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The first episode of Your Morning Boost is live!

The first episode of Your Morning Boost is live!

November 7th, 2018

Superior Staffing Walks For Wishes

October 1st, 2018

The Superior Staffing Team participated in this years Make-A-Wish event!  Great Event!

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Stat of the Month:

February 15th, 2018
Leadership Tip of the Month
A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that:

  1. happiness made employees 12% more productive
  2. unhappy workers proved 10% less productive

Source: https://tinyurl.com/yd84dnqg

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

May 19th, 2017

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

By Leo Babauta

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.

Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. I’m far from perfect, but it has helped me come a long way.

Probably most importantly, it has helped me understand my own mind. Before I started meditating, I never thought about what was going on inside my head — it would just happen, and I would follow its commands like an automaton. These days, all of that still happens, but more and more, I am aware of what’s going on. I can make a choice about whether to follow the commands. I understand myself better (not completely, but better), and that has given me increased flexibility and freedom.

So I highly recommend this habit. And while I’m not saying it’s easy, you can start small and get better and better as you practice. Don’t expect to be good at first — that’s why it’s called “practice”!

These tips aren’t aimed at helping you to become an expert; they should help you get started and keep going. You don’t have to implement them all at once — try a few, come back to this article, try one or two more.

1. Sit for just two minutes. This will seem ridiculously easy, to just meditate for two minutes. That’s perfect. Start with just two minutes a day for a week. If that goes well, increase by another two minutes and do that for a week. If all goes well, by increasing just a little at a time, you’ll be meditating for 10 minutes a day in the 2nd month, which is amazing! But start small first.

2. Do it first thing each morning. It’s easy to say, “I’ll meditate every day,” but then forget to do it. Instead, set a reminder for every morning when you get up, and put a note that says “meditate” somewhere where you’ll see it.

3. Don’t get caught up in the how — just do. Most people worry about where to sit, how to sit, what cushion to use … this is all nice, but it’s not that important to get started. Start just by sitting on a chair, or on your couch. Or on your bed. If you’re comfortable on the ground, sit cross-legged. It’s just for two minutes at first anyway, so just sit. Later you can worry about optimizing it so you’ll be comfortable for longer, but in the beginning it doesn’t matter much, just sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.

4. Check in with how you’re feeling. As you first settle into your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling. How does your body feel? What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious? See whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session as completely OK.

5. Count your breaths. Now that you’re settled in, turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.

6. Come back when you wander. Your mind will wander. This is an almost absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly OK to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and you won’t be good at it for a little while.

7. Develop a loving attitude. When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. See them as friends, not intruders or enemies. They are a part of you, though not all of you. Be friendly and not harsh.

8. Don’t worry too much that you’re doing it wrong. You will worry you’re doing it wrong. That’s OK, we all do. You’re not doing it wrong. There’s no perfect way to do it, just be happy you’re doing it.

9. Don’t worry about clearing the mind. Lots of people think meditation is about clearing your mind, or stopping all thoughts. It’s not. This can sometimes happen, but it’s not the “goal” of meditation. If you have thoughts, that’s normal. We all do. Our brains are thought factories, and we can’t just shut them down. Instead, just try to practice focusing your attention, and practice some more when your mind wanders.

10. Stay with whatever arises. When thoughts or feelings arise, and they will, you might try staying with them awhile. Yes, I know I said to return to the breath, but after you practice that for a week, you might also try staying with a thought or feeling that arises. We tend to want to avoid feelings like frustration, anger, anxiety … but an amazingly useful meditation practice is to stay with the feeling for awhile. Just stay, and be curious.

11. Get to know yourself. This practice isn’t just about focusing your attention, it’s about learning how your mind works. What’s going on inside there? It’s murky, but by watching your mind wander, get frustrated, avoid difficult feelings … you can start to understand yourself.

12. Become friends with yourself. As you get to know yourself, do it with a friendly attitude instead of one of criticism. You’re getting to know a friend. Smile and give yourself love.

13. Do a body scan. Another thing you can do, once you become a little better at following your breath, is focus your attention on one body part at a time. Start at the soles of your feet — how do those feel? Slowly move to your toes, the tops of your feet, your ankles, all the way to the top of your head.

14. Notice the light, sounds, energy. Another place to put your attention, again, after you’ve practiced with your breath for at least a week, is the light all around you. Just keep your eyes on one spot, and notice the light in the room you’re in. Another day, just focus on noticing sounds. Another day, try to notice the energy in the room all around you (including light and sounds).

15. Really commit yourself. Don’t just say, “Sure, I’ll try this for a couple days.” Really commit yourself to this. In your mind, be locked in, for at least a month.

16. You can do it anywhere. If you’re traveling or something comes up in the morning, you can do meditation in your office. In the park. During your commute. As you walk somewhere. Sitting meditation is the best place to start, but in truth, you’re practicing for this kind of mindfulness in your entire life.

17. Follow guided meditation. If it helps, you can try following guided meditations to start with.

18. Check in with friends. While I like meditating alone, you can do it with your spouse or child or a friend. Or just make a commitment with a friend to check in every morning after meditation. It might help you stick with it for longer.

