One of the most common challenges of working from home is boundary management. If you are new to working remotely, trying to balance home, family and work priorities may feel overwhelming. But with sufficient self-awareness and by using your innate talents and strengths-based planning, you can familiarise yourself with this new way of life, while staying healthy and connected at the same time.
To have a life of wellbeing, think about how you can leverage your strengths, using these tips to balance home life, family life and work life.
1. Manage expectations of yourself, your team and your family. 2. Create a routine and build an office environment at home. 3. Set achievable tasks each day and remember to give yourself a break. 4. Stay connected to your team, and mark out clear responsibilities and deadlines to manage projects. 5. Put in place the right technological groundwork, including computers, high-speed Internet, cell phones and shared drive. 6. Make sure you have a quiet place at home to communicate and collaborate effectively. 7. Be kind to yourself. No one is perfect at multitasking. Practice good self-care. Prioritize breaks during the day and set reasonable boundaries. 8. Stay connected with your social communities such as friends and co-workers, by meeting virtually for ‘coffee chats’. 9. Value yourself by valuing your time. Turn down last-minute and unscheduled conversations, especially if they’re not related to your priorities. 10. Plan and prepare meals or snacks in advance, while viewing it as another to-do task
As independent workers, many of us do not have managers to support us and give us a sense of normalcy and stability. We have to be our own managers. Look at your innate strengths to meet these new challenges. Even when we work remotely, keep your workers engaged and find new ways to connect while in isolation.
It is important that we now learn to adjust to this new work environment – because who knows, the homely workplace may just be tomorrow’s norm.
Achievers are individuals who possess great stamina and energy. Achievers work hard, finding joy in having tasks on hand to keep them productive and busy. They derive great satisfaction from crossing the finishing line and completing a race.
When working, achievers like to have the freedom of setting their own pace. However, they are also flexible workers. Achievers excel at initiating and managing any necessary change.
How do Activators turn thoughts into action, and ‘make things happen’?
Activators are able to work fast and work vigorously, and can respond quickly. They are talented in ‘making things happen’,
People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Activators are able to hit the ground running. They value initiation, create momentum, and are often impatient with inactivity. They bring a catalytic sense of urgency, need less discussion, more action.
Adaptability – Relationship Building Leadership Domain
How are people with Adaptability able to ‘go with the flow’?
People with Adaptability live as the water flows – in the here and in the now. They take their time to discover their future, one day at a time. People with this trait are willing to follow good leaders in their journey to make change, and can respond to changes in their circumstances quickly and efficiently.
How are Analytical people able to consider all the factors that might affect a situation?
People with the Analytical trait look for ‘reason’. They can map out the ’cause-and-effect’ of a situation with ease. Analytical people use logic and reason to get to the bottom of things, and can find simplicity in the torrent of complex information. Approaching topics that arouse emotions, they can maintain their cool and still think calmly. Analytical people look for hard data and objective facts, and can sometimes take their time to think.
Why are Arrangers comfortable with lots of moving parts?
People with strong ‘Arranger’ traits are excellent at negotiating and organising, and enjoy managing resources and people to achieve maximum productivity. Arrangers work effectively and efficiently. Arrangers make for good coordinators, and excel in dynamic, constantly-changing environments.
Why are people with a strong ‘Belief’ trait passionate about a certain core value?
People with a strong ‘Belief’ trait have certain values that they embrace deeply, which shape and define their purpose in life. They are altruistic people, and for causes that they deem important, they are willing to go great lengths and make great sacrifices.
How are people with strong ‘Command’ traits able to be both direct and decisive?
People with a strong ‘Command’ trait emits a strong presence and likes to make decisions. While others might shy away from taking control, they step forward and move right into the driver’s seat. Against situations that attack them, people with a strong ‘Command’ trait fight back. They are driven by challenges in their life, but will also require a good sense of emotional clarity.
Why do people with strong ‘Communication’ traits find it easy to express themselves?
People with strong a ‘Communication’ trait generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words, and make for good presenters. They are also excellent conversationalists, being both good at listening and using language to connect with other people. Communicators love to be surrounded by an audience for them to share a story with. For messages that have to be shared, people with a strong ‘Communication’ trait can attract the attention of others and get the point across.
Why do people with ‘Competition’ traits measure their progress against the performance of others?
