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How To Win An Argument?

November 30, 2016 in Services

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Nobody is same. Therefore, the difference in attitude, mindset, and thinking often lead to arguments which may cause irritation, emotional exertion, anxiety, and discomfort. Now, to every argument, there are two aspects. The professional aspect which is result oriented and the personal aspect which focusses more on resolving the crisis. An argument over how much to invest in a company is more on the professional side whereas, the one over things you said to your spouse has more of the personal aspect to it. To turn the tide in your favor and gain the upper hand in an argument, you should use these hacks:

1. Understand what the argument is about

It always helps to know what is the argument all about. If it is a professional argument, it is more important to reach a result, to arrive at a mutual decision rather than arguing fruitlessly. Staying result oriented can help you avoid distractions and thus, be more relevant. On the other hand, in personal arguments, solving the crisis is more important. This can sometimes mean you have to lose the argument to end it which actually will be a win for you because the aim was the end of the argument.

2. Know what’s right and what’s not

The most important thing about arguing over a case is to know whether it is right or not. In our minds, we always seem to think that we are the smart ones and our opinion is correct. Weighing our idea on practical scales is always beneficial. There is no point arguing over a lost cause as it will only lead to losing.

3. Stay calm

Staying in posture and control can be one of your primary weapons. Nobody likes a frustrated, angry person shouting how their opinion is the right one. You lose the argument when you lose your temper.

4. Avoid being a bigot

Bigotry is the root of most arguments. Be ready to see things from the other person’s perspective. It’ll only help you win the case by helping you realize why they are providing or supporting a particular opinion.

5. Win the opponent

Most arguments end with one person having their way and others still mumbling how their opinion is better. This leads to resentment. To avoid this, win the opponent along with the argument. Respect them, empathize with them and help them see how your point is better than theirs.

6. Use facts and logic

It’s hard to argue with solid facts and logical reasoning. Back up your opinion with facts and pertinent data. This will lead to the establishment of your point over that of the others.

7. Listen to them and then raise your question/point

Pay attention to your opponents and listen to their case. Find chinks in their armor- weakness and flaws in their position. Then put up questions they find hard to answer.

8. Accept when you are wrong

One cannot be right all the time. Accepting your mistakes only signifies your humility and how you are open to ideas from everyone.

9. Open your mind

One should realize there is always room for improvement. Thus, accepting these improvements, no matter if they come from your opponent can help you get to a win-win situation.

10. Confidence

If you know you are right; it should reflect in your speech. Lack of confidence is the reason why a lot of brighter ideas remain unconveyed.

This is How You Allow Yourself to be Happy

November 24, 2016 in Services

This is how you allow yourself to be happy

Contrary to popular belief, happiness is a matter of choice. The only person who can give you the permission to be happy is you. Happiness is the goal for which we all work hard every day. But we forget that happiness is not something that is given to us but actually something that we create.

When people are happy, they experience a feeling of contentment that is reflected in their actions. Staying happy keeps you physically, mentally and socially healthy and brings harmony between all aspects of your life.

There are the ways with which you can allow yourself to be happy:

Accept Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. Entering a state of denial is a very common reaction that people have towards change. Because of their inability to accept the change they convince themselves that the change has not happened at all. Acceptance is the first step towards overcoming change. The longer you deny it, the longer it will have the power to hurt you.

Embrace Yourself

We all chase perfection because it isn’t real. Being perfect is not important but being unique is. Embrace your uniqueness and accept yourself the way you really are, not how you wish to be. Most of us waste away our individualism by envying and imitating others. When you’ll accept yourself the way you are, you’ll find happiness standing right in front of you in the mirror.

Fight Darkness

Your emotions are only a small fraction of you and sadness is an even smaller fraction of your emotions. Don’t let the sadness take over the rest of your emotions and define who you are. Believe in yourself and believe that you can fight it. You’ll find the ability to fight sadness closely following the decision to fight sadness.

Choose for Yourself

More often than not, we are so intent on making others happy that we forget to keep ourselves happy as well. We do so many things for the sake of others that we disregard what we wish to do. The decision to choose what you want is a major step towards happiness. Choose the things you really want and stop worrying about what others will think.

