Relationship Roundup

In the roundup this week, a few ideas to bolster your relationship building and personal brand presentation. Get apps to serve up recognition, learn to make the most out of your mistakes, read about the surge in co-shared office space, and master your body language.

Celebrate and reward – Whether engaging your team or fulfilling your commitment to uplift your network, recognition is essential. Read about several apps making virtual praise simple to execute in this Intuit blog: http://bit.ly/Smc8rZ.

There is fortune in fessing up – Rule #1. Mistakes will happen. It takes twice as much energy to try to cover up a mistake than it does to use the opportunity to exemplify authenticity and candor by admitting that it happened. Read how to let mistakes lead to improvement in this Entrepreneur article: http://bit.ly/NRBgGa.

Good timingHubspot‘s recent research on the timing of social media messages provides great tips for your online branding efforts. Read it here: http://bit.ly/QVeqeO.

Craving collaboration? – The rise in entrepreneurs and solo-preneurs has led to the opening of more co-shared office spaces generating a myriad of collaborative opportunities. Read this Harvard Business Review blog about this trend in office design here: http://bit.ly/OrR6Jp.

Master your silent language – The more we can learn to monitor and manage our body language, the more we can reduce the dissonance between our verbal and silent communication. A Harvard Business Review blogger offers tips here: http://bit.ly/UX0iVL.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Program & Community Director.

Rohit Bhargava on the Social Capitalist: Can You Become More Likeable?

Ever have the sneaking suspicion that no matter how hard you work, you could be passed over for a promotion or new opportunity for someone who’s not smarter or more talented, but simply more likeable?

On Thursday Oct 11, 12pm ET, marketing expert and author Rohit Bhargava will confirm those fears but also offer actionable solutions as our guest on the Social Capitalist, with host Sara Grace. He’ll be talking about his book Likeonomics, which tells us that nothing is more important to your success, and the success of your company, than the simple metric of likeability.

You’ll learn:

  • The qualities that underlie likeability, and how to develop them and broadcast them to others
  • Why companies that celebrate unabashed honesty, extreme simplicity, and basic humanity in their employees see incredible ROI
  • How to inspire those values in your own workplace with your own colleagues, no matter what’s happening up top

Rohit is a member of the Global Strategy & Planning Group at Ogilvy. His first book was the bestselling Personality Not Included, and he is a leading voice on how to bring humanity back to business through social media and storytelling. His writing and ideas have been featured in media globally including Fast Company, Inc, PRWeek (UK), MarketingChina, and The New York Times. He teaches marketing at Georgetown University and a keynote speaker at business events like the World Communication Forum in Davos and TEDx.

We look forward to seeing you on the call! Click here to register.

Transcript and MP3 will be distributed the week following to everyone who signs up.

Take the Leap and Clear the Hurdle of Fear

In an article on CNBC, author Tom Reiger discusses a key issue covered in his book Breaking the Fear Barrier: How Fear Destroys Companies from Inside Out and What to Do about It.

Due to the past and current economic climate, anxiety and fear has become a staple in the workplace. “In the midst of all of this uncertainty, managers and employees will inevitably feel compelled to build walls to protect themselves, regardless of the impact on the overall company. If left unchecked, this attitude can pit the good of the individual against the greater good of the organization—spelling death for companies.”

Two kids of courage are at play in this situation, and they are at odds:

  1. Vital courage: the inward focus of survival, which could be thought of as our Reptilian brain
  2. Moral courage: our compass of morality that leads us to take a path for the greater good

In companies that have a high level of fear, employees may be asked to make decisions that tap moral courage and suppress vital courage. But humans are wired to focus on our vitals. Thus Reiger advises companies to “make employees feel comfortable and motivated to perform acts of moral courage. The key is to design rewards and performance management in a way that balances and aligns both types of courage. ”

Have you even been in a situation where you felt at odds? Please share!

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup we’re amplifying the possibilities for earning greater connection, generosity, and intimacy in your relationships. Learn about the mutual benefits of mentoring, get new relationship action planning tips, see how to be generous with your old iPhone, and more!

The benefits of mentoring: Being generous with your time and knowledge is one of the best ways to expand yourself. This Harvard Business Review blog breaks down the mutual benefits of mentoring. Read it here: http://bit.ly/OczMaX.

The social media pitch: Building relationships in the brand new world of social media is terrain currently being charted. Learn the latest ways to make a good impression online in this New York Times article. Read it here: http://nyti.ms/QCaGhX.

Get better with social connection: Compensation is never a bad thing, but it’s rarely the key motivator that connects people to their organization. A more intimate approach is outlined in this Harvard Business Review blog that can have more positive impact on your organization. Read it here: http://bit.ly/RtJ7fo.

A daily dose of relationship building: Author and marketing inspiration Seth Godin provides a nice laundry list of items that can be used to accelerate your relationship action plans and your business goals. Read it here: http://bit.ly/UoORWI.

