Managing Fear of Change

managingchange_2-20-17Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

It is easy to expect change but difficult to embrace it. We could crave change, but when it falls in our lap, we may not be ready to accept it. One of the biggest challenges faced by most organizations is the ability to ‘sell’ change. Fear of the unknown triggered by change leads to resistance to change.

The key factors that help to navigate change include:

  • Knowing when to let go of the past in favor of new approaches
  • Recognizing that change will produce stress

When creating the opportunities for change, a rigorous effort is required to involve personnel at all levels in planning and implementing change. Although at first these changes may be driven by upper-level management or change agents, all persons within an organization need to be ‘drivers’ of change.

When working with these individuals, a change agent must assure them that they are not trying to place blame but rather to identify issues and develop strategies that will allow employees an opportunity to grow within an organization. It also involves assurances that feedback provided by employees is taken into consideration. How everyone adapts is critical to the success of change.

Let’s not be afraid of change but instead get excited to embrace the personal and professional opportunities change offers.  Sign up and join our community of learners by taking the free course on Managing Change at www.mycourseroom.com.

Benefits of Investing in Human Resources

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“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy

People are the MOST important assets of any company.  They determine an organization’s success or failure. Organizations recognize that no mission, vision, or goal can be achieved without an able and committed workforce.  Thus, investing substantially in human resource development aims to better understand employees, maximize their performance in accordance with the strategic objectives, and focus on controlling employee attrition and retaining the talent and knowledge of its personnel.

In today’s work environments, there is a huge investment in developing interpersonal skills along with the technical competencies. It has been proven that a team with members who have a positive attitude and who enjoy each other’s success has better cooperation, trust, and satisfaction for a job well done. These skills can be honed by providing training in emotional intelligence and being actively involved in team building activities.

Project human resource management includes the processes required to make the most effective use of the people involved with a project. It involves human resource planning, acquiring, developing, and managing the project team. MyCourseRoom offers a Human Resource Management course that provides learners with an understanding of the skills required for establishing and managing HUMAN RESOURCES effectively in a project environment. This course is also aligned with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® standards and guidelines. Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com.

MyCourseRoom is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) of PDU with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) accepts MyCourseRoom’s CEUs.

Exchanging Feedback Empathetically

giving-receivingfeedback_2-6-17“The best measure of whether or not we have an open mind is whether or not the other person in a particular situation feels like we have an open mind.”
— Excerpt from Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback @www.MyCourseRoom.com

Many of us have experienced how frustrating it is to be met with an eye roll when we are trying to tell someone something that we feel they should know.  Often when advice is offered, it aims to address some behavior or action that was not satisfactory or that could still use improvement in some way.  In order to ensure that this advice leads to positive reactions, we must be very careful to avoid sounding judgmental.

Understanding another person’s perspective makes us less judgmental.  It involves being aware of their needs and views and attempting to understand the reasons for their actions.  Empathy is an essential skill that increases understanding and creates trusting relationships.  It is crucial to personal and professional success.

Being empathetic, open-minded, non-judgmental, and sensitive to the feelings of others is not just beneficial for giving and receiving feedback but are pre-requisites for effective communication.  Our Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback course helps identify and develop key skills to use feedback to improve communication, contribute to the development of others, and leverage the expertise of others for continued self-improvement.  Sign up now at http://www.MyCourseRoom.com.  Our courses are free and credentialed for CPE and CEU, including the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

Use Stress to Your Advantage with Mindfulness Training

medcornerstonelogo_permittedMyCourseRoom is excited to announce a new course, Mindfulness for Physical Health. This course was donated to MyCourseRoom’s free public catalog and prepared by Cornerstone Mindfulness, LLC (CornerstoneMindfulness.com).

Using scientifically-based techniques in mindfulness, the authors teach how to reduce everyday stress and develop the mental skills to function at your highest level. Neuroscience studies show that mindfulness training has profoundly positive benefits on physical and mental health.

Mindfulness is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis,” according to Merriam Webster.

Go to MyCourseRoom.com, click on Course Catalog, and take our free, CPE and CEU credentialed course, Mindfulness for Physical Health.

Making Diversity Work

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”  —  Malcolm Forbes

diversityawareness_1-24-17Managing Diversity is an art.  It is not an obligation but a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace.  Many organizations today seem to honor and prize diversity.  It may be easy to talk about diversity as a strength, but it can be equally complicated to accept and embrace pluralism.  An organization with like-minded personnel can work together under a common paradigm; however when diverse recruits are accepted, conflicting paradigms surface.

The success of an organization lies in the way multifaceted talents, perspectives, and knowledge of employees from different backgrounds are harnessed to its advantage.  To understand and leverage the talents of a diverse workforce, it is important to include these employees in all areas of the organization, actively paving the way for them to become truly equal members of the team.

The lack of adequate knowledge about other cultures seems to be a significant reason for our limited success in embracing diversity.  Much of our understanding of other cultures or groups comes from stereotypes portrayed in the media or prejudices we learned growing up.  Let MyCourseRoom help you increase your Diversity Quotient by taking advantage of its free Diversity Awareness course that not only offers learners a good understanding of cultural diversity but also helps professionals like you to increase, manage, and leverage diversity effectively.  Sign up now at www.mycourseroom.com.

Communicate Effectively to Thrive Globally

communication_1-9-17Do you communicate to thrive or to survive?  In effective communication, the communicator ensures that his message has been received and understood.  In fact, communication has not occurred unless the sender’s message has been received as intended and not been misunderstood or miscommunicated.

Enhanced communication is an important part of everyday life.  Our success in our professional life is greatly influenced by how well we communicate.  Our happiness in our personal relationships is also greatly impacted by our communication style.

Often what we are trying to say is not heard or read accurately, and thus the gaps in such interactions are based on perceptions and past experiences.  The more crucial the conversation, the more important it is to convey your intent and ask others to provide feedback and confirm they have understood.

A study suggests that we normally spend about 70-80 of our alert time involved in some form of communication.  An average working person may attend about 62 meetings a month, receive or send over 120 emails a day, spend about 23 hours a week online – sending texts, emails, or using social media.

Irrespective of the form of communication, how each exchange is perceived at the other end influences your role as a leader.  MyCourseRoom is at your side to help you understand how to effectively maximize your communication skills to your advantage.  A 5 credit hour course in Communication at www.mycourseroom.com can help you develop specific skills through interactive and action-based lessons.

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