People with a strong ‘Competition’ trait uses their relative performances to others to evaluate their own progress. They are driven by a desire for being first in the race and winning the gold medal. In this process, they can motivate themselves and even others to reach greater heights and strive for perfection. They strive for the gold medal, and no less, and is at their best with peers that can compete with them and motivate them.
Connectedness – Relationship Building Leadership Domain
Why are people with strong ‘Connectedness’ traits able to draw links between many things?
People with strong ‘Connectedness’ traits have faith in the links among all things. They believe that there are few coincidences and almost everything has meaning. They can find and draw links easily. People with such traits appreciate the connections and mysteries in life, and feel the need to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Why are people with strong ‘Consistency’ traits more interested in group needs over individual wants?
People with strong ‘Consistency’ traits believe in fairness. They set up clear rules and believe in abiding by them. To them, treating everyone equally is of utmost importance. Like a golfer practising his swings, people with such traits enjoy the elegance and efficiency when the same process is repeated using the same methods to enhance predictability and effectiveness.
Why do people with strong ‘Context’ traits enjoy thinking about the past?
People with strong ‘Context’ traits like to think about the past. Their understanding of the present is shaped by researching, remembering and appreciating events in history. When making decisions, they review existing information and the relevant background information, before bringing valuable and accurate insights to the table. They love to be retrospective. In life, people with strong ‘Context’ traits believe in the importance of a ‘rearview mirror’.
Why are people with strong ‘Deliberative’ traits so careful about potential risks?
People with strong ‘Deliberative’ traits are best described by their tendency and ability to evaluate risk before making any decision. They can anticipate obstacles and pitfalls that they might encounter in the future. They take a conscientious and thorough approach to making choices in life, in order to reduce the risk of things going south. People with such traits think before they speak, and are excellent decision-makers.
Developer – Relationship Building Leadership Domain
Why are people with strong ‘Developer’ traits patient when dealing with novices?
People with strong ‘Developer’ traits are able to recognize and cultivate the potential that others may have. They are able to tell when others are making progress, and derive great satisfaction when they see others take a small step towards their goal. People with such traits love to invest in other people, and are on a mission to see others grow. They value human potential and progress.
Why do people with strong ‘Discipline’ traits able to be efficient managers, even with limited resources?
People with strong ‘Discipline’ traits enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create. They excel at tasks others might find repetitive, and work best in an organised and structured environment. People with such traits strive for accuracy and detail, and like to make sure everything is in order. Before embarking on anything, they have a tendency to make a plan and follow it diligently.
How do people with strong ‘Empathy’ traits sense other people’s feelings?
People with strong ‘Empathy’ traits are able to put themselves in other people’s shoes, and can easily imagine themselves being in other people’s situations. They can easily sense and understand other people’s feelings. People with such traits tend to have high levels of emotional intelligence, and benefit in an environment that lets them express their emotions freely – where they can cry when they are sad, and laugh when they are happy.
How are people with strong ‘Focus’ traits able to focus intensely and single-mindedly?
People with strong ‘Focus’ traits are able to make a decision on the direction they want to take – and follow through. They can make the necessary adjustments to stay on track. When dealing with any situation, they straighten out their priorities first, and then act. People with such traits have a clear blueprint in mind, and begin anything with the end in mind. Once they have started on a task and decided on a direction, they will then work, abiding by the priorities they set for themselves.
Why are people with strong ‘Futuristic’ traits so passionate about ‘tomorrow’?
People with strong ‘Futuristic’ traits are excited by thoughts about the future, and what it may hold for them. They use their visions for the future to encourage and galvanise other people. People with such traits make for visionary leaders. They anticipate and imagine what the future can be, or should be, and they can turn their dreams into inspiration for others. They benefit in an environment that offers them the opportunity to talk about the foreseeable future.
Harmony 和諧 – Relationship Building Leadership Domain
Why do people with strong ‘Harmony’ traits look for consensus?
People with strong ‘Harmony’ traits dislike conflicts. Instead, they are peace-loving and look for common grounds and areas of agreement. They seek to reduce and eliminate unnecessary bursts of emotion. People with such traits excel at consensus-building, and can often act as the ‘gel’ between groups of very different people and bring them together.
How do people with strong Ideation traits able to think outside the box?
People with strong Ideation traits are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. People with such traits are able to think clearly, even in ambiguous and uncertain situations. They flourish in environments that let them explore different possibilities without limits, and in turn, provide new, fresh perspectives.
Includer 包容 – Relationship Building Leadership Domain
Why do people with strong ‘Includer’ traits sensitive to those who feel left out?
