[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

We’ve all met our fair share of cringeworthy people - you know, the folks who never seem to know where the line is. Or, the ones who are blatantly hypocritical and don’t seem to know it. Or, the coworker you really wish would at least pretend not to be on their phone while they’re talking to you. Or…the list could go on for days! In this week’s Lucrative Lookback, we’ll consider how we can change our experience with these “difficult people” to preserve our sanity and create a work environment where we can do more than just survive. We may find that a little perspective goes a long way. What’s even better? We’ll explore how to work with these difficult personalities in 250 words, or less! Think about this… To date, we don’t have computers as sophisticated as the human brain. Each of your coworkers has potentially more computational power than any of the computers at your company! Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not my coworkers! Some of them just have difficult personalities. They could never be as sophisticated as a door knob, much less a computer!” Now, consider this quote by Albert Einstein: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” People have unique Strengths that act as their filter for how they think, act, and feel. If everyone had exactly the same Strengths and thought exactly the same way, life would be pretty boring and new ideas would be rare at best. There’s power in diversity and seeing it...
[Lucrative Lookback] How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths in the Workplace

[Lucrative Lookback] How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths in the Workplace

We all have those little things we don’t enjoy doing. They’re usually the things we stuff to the bottom of our to-do list. For some, it’s expense reports, for others it’s making a powerpoint to show to the boss. Think about whatever those pesky little tasks are for you; I bet you can come up with a handful. In this Lucrative Lookback, we’ll see how leveraging the strengths of your teammates can help you eliminate some of those pesky little tasks. In fact, what would life be like if you could eliminate at least half of them from your life? Sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?! It’s possible to make this a reality when you learn to leverage your team’s Strengths! Let’s see it in action. Boss: “I’ve had it with this “bleeping” car! “ Me: “What? What’s wrong?” Boss: “I’m supposed to pick up our two most valuable clients and it’s making loud grinding noises and won’t accelerate!” Me: “OK. Are you alright? Do I need to come get you?” Boss: “I’m pissed! This damn thing won’t go over 20 mph, the engine is revved but won’t shift into upper gears, and when I come to a complete stop the engine dies. Now I’m coasting to every stop light in hopes of not actually having to stop!” The company car was several years old and based on the description from my boss, Christine, I figured the transmission was shot. Long story short, the mechanic said the repairs were more than the car was worth. So, Christine says, “This car is a piece of shit! You can squash it flat...
How to Work With Difficult Personalities That Make You Cringe

How to Work With Difficult Personalities That Make You Cringe

Think about this… To date, we don’t have computers as sophisticated as the human brain. Each of your coworkers has potentially more computational power than any of the computers at your company! Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not my coworkers! Some of them just have difficult personalities. They could never be as sophisticated as a door knob, much less a computer!” Now, consider this quote by Albert Einstein:  “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” People have unique talents that act as their filter for how they think, act, and feel. If everyone had exactly the same talents and thought exactly the same way, life would be pretty boring and new ideas would be rare at best. There’s power in diversity and seeing it as an opportunity versus a barrier. Perhaps those slow, useless, dim coworkers aren’t so slow, useless or dim after all.  Often the problem is simple understanding. Instead of leveraging the distinct talents of individuals, our tendency is often to judge based on our own unique filter of talents. Tomorrow, when you sit at or log in to your staff meeting, project call, production meeting, etc.  consider how your team is showing up:  Who is competitive?  Who is impatient?  Who is deliberative in their thought process?  Who is best at communicating their points?  Who keeps the team focused?  Who includes everyone in the conversation?  Who commands the room when they speak? You might find you’re sitting with a team of rock stars full of untapped potential.  ______________________________________________________________________________________Ready...
How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace

How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace

We all have those little things we don’t enjoy doing. They’re usually the things we stuff to the bottom of our to-do list. For some, it’s expense reports, for others it’s making a powerpoint to show to the boss. Think about whatever those pesky little tasks are for you… Now, imagine what life would be like if you could eliminate at least half of them from your life. You just wouldn’t have to do them. How does that feel?! It’s possible to make this a reality when you learn to leverage your team’s Strengths! Buying a car with the boss. Boss: “I’ve had it with this “bleeping” car! “ Me: “What? What’s wrong?” Boss: “I’m supposed to pick up our two most valuable clients and it’s making loud grinding noises and won’t accelerate!” Me: “OK. Are you alright? Do I need to come get you?” Boss: “I’m pissed! This damn thing won’t go over 20 mph, the engine is revved but won’t shift into upper gears, and when I come to a complete stop the engine dies. Now I’m coasting to every stop light in hopes of not actually having to stop!” The company car was several years old and based on the description from my boss, Christine, I figured the transmission was shot. Long story short, the mechanic said the repairs were more than the car was worth. So, Christine says, “This car is a piece of shit! You can squash it flat and send it to the recycle yard. I’m never driving it again! Find me a new one and we need it soon!” Then, she listed...
The Strengths Advantage: Spend More Time in The Zone

The Strengths Advantage: Spend More Time in The Zone

The joy of being in THE ZONE. Last night we went to dinner at a yummy restaurant in Montreal, called Le Bon Vivant. If you don’t know, Montreal is a super hot-spot for restaurants. Chain restaurants don’t survive here, yet we have the largest number of restaurants per capita in North America. The competition for creating a trendy, delicious experience is fierce. Which is what we had last night. Mmmmmm…enter some fried chicken with watermelon-feta salad and some deep-dish thin-crust pizza. I’m not a foodie (yet!), but holy wow!!! But forget the food. I want to tell you about the experience! We sat at the bar, and in this particular set-up, you can watch the chef cook right before your eyes. I’m smiling as I write this, remembering how enjoyable it was to watch someone be in THE ZONE. Chris Grand was his name, and he was in the zone. His zone. Living out his strengths so seamlessly that it was like I was watching a well-choreographed dance. He’d swiftly pull the chicken out of the fridge, drop it in the deep-fryer, turn around to the front counter, grab the veggies for a salad, pour in different ingredients for a sauce (without measuring!), toss it with height and perfection in seconds (Look at those cucumbers fly! And he didn’t drop one!), flip back around to the stove with finesse, review his chit quickly, half-throw a pan on the burner for the next order, butter it, interact with his sous-chef, encourage her, pat her on the back, maybe even flirt a bit, turn to us and make a joke while...
How to Use Your StrengthsFinder Report to Get Results

How to Use Your StrengthsFinder Report to Get Results

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment and know at least your Top 5 talents and why you’re so awesome…Now what? Once you got over the excitement and curiosity of your results, you probably started scratching your head. What do I do with this now? How will this help me, or anyone else for that matter? Now we all know these words and can describe ourselves using someone else’s words. Cool…? The truth is, the report by itself is little more than that. It ends up filed away somewhere, and we occasionally pull it out on the rare chance someone asks us what our results were. This can be especially frustrating when you work for an organization and are grasping for any tool that will create some change. You’ve done it all at this point; DISC, Myers-Briggs, True Colors…and the list goes on. So, what makes StrengthsFinder any different? So. Many. Things. For the sake of time, I’ll only list 3. If you’re interested in understanding more, click here and let us know! ***LEARN ABOUT IMPLEMENTING STRENGTHS-BASED ECOSYSTEMS HERE*** 1. Creates a common language… Sometimes there is just that one person that you have a hard time with. No matter how you hard you try to like them or work with them, it doesn’t work. 9 times out of 10, the things that poke us the most about others are actually a talent expressing itself. For example, let’s say you love to come up with ideas and brainstorm…that is unless Chuck is in the room. Chuck is great and all, but he is constantly questioning EVERYTHING. Every little...