Motivation

There is nothing like learning something new to teach you a few life lessons. I took up West Coast Swing dance lessons this month and have found them to be challenging, insightful and full of great information that applies to life beyond the dance floor. Beautiful execution is dependent on clear direction by the leader while allowing for creative input from the follower. If you have never seen the dance before search it and Youtube or follow the link above… you may be inspired to try it!

So what does it take to perfect the dance? First, love what you do! If you don’t have a passion for it, you will only be going through the motions which make it difficult for all of those around you to know how to work with you. This is directly true of the dance and in what you do in your organization.

Second, you must allow for a creative tension between holding your own position or frame (like a picture frame) and yet allowing your partner the flexibility to lead or follow you depending on your role. I found this to be the most challenging and yet insightful aspect of learning the dance. As a leader, you must know what you want and yet must be in touch with the one you are leading and allow them their space. You need to keep with the flow of music, but be just a half step ahead and know the direction you want them to go. As a follower, you must know your role and steps while you hold onto your own frame and strengths to keep the creative tension needed so that the leader can guide you – note this means you also must be sensitive to where they are leading so you can follow the natural flow. The leader also needs to allow space for the follower to express their own creativity and not demand they follow too tightly.

To successfully maintain the creative tension both parties must maintain their area of strength but also have trust, confidence, and flexibility. The follower must be confident enough to leave themselves slightly vulnerable to the leader, but then the leader must pay attention to their follower well enough to lead without taking them out of their frame, step, or strength. This is the same in organizations, as leaders need to take the time to know the people that they lead, so they can help them maximize their strengths and talents and not micromanage them or stifle their creativity.

Finally, it takes practice, practice, practice to get this right! To enter this dance without passion will lead to burn out, it will cause you to look at all the mistakes instead of the progress, and you will not feel the thrill of conquering and improving. To enter this dance without holding on to your frame of strengths and yet identifying the strengths of your partner will lead to a lack of trust that is needed to build the creative tension for a great working relationship. If at first, you don’t succeed, have a good laugh, keep smiling and communicate about how to rebuild the creative tension and start over.

The same is true in organizations, you need to communicate about what worked and what didn’t work, you need to communicate and commit to what you will do differently to change and improve on both sides. If you think of it as a creative dance and that each time you dance you get a little better, it will be much more rewarding.

Also, note If your outcome is to be a better dancer, a great dance instructor can point out where to make improvements. If your outcome is leading others or building a stronger team, assessments can help you understand the passions, strengths, and processing ability of those around you so you know how to help them use their area of strength when you lead.

Are you ready to take a deep dive into your leadership strengths and yes, your limitations? If you want to experience the most insightful instrument now available take a no-obligation, a no-risk journey starting here!

There is nothing like learning something new to teach you a few life lessons. I took up West Coast Swing dance lessons this month and have found them to be challenging, insightful and full of great information that applies to life beyond the dance floor. Beautiful execution is dependent on clear direction by the leader while allowing for creative input from the follower. If you have never seen the dance before search it and Youtube or follow the link above… you may be inspired to try it!

So what does it take to perfect the dance? First, love what you do! If you don’t have a passion for it, you will only be going through the motions which make it difficult for all of those around you to know how to work with you. This is directly true of the dance and in what you do in your organization.

Second, you must allow for a creative tension between holding your own position or frame (like a picture frame) and yet allowing your partner the flexibility to lead or follow you depending on your role. I found this to be the most challenging and yet insightful aspect of learning the dance. As a leader, you must know what you want and yet must be in touch with the one you are leading and allow them their space. You need to keep with the flow of music, but be just a half step ahead and know the direction you want them to go. As a follower, you must know your role and steps while you hold onto your own frame and strengths to keep the creative tension needed so that the leader can guide you – note this means you also must be sensitive to where they are leading so you can follow the natural flow. The leader also needs to allow space for the follower to express their own creativity and not demand they follow too tightly.