Eco-Generosity: I couldn’t resist sharing CBS Money Watch’s article listing several ways to be generous with your old iPhone as you upgrade to iPhone 5. Consider the opportunities to increase the intimacy with someone in your network by sharing functionality and facetime with you on the go. Read their suggestions here: http://cbsn.ws/Up2hlp.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Program & Community Director.

Big Apple of Knowledge

I have no words to describe how much I love New York City. It’s the best place on Earth. That’s why I’ve been here my entire adult life.

The people, the sights, the sounds, if not always the smell, always combine to make me feel I’m home. That’s why I had to read the Forbes article this week about Fifty Important Lessons New York City Taught Me.

Here are my top five lessons:

  1. Walk
  2. If you don’t care, no one will.
  3. Mean a little to many, or a lot to few
  4. You get what you incentivize
  5. Be inspired

It’s important to keep sight of the small lessons in a city so big, otherwise you may find yourself lost.

What are your top lessons in this article? Please share!

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

Elevate your relationship game with the tips and insights in this week’s Roundup, including how to rally your worldwide network, the art of negotiation, and a new app to help managers give credit where it is due.

Using the multiplier effect – Learn how to maximize your social media conversations in this Word of Mouth blog. Read it here: http://bit.ly/SUEax5.

Rallying your network – Our networks are getting more geographically dispersed but technology is offering new ways to rally the troops. Read the fine points of connecting the dots with a LinkedIn group here: http://bit.ly/NouHuv.

The art of negotiation – This article outlines a more generous, transparent, and authentic roadmap for negotiating. Read the CBSMoneyWatch article here: http://cbsn.ws/RMjyA2.

Empowering language – One of the things that will make you a relationship magnet is being aware of your use of language and its effect on the people you connect with. Culture strategist Chris Edmonds shares the power in “do” messages. Read his SmartBrief blog  here: http://bit.ly/QKjCpA.

Give generous props – A new application aims to help managers track projects and identify opportunities for recognizing employee accomplishments. Read about it in this Springwise article: http://bit.ly/QRsu7t

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

The Dark Side of Us

There’s a legend about the dark side in every person:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

An interesting INSEAD Business School blog talks about how people focus on their Dr. Jekyll and not only ignore the negative Mr. Hyde inside of them, but even project those traits onto others.

We need to engage in a process that acknowledges and accepts both our socially acceptable part and the shadow side. Denial and projecting reinforces the problem. It’s like taking the potion and wondering why Hyde becomes stronger and increasingly powerful.

That being said, you may not be able to do it on your own and might reach out to your lifelines for help. Author Michael Jarrett suggests: “These issues can be resolved but first need to be acknowledged, or else they can continue to unconsciously operate in ways that are detrimental to leaders’ self-efficacy, their teams, and their organizations…what makes the difference is the ability to mobilize internal regulation with the aid of a skillful helper.”

Do you believe that there are people in your life that can help you acknowledge and control your bad behavior? Please share!

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

Some of the best practices to amp up your business skills take center stage in this week’s Roundup, including managing the change process and the benefits of hiring adversarial candidates. Plus, a trend too cool not to pass on. Enjoy.

Navigating change – Former guest to the Social Capitalist and Executive Coach Christine Comaford provides a roadmap for managing the change process. Read her Forbes article here: http://onforb.es/TiPbas.

Lessons from the field – The NFL is not only entertaining, it’s a multi-billion dollar enterprise with some valuable management lessons to offer. Read this Wall Street Journal blog about the management secrets of the NFL here: http://on.wsj.com/Q8UDX9.

Benefit from your dislikes – Being truly relationship savvy means mastering the ability to interact and function with challenging colleagues. Read about the benefits of hiring adversarial candidates in this Fast Company article here: http://bit.ly/UseYei.

The customer is king – Implementing the best practices of marketing with your customer relationships can provide the edge you seek in reaching your business goals. Download and listen to this Marketing Professionals podcast from marketing expert Ardath Albee here: http://bit.ly/Tnte8H.

Too cool not to mention – #11 on Trendwatching’s September 2012 release of 12 mini trends is a glimpse into a world where social and reality intersect beyond the handheld mobile device. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/NMIHzO.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Color Me Intrigued

Companies are painting the walls in their offices more hues “to make their offices feel a little homier, or at least like a home office, and seek new ways to motivate employees,” according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

Ever wonder why call centers for customer complaints are generally painted green or blue? Soothing colors help service reps maintain their cool. On the other hand, quieter workplaces may want to add a pop of color to brighten up the environment and ambiance.

The four top picks for office spaces according to Behr Process Corporation are:

  1. Canvas Tan (light tan)
  2. Brandy (pink and brown mash-up)
  3. Ozone (grayish blue)
  4. Zen (sea-foam green)

These colors are noticeable enough to add some energy to the room and stimulate employees without reaching distracting levels of external stimuli.

What do you think about the colors of your workplace? Why do you think someone would pick a color called “ozone?”  What color works best for you?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.