A Few Notes From Cheryl
November Teleclass: Please join us for the last 2009 teleclass on Wed. November 18 at 12:00 Pacific / 3:00 Eastern time - “Speed it up by Slowing Down: Harness the Hidden Power of Mindfulness to Improve Your Team’s Productivity!” Teams all over the world are slowing down to become more mindful, and are actually becoming more productive as a result. Details and registration are on our Speaking page.
End-of-Year Team Celebration: If you are thinking about an end-of-year session with your team to celebrate this year’s achievements and set the foundation with new team agreements and new tools for a high-performing 2010, NOW is the time to contact us to explore the options for your team! We are scheduling team sessions through December 18, and then our office will be closed for the holidays.
New “Jump Start” Program: In case you missed the recent announcement, click HERE to learn about the new Jump Start program for teams with large needs and smaller budgets. “Jump Start” is a high-benefit, inexpensive program to help your team create the team agreements and accountability needed for success!
Feature Article: We’re sharing with you a three-part leadership article series that I wrote for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)’s membership newsletter. Many of you have told us you’ve been grappling with this topic lately: “How to Increase Team Productivity Despite Budget Cuts,” so I wanted you to benefit from this information – enjoy Part 3 of 3!
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Feature Article: 3 Tips to Increase Your Team’s Productivity Despite Budget Cuts - Tip #3
As you may recall, this article is part three of a three-part series covering the 3 tips to increase your team’s productivity despite budget cuts! If you missed part 1 or 2, you can find them on our Newsletters page at As you may recall, this article is part three of a three-part series covering the 3 tips to increase your team’s productivity despite budget cuts! If you missed part 1 or 2, you can find them on our Newsletters page.
In the two previous issues of this three-part series, we talked about the importance of the following tips to increase your team’s productivity despite budget cuts:
Tip #1: Improve productivity by learning how to improve team relationships, and
Tip #2: Teach your team how to do more with less.
In this third part of the series, we will explore tip #3: Use stress reduction techniques to reduce fear and feelings of pressure.
- Talk with your team about what they’re experiencing -- From what we typically see with teams, it can be very helpful to check in with your team about how they’re REALLY doing with their current situation. In other words - talk with your team about the current environment. They’re all feeling different emotions, and ignoring those emotions won’t make them go away. From a stress reduction standpoint, many people benefit from talking with others. Giving your team the opportunity to have a safe place to talk about their fears and concerns might lower their levels of stress and/or change how they perceive their team – it often contributes to building camaraderie when team members feel that they’re not alone.
One important aspect to consider is to be very intentional and solution oriented with these conversations – team members may become frustrated if every time they get together it becomes a venting session, with no productive outcomes. So, you might consider periodic team check in meetings, with a specific amount of time allocated to talking about concerns, then the rest of the time allocated to discussing how the team can support each other with those concerns and actually create specific next steps to do so.
- Help your team members stay PRESENT – Help them remember that what they’re dealing with is right now, in THIS moment, and this moment will change in the next moment! The reality is that most of us can’t predict the future – yet we spend a significant amount of time and energy worrying about the future, which creates significant stress. All we really have for certain is right now, in THIS moment – none of us know what our situations will be in five minutes, in a month, or in six months. Thus, by helping your team members stay present and grounded in “now” you are helping them to reduce their fears and concerns of what the future may bring.
- Encourage your team to support each other with self care -- Self care means different things to different people – for some, it is going to an exercise or yoga class a few times a week; for others, it’s daily meditation or prayer; for others, it’s gardening in their yard or spending time with friends. It is different for everyone, but the important aspect of this is to help your team learn to support each other in each team member’s own self care, so that when they come to work they have a greater capacity to be productive because they are rested, well nourished and present with each other. As you can imagine, this self care approach yields very different results than teams who are stressed and feeling extremely pressured.
A couple of final thoughts as we wrap up this three-part series: You know your team best, so I encourage you to consider talking with your team about implementing the tips that you feel would work best for your team’s particular situation and challenges. When your team does start implementing the tips that they believe will have the most benefit, be sure to acknowledge and celebrate your team’s successes – all of the changes they make related to their positivity (relationships), as well as productivity (output/results) are important to celebrate. Remember: success breeds success!
