Showing posts with label Career Development. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Career Development. Show all posts

Monday, July 12, 2021

Career Development: How to Deal with Dysfunctional Teams


Unfortunately, there is a bit of dysfunction in every team. People are not perfect. They make mistakes and are flawed.

This is true in every arena; from the sporting arena to boardrooms, and from five-star restaurants to large corporations. Imperfect people exist in education, retail, politics, and medicine.

Dysfunctional Teams

It is a commonality for there to be confusion, on every level, rather than none. Nonetheless, dealing with the resulting disorganization and concentrating on collaboration in teams is especially integral at the highest levels of any company.

Why? Because change must begin and come from the top to be lasting and impactful. It determines how all workers will collaborate.

One of the most successful men in the business said that anyone who could get all their employees to collaborate and consistently work together on a common objective could accomplish anything. They would constantly be at the top of their game for they have harnessed the full potential of teamwork.

Good leaders understand and recognize this concept.

Aspiring leaders recognize the truth in this statement, are excited by it. However, they become somber and thoughtful once they understand how challenging it is to accomplish this feat.

But where there is a will, there is a way, thankfully.

It is possible to manage and improve dysfunctional teams, once the symptoms, and cause is identified. Be mindful, that this takes consistent effort and follow through. It requires focus, drive, and mettle, which is an arduous task for most teams.

Dealing with Dysfunctions

There are a few questions one must keep in mind before starting the process of improving teams, and to fully grasp all aspects of the dysfunction. These include:

  • Are team members allowed to and opt to divulge their views freely and easily?
  • Are the group meetings exciting and constructive or are they mechanical and superficial?
  • Are teams collaborating when it comes to decision-making or excluded from the process?
  • Are determinations prompt and not being hindered by unanimity?
  • Are employees dealing with each other’s inadequacies or left to shoulder added responsibilities not equally shared?
  • Are workers forfeiting individual pursuits for the benefit of the team?
  • Are team members encouraged, elevated, and supported or are they exploited and overworked?

Every team, every department, and every company experience difficulty with some of these issues. However, the best of the best is driven to improve, guarantee and safeguard against them being repeated, in the future.

If you readily recognize the existence of some of these dysfunctions in your team, it’s time for remedial action.

To start the process of cutting out bureaucracy, roadblocks, negligence, and disarray in teams, there must first be an awareness of the five dysfunctions. Then, each should be focused on individually.

Identifying the Issues

  1. Lack of Trust – this results when issues are left to fester and resolutions are not forthcoming. Employees avoid being open, admit their weaknesses or ask for assistance. Distrust tends to proliferate in such working environments.
  2. Dreading Disagreements - distrustful employees cannot engage in open, free, enthusiastic conversations on important matters, triggering circumstances where group disagreements can undoubtedly change into covert conversations then off-air criticisms. Working environments where this exists produce substandard determinations.
  3. Absence of Dedication – a team devoid of disagreements finds it challenging to dedicate to determinations or directives. It causes workers to become frustrated, especially those who are high performers.
  4. Dodging of Responsibility – employees who do not dedicate themselves to an applied strategy, impact team members around them, negatively. The continued shirking of responsibilities, and not sharing in group tasks, leads to even the most supportive of workers becoming reluctant to participate, eventually. Ultimately, the behavior is considered the norm and overlooked, even if it erodes the underpinnings of the team.
  5. Overlooking Outcomes - Employees instinctively deal with their ambitions first. For the sake of individuality, ambition, recognition, and advancement. This tends to come above shared group goals, especially if not held responsible.

The Benefits

Working towards establishing a purposeful, unified team is a rare enduring viable benefit accessible to every business that is seeking to stand out and stand above its competitors.

Effective employees within collaborative teams use their time wisely. Effective teams manage issues that arise when they arise and do not leave them to proliferate. Effective managers bring employees together, support their shared ideals and enhance the working environment.

Managing effectively produces superior outcomes, a reduction in issues, quicker turnaround in accomplishing objectives, and minimal anxiety and dissatisfaction for the team.

Furthermore, a unified work environment encourages employees to endure, not resign.

