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Achieving Balance

Published June 27, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Scheduling ways to maintain a positive healthy life, away from career obligations, is what most experts agree is an essential component for managing time  and stress issues. Many employees however, especially those who are driven with tunnel vision focus, view their career as the core of life’s purpose. They are not cognizant that part of having a successful career includes understanding the importance of achieving balance so that the career does not consume a person’s life. In other words, many people don’t realize that a significant element in achieving successful career outcomes and reaching higher levels of performance is getting rest and taking a mental absence or vacation from the demands of the workplace. In fact, many experts agree that incorporating ways to maintain a positive life outside of work leads to improved productivity in the work place and a larger satisfaction out of life in general.

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The reality is that in today’s economy, many people spend most of their time focused on earning a living. Zen Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hahn (2012) reminds us that a person’s well-being is affected by their ability to earn an income and provide for their families. He asserts that the manner in how people live their lives and the way they earn a living is a crucial component to their health and well-being. For example, work can be an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to express their deepest passions and dreams. It can also be the source of significant nourishment, tranquility, transformation, and inspiration. On the other hand, it can be the source of high anxiety, stress, discomfort, pain, and discontent. In addition, he suggests the choices people make and the level of consciousness they apply determines how much happiness they create. Hanh further postulates that if individuals bring a sense of awareness to every moment in their life – in other words, practice being mindful by bringing full attention to what is happening in the present moment – it can help people make better choices that can ultimately lead to creating more balance for ourselves and with others (Hanh, 2012). In short, people have a lot more influence in developing a pleasant work environment than they realize. We each have the ability to find new avenues to work in partnership to cultivate joy and passion in our jobs and can do so without being harmful to other humans, animals, or the environment. This strategy is beneficial to all living things. The good news is that conditions which result in stress and lower productivity can be changed by incorporating some of the following tactics: (a) enabling individuals to assess their well-being, (b) encouraging them to become more aware of the components or situations that create stress and burnout problems, and (b) implement strategies and systems focused on helping them maintain balance.

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In conclusion, if these issues are not addressed, it could result in low productivity or worse, create disastrous consequences to an individual’s personal life, as well as to an organization’s overall success and image. Achieving balance in our lives helps ensure that our careers do not dominate our reality, especially to the point where an individual is incapable of discerning or enjoying personal time, which once lost, can never be replayed. In his book, Organizational Behavior, Donald Baack (2012) disclosed that without including personal time off a person risks making more errors and bad judgment calls. In addition, they are likely to experience less success in career outcomes, and worse, risk a shorter life expectancy (Baack, 2012). That’s reason enough to take time off. Speaking of … that’s it for our time together this week. I too, am going to take some time off as a strategy to improve my own organizational management skills. I’ll be back with new blog posts after Independence Day. Have a great weekend everyone!

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No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein

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References:

Baack, D. (2012). Organizational Behavior. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Hanh, T. (2012). Work: How to find joy and meaning in each hour of the day. Berkeley, CA: Parallax Press.

 

The Role of Communication

Published May 30, 2014 by Mayrbear's Lair

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Communication affects every element in an organizational environment. When an organization is in the early stages of development the need for quality communication is essential for every step of the journey. It can affect, for example, how an organization is introduced, how it grows, how it matures, and it can affect whether or not it succeeds or fails. Baack (2012) suggests that communication in an organizational environment is important because messages transmitted inefficiently can affect outcomes with suppliers, retailers, government officials, special interest groups, and a variety of individuals the organization interacts with (Baack, 2012). That’s because the different delivery methods of communication include: letters, reports, statements, interpersonal contacts, public relations statements, and marketing messages that can be transmitted in a way that either builds relationships or breaks them. In other words an organization cannot survive unless quality interactions take place between these individuals and the groups they transmit to.

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The two major levels of communication takes place on: (a) an interpersonal level, and (b) within the organization itself. Also, the methods and systems of communication and technologies that transmit information vary from organization to organization. These systems include the dynamics of intra-group (within) and inter-groups (between). It also includes more sophisticated methods of moving information throughout an organization. For example, interpersonal communication takes place between individuals as in the following examples: (a) supervisor to employee, (b) employee to employee, and (c) supervisor to a team of staff members. Organizational communication systems, on the other hand, take place as follows: (a) between members of the team or group, (b) between two or more groups, (c) formal management channels, and (d) informal channels through gossip and rumor. These are the most common levels of business communication.

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The more training and experience an individual develops in communicating, the more effective they will be in broadcasting their message efficiently. In my eBooklet, Breaching Communication Barriers (2013), I revealed that charismatic people like motivational teacher Anthony Robbins, make communicating information seem effortless and fun. What most people are not aware of however, are the years he spent practicing and perfecting his communication skills so that now he can communicate his messages more effectively without tainting his working or personal relationships (Berry, 2013).

When an organization is in the early stages of development, they invest a great deal of money and effort to communicate to potential customers, suppliers, and staff members of their existence. As the organization grows, the channels of communication also grow because of the number of groups that require attention. Established organizations, in the meantime, have developed more sophisticated communication systems to conduct operations efficiently. In other words, enhanced skills in the areas of communication and the management of those systems are vital to each operation. In short, the messages that are sent out as an organization experiences the various stages of its life cycle, can either contribute or contaminate the organization’s outcomes. For more information on effective methods to break the communication gap, pick up a copy of my eBooklet on amazon.com by clicking on the image below, where this business life eBook was recently featured as a great gift idea for Father’s Day!

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That wraps up things for this week. Have a great weekend everyone … and remember keep working on your channels of communication and stay organized!

Breaching Audio book coming soon

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Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. – Albert Einstein

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References:

Baack, D. (2012). Management Communication. San Diego, CA, USA: Bridgepoint Education.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Breaching Communication Barriers (Vol. 2). (C. Angela, Ed.). USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.