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.

The Greenlight Highlight: How A Pastor and Consultant Extends Generosity to Build Sustainable Relationships

George Newman
Chicago, Illinois
Greenlight Member Since: August 2010
Nominated by Greenlight member Kibibi Springs

Elevator Pitch: I am a consultant to churches and the nonprofit industry, helping with organizational change related to servicing members. As a pastor it is my passion and goal to help others achieve what they need and desire.

What experience in your past was the moment you recognized how important relationships are to your success?

As a pastor and a minister I needed to improve the relationships with the young people in my church in order to help guide them in their spiritual life. I also realized having people in my life who would hold me accountable and provide structure, are important to my success. Learning from others’ mistakes and allowing people to steer me around the obstacles has been instrumental to my progress.

What are the coolest things you’re working on at home or at work right now?

In my current consulting role, I am helping a pastor develop ministries to reach more people and get them involved and engaged in the organization. It’s exciting to know that my work will leave this organization in a better position, which is in alignment with my purpose. I’m helping others help others. The affirmation I receive in the form of feedback from my clients lets me know that I’m contributing in an important way and that is very rewarding. Continue reading

Upcoming Social Captialist Event with Social Network & Tech Expert Robert Scoble

Feel persecuted by your smart phone? Weekday relationships limited to clicking “like”?

Then join Ferrazzi Greenlight Institute head Kevin Strehlo on the Social Capitalist, Friday, September 14 at 12pm ET, as renowned geek and social networker Robert Scoble generously explains how to parlay those “weak ties” into deep relationships.

Click here to register!

Drawing on his Scobleizer blog about all things new, geeky and about to be really important, Robert will share:

  • How he turns his prolific social media intake and output into deep relationships with hundreds of technology and business innovators
  • How absolute transparency about your activities will improve quality of life
  • What he thinks about using the latest location-based services to alert you to people who are nearby and share your interests
  • The coolest new context-aware tools (Google glasses anyone?)
  • Why it’s not really creepy if your phone knows your habits better than you do

Robert first drew worldwide kudos for his groundbreaking work in providing visibility into Microsoft’s culture—and why the “Evil Empire” wasn’t really evil—as a pioneering corporate blogger. The so-called “milliscoble,” based on Robert’s average number of daily tweets, is the standard measure of Twitter talkativeness, and his prodigious conversational volume sometimes draws the criticism that he cannot possibly have “real” relationships. His many influential friends and interview subjects suggest otherwise. Today Robert works for Rackspace and says his best work appears on the Rackspace-sponsored community site Small Teams/ Big Impact (formerly Building 43). He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel, his collaborator on his forthcoming book Context.

Don’t miss this call, a unique opportunity to prepare yourself for a world that knows in real time whether you’re at church or a strip club.

Once again, click here to register – those who do will receive the call transcript and recording after the call.

Relationship Roundup

In the Relationship Roundup this week, building blocks to fix your communication, using social media to your visual advantage, improving your time management, and increasing relationship intimacy.

Communication fix: Business relationships can be tricky to manage and require special finesse. Learn how to maneuver a touchy communication challenge in this CBS MoneyWatch article. Read it here: http://cbsn.ws/Rt1Wxk.

Being visually engaging: Many of us are still figuring out the role that visual platforms can play in our social media mix. Expert Ekaterina Walker shares how the new visual landscape can add depth to your online relationship building. Read her Fast Company article here: http://bit.ly/Rn77eb.

Executive timing: We can never learn enough best practices for getting time on our side. Read a CEO trainer’s findings about how the most effective CEO’s manage their workload. Read the Inc. Magazine article here: http://bit.ly/QTytYP.

Long slow dinner without interruptions: I love this company’s creativity and mission to bring attention back to the dining table. Read about their social rehab kit here: http://bit.ly/NYYvPL.

Developing powerful partnerships: Building alliances provides the support we’ll need to reach our ultimate goals. Read one bloggers view on the process for aligning the relationships most important to his leadership goals. Read it here: http://bit.ly/NCpFG9.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Remote Employees Are More Engaged? Really?

