5 Hard Choices All Great Managers Know They Have to Make

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We’ve all benefited from the communication efforts of great leaders.

We’ve also suffered through the pains of poor communication in leadership roles—and let’s be real, it can make working as a team a billion times more difficult (that’s just a guess, of course).

I’ve found that great managers regularly have to make five communication choices. Take a look at each of the ones I’ve listed below, assess how well you’re doing in each, and consider a few quick challenges to improve yourself—or challenge others to do the same.

1. Choose to Address Poor Performance

How did we get to the point where not providing performance feedback, or doing it poorly, has become commonplace?

Keeping your mouth shut when an issue should be addressed doesn’t lead to things getting better on their own. Avoiding the issue might seem like an easy route in the short-term, but you will pay a price—your reputation might be negatively impacted, your influence might weaken, and others team members may become cynical or disengaged.

Also, the under performer isn’t being protected—he or she’s actually being disrespected. As GE’s former CEO Jack Welch put it, “Failing to differentiate among employees”—otherwise not letting your employees know where they stand when they come into work every day—“is actually the cruelest form of management there is.”

Quick Challenge

If you’ve allowed a performance issue to go unaddressed, deal with it this week in a respectful, professional, and productive way (this article on giving feedback to someone who hates it might help).

2. Choose to Understand What Motivates

Why do we assume that everyone wants to be treated exactly the same?

Look around. Everyone is different, and that’s a great thing. In the best organizations, the strengths of one team member makes up for the weaknesses of another.

Unfortunately, in an effort to treat everyone the same, some leaders have turned a well-meaning concept into an ineffective behavior. As a result, they fail to tap into the unique potential of each employee.

Treating people as individuals doesn’t mean that you apply policies differently among your team members, or that you use unfair and inconsistent promotion practices. It simply means that you recognize that what motivates one employee doesn’t necessarily excite another. Or, that the potential of one person for a certain role is different than that of another. The key is to see and appreciate each person for his or her unique commitment, capabilities, and contributions.

Quick Challenge

Speak with one or two team members this week to learn what really matters to them and what they’re most excited about—then, take steps to help motivate them through these suggestions.

3. Choose to Listen

Does it seem that many leaders chose to talk more than listen?

The expression, “You have two ears and only one mouth, use them in proportion,” is lost on some managers. Whether the function of an organization’s culture (leaders talk; everyone else listens) or the personality of specific leaders, talking too often should be unlearned.

The ability to ask one good question at a time and then listen (really listen) with the intent to understand is a key leadership skill. Many issues would be avoided or more quickly resolved if more people chose to listen first.

Quick Challenge

The next time you ask someone a question, ask only one question and listen to their answer with the intent of truly understanding. Don’t get wrapped up in your own head preparing a response. Instead, ensure that you really hear what’s being shared with you.

4. Choose to Talk Straight

Leadership is a tough, often isolated role. Leaders must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some.

Not every leader is up for this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.

This helps no one—the business goes down the wrong path, money is wasted, and jobs are impacted. If something needs to be said, say it.

Quick Challenge

The next time you’re faced with conveying bad news, chose to speak the truth in a respectful, timely, clear, and compassionate manner (this article on breaking bad news to anyone is a great resource). It may seem scary, but you might be surprised to find that people take more action when they know exactly what’s going on.

5. Choose to Share Perspectives

Have you ever refrained from sharing an insightful perspective out of fear that you may sound silly, uninformed, or critical?

Your organization hires people to collectively produce better results. To do this, ideas need to be thrown on the table, critiqued, and ultimately selected for implementation based on their individual merits.

You should create a culture that’s open to new ideas, and not one where individuals are unwilling to share certain perspectives out of fear that they might upset someone.

Quick Challenge

If a potentially productive idea pops into your head this week, chose not to squash it out of hand. Instead, elect to speak up and share it. Just maybe you’ll encourage others to do the same.

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What Every Unemployed Person Needs to Know About Getting Hired Again

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At least every other week, I answer this question: “If I quit my job, will I be viewed as less desirable by recruiters?” I also hear this one: “Does the fact that I lost my job mean I’m going to have a really hard time finding a new job?”

My answer to these questions isn’t “yes!” and it isn’t “hell no.” Rather, my response is that it depends.

On what, you ask?

The ease with which you’re going to find your next job—whether you’re unemployed by choice or by circumstance—depends on several things: your attitude, the specifics of your situation, how long you’ve been out of the workforce, how current you are with your skills, what you’ve been doing while unemployed, and so forth.

