Ways to Help You Not Wilt under Criticism

You can’t be the best.  You’re crazy to try that.  You don’t know what you’re doing.  You won’t make it.  It’s impossible.  You’ll be alone.

Many people will be quick to criticize you on your new ventures, ideas and plans.  But not many will congratulate you or tell you that they are there for you if you need anything.  It is very difficult to not listen to all of the criticism you hear and almost impossible to not believe it.  But here are a few jewels to help you get over the hurdles of criticism:

1. Keep the overall vision in mind.

2. Don’t ask yourself if you think you can do this, but ask yourself how am I going to do this?

3. Remember that for every won’t, can’t, shouldn’t, wouldn’t, etc. there are always will, can, should, would, etc..

4. Instead of asking What and How, ask the Why question first.  If you have an answer for the question of Why, then move forward.

5. You are the only one that can stop yourself.

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3 Ways to stay upbeat as a Manager

Doing the same things everyday could get very boring and dull very quickly.  There are many aspects of most if not all managers that can become extremely monotonous.  Here are a five (5) ideas that may curve the boring out of your day to day job being a manager.

1. Create Accomplishment Milestones

Much like video games or smart phone/ tablet apps, receiving accomplishments is a great feeling.  Knowing that your hard work and dedication paid off in the form of set milestones.  Ideas of accomplishment milestones could be as follows:

– How fast you could read all your emails

– Complete all your daily tasks so you could leave work as close, if not on time, to your set time off

– Finish conducted meetings on time

The closer and closer you get to stick with the set time frames the better you are going to feel about yourself and your efficiency capabilities you set upon yourself.

2. Bring Joy to other people, ie your associates

One of the best ways to feel good about yourself and also have a feeling of wanting to go to work because you can’t wait to see the reactions of your associates.  Ideas that you could go for your place of business could be as follows:

– Bring in your own cultural food made from scratch

– Send out personalized emails about how much you appreciate your associates, not in a general sense, a personalized email for each associate.  Writing key aspects that you have noticed of said associate.  You never know, they may have thought you didn’t noticed the things you wrote in the email and think highly of you for acknowledging them.

3. Be Spontaneous

Just be spontaneous and creative.  Set a office meeting and when the meeting begins, tell the normal minute taker that you, the manager/boss, will take over the minutes.  Then tell everyone in the meeting that you have set this meeting to just talk about creative things that we could implement in the office, business or organization.

Doing spontaneous things, such as these creative meeting, may demonstrate to your employees that you are open minded and love to listen.

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Money Incentives for Employees

Throwing money at anything and everything is always the answer, right?

Money does solve many things.  It’s the Sales Cures All Effect.

Does that mean that you give out gift cards to your employees for every exceptional act they do, well that depends on you as a manager.  Do what you want, if you think that your employees deserve, then do it.  If it makes you happy and your employees happy, do it.

Pay Close Attention

Pay close attention to your employees that have received the gift card AND the employees that did not.  Were the employees that did not receive a gift card happy for the employee that did receive one or seem fake or have factitious reactions when they were celebratory towards the winning employee?

Again, pay close attention to your employees reactions after you tell them that they are going to receive a gift card.  Were they ecstatic, did their reaction seem over done, was it genuine, did you find the gift card sitting on their desk after they left work to go home, etc.?

Giving out monetary incentives could help you, as a manager or boss, gain important information on the morale, politics, mood and much more in your office or department.  Of course, giving out money incentives to your employees may raise the level of morale and motivation, but only for a temporary amount of time.

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Employee Low Morale and Motivation in India

It is well known that the country of India has many issues with employees with low morale and motivation levels.

Why is that?

Is it low pay?

High and dense population?

Anger issues?

Disrespect between managers and employees?

Disrespect between employees?

Extreme Injection of countries Outsourcing to India?

As of July 27, 2014

22.22% of visitors to MoraleBoost.org comes from India.  Consistently in the number 2 spot, behind the USA and well ahead of the UK.

The visitor demographic of the top 2 cities in India surpass all other cities in India by a significant margin, the numbers are as follows:

1. New Delhi

23.81% of India’s visitors

2. Mumbai

17.36% of India’s visitors

Over 41% of the citizens of India visit MoraleBoost.org for morale and motivation topics comes from only two (2) cities.

Granted the population of these two (2) cities is very large, almost 30 million people.  Also, I can only assume that many rural places in India do not have significant access to technology.  One thing is for certain that the morale level and the motivation level are low in India.

The keywords that are used from the citizens of India also is key aspect to mention, the following are just a few of the keyword searches that are entered and are directed to MoraleBoost.org:

Bullying in the workplace

Not trusting your boss

Not trusting your employees

Not trusting your coworkers

And many more daunting keywords as well:

Afraid, Angry, Revenge, etc.  

Definitely some eye opening and scary words.

All of this data has shed some light for me on International morale and motivation levels of employees and management.  I will definitely study and focus more attention on the causes, direct and indirect factors that are associated with morale and motivation within the country of India.

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