Finding the Fun at Work!

Finding the Fun at Work! Let’s face it, we’re at our best when we’re having fun.  Fun makes us feel happy and engaged with others, and lets the best version of ourselves shine through.  There are opportunities to have fun in everything we do - we just have to be open for it.  And that includes in our work.  When we have fun together, we feel better connected to our colleagues and organization, trust builds, and productivity increases. Fun + connections + trust = productivity. Here are 5 suggestions about how to increase your fun, or create opportunities to have fun, while at work: 1.  Host a corporate retreat. Invest in your people and they will give back.  Implement team-building exercises that bring laughter and enjoyment and really make people feel connected. 2.  Want to take the work out of ‘networking’ and have fun with conversation! Listen proactively to the people with whom you have conversations in order to learn as much as you can about them.  Find out about their interests, travels, favourite restaurants, etc.  Keep the stuffy “work conversation” out of the conversation - at least to start.  Build a rapport - discover the person’s ...

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Live Your Greatness!

September 12, 2018  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

Live Your Greatness! What is your definition of success? For me, I feel successful when I know I am living up to my potential, being my greatest self and living my best life. Some days are great, others challenging. I have a birthday coming up, which causes me to pause, reflect on my past year and visualize my year ahead. A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to attend a three-day Personal Mastery Academy conference in Toronto, given by global leadership consultant and coach, Robin Sharma. I was first introduced to his work through his book, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” It was a game changer. Attending one of Robin’s conferences and having the opportunity to work directly with him was a dream and vision of mine when I started BloomStra Consulting. That dream and vision is now a reality. After the conference, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my experience, implementing the tools I learned, studying the copious notes I took, and practicing many of Robin’s teachings about self mastery, leadership and living the grandest vision of my best life.  I'm still working on them and - and ...

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Bring Your Manners to Work Day

September 06, 2018  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette,Protocol   |     |   0 Comment

Bring Your Manners to Work Day To encourage more cohesive and collaborative working relationships as well as enhancing the overall level of respect and camaraderie at work, the Protocol School of Washington, of which I am an Alumni, encourages career persons throughout the world to take note of its annual “Bring Your Manners to Work Day” to be recognized on Friday, September 7. One of the most important soft skills that anyone can adapt, especially in the workplace, is the use of manners. The following are some tips, created as a guide by the PSOW to bring your manners to work this day—and every day—to make sure your professional life is the best it can be. Friendliness: Most any part of a worker’s day can improve when a colleague offers up a smile, a caring word or a friendly face. We all face stress, deadlines and pressure on the job, but when someone takes the time to be friendly, it promotes a more collaborative and open environment for long-term success. Reliability: Being reliable makes you a very valuable asset in today’s workforce. From meeting deadlines to actual execution of what you said you were going to do, reliability not only ...

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