There’s no magic answer to the “How hard is this going to be?” question, but here a few of the most common things that factor in, and how to manage through them as you work to land your next position:

How Long You’ve Been Out

Reality is this: If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch (let’s say, more than a year), you’re going to face a steeper uphill climb than those who are currently employed or have recently become unemployed.

As blood-boiling and unfair as it is, some recruiters won’t even look at candidates who have been out of the workforce for long stretches of time, in large part because they assume your skills have begun to atrophy or there must be red flags about you as a candidate (otherwise, you’d have taken another role by now).

Don’t throw in the towel if this is you. We’re going to talk strategy in a second.

What You’ve Been Doing in the Meantime

Lots of times, I speak with “unemployed” people who have been doing incredibly interesting and cool things with their time—things that absolutely can be listed as current employment on a resume or LinkedIn profile. I had a client recently who insisted she hadn’t worked in several years, then went on to tell me about how she’d been making and selling jewelry for the past two years—jewelry that was so great that a national retailer had taken note and purchased some of her designs. (We promptly added that to her resume.)

Another client was pulling 30 hours a week as a marketing manager for a nonprofit but, since it was a volunteer position, she was convinced she couldn’t list it as a “job.” (You sure as heck can.)

Yet another took a yearlong sabbatical, during which time he traveled the globe with his family. While not employment, that sure as heck points to his fearlessness, a sense of adventure, and the ability to navigate all kinds of environments.

The point here is this: If you look like you’ve done straight-up nothing for the past three years, recruiters may well steer clear. Assuming you’ve got a story to tell about how you’ve used that time? Tell it.

How Well You’re Managing the Message (on Paper)

Speaking of telling your story: You need to tell it well, both in conversation and on paper. When you’re unemployed, managing the message proactively and strategically is absolutely essential. If you think they’re going to wonder what’s up when they look at your resume, assume that they’re going to, and proceed accordingly.

Your best defense is almost always a good offense. In fact, I wrote an entire article on explaining your gaps in a way that won’t make you cringe.

Here’s an example: Say your last employer relocated from Los Angeles to New York, and you didn’t want to move (so your job ended). On paper, I’d make a brief mention of this when highlighting your experience at that job. You don’t need to belabor the point, but you could say something like, “Position ended unexpectedly due to corporate relocation to New York.” Done.

Be succinct, be strategic, and then move on with all the great stuff you can deliver.

How You’re Going About the Hunt

Simply put, if you’re unemployed for more than a brief while, your most effective path to a new job is going to be networking. Sending out a gazillion resumes to blind mailboxes may exhaust and bewilder you because, again, recruiters could judge you based on your employment status.

Try not to get hung up on this. It sucks. It really, really does. But it’s reality. You can either be mad at how the game works and refuse to play, or figure out a better way to play the game (and find a great new job). I vote for the latter, all day long.

Your game should involve getting out there, asking curious questions, introducing yourself to people at companies of interest, requesting introductions, and showing up at industry events. You want to make it immediately clear to people of influence that the “you in person” is absolutely fantastic, and 150% employable. Harder to do through a blind mailbox. Infinitely.

If you’re hesitant to reach out to people, read this, this, and then this. They should give you both the courage and the know-how to just do it.

Being unemployed can (and is) stressful for many, for a lot of reasons. But try to not let stress about the overall situation impede your ability to bust out a strong, strategic “re-entry” game plan. Play it smart, play it confidently, and keep playing it until you get to the finish line.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-every-unemployed-person-needs-to-know-about-getting-hired-again

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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3 Things You Have to Give Up if You Want to Be Successful

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An uncomfortable, but powerful, truth that took most of my twenties to internalize is this: There’s an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life. No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you’ll have to give up something in order to make it happen.

In building my career as an author, speaker, and host of the Unmistakable Creative podcast, I’ve had to give up many things along the way. Here are the three big ones:

1. Other People’s Definition of Success

When I was in college, there was an unanimously agreed upon definition of what success looked like. While it wasn’t explicitly stated, it was implied through people’s conversations, behaviors, and decisions.

But by this definition, I was a complete failure. I had no prestigious jobs, no Ivy League MBA, and a bank balance that was close to zero upon graduating from Pepperdine in 2009. At 30 years old, I was basically starting from scratch.

At some point, I realized that I had to give up other people’s definition of success. While this is one of the most difficult things to give up because it’s so deeply embedded in our cultural narrative, it’s also incredibly liberating and ultimately leads to the fullest expression of who you are and what matters to you.