Experiment More

Another big reason because of which people feel low is stagnation. This happens when people get stuck in their routine, doing the same things over and over again. We also feel scared to try new things because of fear of failure. Allow yourself to fail, if you have never failed you might as well have never lived. Experiment with your life, learn new things. At least you’ll find new things that you like or don’t like.

Happiness is actually a conscious effort. It’s not about having the best of everything but making the best of everything. It is appropriately quoted “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights”

What is Love? – It is a Leadership Competency

November 22, 2016 in Services

What is Love -- It is a Leadership Competency

We all have come across statements like ‘love your work,’ ‘love what you do’ and ‘love your company’ and felt confused because love is something we rarely associate with work. As a result, we fail to consider that love can help you become a better leader.

Love is not just a feminine feeling, but its a combination of feminine energy as well as masculine quality. Most people believe that love is an emotion but love is a state of being that nurtures you with happiness, contentment, confidence, and a firm belief in your abilities.

Here are some ways which exhibit love as a leadership competency:

#1 Love Yourself – Compassion

You can love someone or something else only after you love and accept yourself. Loving yourself, your individualism, your faults and your weaknesses shows that you value yourself and this makes it easier for other people to like you too. The ability to lead comes from within, and compassion is a prerequisite for the development of leadership qualities. You can extend compassion to others only when you have it for yourself.

#2 Love For Work – Competence

Actions can transform visions into reality. Only when you show up with the competency of achieving your goals you can make others follow you. When you push yourself beyond your capabilities, it shows how much you love your work and how valuable success is for you. Also, bringing your best to the table inspires others to do the same. Your love for work can make over-performing and over achieving a culture at your workplace.

#3 Love Your People – Commitment

One of the purest signs of love is when you give value to someone or something, other than yourself. Fulfilling your commitments to the one’s you love is the foundation of trust and integrity. It demonstrates that you have ethical values and that you can be trusted. Leadership begins when people believe they can hold you accountable. Credibility and integrity are necessary qualities to become a leader.

#4 Love For Others Around You – Kindness

Nothing has more power to bring a change than a simple act of kindness. It creates an aura of transformation and affects everyone who comes in contact. Small gestures of kindness such as smiles, warm words, genuine compliments and saying thank you have a lot of power. Being kind to everyone shows that you are not judgmental and that you love and respect everyone.

These qualities will make you a better leader and will help you make better connections with your employees. Leading with compassion, commitment, competence and kindness establishes that in a human environment, you wish to lead with the most human quality- love.

 

Indicators of Organizational Success and Growth

November 17, 2016 in Services

Indicators of Organizational Success and Growth

A wide array of metrics are available to determine the success and growth of an organization. The most important among them are the “revenue generated” and “growth of the firm” metrics. However, surveys reveal that these alone are not enough to determine the success of a company.

Estimating revenue is not good enough to get to know the foundation of a firm. Revenue may increase due to discounts or sale of assets. Calculating profitable revenue is definitely important. But, that too does not give a complete review of a company’s performance. For that, one needs to go for factors that are based on evidences.

Following are some of the factors that one can glean from reputed organizations in the world:

1. Priority to company culture

The time when candidates had to learn on their own about their prospective employers is long gone. Today, all they have to do is to visit a reputed employer review website. It gives information on the life in the firms it promotes. This lets an aspiring candidate compare it with what they see on social networking platforms. According to the experts, it relieves leaders from the stress of worrying about attrition. Candidates come prepared to absorb the company culture and act accordingly.

2. Effective communication

You may have conveyed your message in the most effective manner you can. But, the question remains; did your staff understand it? Do you have a mechanism in place to know it? If you are a smart employer, you would want your staff to repeat what they have heard.  You may also conduct some sort of test to evaluate the same.

3. Eliminating distractions

If yours is a great organization, you will have a mechanism to maximize productivity. Options to climb the career ladder and constant monitoring are just two to mention. You will also set aside a specific time with utmost freedom for your staff.

4. Financial stability

This is something that deserves utmost importance. However, certain firms make it their primary objective.  This creates a situation where budget becomes the sole motivator behind a firm. As a result, team leaders fail to focus on the most important aspect – people matters. It is your employees who maintain your organization. And, ignoring talent attrition will cost you dearly.

There are numerous other measurements meant to evaluate the growth and success of a company. Still, those given above will give you a draft to begin with.

 

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