Summary of How To Spot The Signs Of Team Overwhelm (And What To Do About It)

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According to Trello contributor, Kat Boogard, here are a few signs that your team may be overwhelmed:

  1. Energy levels are dipping. Studies show that “work-related stress is directly correlated to fatigue.” When employees who are normally energetic and proactive are more reactive and disengaged, “it’s time to take a closer look at what’s happening.” When we are pushed to our limits, it’s common for us to feel tired.
  2. Work quality is decreasing. When your team or individual employees deliver work with more errors than usual or the overall quality is decreased,

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This is what makes employees happy at work, Michael C. Bush [TED]

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Are you happy at work? Are you responsible for creating a work environment for others? 

In this TED video segment The Way We Work, Michael C. Bush shares the importance of cultivating three characteristics within the workplace and why having happy employees is good for business. Bush is CEO of Great Place to Work, a “global research and analytics firm that produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list…and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world.”

Out of three billion working people throughout the world,

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Five Tips for Providing Feedback to Remote Employees

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Since the COVID-19 global pandemic, the world has seen unparalleled rates of remote working for many different industries. It is essential that companies adapt in order to remain viable in the market. Yet, managers and employers must also adapt their behavior for the new normal.

This Forbes Magazine article, “Five Tips for Providing Feedback to Remote Employees,” by Chuck Ainsworth explores five essential practices for managers and organizational leaders to provide feedback virtually. In order to “provide challenge and support in a way that will enhance psychological safety,

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Great Leaders are Great Decision-Makers

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Great leaders learn to “balance emotion with reason to make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers…and their organizations.” Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business Review in “Great Leaders Are Great Decision-Makers” cites three qualities that leaders must develop in order to make effective decisions:

  • Emotional intelligence;
  • Emotional self-control and decision-making; and,
  • Reigning in emotions for strategic decisions.

[See “Leadership in a crisis” for more on this process.]

Emotional intelligence

It is crucial for leaders to develop the quality of emotional intelligence.

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Summary: “Are You Leading through the Crisis … or Managing the Response?”

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The DeBoer Fellowship recommends this article, “Are You Leading through the Crisis…or Managing the Response?” by Harvard Business Review (HBR) where authors Eric J. McNulty and Leonard Marcus advise leaders against four common mistakes when leading through crises. HBR is a publication associated with Harvard University and widely recognized as a global thought leader on general management practices.

Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic come with a lot of complexity and change. Executives must learn to “both lead and manage effectively.” In a fast-paced environment,

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