Other people aren’t going to live with the consequences of the choices you’ve made. So why would you live your life according to their values?

In a conversation I had with Yanik Silver a few weeks ago, he told me a story about a client who wanted to become a billionaire. When he asked why, the client listed a number of reasons, most of which didn’t require a billion dollars.

By understanding the essence of our goals—what it is that we believe our achievements will bring us—it’s easier to give up other people’s expectations.

2. Fear of Judgement

For years, I’d have conversations with family friends and distant relatives about the work that I was doing. Every time I talked to one of them they would say, “So, still blogging?”

Trying to explain that there was far more to what I was doing felt like a lost cause. It reminded me of this conversation that Dani Shapiro referenced in her book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life:

I’ve thought of all the times that I’ve been asked if I’m still writing. I’ve been asked this by acquaintances and strangers, even by fans, readers of mine…I’ve asked around and discovered that every artist and writer I know contends with a version of this question. It’s asked of writers who are household names. It’s asked of photographers whose work hangs in the Museum of Modern Art. It’s asked of stage actors who have won Tonys. Of poets whose work is regularly published in the finest journals. No one who spends her life creating things seems exempt from it.

The fear of being judged keeps so many of us from taking a shot at our most ambitious dreams.

At a certain point, I realized it wasn’t my job to convince the people that what I was doing was important, meaningful, and valuable. I had to give up the need to be validated by certain people.

The people whose opinions I did truly value—my business partners and really close friends—didn’t judge me at all. They supported me and could see a light at the end of the tunnel even in the moments that I couldn’t.

Once you give up your fear of judgment, your ability to work changes quite drastically. You become more present, productive, and start to gather creative momentum. You focus on the process, not the prize, and you start to see progress toward the life you want to live.

3. Any Baggage Related to the Past

We all have a past. It’s filled with wonderful experiences, and also filled with horrible things such as bad bosses or an ex or two that pulled the rug out from under us.

At some point, you have to give up whatever resentment you have toward people, circumstances, and experiences from your past. Otherwise, your future starts to look an awful lot like your past.

When you give all that up, you end up ditching a lot of baggage. You walk through the world with a sense of lightness, peace, and freedom that makes its way into everything else that you do.

For years, I was angry at all the bosses who fired me. When I finally gave up this feeling up, I realized these people had given me a gift and lit a fire under me. Because ultimately, I wouldn’t be doing what I am now if I hadn’t been let go.

Giving things up isn’t just about sacrifice. It’s also about gain. When you give things up you create an opening in your life for other things.

If you want to live life on your terms, in the long run, you might have to give some things up in the short term. Maybe you sacrifice comfort and security in the present for a greater sense of possibility in the future.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to define the meaning of success and what you’re willing to give up in order to have it—and figure out if the outcome will be worth it.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-things-you-have-to-give-up-if-you-want-to-be-successful

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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5 Fast Ways to De-stress Without Leaving Your Desk

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We’ve all been there before. Sometimes you know that taking a step backand heading outside for a breath of fresh air would help you power through the day, but you’re stuck at your desk waiting for a call, or you have a meeting starting in six minutes, or just can’t.

This is when you have to opt for a right-where-you-are destresser. And to help you out, I’ve rounded up five tips to reduce stress right from your desk.

1. Ear Massage

This may seem like strange workplace advice, but this practice from traditional Chinese medicine has been proven to work! Medical studieshave shown that ear massage (or auricular acupressure, if you’re feeling fancy) relieved stress and anxiety in pre-op and post-op hospital patients.

The trick is to massage your ear gently, right in the middle of the upper third of your ear. This spot, called the Shen Men point, reportedly decreases stress and boosts energy—just what you need on a trying day.

If you have trouble finding the particular spot, start by massaging your earlobes then working your way up and around the outer shell of your ear. This should produce much the same effect as Shen Men.

2. Workspace Reset

Your parents were right when they told you to clean your room. Your mindset’s reflected in your space—and vice versa.

Even if you’re swamped with work, take the time to put empty wrappers and scrap paper in the trash, tidy up your workspace, and clean out your digital desktop.
Most importantly?

When you’ve reset your desk, reset yourself! You can kick your energy up a notch just by sitting up straighter.

3. Hand Trick

If you want to give your hands themselves a break (sore wrists from constant typing are real), pay attention to your thumbs.

