4 Powerful Reasons Mastering Tough Conversations is Urgent

4 Powerful Reasons Mastering Tough Conversations is Urgent

Friction at work can be difficult to deal with. Lamar can’t stand to work with Jon, and Sasha feels completely disrespected by Jenna. Not to mention how frustrating the entire team finds Carol’s constant questions in meetings that always make them go over time. Enough of it, and you might find yourself in the middle of a full-blown conflict. Depending on your Strengths and skillset, ongoing conflict can become a dealbreaker. Whether it sucks the fun right out of a job you used to love, or you find yourself feeling constantly anxious and on edge when you think about work, unattended workplace conflict is toxic. The fix? It’s simple! Have a conversation.  Okay, so maybe it’s simple, and that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. There’s a reason high-stakes communication is referred to as difficult or tough—because it is. As the saying goes, nothing worth doing is ever easy. And let me tell you, mastering tough conversations is not only worth it, it’s urgent. Why is mastering tough conversations more important than ever? According to Dynamic Signal’s 2018 State of Employee Communication and Engagement Report, “50 percent of U.S. workers are stressed out by systems that are supposed to be improving their connections with organizations. In fact, 33 percent of employees are so frustrated with poor communication that they want to quit their jobs.” Here are 4 reasons you and your organization should focus on mastering tough conversations, now. 1. Prevent unnecessary frustration and possible turnover. Poor communication within organizations leaves employees feeling disconnected, uncared for, and disenchanted. According to the same report: 77% of people feel under-valued 73% feel disengaged 57% feel disconnected...
How to Exploit Your Strengths to Rock at Work

How to Exploit Your Strengths to Rock at Work

Want to rock your tasks, goals, projects, relationships, and career? Exploit yourself at work, in a good way. Build a custom strategy for success based on your unique Strengths and those of the people around you. Step 1: Clarify Your Strengths We’re all good at something. Everybody has a unique set of talents. The trick is naming them with enough specificity to take action. Saying I’m good at “details” sounds good but leaves much to be desired for turning that into action. Are you good at collecting details, organizing them, discovering them, communicating them, analyzing them? A little more “detail” please. Clarify your Strengths with specifics. Gallup’s StrengthsFinder tool is a good place to start. The StrengthsFinder assessment provides you with a unique combination of 34 total Strengths. Your top five are your dominant strengths and opportunity for greatness. Each individual taking the assessment gets a detailed report customized based on their unique combination of top strengths. Note: the math says there’s a 1 in 33 million chance you’ll find someone with the exact same combination, so you get to be unique AND have clarity. Here’s a quick example: If one of your top five is “Strategic,” Gallup’s short definition says you “create alternative ways to proceed” and “faced with any given scenario, you can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.” Aha! We can start to understand better how this might be applied. Step 2: Personal Strategy (moving from knowledge to action) Knowing your Strengths is just a start. Putting them to work in a strategy is where the rubber meets the road. Like a coach determining a...
Trybal’s Best Posts of 2017 & Changes for 2018

Trybal’s Best Posts of 2017 & Changes for 2018

Happy New Year! We hope everyone’s year has started off well. If it’s been rocky so far, don’t worry—there’s plenty of time to get back on track. 2017 was a good year for us at Trybal for many reasons. Perhaps our favorite was the launch of several new courses, including our Conversation Mechanics course, How to Talk About It. We’ve been delighted with the great feedback and the positive changes our clients are making to unleash the vibe of their Trybs. And, we’d be remiss not to mention our founder, Alexsys Thompson’s big debut! After a decade and a half of practice, workshops, and facilitation on leadership and the importance of gratitude, Alexsys designed and published The Trybal Gratitude Journal. This tool was designed with all the creativity, love, and mastery she’s known for. So far, it’s been a smashing success and has received excellent reviews, including endorsements from best-selling authors. Alexsys—we’re proud of you and can’t wait to see what you create this year! To honor 2017, here’s a round-up of some of our most popular posts for the year. If you missed any of them, we highly recommend you take a peak. We worked hard to create content that is practical and helpful for you in your every day life. First, we’d like to share some changes we’ll be making in 2018. In the first quarter of the year, we’ll be creating some awesome new resources for our clients, and hopefully some fun new content for the general public. Because of that, we’ll be reducing the number of posts we’re producing for the blog from weekly to...