Sense of Ownership

I. The situation

In my team, I have great staff members and not so great ones.

Let’s talk a bit about definition about “great” and “not so great” before we continue:

Great: independent in completing a job; able to balance finding own solution with checking with me when faced with issues; take time to think about solution and their potential implication and alternatives, produce clean work (no typos; takes time to ensure that visual is nice); keep track of task to be completed and accomplish them one by one; take the time to accomplish a job.

In a world filled with parallel projects and limited resource, Life Is A Breeze with these guys.

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Why does being a good boss is so difficult?

Quantum Leadership Circle - image courtesy: http://www.pcstx.biz/Because being a bad one is so easy

Ok first, how do you become a good boss?

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The worst word in the world is “Kalian”

scrabbleI notice that there are important “keywords” in communication, there are positive ones and negatives ones, and i notice that “kalian” is like the worst of all words.

Read further to understand why

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Moving to the higher ground on motivation

I’ve mentioned the positive sharing blog (can be found here).

Now i like to share a bit about a post that really resonates with me.

(the full post can be found here)

The post talk about 4 different type of motivation, driven by positive or negative motivation and extrinsic or intrinsic factor.

Naturally, the best is positive and intrinsic motivation.

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Further resource on increasing intrinsic motivation can be found here.

Found a great blog on happiness at work

zen gardenAs a worker and supervisor, i believe in the values of making the workplace as place for personal growth.

Having challenging assignments that gives people the chance to expand their knowledge, push new mind boundaries.

That also means doing these challenging assignments in a positive environment, an environment where personal traits are appreciated, credit are properly given, feedback are given nicely, back-stabbing politics is shunned, and cooperation is promoted.

I have to admit, that sometimes i fail to fulfill this goal, either through deadline pressures, miscommunication, or at times, simply bad leadership on my side. Regardless, i still believe in the workplace as place for self development, and i strive to be better.

So i was very happy when i found this blog about how to improve happiness at work.

the blog can be found here.

Corporate Loyalty: what “being loyal to your company” is all about

Loyalty to your company?

loyaltyThe concept of being a “loyal” person is prevalent in Indonesia employment context. More managers i meet are saying, explicitly or through the conclusion of their talk, that loyalty is an important trait for the work place. That if you move companies once every one year, people would doubt your loyalty. So, to find balance in the discussion, and what is the core issue of loyalty, i create this post.

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