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  • 3 Ways to Be a Leader People WANT to Follow

    12/28/16 7:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    Does your team follow you because they want to – or because they have to?

    It’s an important question. Leaders who truly inspire others in the workplace create a positive cycle of success and high performance in which people:

    • exert higher levels of discretionary effort;
    • feel empowered to do their jobs to the best of their abilities;
    • are invested in organizational outcomes;
    • remain loyal, even when times are tough.

    But managers who lead using fear tactics, micromanagement or manipulation? Although they may “get the job done,” their organizations typically pay a high price in terms of turnover, productivity and engagement.

    Here’s how to be a leader your team chooses to follow:

    Give your team what they expect.

    This Forbes article outlines seven things employees expect from their leadership. Here are the top four:

    • Specificity. Be direct and explain what you want in plain language.
    • Empowerment. Give employees the tools and freedom to make decisions and learn from failures.
    • Vulnerability. Don’t pretend you have all the answers; ask for help when and where you need it.
    • Honesty. Tell the whole truth – even when it’s tough. Rose-colored glasses undermine your ability to lead effectively. When things get difficult, be willing to look at cold, hard truths (about yourself, your team, your products/services and your competition). Only by acknowledging reality can you begin to change it for the better.

    Improve your “executive presence.”

    Being perceived as a leader – someone who has the ability to command a room and project gravitas – is essential to success in an executive role. Become a leader people truly want to follow by displaying confidence in these three components of “executive presence“:

    • Communication style. Speak with passion and energy, using decisive and clear language.
    • Nonverbal cues. Stand tall and make appropriate eye contact when addressing your team. If you’re sitting, place your elbows on the table and lean slightly forward when speaking.
    • Appearance. Although less important, employees and peers still expect executives to dress appropriately for the role. Unkempt attire or provocative clothing undercuts executive presence.

    Take a page from LeBron’s book.

    In “The Leadership Secrets of LeBron James,” we shared four essential components of LeBron James’ success (which you can incorporate into your own approach to leadership):

    • He acknowledges his failures.
    • He continually pushes himself to achieve higher levels of performance – even though he’s at the top of his sport.
    • He sets realistic expectations, although he always aims high.
    • He brings out the best in his teammates, much as a smart business leader adapts his management style to match each employee’s personality.

    Need team players to help execute your vision?

    Exact Staff is here for you. With offices nationwide, and a full complement of staffing and placement services, we can connect you with high performers to strengthen your core team. Improve performance. And execute your vision in 2017.

    What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

Perform, Lead and Succeed: 10 Inspirational Quotes

12/21/16 3:06 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Think inspirational quotes are corny? Cliché? A complete waste of time?

Maybe you just aren’t reading the right ones.

An insightful quote can motivate you to perform better, lead more effectively, or renew your enthusiasm for whatever it is you do. And regardless of industry, role or experience level, we all need occasional reminders to recalibrate our thinking and handle tough situations more effectively.

The following quotes have helped inspire us here at Exact Staff, and we hope they’ll do the same for you:

 

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

–John F. Kennedy

 

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
–Colin Powell

 

“Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: ‘Busy doing what?'”
–Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

 

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
–Bob Dylan

 

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
–Tim Notke

 

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values; they’re hobbies.”
–Jon Stewart

 

“Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.”
–Tryon Edwards, American theologian

 

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
–Confucius

 

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
–Robert Jordan, author

 

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
–Henry Ford

What quotes motivate or inspire you?

We’d love to know – please leave your comment below! And if you need supplement staff to support your busy team, Exact Staff is just a phone call away!

Become a More Successful Leader by Developing this Habit

12/14/16 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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You keep your offices, your operations and your company finances in great shape.

What about your own body?

Great leaders – people like Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Barack Obama – have rigorous fitness routines for a good reason: they understand how important exercise is to being an effective boss.

Research supports what these professionals already know:

  • According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise improves mood, combats chronic disease, boosts energy level and promotes better sleep.
  • A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that workers with poor health habits display subpar work performance more often than other workers.
  • This research summary prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health cites substantial evidence of a relationship between physical activity and improved cognitive and executive functioning, as well as executive control.

Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, learning and decision-making. And that’s just the start! Responsible exercise habits also deliver the following benefits that will support your success as a leader:

Travel Stamina

Have to fly across time zones, dash through train stations or attend marathon conferences as part of your role? Being in great shape minimizes the impact of travel-related stress.

Increased Networking Opportunities

In decades past, important business deals were often struck late-night over clinking rocks glasses. But boy, times have changed. Now, you’re just as (if not more) likely to find professionals conducting business and growing their networks at the gym or sporting events.

Improved Appearance

Yes, it’s unfair – but it’s a fact of life. Research reported in the Economist demonstrates just how much physical attributes impact people’s perceptions of leaders. On the whole, our population is biased to favor tall, fit leaders. You may not be able to change your height, but you can absolutely tip the scales in your favor (pun intended) by improving your fitness.

What do you need to achieve as a leader?

Exact Staff delivers exceptional talent and innovative strategies to meet your local or national requirements. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, we provide a range of staffing and placement solutions to increase productivity and performance.

What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

Prevent Burnout by Flipping Your Thinking

12/7/16 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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“Check out.”

“Disconnect.”

“Unplug.”

When it comes to preventing job burnout, conventional wisdom advises you to find ways of distancing yourself from your work. But while a hardcore “no work after 5 p.m.” policy or a two-week vacation may sound amazing, they’re not practical for most managers.

What’s more, work demands aren’t the chief cause of burnout. According to research cited in this SmartBrief article, poor relationships (e.g., passive-aggressive, rude or bullying behaviors) are the real problem. And it makes sense. A lack of real connection with important people inside and outside your office can drain your emotional energy, undermine your effectiveness and lead to feelings of depersonalization.

The best way to protect yourself from burnout? Flip your thinking. When work is overwhelming you, don’t disconnect; strengthen these three connections to recharge your emotional energy levels:

Reconnect with Yourself

It may sound cliché, but taking time to take care of yourself increases your emotional and physical well-being – making you more resilient to all types of stress. So treat yourself like a client or customer, and schedule regular time to do the things that make you feel more like yourself – whether it’s exercising, tackling nagging to-dos, pampering yourself, meditating, reading or growing as a professional. The activity itself is not as important as how much it allows you to press your personal “reset button.”

Nurture Relationships with Coworkers and Customers

Forced to work with difficult clients? Managing disengaged employees? Out of touch with your customers’ needs? Maybe it’s time to wrap your metaphorical arms around them. Strengthen transactional or dysfunctional work relationships by:

  • Asking important questions, such as “What are the biggest problems you’re facing?”
  • Making relationship “deposits,” by finding little ways to add value or make others’ jobs easier.
  • Spending time on the front lines. If your job has distanced you from the people who matter most to your business, make time to reconnect with them directly.

Strengthen Connections Outside Work

Demanding work schedules and increased use of technology are fueling an epidemic of loneliness in our country. The best antidote? Facetime with friends and family. You’re disciplined and intentional about giving clients, vendors and customers the time and attention they need. To, ward-off burnout, invest the same level of effort into strengthening personal relationships.

Want to be a more effective manager? Connect with the right staffing partner.

The right staffing partner can enhance your efficacy by delivering exceptional people to support everyone on your busy team and prevent burnout. With a national presence, and a full complement of staffing and placement services, Exact Staff can design the ideal solution for your business.

 

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