To successfully maintain the creative tension both parties must maintain their area of strength but also have trust, confidence, and flexibility. The follower must be confident enough to leave themselves slightly vulnerable to the leader, but then the leader must pay attention to their follower well enough to lead without taking them out of their frame, step, or strength. This is the same in organizations, as leaders need to take the time to know the people that they lead, so they can help them maximize their strengths and talents and not micromanage them or stifle their creativity.

Finally, it takes practice, practice, practice to get this right! To enter this dance without passion will lead to burn out, it will cause you to look at all the mistakes instead of the progress, and you will not feel the thrill of conquering and improving. To enter this dance without holding on to your frame of strengths and yet identifying the strengths of your partner will lead to a lack of trust that is needed to build the creative tension for a great working relationship. If at first, you don’t succeed, have a good laugh, keep smiling and communicate about how to rebuild the creative tension and start over.

The same is true in organizations, you need to communicate about what worked and what didn’t work, you need to communicate and commit to what you will do differently to change and improve on both sides. If you think of it as a creative dance and that each time you dance you get a little better, it will be much more rewarding.

Also, note If your outcome is to be a better dancer, a great dance instructor can point out where to make improvements. If your outcome is leading others or building a stronger team, assessments can help you understand the passions, strengths, and processing ability of those around you so you know how to help them use their area of strength when you lead.

Are you ready to take a deep dive into your leadership strengths and yes, your limitations? If you want to experience the most insightful instrument now available take a no-obligation, a no-risk journey starting here!

The workplace is a changed environment and we understand the challenges faced by organizations as a result of these changes. We’re no longer in a “climb the corporate ladder” environment; employees are ready for positions to open – and not at your organization. They understand the value of change and so should you. At Viatech Global we’re helping employers identify, engage and retain the right employees. We’re also helping resolve workplace issues among employees through our value science tools. Many employers are seeking cost-effective ways to re-build employee engagement.

We offer the following five reasons it will benefit the bottom line to work with us:

1.       Build and retain strong teams: Through our series of value science tools we are able to identify the key players of the organization. They may be different than who you perceive your leaders to be and that’s okay. We will help you create and re-create engaged teams who stay with your organization when others may leave.

2.       Cost effective employee training: One of our greatest assets is that we want to train your trainers on how to effectively utilize value science tools to create teams that are engaged and productive. We provide a variety of resources and certification through our certification program, ongoing classes, workshop materials and more.  Viatech University

3.       Value Science Tools: Our suite of assessments provides an in-depth view of employees’ strengths, behaviors and values. Not only will they learn about themselves through the process, your management team will learn how to effectively utilize employees.

4.       Cost savings and increased productivity: Review our case studies to see for yourself how our consulting services and programs help increase productivity and decrease costs at an array of organizations. Our client Memorial Hermann demonstrated approximately $42 million in annualized savings in their system of 27,000 employees.  https://www.viatechglobal.com/praise/success-stories/

5.       FREE Assessment: You can’t beat FREE! Please visit our website, fill out the information on  Viatech Global Free Assessment to receive a complimentary assessment and evaluation.

We value your time and desire to have you make an informed decision about working with us.

Please contact us for additional information and resources via phone at 505-765-9903 or 800-494-5218, via email at info@viatechglobal.com.

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Have you ever wondered about your brain at work? For many of us, how our brains work isn’t something we think about but we should, especially if we’re managers. How our brains function at work can impact our performance. Understanding how brains function, and how our employees’ brains function, we can grow successful teams.

Quick (and admittedly oversimplified) Guide to Brain Function:

  • Hippocampus is also known as the limbic system or our caveman brain. Its function is automatic emotional responses to situations, the fight or flight part of our brain. In days past, we ran away from threats like large animals rather than toward them, for example.
  • Prefrontal Cortex or logic center, regulates other centers of the brain, choosing the actions we take. When this part is well developed, we have overall improved brain function
  • Left brain is known for linear thinking, taking into account details, conscious actions, verbal communication, and language.
  • Right brain is known for processing the big picture, creativity, comprehension, and non-verbal communication.

