, physical and work life. It can help one gain a better understanding of themselves, and how to live a better, more fulfilling life. When working to deepen one’s own self-awareness, it is important to fully engage yourself. One should take the time and proper steps, to fully become self-aware.

A vital way of becoming more effective in both business and life is by becoming more self-aware. If you can become aware of your self – your strengths and your weaknesses – then, you can become aware of the effects you create.

Only once you know your effects can you know how to change them, or even whether you should. Implementing the guidelines that we have outlined in our Self-awareness workshop is the first step in a continual process of deepening your awareness of your self and the effects you create. Becoming more effective can only deepen your rewards in both your professional and personal life.

One aspect of awareness of your mental self is being aware of your thinking style. Psychologists differentiate between two types of thinking styles: global and linear. Neither thinking style is inherently better than the other, however. These terms merely describe ways in which people process information. Global thinkers tend to be big picture thinkers. They’re more interested in the theory or concept behind something than they are in the minute details. Conversely, linear thinkers are more interested in the details than in the big picture. A linear thinker will tend to prefer step by step processes for doing things, rather than an overarching theory about them.

With our Deepening Self Awareness workshop, you will learn how beneficial becoming more self aware can be. A highly self aware person will become more equipped to deal with daily life and its challenges. Through this workshop, you will gain a new perspective on your self and your emotions, and become a valuable member to society.

Our Workshop Objectives:

• Define the self and different aspects of the self

• Learn from introspection

• Understand the nature and value of emotions

• Appreciate yourself

• Appreciate others

• Improve effectiveness

Darlene Hunter & Associates offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training to schedule your training and to get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.
For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

Creative Problem Solving

Inproblem solving 2 the past few decades, psychologists and business people alike have discovered that successful problem solvers tend to use the same type of process to identify and implement the solutions to their problems. This process works for any kind of problem, large or small.

Creative Problem Solving has evolved since its inception in the 1950s. However, it is always a structured approach to finding and implementing solutions.

The Creative Problem Solving process involves creativity. The problem solvers come up with solutions that are innovative, rather than obtaining help to learn the answers or implementing standard procedures.

The Creative Problem Solving process is at work anytime you identify solutions that have value or that somehow improve a situation for someone.

When tackling a new problem, it is important to talk to anyone who might be familiar with the problem. You can gather a great deal of information by asking questions of different people who might be affected by or know about the problem.

Darlene Hunter & Associates Creative Problem Solving workshop will give you an overview of the entire Creative Problem Solving process, as well as key problem solving tools that you can use every day. Skills such as brainstorming, information gathering, analyzing data, and identifying resources will be covered throughout the workshop.

Workshop Objectives:workshops

• Understand problems and the creative problem solving process
• Identify types of information to gather and key questions to ask in problem solving
• Identify the importance of defining a problem correctly
• Identify and use four different problem definition tools
• Write concrete problem statements
• Use basic brainstorming tools to generate ideas for solutions
• Evaluate potential solutions against criteria, including cost/benefit analysis and group voting
• Perform a final analysis to select a solution
• Understand the roles that fact and intuition play in selecting a solution
• Understand the need to refine the shortlist and redefine it
• Understand how to identify the tasks and resources necessary to implement solutions
• Evaluate and adapt solutions to reality

Public workshops are available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY

For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

Take the time to invest in yourself! For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com

Darlene has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

Entrepreneurship

 

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Be Your Own Boss

Would you like to be your own boss? Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Don’t know what to do about your great business idea? If you have ever thought about these situations then you need our entrepreneurship workshop.

 

Let our Entrepreneurship workshop help you achieve your dreams. Being an entrepreneur can be full of risks. These risks are minimized through drafting a business plan, knowing your competition, and successful marketing. All these and more can be found in our Entrepreneurship workshop.

Workshop Objectives:
• Understand how to start a business
• Develop a business plan
• Get financing for your business
• Hire and train employees
• Run your business
• Grow your business

Workshops available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA, and New York, New York
Contact info@DarleneHunter.com to attend a public workshops.
Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training for a full list of training workshops.

Obstacles: What Are They, Anyway?

Obstacles: What Are They, Anyway?

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When you think about obstacles, you may think about items, things, or people that obstruct, hinder, delay, frustrate, or even stop you. You may even believe that you have to jump over, go around, go under, or knock down obstacles. Obstacles can cause fear, terror, panic, depression, shock, despair, hopelessness, dejection, and misery.

According the Merriam Webster Dictionary the very definition of obstacle means obstruction, impediment, barrier, blockage, problem, difficulty, hindrance, or complication. We all seem to see obstacles in the same light: something we want to avoid.

Despite our desire to escape them, we all are faced with obstacles each day of our lives. Considering the definition of obstacles, it seems impossible for us to even consider that an obstacle could be a blessing. I certainly didn’t see any as blessings in my youth. At an early age, I was faced with many obstacles that terrified me, devastated me, and caused great sorrow. The difficulties of obstacles can indeed cause all that I have mentioned above and more. The feelings of depression, loneliness, abandonment, and even guilt that come from dealing with obstacles can change our lives and make it difficult for us to move forward.

How you move from one obstacle to the next depends on what you believe and what you hold to be true. You can choose to sit back and feel sorry for yourself and become self-destructive, or you can decide to move forward with hope, faith, and determination. You must have the strength of mind that you will not give up and then determine in your heart and mind that you will make it through by the grace of God, that by His strength, you will pull yourself up and move forward with life. Many times, when we go through problems, we become angry, withdrawn, displaced, and depressed. We would rather run away or just not deal with the issues. Some of the obstacles that we are faced with can even devastate or destroy us.

Obstacles can come in the form of violence, divorce, death, incest, molestation, rape, unexpected pregnancy, illness, broken relationships, loss of home, loss of job, and many other forms. In short, they are anything that causes that bump in the road, that lump in the throat, that pressure in the head, and that churn in the stomach. These are feelings of uncertainty that cause us to question how we will make it to the next day and who is in control. They are the source that causes our thinking to alter, emotions to waver, and feelings to fade.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

Continued Blessings,

Darlene

Excerpt from Darlene’s Book “Overcoming The Obstacles, Releasing The Winner in You,” Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. Available at www.Amazon.com , http://www.barnesandnoble.com and through bookstores nationwide.

About Darlene Hunter

Darlene Hunter, (www.darlenehunter.com), is president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC, a motivational / inspirational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude,” is her fourth on the theme of perseverance. She is the host of “The Darlene Hunter Show”, winner of the Fishbowl Radio Network 2013 Distance Show Of The Year Award. Hunter has been a top performer in management for more than 30 years.