Achieving effective teams is not about controlling confidential, complicated concepts; instead, it pertains to incorporating practicality in conjunction with exceptional and diligent discipline. Oddly, teams thrive because of people; People who aim to improve their imperfections. People who identify their mistakes and flaws and fix them.

Cohesive and successful teams are not a thing of mystery.

 

 

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About the writer: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than ten years and enjoys Training, Publishing, and Counseling. 

Check out her book The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate

This handbook highlights the most efficient teaching techniques to motivate students. The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students initially examines who is an expert teacher and how to become one. Then it will delve into how to get students to learn any subject by implementing effective motivation strategies.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Book Review: Is the Registry Happy by Denise N. Fyffe

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The idea for this analysis in, Is the Registry Happy by Denise N. Fyffe, was born out of direct contact with the Registry staff of a learning organization. 

Questions and concerns arose as to the career development exposure of the staff members and the benefits that could be derived from this type of exposure. 

The overall perspective of the department, from the vantage point of the students and customers, is that there are seemingly too many problems and difficulties. Hence, it is of added value to dispel that notion while increasing the capabilities and outlook of the staff.

Several registry employees are short-term contractual workers. These are school leavers with no prior job experience. They are normally placed at the front desk and many reports have surfaced about the poor customer service experienced. 

It has been stated by external clients that persons at the front desk are not familiar with the programs and policies. They are also misleading customers, as it relates to the products and services offered at the institution. Added to this is the high stress and fast-paced environment, which takes a toll on the average worker. 

Therefore it seemed beneficial and serendipitous, to apply career development strategies for the 21st-century worker, in assisting these employees. The study is therefore laid out in Is the Registry happy?

One can understand that members of the university community are demanding and highly critical of any perceived faults. As such, registry employees are held to a high level and must always be reliable in resolving any student need that arises. This constant requirement for excellence can result in constant stress and tension for employees. These employees are therefore high demand employees for career development interventions within the organization. They are deserving of interventions that will seek to alleviate any job related stressors and establish them as highly functioning components of well-oiled machinery.

Get your copy of Is the Registry Happy and arm yourself with information about employee satisfaction and career interventions on the job.

Read up on other books by Denise N. Fyffe:

  1. Learning Management System Efficiency vs. Staff Proficiency
  2. Sophie’s Place: A look at Career Development for the Disabled
  3. Examining Career Development in Jamaica and Australia
  4. The Philosophy of Education and Work
  5. Is the Registry Happy?
  6. Empowering the 21st Century Worker
  7. Thieves in the Workplace
  8. Jamaican Guidance Counsellors Handbook
  9. The Guidance Counsellors Handbook
  10. The Expert Teacher's Guide on How to Motivate Students

For more of Poetess Denise N. Fyffe blogs and articles visit:


Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Friday, June 4, 2021

10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing



The Passion for Writing

Empowering the 21st Century Worker v2In 2014, I said that I would bite the self-publishing bullet and publish at least one of my manuscripts each month.

It would require maintaining the discipline of writing.

However, I did not publish any ebooks or paperbacks in 2014, because I was dealing with an illness that would have me in surgery by year’s end.

But, in my recovery bed, come January morning, I remembered my passion for writing. I executed my commitment and since then made good on that promise.

7 Books by Denise N. Fyffe

I managed to publish over 33 manuscripts since then. Some of my career development and work titles, which focus on the 21st-century worker include:

  1. Sophie’s Place: Examining Career Development for the Disabled
  2. Learning Management System Efficiency vs. Staff Proficiency
  3. The Philosophy of Education and Work
  4. Examining Career Development in Jamaica and Australia
  5. Thieves in the Workplace
  6. Empowering the 21st Century Worker
  7. Is the Registry Happy

I started importing my self-published paperback books into Jamaica and sold them to my co-workers, acquaintances, and friends. Then, I started to notice that I was asked this question a lot.

Where do you find time to write so many books?

I had a ready answer.

Remember that quote, about there being 24 hours in the day, the same 24 hours that you have, so too did Picasso, Albert Einstein, and many of the greats? But what did they do with their seconds, minutes, hours, and days? What are you doing with your seconds, minutes, hours, and days?