People with strong ‘Includer’ traits are accepting of other people. They can sense when others are feeling left out, and will make great efforts to include them into the group. They seek to ensure that every single person in the group is well integrated. When dealing with others, people with such traits are very tolerant and are more accepting of diversity.
Individualization 個別– Relationship Building Domain
Why do people with strong ‘Individualization’ traits able to figure out how different people can work together to maximize productivity?
People with strong Individualization traits are able to see the unique qualities and abilities each person possess. Instead of seeing the difference between individuals as a challenge, people with such traits instead see value in and appreciate diversity. They are gifted with the ability of figuring how each person in the group can play a part and work together productively.
Why do people with strong ‘Input’ traits want to collect all kinds of information?
People with strong ‘Input’ traits have an intense craving to know more. They are highly skilled at information-gathering, and enjoy collecting and archiving all sorts of information. They benefit others by holding onto and sharing valuable information. People with such traits bring tangible tools to facilitate growth and improvements to the table. Like a sponge, they are adept at both absorbing (input) and dispensing (output) relevant and often, crucial information.
Why are people with Intellection characterized by their intellectual activity?
People with strong ‘Intellection’ traits are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussion. They need to spend time for reflection and meditation. They view thinking as synonymous with doing, and like to delve deep into the wealth of information the world offers. People with such traits believe in the power of theory, while offering comprehension and wisdom to their team.
How are people with strong ‘Learner’ traits able to enjoy learning?
People with ‘Learner’ traits have a strong desire to learn more and to keep improving themselves. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. People with such traits like to plunge themselves in new information and experiences, and follow things and subjects that interest them. They are eager to learn, and love to live life on the cutting-edge.
Why do people with strong ‘Maximizer’ trait seek constant improvements and transformations?
People with strong ‘Maximizer’ traits focus on being ‘extraordinary’. They place a strong focus on personal development in order to stimulate personal and group excellence. People with such traits are adept at identifying both strengths and weaknesses. They value both quality and quantity, and being a ‘maximizer’, they seek to pursue the maximum return on any investment.
How are people with strong ‘Positivity’ traits able to excite others about their future plans?
People with strong ‘Positivity’ traits radiate a contagious amount of enthusiasm, and can spread their excitement to others. Positive people are optimistic, hopeful, and fun-loving. Their traits allow them to stimulate others to become more productive and hopeful. Around someone with such traits, people will tend to feel a little happier with life. To help them live life to the fullest, positive people shine the brightest when given the freedom to experience the joy and drama of life.
Why do people with stronger ‘Relator’ traits find satisfaction in close relationships with others?
People with strong ‘Relator’ traits love to build close and strong relationships with others. They enjoy working hard with a fellow friend towards a shared goal, and feel extremely satisfied when they succeed. Relators want to know their closest friends, and be known by them. They value one-on-one interactions, and enjoy close and deep relationships where both parties are mutually caring. While people with such traits might know many people and have many acquaintances (due to their ability to relate with all sorts of people), they usually tend towards having a small group of close-knit friends.
Why do people trust those with strong ‘Responsibility’ traits to get things done?
People with strong ‘Responsibility’ traits take ownership and are greatly committed to the promises they make to themselves. They believe in stable values such as honesty and loyalty, and value the respect of others. As a result, people around them find them to be highly dependable individuals, as they keep their promises and follow through on any commitments they make. They feel most comfortable when others around them trust them.
Why are people with strong ‘Restorative’ traits so good at identifying what went wrong and resolving it?
People with strong ‘Restorative’ traits are adept at dealing with problems. When faced with difficult situations, they bring courage and creativity to the table. People with such traits are capable of identifying what went wrong, and formulating the right solutions for them. They have a strong belief that any problem can be solved.
How are people with strong ‘Self-Assurance’ traits able to remain confident even in the face of external uncertainties?
People with strong ‘Self-Assurance’ traits possess an inner compass that gives them the confidence to make correct decisions. They are confident in their ability to manage their own lives and to make decisions for themselves, while also willing to take any necessary risks. People with such traits are more likely to be the one influencing others, rather than being influenced by others.
Why do people with ‘Significance’ traits want to be seen as important in other people’s eyes?
People with strong ‘Significance’ traits are natural performers, comfortable and happy to be right in the middle of the spotlight. The perception by other people strongly influences them, due to their desire for recognition. People with such traits want to be showing off the best version of themselves, and in particular, like to interact with successful people.