Start by lightly pinching the muscle between your thumb and index finger and massaging in small circles. Remember to keep it firm yet gentle, to relax the muscles. You’ll feel your hands, shoulders, and neck start to relax, and, in no time, you’ll be ready to start working again.

4. Breathing Technique

Before you say that you already know this one, bear with me. While taking a deep breath is the oldest trick in the book, you can enhance the calming effect of this simple tip with some basic body mechanics.

It’s simple: When you breathe in, imagine the air inflating your stomach instead of your chest. Push your stomach outwards to draw the air down, then pull it back in to really empty your lungs of air. Put some muscle into it for three breaths, then fall back into your normal rhythm newly relaxed, and ready to take on your tasks.

If you find that this works for you, then you should definitely check out this two-minute exercise.

5. Progressive Relaxation

This meditation technique’s used to combat anxiety and stress, and is a fast way to reconnect with your body without going anywhere.

Start at your toes, tensing and slowly releasing the muscles. Work your way up your body, tensing and releasing the muscles in your feet, your legs, torso, arms, neck, and even into your face (but don’t scare your co-workers!).

It doesn’t take long to work all the way up your body and you’ll finish feeling energized, ready to tackle the day anew without having left your desk!

Stress in the office feels inescapable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Remember: Take the time to care for yourself, and you’ll reap the rewards with smoother workflow and increased productivity.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-fast-ways-to-destress-without-leaving-your-desk

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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3 Questions Smart Job Seekers Ask to Make a Good Impression

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This isn’t your first job search. So, you already know that it’s essential to ask questions along the way. Quite obviously, they help you clear up any confusion and learn additional information.

But that’s not all: The right questions can also help you make a good impression.

That’s because most job seekers have blinders on. Their sole focus is landing the job, and so they only ask questions toward that end. But, if you take the time to pose those that are thoughtful, and don’t just seem like you’re checking a box, you’ll impress the other person.

So, ask the questions below at the appropriate stage, and you’ll be memorable for the right reasons.

1. During a Networking Meeting: “Can I Help You Meet Any of Your Career Goals?”

It’s called an “informational interview” because it’s your chance to get the scoop on the other person’s role, company, and career trajectory.

And so, you already know it’s an opportunity to ask your contact about the company culture, and if they have any advice for someone in your shoes.

While you may feel like you’ve been asking the other person about themselves the entire time, many job seekers often overlook asking how you can help, too.

You might not think of it, since you’re coming to the other person for expertise. But there could be someone in your network they’d love to meet; or maybe you excel at something at which they’re a beginner.

By offering to help, you instantly make the conversation less one-sided, which makes the impression that you’re someone who thinks about others.

2. During the Application Process: “I Had a Question Regarding [Area of Confusion]. Could You Clarify/ Explain/Resend [Whatever’s Needed]?”

There’s a lot on your mind as a job applicant. And so, in an ideal world, every part of the application process would be straightforward. It’d be clear where you should submit all of your materials, and the email exchange between you and the hiring manager would make total sense.

But application pages can be confusing. And hiring managers are people, too, and sometimes we rush through an email. Which is why we understand when we’re contacted with questions. Keeping it simple and brief, like the question above is the way to go.

This may seem pretty obvious, but when I was reviewing applications, emails with questions always made an impression on me. If someone wrote out multiple paragraphs so I had to hunt for what they were asking, or if they took a harsh tone, than that impression (longwinded, rude) stuck. Conversely, if someone asked something that was polite and to-the-point, I made a mental note. I imagined that’s how they’d respond to an issue that arose on the job, as well.

Not to mention, it sets you up to be more successful than if you were confused and didn’t say anything at all.

While you shouldn’t make up a question just to contact the hiring manager (We can see through that!), should you need additional information, use the opportunity to impress with your communication skills.

 

3. During Your Interview: “What’s a Challenge You’re Currently Facing in Your Role?”

When it’s your turn to ask questions, you might lead off with greatest hits like: “What would the person in this role be expected to achieve in the first 30 days?” and “Are there opportunities for professional development?” After all, they’re popular because they help you glean valuable information. (If you’d like a refresher, here’s a list of common ways to reply to “Any questions?”)

But, remember, your goal is to learn more—and make a good impression. That’s why Muse Career Coach Al Dea suggests asking about challenges. Interviewers generally emphasize all of the good aspects of working at a company, and then most candidates stay in that lane by asking about their best moments there.

Dea suggests flipping the script with the question above.

It’s a jumping off point to take the discussion in a fresh direction, but beyond that, it gives you insight into the interviewer’s pain point. Use this information when crafting your thank you note (by tossing out an idea or two), and impress them with your problem-solving and creative thinking.

