Author Archives: worxjones

Doers Are Frustrated By Lack Of Direction

In a fast-paced, market-driven organization, planning tends to be a bothersome task. If a written plan does exist, it was probably pieced together at a recent management retreat and is gathering dust on a shelf alongside plans from previous years. One by one, each well-intentioned strategy died a quiet death, drowned in a sea of […]

Doers Join The Upward Voice Part 2

Without The Upward Voice in place to clarify expectations and neutralize negativity an organization is opening the door to frequent communications calamities between the upper and lower levels. Just such a situation is illustrated by the following true story: Picture a small city run by a city manager who was under pressure to justify the […]

Doers Join The Upward Voice Part 1

Research shows that the primary reason chief executives and senior administrators fail is not from a lack of skills or abilities, but rather from not being aware of information that could negatively impact their organization. People at the decision-making level need to hear the voice of truth from those closest to the problem who deal […]

Rejection Helps Improve Performance Performance management and process improvement are two feedback tools that expose those sources of rejection that are negatively impacting productivity. Once these hidden factors are opened for discussion, those involved will better understand how best to clarify their expectations and how to open the confusion pathway to collaborative problem-solving. The most effective way to […]

Doers Don’t Hide From The Truth

As people are drawn together in the workplace, their beliefs, values, and practices are bound to create differing opinions and attitudes. Keeping silent about these differences as though they do not exist—adding them to the list of unresolved issues—erects artificial barriers, stifles fruitful dialogue, and drives well intentioned people apart. The longer the list, the […]

Doers Separate Fact From Fiction

What you do not know can, and ultimately does, hurt you and potentially others, too. Instead of keeping negative information hidden, what you want others to do is tell it like it is or at least let you know when something is amiss. Communicating honestly, even when it raises tempers, will ultimately pull people together […]

DON’T LET THE FEAR OF REJECTION CONTROL YOUR LIFE Perhaps it’s time to take charge of your life rather than let rejection diminish your aspirations and dampen your enthusiasm for what the future holds in store. Learning from rejection will help you get from where you are now to where you want to be in the future, and then empower you to stay […]

Doers Appreciate The Value of Criticism

Doers understand that providing criticism to people of equal rank or status is difficult but often necessary especially when not having the information could have negative results. They do not have to listen to you and even if they do, they do not have to act upon what you say. Your chances of getting them […]

How To Use Rejection As A Power Tool The fear of rejection can control your life. Since there’s not much you can do about it, what’s the point of learning from rejection? The answer is that learning from rejection will give you more control. You’ll also discover how to use it as a power tool. Knowing how to respond proactively when faced […]

Communicating Intent Is A Doer Trait

Doers prefer to tell the truth and expect others to be honest with them in return. More importantly, Doers expect coworkers to communicate bad news graciously and to offer criticism objectively. Timeliness is also a key factor. Waiting for the right moment, or putting it off until the recipient is in a good mood, just […]