Straight talk – constructive criticism – is welcome in the workplace and as a volunteer. As a matter of giving back, I did some community service organization volunteering. As my kids were growing up I did a fair share of volunteering. For my kids, whether for Scouts, Basketball, Baseball, Football or family outings, I figured that volunteering was a way to force myself to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do anyhow.
Whether as an employer, or a volunteer, a pet peeve of mine is the person who says, “someone, they asked me not to say who, didn’t like “x”.” The peeve is not with the messenger. My automatic responses are generally 1) what do you think? and 2) tell them if they have a concern, they should share it with me. I welcome constructive criticism. The way to deal with concerns is to make them explicit, to examine them, and to find resolution.
That matter of fact approach isn’t cold. It’s realistic. Complaining to someone who is not in a position to change what you’re complaining about is just complaining. Complaining to someone who is in a position to change what you’re complaining about – in as positive a manner as you can muster – is constructive criticism. Complaining in hopes of changing outcomes is the mature, thoughtful approach to take, in my opinion.
I was reminded of my pet peeve about (the lack of) constructive criticism when I saw the following TED for Work talk, The Secret to Giving Great Feedback.
Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries, but somehow we’re still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist LeeAnn Renniger shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback.
As one of the Organizers of Wisconsin Business Owners, I welcome your constructive criticism. Use our contact page or call me…preferably after you’ve viewed the video above.
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Generational Shift – What Does it Mean to Your Business?
By Brad Herda
Generational shift – we have all heard the news stories, media reports, and have our own experiences and biases for every generation. The issue is no matter what you think as a Business owner, the generational shift will impact you and your business.
It will not matter if you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a Small Business with no employees. The shift in the market will impact you. So, the question is what does this mean for your business?
In this interactive workshop we will look at the 6 generations in the workforce through your experiences. Work to create impactful understanding of each generations needs and desires through your words. We will then work to understand the dynamics of communication across the generations. If you have employees, 1099’s or strategic business partners, knowing how to better communicate across generations will be a critical component to your business’s success.
At the conclusion of our event we will have created an opportunity for looking at your employees and business partners in a different light. As an avid golfer the following is so true “A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” — Payne Stewart. We need to ensure we have the proper attitude for every generation we work with.
Brad Herda, Presenting Generational Shift
MEET OUR EXPERT: BRAD HERDA
Brad Herda is a Certified FocalPoint Business Coach and has spent his life learning how things work including people. He has over 200 hours of behavioral and communication training from Northwest Partners Inc. while with Bucyrus International. Brad has been required to build teams, develop suppliers, and be part of one of Caterpillar’s largest integrations after the acquisition of Bucyrus in 2011. At the root of all his success has been communication and being aware of other’s perspectives. He has been a FIRST Robotics Mentor at Sussex Hamilton for 8 years and has seen how communication has changed across generations firsthand. Communication is one of the foundational elements Brad works on his client with as it is foundational to an origination’s culture and setting up expectations and accountability.
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You’ll reserve your seat to network with other authentic relationship builders. Bring plenty of business cards and brochures to share!
***ITINERARY Friday, Oct 25, 2019***
9:00 Registration & Open Networking. Full Coffee Bar, including juice, water and bakery included
9:30 Presentation by Brad Herda
11:00 Open Networking for an hour, followed by our
Lunch & Learn at Noon:
Learn how the new tax laws impact Your Business
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– Are you confused by all the mythology around Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) – myths like, “Diversity is only about non-majority people,” and “Diversity is a win/lose proposition”?
– Does your growing business suffer from “diversity debt”?
– Have you ever wondered, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
As a small business owner, if you think, “Diversity and inclusion don’t apply to me. It’s only for big businesses,” you’re wrong. The practice of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) applies to everything we do – from internal processes and procedures to interactions with clients to customer sales and interacting within our communities.
Navigating the complexities of D&I can be daunting. It’s easy to be afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, but avoiding D&I isn’t a solution. Businesses often “do diversity” because it’s the “right” thing. The truth is, it’s the only thing. When we look at diversity broadly – the influences, experiences, and education that create our unique perspectives in the world – it becomes obvious diversity is a part of every interaction we have. Not only do diversity and inclusion permeate every area of our lives, but both are essential to building a successful, thriving business.
If you’re interested in connecting to clients, customers and employees in a more meaningful way, then join us to learn how to begin building a more inclusive business culture.
MEET OUR DIVERSITY EXPERT SUSAN MCCUISTION:
Susan McCuistion is a cultural practitioner and creator of Compassionate Diversity®, which integrates concepts from the fields of intercultural competence, emotional intelligence, leadership, neuroscience, and more into powerful tools for change. Compassionate Diversity® uses three interrelated concepts – Comprehension, Connection, and Compassion – to help build empathy and create an action plan for addressing the historic and systemic issues that are a part of our current world.
Susan offers 25 years of human resources consulting and training experience, together with specialty skills in national culture and subculture, and diversity best practices.
Susan McCuistion’s Contact Information:
Email: Susan (at) daionellc.com (dot) com
We are doctoral students in Business Administration at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.
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We are asking your help by completing the attached twenty question survey. It should only take a few minutes to complete. Participation is strictly voluntary and you may refuse to participate. The participants and businesses in the survey will be anonymous.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to assist us in this educational endeavor. The data collected will provide useful information.
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Are you working too hard for your business?
By Kerrie Hoffman
Simple questions to determine if you’re working too hard for your business:
Do you find yourself caught up in the day to day tasks of running your business?
Would you pay someone your hourly rate to do all those day-to-day tasks?
Do you ever wonder how some business owners run several businesses simultaneously?
We will explore how to: Make the shift from working “in” your business to working “on” your business and rediscover the passion for why you originally started your business. Ignite your growth engine, empower your staff (or bots), and discover a whole new set of free time.
During our time together, you will learn:
• The three roles of the business owner
• Where to spend the majority of your time to grow your business
• How to exit the trap of getting caught up in the day to day tasks of running your business
If you are interested in refueling your passion for your business, then join us and learn how to grow your business while reducing your stress.
MEET OUR “Working too hard” EXPERT KERRIE HOFFMAN:
Working too hard? Presenter Kerrie Hoffman will give us the simple formulas to grow our businesses without burning out doing it.
I am passionate about coaching others to reach beyond their potential in both business and life. I believe the world is about abundance, not scarcity, and people just need to understand how to tap into it.
Certified Business Coach, Digital Advisor, and Speaker Kerrie Hoffman specializes in business growth and digital transformation. Kerrie introduces clients to tools, techniques and the necessary framework to drive personal and business growth. Kerrie has experience in multiple Industries where she’s worked a variety of roles including CIO, Operations, Supply Chain, and Sales. Kerrie is currently the owner of FocalPoint Business Coaching, a Hoffman Advantage LLC Company. Her previous employers include Aurora Health Care, Johnson & Johnson, and Johnson Controls. Kerrie is active in the community as a Board member for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin South East, Co-Chair of IT United, a United Way Affinity Group and previous Board member for United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.