communicate

7 Reasons Technology Might Be Hurting The Way You Communicate With Your Team

Jen Roberts Communication, Leadership

How do you typically communicate with your team members? Most leaders use technology as their go-to communication method, which is understandable given the global nature of business. But how effective is communication when technology replaces the human interaction? Many of the subtle nuances of direct communication are lost in translation when leaders rely too heavily on electronic methods of communication such as email, text messaging, and Skype. Just because a message is sent does not ensure receipt or an accurate interpretation of its meaning. And this lack of connection can affect everything from employee engagement to your bottom line. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw Click the link below to read my newest Forbes Coaches Council publication that addresses how technology may be hurting your ability to communicate as effectively as you’d like: Seven Reasons Technology Might Be Hurting …

Need More Sleep

For A-Game Performance, Leaders Need More Sleep

Jen Roberts Balance, Leadership, Productivity

When was the last time you woke up feeling completely refreshed? If you can’t remember, it’s possible that you’re trading sleep for work, and it’s probably impacting your performance more than you know. Only 59% of Americans sleep seven or more hours a night, according to a recent Gallup poll. Sound like a dream to you? You might be in the 41% who don’t even get the luxury of that much rest. Getting a good night’s sleep is important, yet a good portion of the population ignores common medical advice recommending seven to nine hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep has been linked to a number of health problems and can cause cognitive impairment. In fact, studies show that performance, when sleep deprived, is similar to performance when under the influence of alcohol. So, if you put in an 80-hour workweek, you might as well be coming to work drunk the last …

Boredom

Boredom Is Actually Good For You

Jen Roberts Leadership, Productivity

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com. Click here to read the full story. Leadership can include periods of nearly overwhelming activity followed by gulfs of quiet, where you can catch up on paperwork and plan your next move. Sometimes, though, those periods of quiet last a touch long, and boredom sets in, leaving your mind to wander. Saying we’re bored is our unimaginative way of labeling a lack of stimulation. The pace of our world today is astounding, and we’ve gotten addicted to being entertained or busy 24/7 year-round. “Boredom” allows time to quiet the mind and body, and replenish our energy stores. Click here for all Seven Ways Boredom is Actually Good For You, by members of the Forbes Coaches Council. — Want to learn more about managing your energy at work? Click here to schedule a Discovery Call.