So, it is simple to answer the question, I make the time.

The Discipline of Writing

I am always writing, editing, or proofreading; along with working 9 hours a day and attending school 4 evenings a week for 3 hours. Not to mention the hecticity of teaching practice for 4 mornings at 7 a.m. and one session on Sunday evenings for 3 hours.

(I am so glad that is over).

It requires being organized, proactive, and focused. My phone has seen many poems for my books, chapter sections for my books, and articles for my blogs. My mind is tightly and finely attuned to every experience I face on a day-to-day basis and how I would incorporate that into a self-published book.

The biggest ace that I have got on my side is God. I am obedient to His will, His leading, and His way.

I don’t watch TV so I stream my shows online. This summer, I am on a TV show fast. They are forbidden for Summer 2015; as such, I have a lot of time on my hands, more than ever. And remember, if I don’t watch TV, that means I am not engaged in a mindless activity for hours on end.

Those would be wasted hours for me because I could be drafting a new book, editing a complete manuscript, or getting it ready to self publish on:

  1. Kindle self-publishing website
  2. Lulu.com self-publishing website
  3. Smashwords self-publishing (they have a tedious and discouraging process, recommended for the tech-savvy)

This summer, I also got many book ideas. Numerous!

Sometimes, I wonder when will I be publishing those manuscripts. Those I already have and those not yet written, but God is the author and finisher of all things. I have nearly 20 manuscripts waiting to be published and just as many book ideas, if not book covers of books not yet written.

So, if you are interested in following up your passion for writing; all else must come second.

10 Tips for Maintaining the Discipline of Writing:

So, here are several tips from my  book on ‘How to Keep Writing:

  1. Write, every day.
  2. Write about what interests you. Your passion will motivate you.
  3. Start with a few hundred words a day.
  4. Launch a blog. This will motivate you to maintain a schedule of writing and posting
  5. Research and read materials to better your craft.
  6. Share your writing with friends and family. Listen to feedback.
  7. Participate in writing competitions.
  8. Share your pieces with local newspapers.
  9. Review or revisit pieces that you have done and improve them.
  10. Read other writers work in your genre who are successful.

My books can be found at a number of online websites, including Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Lulu.com, and Amazon.

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Monday, May 31, 2021

How to Get Motivated to Write With JK Rowling


How to Get Motivated to Write

I just watched a video by famously renowned author JK Rowling, and I believe that she gets what many authors like myself are going through.

Her speech was about failure and I could tell that she lived exactly what I am now going through.

To have that similarity is a great motivator.

JK Rowling Motivated Me to Write Again

As such, it has inspired me to share posts about the 30 books,  begin offering my copywriting services earnest.

Much of what I wrote – for my books – is sitting on my hard drive gathering virtual dust.

However, as a copywriter, I have sold more 500 articles last year – written over 10,000 throughout my career.

Writers Need Motivation Too

Over the last month, I have come to the full realization that I am different. I cannot sit idly by and watch my life go by, because I have been given a gift; and I won’t waste it.

Every bit of information, research; everything, in this head, will benefit someone else. So, I am going to write and published it.

When I hit 25 books, my next goal was 30!

But, I conquered 30 books so easily, my next target is 100 books. is will require that I push and focus on How to Keep Writing.

Writers Do Not Give Up Your Dreams

I want to encourage someone else, to never settle for mediocrity and only you know what that level is.

If you are given a gift to aim HIGH and THINK BIG, then do so.

There are many gifts, which I have been given. Many things that I can do; many abilities, talents, skills, and interests. I get bored easily; therefore, I should not settle for just writing one book a year.

No, I am going to pour out my soul.

THINK BIG and keep writing.

The Extended version

 

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing often. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Saturday, May 29, 2021

How To Get Your Side Hustle Started With Some Helpful Beginner’s Advice



It seems like everyone needs a side hustle these days if they want to stay afloat. Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet with your lowered paycheck or if you’re bouncing between jobs due to the pandemic, there are many reasons to get out there and start looking for more income.

But where do you get started?

Even if you wanted to work two jobs, it’s unlikely that anyone is hiring due to the circumstances in the world now.

