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How To Create A Better Relationship With Your Boss In 4 Easy Steps

Happy National Sickie Day! Yes, the 4th February 2019 is officially the day when people are most likely to pull a sickie. Let’s face it, it’s the first pay day weekend since Christmas… late night was it?

Oh, and January is the month when people tend to reevaluate their career. They start looking for a new opportunity, meaning a chunk of those interviews fall on, you guessed it, National Sickie Day.
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Time and time again I work with talented, forward thinking ambitious leaders, who already have a track record of success. One of the questions that comes up time and time again, How do I ensure my team are loyal and committed?

The reality is, it’s tough and only the best leaders every really achieve this. It’s true; the demand for high performers is competitive, more competitive than I have ever known in over a decade of talent management and coaching. Organisations are required to do more, with less and far quicker than ever before. We all know that having the right people in place is what gives you that competitive edge.

There’s no question about it, the right people in the right roles who have great leaders increase performance and ultimately profits.
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As a leader why should you even bother to worry about retaining your staff? If someone resigns from your team, you can always hire someone else? Hmm, with this thinking, I would question if you are a leader of any sorts, never mind a great leader.

As a great leader why should you think seriously about retention?
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Why you need to set goals

As a performance coach I work with a range of individuals; senior business owners, managers, high achievers, team leaders, athletes, and entrepreneurs, they all share a common trait – they all have ambitious goals they want to achieve.

The trouble with life today is we need a long-term vision and short-term motivation. Most people know what they want to achieve; such as increase team performance and productivity, build a successful business, create strong networks, develop stronger relationships, increase profits etc., The trouble comes with the how.

How do I get from where I am now, to where I want to be? (How to I make my goal a reality?)..

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So, who exactly are these Millennials we hear so much about? Well, Generation Y as they are also known are individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century and interestingly make up around 75% of the working population.

Depending on which date you use I, by the skin of my teeth am a millennial. Millennials have been shaped by the technological revolution and tech savvy is in their DNA (therefore I feel I am more of a generation X, I remember life before smart phones)

I have worked alongside many talented individuals from this generation and it is easy to see that Millennials do tend to differ from earlier generations, especially terms of their characteristics and motivations at work. The reality is – Managers must adapt their management style to ensure they get the very best from their millennials and to ensure they retain them.

So how exactly to you manage a Millennial?
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You have a great business idea, you have loads of motivation to get your idea off the ground and build a business, but the simple fact is you can’t do it alone. (Not if you are planning to grow your business to more than just you)

Bringing a group of people together whom you can call your team is the relatively easy bit, leading that team to success and ensuring you don’t lose them along the way is the tricky bit.

Many organisations reward good and consistent performers with a promotion into a management role without any formal management training or coaching. It’s no wonder that they end up “leading” underperforming and unmotivated teams.

In reality, people want to do a good job and be rewarded for that good job – financially and with recognition. When you are an effective leader you will be rewarded with a team that’s enthusiastic and highly productive and where most will go above and beyond what’s asked of them – all because of you, their manager.

So just how you do become a better boss, well here’s 7 easy things you can do:

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Emotional intelligence – that’s what!

Think back over your life, who has inspired you the most, a parent, a teacher or one of your managers perhaps? Maybe several people have inspired you throughout your life? What was it that inspired you? ..

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