Employees who work remotely are actually more engaged with their teams than their “in-office” counterparts, according to a recent Harvard Business Review study. Surprised?

Our own Keith Ferrazzi has published advice on how dispersed teams can be more productive than co-located teams in Harvard Business Review, and yet my initial reaction was disbelief. How can individuals be more engaged with people they never see than with people down the hall? But author Scott Edinger proposes several possible reasons:

  1. Proximity breeds complacency.  Even co-located teams communicate primarily through email. It’s so easy to walk 100 feet to communicate personally that people take it for granted.
  2. Absence makes people try harder to connect. People make more of an effort to connect when they you don’t ordinarily interact with people.
  3. Leaders of virtual teams make better use of tools. When your primary form of connecting with people is virtual, you master many different modes of communication.
  4. Leaders of far-flung teams maximize the time their teams spend together. When remote people do finally get face-time with people they don’t see often, leaders do everything to maximize the precious time spent together.

Do you agree with Edinger’s suppositions? Have you noticed more engagement with remote teammates?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, learn to say “no”, how to mix twitter with business, accepting feedback, knowing when to be assertive, and a new way to onboard new recruits.

The art of the “No”: Learning to strategically say “no” helps preserve your reputation, time, and energy and keep you focused on your primary goals. Read this Thought Leaders, LLC article to refine your strategy: http://bit.ly/OxjOF1.

Tweak your Twitter image: Effectively applying Twitter to your business repertoire requires a little tweaking. Read some suggested minimal changes here: http://bit.ly/QrPvgo.

Feedback your way to success: At myGreenlight, tapping into the feedback loop is not only key to knowing who’s got your back, but also what’s holding you back from your ultimate success. Read this CBS Moneywatch article on feedback and how it can accelerate your progress: http://cbsn.ws/NI9iJv.

How and when to exercise assertiveness: Whether assertiveness is your natural style or not, certain situations require it and certain situations require that it be used with finesse. Read this Harvard Business Review blog on the best practices for inserting assertiveness into your communication style: http://bit.ly/O6v3p3.

Onboard and engage with game play – Companies looking for a seamless way to foster relationships with new employees’ might look into Team Alaya, a gamification platform designed to onboard new recruits. Read more about it here: http://bit.ly/MMYrB3.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Networking Mistakes You Can Avoid

It’s easy to get so swept up in the tides of social media and connection building or the urgency of a job search that you forget the key to successful networking: mutual generosity for mutual success. Recently Forbes published  Four Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making that will help keep you on track.

Here’s the list:

  1. Don’t talk about yourself all the time, instead take some interest. There’s a reason we have two ears and only one mouth. By being curious about others, you show that you see their value and can build a sustainable relationship.
  2. Instead of expecting a job, add some value. The value train goes both ways. “If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it—work for it. Do some research into what your contact does both in and out of work and find ways that you can contribute your time or support.”
  3. Always say thank you. Pretty self-explanatory. Snail mail thank-you cards are a wonderfully thoughtful touch in today’s online world. Send them out as soon as possible.
  4. Stay accountable and always follow up. Stay true to your word to confirm the value of your brand.

What would you add? Are there some common networking mistakes you’d add to the list?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, words of advice on managing your relationship reputation.

Getting to know yourself – Trustworthy feedback can help us fill our gaps and get closer to those goals on our list. Motivational psychologist and author Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. shares some insights on the value of outside opinions about you. Read the Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/OjXLQn.

Playing with politics – As we near November’s election date, conversations about hot button issues could put a strain on your relationships. Read this USA Today Money article for advice on how to manage those conversations carefully: http://bit.ly/M1uiO6.

Leadership lessons – Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley shares some out of the box thinking on building relationships among employees that nurtures corporate culture. Read the SmartBrief on Leadership blog here: http://nyti.ms/Plye8e.

Relationship turnarounds – Turning critics into fans is a master relationship skill. Learn how to navigate critical waters in this video from Rogers Communications’. View it here: http://bit.ly/OzTskc.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.