Thursday, November 15, 2012
Here at GetMoreRings we love words, especially descriptive positive adjectives. We came up with a list of seven 'A' words that describe exceptional business leaders. This list will begin our series of adjectives, with the letter 'B' being next.
Let's get started....
Remaining true to one's own personality, spirit, or character will make people like and respect you. Your employees want to feel like you have their back and no hidden agenda. A great leader makes honesty their best policy.
A good leader knows that their behavior is being watched by their employees at all times. You must remain above any drama and never discriminate or harass people.
An average leader will have no problem maintaining a project at the same level without making it excel. A great leader has natural ambition and is constantly setting new goals and taking projects to the next level.
Your employees want to know that they can come to you if they encounter a problem. An exceptional leader will have an open door policy with many channels of input such as email, conference calls, and one-on-one meetings.
No one wants to deal with Negative Nancy all day. Being agreeable with your employees when they offer a new ideas will keep them coming back. Being agreeable does not necessarily mean you like their idea.
Great leaders know that employees like to be applauded for their contributions. Awarding great work and giving the recognition make people feel appreciated and helps build loyalty and unity among your team members.
Employees want to know that their leader is unshakable and will stand firm even when they hit rough patches.
To end the list, here a few words that an amazing business leader would never want to be associated with. For the 'A' list - ambivalent, amoral, abrasive, arrogant or abusive.
Feel free to leave any words you think we left off or would have on your own list in the comments. Make sure to look out for our next list of 'B' adjectives.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Here at GetMoreRings we love the Internet! We compiled a list of some our favorite Internet quotes for you to read.
- The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. ~ Bill Gates
- There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it's a tool that we use in this world. ~ Tim Berners Lee
- The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box. ~ Marc Andreessen
- The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. ~ Dave Barry
- As a research tool, the internet is invaluable. ~ Noam Chomsky
- Internet TV and the move to the digital approach is quite revolutionary. TV has historically has been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels. ~ Bill Gates
- The Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other, the way we learn about the world and the way we conduct business. ~ Ron Wyden
- The Internet knows no national borders. ~ Alan Dershowitz
- We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone. ~ Richard Branson
- A lot of things you want to do as part of daily life can now be done over the Internet. ~ Marc Andreessen
- People enjoy the interaction on the Internet, and the feeling of belonging to a group that does something interesting: that's how some software projects are born. ~ Linus Torvalds
- On the Internet you get continuous innovation, so every year the streams are a little better. ~ Reed Hastings
Feel free to leave any of your favorite quotes in the comments.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Criticism is one of the things that people tend to give freely without your request. It usually comes as overbearing with the feeling that the person thinks they can perform the task better than you. Some criticism can be helpful while most is hurtful and annoying to the person on the receiving end. Learning to provide constructive criticism is an art that takes patience and remembering to remain positive while providing your opinion.
Here are seven great tips to help you out:
1. Be Honest and Unbiased
When you give criticism it is a reflection of your feelings and not the person being criticized. If you hold some resentment or anger toward the person, you most certainly should not be the person to try to offer them advice as it may come off rude and make the person miss your point because they were offended.
2. Begin and Finish with a Compliment
To make sure that the person does not feel attacked, find a good attribute the person has and lead with that. Once you have given the criticism, ending your conversation this way will again make the person take in what you said and not feel like a failure or that you are mad.
3. Keep Your Voice Tone Light
The tone of your voice communicates just as much as the actual words that come from your mouth. Keeping edge and anger out of your voice makes people take in what you say faster and easier.
4. Be Specific
Since criticism gives people a negative feeling, you need to be specific and explain exactly what your problem with an issue is. Using generalizations is not helpful and make it seem like you are only complaining instead being helpful.
5. Provide a Solution
If you follow step four and are specific with your criticism, add a solution at the end of how the person can make improvements the next time. This shows the recipient that it is not your intent to demean them, as you are providing positive helpful feedback.
6. Do Not Attack
Giving feedback is not about attacking or insulting a person on a personal level. It is about explaining how you think they can be better at a certain task. Being sarcastic or throwing insults is not helpful and has no place in constructive criticism.
7. Move Forward
Once you have given the criticism, move on and let it go. Do not dwell on the situation as it is a waste of time and will only cause negative feelings.
Criticism can be a good thing if given in the correct way. It is very had to hear at times but can make you grow as a person.
GetMoreRings loves your feedback, feel free to leave any tips you may have for constructive criticism in the comments.