In fact, many people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and are struggling to find any kind of employment regardless of their qualifications or what’s available locally. Thankfully, there are solutions available to us, especially if we make use of the internet.

How To Get Your Side Hustle Started With Some Helpful Beginner’s Advice

Enter the side hustle; a brilliant way to build up extra income as you work and to potentially start a fully-fledged business. If you’ve got an entrepreneurial spirit or are interested in building up your own business to secure your financial situation, then here’s some helpful advice to get you started.

Take advantage of any opportunity to build up your credentials and experience

You should try to take advantage of any opportunity that is given to you. For example, if you’re planning on making use of your existing experience as a driver, then you may want to have a side hustle doing deliveries on platforms such as Uber and Lyft. Additionally, there are opportunities open to you if you have more experience with specialist driving services. For example, if you’ve driven a large vehicle or even own a van, then you may be eligible to take up jobs on platforms such as https://www.shiply.com/us/load-board. These are excellent opportunities to help you build a bit of extra income and also gain experience. It can pay well and it’s a great way to network and find new jobs in the future.

Use the internet to find remote working opportunities

There are lots of ways to use the internet to find work, such as becoming a mystery shopper or working for a content creation agency that hires internationally. There are lots of opportunities, but many of these businesses simply don’t have the reach to market their services and employment positions. As such, looking at a job board isn’t the way to go. Instead, you’ll want to try and search for positions by looking at company websites themselves. Most companies usually have a careers page that is filled with useful information and might even be recruiting despite not posting on job listing websites.

Turn your skills into a freelance gig

If you have lots of marketable skills then you may want to consider a freelance gig. For example, you could try and use your design skills to become a freelance designer, or you can even use your knowledge of networking systems to become a remote consultant for small companies around the world. There are lots of different ways to convert your existing knowledge and skills into something that works in a freelance business model.

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Check out her book How to Keep Writing

This book shares key practical strategies on how to become an author and a working writer. It helps you to get over the everyday nuisances that hinder the writing process. You can follow each strategy, at your own pace until you are writing frequently. It is geared towards both aspiring fiction and nonfiction authors and working writers who produce content, on a daily basis.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.

 

 

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Monday, May 24, 2021

Living the Multi-Potential Life: Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling

I have always had many interests – knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Teaching, training, counseling, writing, designing, traveling, conceptualizing/ideator, serving, and meeting the needs of others.

I get bored easily and often move from one creative interest to the other, as needed.

Living the Multi-Potential Life

The thing is, many of the interests that I have gives me great joy; especially when it comes to publishing, training, writing, counseling, and community involvement.

If I am designing a magazine, banner, or book cover – it’s like the purest rain of peace is flowing within me.

When I am crafting an article, the words spirit from my fingertips like baby Usain Bolts.

When I am giving back, through feeding, clothing, etc, initiatives it feels like the purest of heavenly sensations.

So, why should I settle? Why should I give up these experiences and focus on only one pursuit in life for anyone?

The Struggles of Living the Multi-Potential Life

The downside is, I live in a world that tries to pigeonhole me and put me in a box. Worse yet, those who identify the potentials, seem to always want to take advantage of it.

Can you identify with this kind of life?

Recently, I came across a TED Talk by Emilie Wapnick. She too shared this dilemma and her Talk, truly resonated with me. She encourages people like her to embrace their skills. For others to embrace and have people with multipotential in their groups because they bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table and can work adeptly to solve complex problems.

Why do I have to shape my life to a box that everyone else tries to put me in?

Why do you?

Well, no more. Let’s venture to create our own reality. People with multiple potential are like rare treasures, which should be allowed to flourish and contribute to the wider society without being penalized by others – especially employers.

Employers and recruiters often look at the resumes of people with multiple potential and think they are less valuable and cannot contribute. Truly, this couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

Having someone with multi-potential working at your company, allows you to tap into a bottomless reserve of knowledge, skills, and abilities. They will always have fresh ideas when you are posed with unique problems.

I have had managers who always say to me, “Where do you always get these ideas?”

I love problem-solving. I love a challenge.