While some of these tips may seem simple, the reality is that many of the teams we hear from aren’t utilizing these tips for a few reasons – team leaders tell us that the team is often afraid to have these types of conversations with each other and/or the team members don’t feel they have the tools to hold these conversations in a way that team members will be open to hearing what needs to be said.
The key to amazing shifts and greater success for your team truly could be 3 simple steps away!
So, I invite you to start the shift and begin talking with your team TODAY about how to start looking at your team’s current situation in a very different way!
If you have questions or concerns about your specific team, or if you believe an unbiased, outside facilitator skilled in these concepts would be able to help your team hold these types of discussions with the greatest benefit, you’re welcome to call us at (510) 482-8987 to explore the possibilities.
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“Speed it up by Slowing Down! Harness the Hidden Power of Mindfulness to Improve Your Team’s Productivity " - 2009 Teleclass Series
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern
Mindfulness is often an overlooked and unrecognized key to successful communication and results. Without it, productivity inexplicably stalls – yet most team members and leaders aren’t even aware of its significance to their success.
Join us for a different kind of teleclass, to end our 2009 series! Unlike our past teleclasses that have focused on delivered content, this teleclass is designed to help create a greater level of mindfulness for you.
In order to tap into the most powerful way to be a more mindful leader and team member, this session is designed as an experiential, exploratory and group discussion experience.
- Learn how slowing down can actually help your team become more productive
- Explore how mindfulness can increase your effectiveness as a leader and team member
- Discover hidden insights that might be holding your team back
- Experience the benefits of mindfulness through awareness and practice!
Join us for an energetic and lively exchange of ideas and insights! Come prepared to participate in an interactive discussion!
For complete details and to register Click Here
"Turn it up During a Downturn – How to Lead Your Team to Increased Productivity Despite Budget Cuts"
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association – National Leadership Conference
Thursday, November 19, 2009
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA
Current economic times present opportunities for healthcare leaders to stretch their capacity to new levels, requiring skill mastery and tapping into deeper levels of intuition far beyond the status quo in order to thrive.
This workshop will provide insights and tools participants need to reveal their hidden capacity to not just become better leaders, but to lead more productive teams, even with limited resources. It IS possible to improve productivity, even during budget cuts.
During this seminar, participants will learn how to:
- Improve productivity by recognizing the crucial connection to optimized team relationships -- and learning techniques to improve those relationships
- Discover how stress is often a hidden block to team productivity and learn stress reduction techniques that shift mindsets from fear, pressure and survival mode to long term success mode
- Develop skills to teach and lead your team to “do more with less” with newly discovered leadership capabilities
Complete details and registration information: Click Here
"Who Moved My Stress? Transform Stress/Pressure Into Peace and Productivity!"
Project Management Institute – Silicon Valley
Thursday, December 10, 2009
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Do any of the following describe you?
- Your project team achieves results, but often at the expense of team members burning out from long hours and stressful, pressure-filled work environments
- Your team simply can’t perform anywhere near their capacity due to the continual daily stress and pressure
- You are in transition between projects or jobs, and are feeling the stress and pressure of searching for your next position
- You want to maintain a positive attitude but find it challenging in today’s environment
If any of these sound familiar, this session is for you! See full details Click Here!
Team Building Events and Off-Site Meetings:
Could your team use some help to be more cohesive?
Is it time to enhance your team's relationships and productivity?
Some teams know that something isn't working, but they don't know exactly what that is or how to improve it. Some organizations hold team building seminars and employee retreats because they know it's time to enhance their teams' productivity and relationships. Do either of those statements describe you/your team? If so, and if you haven't already contacted us to discuss your needs, feel free to give us a call to see if we can help you.
We offer a variety of programs to enhance the performance of your teams as well as improve the ways in which your teams interact, so we invite you to visit our Team Building, Training and Seminar page. This is a great way to show appreciation for your team and enhance their productivity, thereby improving the bottom line for your organization!
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