Entries by braincraft

Supervising Effectively

Remember: The greatest thing you can do as a leader is to inspire your team. While coaching, leading and directing all form an important part of your formal authority as a supervisor at work, today we would be calling out some of the inspirational behaviours which leaders should exhibit in the workplace. Good supervisors do […]

Conduct Your SWOT Analysis

Remember: Constant analysis of current trends makes for effective prediction of future events. One way these trends can be analyzed is by conducting periodic SWOT analyses. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The SWOT analysis is used for understanding your company’s Strengths and Weaknesses while looking at the Opportunities and Threats the organization […]

Craft Your Team Action Plan

Remember: Before embarking on a team task, it is of utmost importance that all team members agree to a systematically laid out action plan. A concise, unambiguous plan that is fully supported by your team mates will help you avoid disappointing outcomes as well as provide a definite line-of-sight for the project. A good action […]

Learn to Listen

Remember: It was Larry King who said – “When I’m talking I’m not learning anything.” Listening helps you learn, while encouraging other people to talk. Also, saying the right things to the right people at the right time requires good listening skills. To draw people out, you have to do a little more than just […]

Why Bother With Ethics? (2)

Remember: Over the past two weeks, we started discussing the concept of ethics and we also began exploring the pay-offs of ethical business behaviour.  Today we shall conclude on this series, with the final three ways by which operating ethically can yield great gains for your organization. Why bother with ethics? 3. Employees are more […]

Why Bother With Ethics? (1)

Remember: For any organization serious about sustainable growth, ethical business behaviour must be a firm part of the organization’s day to day activities. We shall therefore reveal to you, five ways in which operating ethically can result in huge pay-offs for your organization. We will explore the first two today and conclude on the topic […]

Giving Feedback: The BIA Model

Remember: The art of giving feedback in such a way that it comes across as constructive and non-threatening is an art that can be learned. Today, we will close off our discussion on feedback with a summarized model that provides you an avenue to pass across your message correctly, objectively and in a non threatening […]

Giving Feedback: The B.O.O.S.T Model

Remember: Over the past few weeks we have explored the basic points to bear in mind before giving feedback. Many of you must have been wondering – “how exactly, am I supposed to give feedback then?” Well, here is one way. The BOOST model is a feedback giving model that identifies the particular properties and […]

Methods for Constructive Feedback

Remember: For feedback to be constructive, it must be information-specific, issue-focused, and based on observations. Appreciation alone is praise. Chiding alone could be misconstrued to be criticism. Feedback is balanced. The purpose of feedback should be either to create awareness that can lead to correction or improvement in performance or an awareness that leads to […]

Giving Constructive Feedback

Remember: There is no such thing as “negative feedback” as the motive for all feedback should be to improve the performance of the receiver. Therefore, if one party comes out of a feedback session disgruntled, it is either of two things: a) The feedback was wrongly presented, or b) The feedback was improperly received.   […]