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Leading the Charge: How Managers can Foster Well-being

Managers will learn how to create a supportive work environment by being role models, celebrating boundaries, rewarding productivity, encouraging breaks, and making well-being a team goal.

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Kim Scott | Radical Candor: How to Get what you Want by Saying what you Mean | Scott's book offers insights on how managers can balance driving results while maintaining empathy for their employees, aligning with the podcast's focus on fostering well-being in the workplace.

Patrick Lencioni | The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery | Lencioni's book explores the factors that contribute to employee dissatisfaction and offers guidance for managers to improve workplace well-being and engagement.

Shawn Achor | The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work | Achor's book discusses the benefits of a positive mindset and provides practical tips for managers to promote happiness and well-being in the workplace.

Michael Bungay Stanier | The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever | Stanier's book emphasizes the importance of coaching and empowering employees, encouraging managers to foster a supportive environment where well-being is valued.

Henry Cloud | Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge | Cloud's book offers guidance for leaders to set boundaries and create a healthy work environment, supporting the podcast's message of celebrating boundaries and rewarding productivity.

Tom Rath | Are You Fully Charged?: The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life | Rath's book discusses three key elements that contribute to overall well-being and provides insights for managers to create an energizing work environment.

Jenn Lim | Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose | Lim's book explores the connection between employee happiness and business success, providing strategies for managers to foster well-being and create a positive workplace culture.

Liz Wiseman | Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | Wiseman's book provides insights on how effective leaders can bring out the best in their teams by fostering an environment of growth and well-being.

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Hello, hello folks! It's your friendly neighborhood OD consultant. Today, we're taking a look at the other side of the coin – how managers can encourage and reward the strategies we've discussed so far. So, if you're a manager, perk up your ears. If you're not, well, you might be one someday, so stick around!

Let's dive right in. As a manager, you're not just in charge of work, you're in charge of people. And guess what? People aren't machines. They need rest, they need balance, and they need to feel valued. So how can you, as a manager, foster this kind of environment?

Tip number one: Be a role model. If you're answering emails at midnight, your team might feel they have to do the same. So, model the behavior you want to see. Remember, actions speak louder than words.

Tip number two: Celebrate boundaries. If a team member says 'no' to a meeting because they're focusing on a priority task, don't scold them – applaud them. It's like when your dog finally learns to sit, you don't scold it, you give it a treat!

Tip number three: Reward productivity, not busyness. Don't ask 'how many hours did you work?' but rather 'what did you achieve?' It's like asking someone how long they spent in the kitchen versus how tasty the meal was. The latter matters more, right?

Tip number four: Encourage breaks. I mean, even laptops need to shut down and update, right? So, why wouldn't humans? When you see a team member taking a break, don't assume they're slacking off. They're just rebooting their system.

And finally, tip number five: Make well-being a team goal. You could even have a 'well-being champion' each month, someone who's excelled at balancing work and rest. It's like being the 'employee of the month', but for well-being!

Remember, folks, as a manager, your job isn't just to get work done. It's to create an environment where work can get done sustainably and happily. You're not just building a team, you're building a culture.

That's all for today, folks! I hope this series has provided you with some valuable insights and practical tips for fostering well-being in the workplace. Remember, it's not just about work. It's about people. And people thrive when they're well taken care of.

Signing off for now, your friendly neighborhood OD consultant. Until next time, take care, and don't forget to lead with kindness and empathy.

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