Truth talk: Your days of asking questions won’t be over once you land the job. You’ll have a slew of new ones as you begin your new position. So, carry this approach through and realize questions can do a lot more than help you find answers on how to do things. If you continue to use them to build rapport and show off your thoughtfulness, you’ll be on your way to building strong relationships in your new role.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-questions-smart-job-seekers-ask-to-make-a-good-impression

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

ARE YOU TODAY’S TOP TALENT LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE? Do you want assurance that you are represented by the best and have opportunities open to you within exceptional workplaces? Have you heard that being presented by a boutique search firm is the edge you need to get in the door and have your opportunity to shine? Contact us at 415-234-0707 or email at  connect@superiansources.com – http://www.SuperianSources.com

5 Leadership Moves All Good Bosses Make (Even on the Hard Days)

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Truth talk: Being a manager is hard.

You may not be 100% prepared for the demands of a job that requires handling individual personalities, motivations, and work styles. Doing the work becomes the simple part; working through others is far more complex.

Which isn’t to say it’s all bad. Helping your employees grow, tackling projects as a team, and building strong relationships are all very rewarding. And, seasoned leaders will tell you that it gets easier the longer you do it, because you’ll learn as you go.

But there’s a faster (and less stressful) way to put these lessons to work—and that’s to learn from managers who’ve been there before. .

For my latest book, The Inspiration Code, I spent five years speaking to leaders and researching what actually inspires others to do their best work. Based on their experience, I learned five key leadership tricks that’ll help a new manager make less mistakes and create the best team:

1. They Prioritize Listening

People in their first management roles often spend a lot time thinking about how they’ll lead conversations with their team (e.g., how they’ll share priorities, provide feedback, and communicate proactively).

However, too many people don’t pay attention to best practices for listening. They figure they already know how to, and therefore overlook developing this critical leadership skill.

Focused, curious listening conveys an emotional and personal investment in those who work for us. When you listen to people, they feel personally valued. It signals commitment. (Here are four ways to improve now .)

2. They Point out Other People’s Potential

Leaders have a great influence on how workers view themselves. In his book Superbosses, Dartmouth Professor Sydney Finkelstein found that the world’s most extraordinary bosses bring out untapped talents in their people. Those workers develop farther and faster, and increase their own performance.

How do they this? By talking to their employees about their potential.

Most managers would say that they know the strengths of their team members, but too often they don’t talk about them. (They save one-on-one meetings for feedback on areas for improvement.)

As the Pygmalion effect has shown for decades, people rise to their leader’s expectations. So, if you tell your employee you believe in their ability to hit more ambitious sales goals, lead an upcoming presentation, or find a more efficient process they’re more likely to do it.

3. They Spread Positivity

Social science research shows that our moods are contagious, and the more authority you have, the more likely your mood is to spread.

Translation: Whatever vibe the boss walks in with, those around him or her will pick it up. So, if you’re positive and energetic, your team will be more likely to feel that way (and if you’re acting cranky and defeated, you can expect that attitude to spread as well).

The best leaders learn to bring the emotion they want to see. So, it’s a great reminder to take a personal day when you’re on the verge of burning out—or, at the very least, going for a walk when you need a breather—so you can keep projecting a positive attitude.

4. They Don’t Ignore Their Team

This may go without saying, but to share your mood people need to see you. Leaders often fall prey to management-by-email syndrome. When things get busy, it may seem most efficient to shut your door (either literally, or if you work in an open office, metaphorically), and get through as much work as possible.

But, that’s a rookie mistake.

A team needs to see and hear what their boss cares about—firsthand. Good managers show conviction by communicating frequently and in person (or videoconference, if remote). So, if you catch yourself communicating solely by email, schedule one-to-one meetings to give your employees some face time.

Bonus: this’ll provide a platform for you to listen, as well.

5. They Stay Connected to What Drives Them

People do their best work when guided by a purpose. And managers play a large role in inspiring it in others and helping workers to see how their efforts fit into a larger picture for the company.

But, in order to inspire purpose in others, leaders first need to make sure they know their own purpose and values. (That’s because your commitment will rub off, just like your mood.) When a team sees its manager guided by personal values, they feel encouraged to do the same.

To stay engaged, carve out a regular time to reflect on your own purpose and surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Everyone has some hard days at work—managers included. However, if you make time to learn the best practices early on, you’ll be giving yourself a leg up, so your good days can outnumber them.

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