Your employees have brains that are developed in different areas. These differences impact how each of them performs.

The Solution

At Viatech Global, we provide tools to help our clients gain a greater understanding of individuals, be it employees or associates. . Utilizing three reports, we help managers find solutions to employee performance issues, and prevent future challenges. This involves an understanding of how your employees’ brains process information.

Neuroscientists say 95% of the time our brains are in response mode, which means we often go through our daily routines without thinking about our thinking or our actions.  The only way to make changes to our regular routine is to become aware of it.  The reports create a non-biased way to understand and become aware of the routine responses.  This alone can be very liberating and can become a catalyst for profound change and improvement.

Motivation Report measures passion. When we do things we are passionate about our brain operates on a much more fluid level, much like the brain of a person in-love.

Behavior Report this report not only gives a person’s responses to problems, people, pace of life, and procedures, it also addresses their natural emotional responses.  The foundations of behavior are driven by our innate emotional responses to what goes on around us, do we want to fight back, or avoid situations?  Are we prone to such emotions as anger, fear, love or rejection? If we understand an individual’s emotional responses and emotional potential, we understand performance under stress.

Judgment Report captures the natural tendencies in the processing of information in the three dimensions of regarding people, tasks, and systems. It is perhaps the most powerful of our reports as it assesses not only brain function but the employee’s understanding of the world around them as well as themselves. Understanding self is key to capturing the natural talent residing inside each of us.

The assessment reports Viatech Global provide to clients give a glimpse into how our brains are responding to situations and interactions in the workplace. Working together, we can provide employee engagement and retention solutions.

Would you like to learn more about Viatech Global Reports?  Contact us at Support@ViatechGlobal.com

At Viatech Global we take a science-based approach to employee productivity which is why we have been looking at how multi-tasking is killing productivity.  From the invention of the T.V. dinner to Tupperware to social media, Americans are constantly looking for better, faster ways to meet their goals.  Books have been written about increasing productivity and the secret to success and we’ve all read our fair share of business books.

The ironic part is there is no secret. Scientific studies have proven focus is the key to getting more done.

Which Decreases Your IQ More?  Sending an email while on the phone or smoking pot?

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London conducted a study of 1,100 workers and determined that multitasking caused a greater decrease in IQ than smoking pot or losing a night of sleep.

Multi-tasking and Brain Function

Multi-tasking makes your brain move fast from task to task without processing the information to the extent it could if you did one task at a time.

Researchers call this “spotlighting”.  By tracking brain function of single-taskers versus multi-taskers, it has been consistently found that multi-taskers are not only the worse at filtering information, they are worse at switching between tasks than single-taskers.

Impact on the Workplace

While multi-tasking employees may seem to get more completed, it is actually the single-tasking employees who are producing more for the company.  Single-tasking means using the brain optimally, without distraction, which means a better product at the end of the project or task.

How can we help employees learn the value of single tasking?

  • Teaching managers about the value of single-tasking, and gaining their support, are keys to being a single-focus production team. That’s not to say everyone focuses on one project at a time.  Rather it means removing the culture of multi-tasking to a culture of project-focused employees.
  • Create an Environment where single-tasking is encouraged. Rather than one team working on multiple projects, create teams that focus on one project.  Each single focus team can provide ideas and feedback to other teams to keep ideas and energy fresh on the teams.
  • Teach employees the value of single tasking and create areas of the office where they can focus solely on phone calls, for example. This eliminates the distraction of checking email while on the phone as well as the distraction of other employees while focused on a call.
  • Change work location at least once a day. This is important especially with a work-from-home team.  Leaving the house to work at a coffee shop or getting up from workspace to take a walk are two ways to encourage focus and single-tasking.

Identifying the key players in this new culture of single-tasking can be challenging and we can help.

At Viatech Global,  http://www.viatechglobal.com/  we provide value science tools to help employers identify, engage, and retain employees who support the workplace culture of increasing productivity and employee engagement.

Contact Michael@viatechglobal.com to see how we can assist your organization today!