If you are struggling with being a multi-potentialite. Then STOP struggling and embrace the many gifts and abilities, which you were born with.

Know that you naturally have three top skills:

  1. Idea Synthesis
  2. Rapid Learning
  3. Adaptability

If you love working with people, leading teams, solving budget accounts issues, meeting people’s needs, and building beautiful structures – you are well on your way to having the necessary skills of running your own construction, architecture or landscaping business.

Be positive.

Identify your skills.

List your dreams.

Write down your life goals.

Take the first step.

Love yourself and live the life that you want.

Follow your curiosity down the rabbit holes! Live a more authentic life by being true to yourself.

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About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books, for more than ten years and enjoys Training and Counseling. She is a freelance writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories among others.

Check out her book The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate


This handbook highlights the most efficient teaching techniques to motivate students. The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students initially examines who is an expert teacher and how to become one. Then it will delve into how to get students to learn any subject by implementing effective motivation strategies.

Available at all online book retailers and Amazon.com.


Follow her on: 

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Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Book Review: The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students by Denise N. Fyffe



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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Book Excerpt: The Guidance Counselor’s Handbook by Denise N. Fyffe

Credentials of the School Counsellor




Most professionals are guided by ethical standards for which their members may be held accountable and professional practice improved. Relatively young professions such as school counselling, develop these standards over time and they become systematized in codes.

From these standards and guidelines, the responsibilities that govern school counsellors are derived. 

In Jamaican schools, counsellors are guided by the National Guidance Policy developed by the Ministry of Education and school programmes are designed based on the National Guidance Curriculum. Recent developments in the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education (JAGCE) suggest that in time the local professionals will develop an internationally regarded code of ethics, which could become binding for all school counsellors.

The issue of school counsellors being guided by the National Guidance Policy, which was developed by the Ministry of Education, is on the agenda of both the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Association of Guidance Counsellors in Education (JAGCE). 

Ministry officials conduct periodic appraisals of counsellors employed in schools with a view of monitoring counsellor activity and performance in the field. The JAGCE has undertaken an initiative to partner with the US-based National Board for Certified Counsellors (NBCC) in developing and establishing a NBCC credential for Jamaica. When this agreement is complete the NBCC will provide certification for suitably qualified counsellors in Jamaica.

Read more in The Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook

3D guidance counsellorThe Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook introduces the highlights of the psychometric movement, the trait and factor theory as well as legislation that impacted the development of present guidelines and ethical standards. It also explores the counselling process, issues of school management, school organisational structure and several counselling techniques which are apt for the school setting. The book also examines the various roles and responsibilities of a Guidance Counsellor and provides a list of resource centers.


Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Book Excerpt: Empowering the 21st Century Worker by Denise N. Fyffe

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Empowering the 21st Century Worker exposes the research, analysis, implications, and findings of on-the-job training for one learning organization. It takes a close look at the processes and infrastructure in place for employee training and whether positive organizational change is the result.

The idea for this analysis was born out of direct contact with the Registry staff of a learning organization. Questions and concerns arose as to the career development exposure of the staff members and the benefits that could be derived from this type of exposure. The overall perspective of the department, from the vantage point of the students and customers, is that there are seemingly too many problems and difficulties. Hence, it is of added value to dispel that notion while increasing the capabilities and outlook of the staff.

Several registry employees are short-term contractual workers. These are school leavers with no prior job experience. They are normally placed at the front desk and many reports have surfaced about the poor customer service experienced. It has been stated by external clients that persons at the front desk are not familiar with the programs and policies. They are also misleading customers, as it relates to the products and services offered at the institution.

Get your copy of Empowering the 21st Century Worker and arm yourself with information and career development strategies, in assisting employees.

Other Books by Denise N. Fyffe:

  1. The Expert Teacher’s Guide on How to Motivate Students
  2. Learning Management System Efficiency vs. Staff Proficiency
  3. Sophie’s Place: A look at Career Development for the Disabled
  4. Examining Career Development in Jamaica and Australia
  5. The Philosophy of Education and Work

For more of Poetess Denise N. Fyffe blogs and articles visit:


Copyright © 2021, Denise N. Fyffe

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