How are people with strong ‘Strategic’ traits able to consider all the different possibilities, and not miss out on the best solutions?
People with strong ‘Strategic’ traits are adept at finding multiple ways of completing different tasks. When faced with any given scenarios, they can quickly identify the relevant patterns and issues to develop an effective solution. While dealing with challenges, people with such traits are excellent at finding the best way forward. Overall, they have great peripheral vision, and can easily see the whole picture.
Why are people with ‘Woo’ traits able to quickly build social relationships and make friends?
People with ‘Woo’ traits like to meet new people and build new friendships. They are good at ice-breakers and building social connections of those activites. Being outgoing and dynamic, people with such traits are able to inject energy into social situations and take initiative in social activities.
They differ from the traits described in other StrengthsFinder themes:
Woo – Can build a broad social network
Relator – Can build a deep social network
Woo – Winning others over
Competition – Winning over others
認識職業價值觀，Use StrengthsFinder思考三個事業模式 How am I doing?
1. 「成就」特質喜歡完成 Achiever: Get to the end，「行動」特質喜歡開始 Activator: Get to the start
2. 「取悅」特質喜歡破冰 Woo: Broad relationship，「關係」特質喜歡融合 Relator: Deep relationship
3. 「勁爭」特質在意自己獲勝 win，「伯樂」特質在意別人獲勝 win
教练的角色，是帮助客户实现梦想，教练也将陪伴客户，影响客户的未来与改变，那么，在教练学习的时候，需要支持怎样的原则？什么是 I AM COACH 的心态？在成为创业，事业，或高管教练前，如何实践成功学习，协助客户？教练课程的一种态度，它决定你学习的高度，远比其他专业背景来得重要。我们姑且称其为：有效课程的几个关键要点。准备 “我是教练” I AM COACH 的心态，力行几种学习原则，将帮助你的学习更有收获。
1. Involve 全心投入：做出贡献
2. Aware 自我觉察：觉察和意识到自己和他人的共创和互动影响
3. Moment 关注“当下”：百分之百留意
4. Confidential 保持机密性
5. Open 有着开放的态度：不妄加判断
6. Assumption 不将假设观点，强加于人
7. Conversation 一次以一个主题对话
8. Hold Accountability 担负责任，给予支持
#1 Be Grateful 心怀感恩
#2 Choose your friends wisely 选择智友
#3 Cultivate compassion 培养同理心
#4 Keep learning 保持学习
#5 Become a problem solver 成为问题终结者
#6 Do what you love 做你喜爱的事
#7 Live in the present 活在当下
#8 Laugh often 经常大笑
#9 Practice forgiveness 学习原谅
#10 Say thanks often 常说谢谢
#11 Create deeper connections 学会深交
#12 Keep your agreement 信守承诺
#13 Meditate 冥想
#14 Focus on what you’re doing 专注你正在做的事
#15 Be optimistic 要乐观
#16 Love conditionally 无条件的爱
#17 Don’t Give Up 不要放弃
#18 Do your best and then let go 尽全力，然后放手
#19 Take care of yourself 好好照顾自己
#20 Give back 学会给予
Build a High Performance Team 发展优势团队的战略
One of the most common objectives of a team is to solve a certain problem, which is usually why a team is created. Team members bring a diverse set of skills to the team and this provides a great scenario and the best chance in finding a solution. Because the team is comprised of individuals that bring a unique skill set, it provides the team with a “the whole is greater than its parts” setup which is a valuable tool.
Strengths is a Business Strategy
A team’s success depends on its ability to perform. The role as a coach is to help the manager and his or her team perform. In every coaching session, whether it is a coaching conversation with a manager, a team members or a collective team, should have “performance” at its core.
Developing a Team Strategy
Team coaching should always start with the managers. The impact of a successful coaching depends on the team leader’s commitment and enthusiasm. His or her active involvement, buy-in, and support to build a “high performance’ team will bear directly on the effectiveness and sustainability of coaching sessions.
Emotional Intelligence is a set of competencies demonstrating the ability one has to recognise his or her behaviours, moods, and impulses, and to manage them best according to the situation. As a leader, how to be emotionally intelligent?
Create Your Life Plan
Slice of Life, with Eugene Loh
Viya Chen, Professional Certified Coach, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Coaching Federation, a non-profit organization that guarantees the evolution of the art and science and practice of professional coaching.
She will talk about “Creating your life plan”
Published on Sep 29, 2014