19. Find a community. Even better, find a community of people who are meditating and join them. This might be a Zen or Tibetan community near you (for example), where you go and meditate with them. Or find an online group and check in with them and ask questions, get support, encourage others. My Sea Change Program has a community like that.

20. Smile when you’re done. When you’re finished with your two minutes, smile. Be grateful that you had this time to yourself, that you stuck with your commitment, that you showed yourself that you’re trustworthy, where you took the time to get to know yourself and make friends with yourself. That’s an amazing two minutes of your life.

Meditation isn’t always easy or even peaceful. But it has truly amazing benefits, and you can start today, and continue for the rest of your life.

Too Busy to Think?

October 20th, 2016

Too Busy to Think?
How and Why to Carve Out “Think Time” For Business

Too Busy to Think? How and Why to Carve out 'Think Time' for Business

Business moves fast.

Between the pile of responsibilities on your plate and the constant demands of leading a team, you may feel like you don’t even have time to think. In order to lead well in today’s complex, fast-paced society, however, finding time to think is exactly what you need most.

Sure, “getting stuff done” is essential — at times. But without a clear goal in mind and a clear road map to get there, simply “doing things” might cost you and your team more than it gives. Here’s why — and how — to make time to think.

Why Your “Think Time” Matters

The popular media provides us images of business leaders as people with a lot of “hustle.” As a result, we begin to believe that doing more is the same thing as accomplishing more. But is it?

Warren Buffet has built a business empire by spending most of his time reading and thinking. At AOL, CEO Tim Armstrong and the rest of the executive staff spend four hours a week just thinking. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner actually puts “think time” in his daily schedule — two hours of it. And Bill Gates’s twice-yearly vacations are spent in contemplation, not in catching up.

When you spend time thinking, you can approach business more efficiently, gaining maximum impact from minimum application of time, money or effort. Abraham Lincoln reportedly once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” When you think, you spend time sharpening your axe — so when you start chopping down the tree, you can do it more quickly, more cleanly and with less effort.

How to Make Time to Think

Thinking is an essentially different mode of operation than action. While thinking can be combined with action — some executives do their best thinking on the treadmill or bicycle — “think time” works best when it’s structured specifically to let your brain work. Here’s how to create think time that works for you.

  1. Learn to say “no” and “please handle this.”
    Delegating is important. When it comes to finding space to think, delegating is essential. Check your schedule for meetings and tasks you can say “no” to, and find ways to delegate items that must be done. This will help free you from the details, giving you time and space to look at the big picture and to think more strategically.
  2. Find your quiet space.
    Virginia Woolf famously said that “a room of one’s own” was essential for success as a writer. For success as a leader, a “quiet space of one’s own” is just as essential. Focus on developing both a quiet “external” space in the form of an office with a closed door or a solo hike, and a quiet “internal” space with mindfulness practices like focusing on your breathing. When you quiet both the outside and inside noise, you improve the quality of your thought processes.
  3. Let it bubble.
    The best ideas don’t appear fully formed in their creators’ heads. Instead, they arrive in pieces — an idea here, a concept here, an insight on resources there. Use a journal or similar tool to keep track of ideas and to provide some perspective, so you can spend time considering how to fit the parts together.
  4. Be clear.
    Having an idea, mission or plan is half the battle. The other half is communicating it clearly to your team. Practice communicating your vision, ask for feedback and clarify where necessary so your team is as clear on the plan “on the ground” as you are during your quiet moments.
  5. Keep thinking.
    Once your thought processes have paid off by producing a new strategic plan or developing a new solution to a sticky problem, don’t quit. Keep examining how the change is working and contemplating improvements. And stick to your “quiet time” — practice will improve your ability to think deeply, which will continue to improve your business.

Think better when you can bounce ideas off another professional? Talk to your staffing partner about strategies for better hiring and retention.

Fact of the Month

October 20th, 2016
Fact of the Month
By his own admission, Warren Buffett spends about 80 percent of his working day reading and thinking.

Customer Appreciation Day!

May 16th, 2016

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10 negative employee behaviors that undermine success

April 8th, 2016

The essential management challenge is creating an environment where your team can thrive. In order to be the kind of business that people want to work for, you have to have a group of people working for you that come together to get good work done.

Unfortunately, one rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel. One mean, nasty, negative, deceitful person can poison the entire workplace. All of your good work to build up your business can be undone by one destructive person who you allow to keep working for you.

These are the 10 major negative behaviors that simply cannot be tolerated in a productive workplace.

1. Negativity: There is a difference between occasionally disagreeing and always being negative. Some people always undermine your team with their negativity.

2. Unexcused absences: Everyone needs to miss work occasionally, but some people always miss work or miss work at a rate that causes everyone else to double-time it to cover for them. If you allow frequent unexcused absences, you will alienate your good employees and undermine morale.

3. Failure to complete work/assignments: Some people always have a reason why their work is not done. They are full of excuses and spend more time with excuses than they would have spent just doing the work. This again undermines morale by causing everyone else to pick up the slack.

4. Disrespectful or abusive behavior: Everyone will be grumpy or short-tempered on occasion. But there is a difference between having a bad day and being rude and disrespectful. Some people are arrogant and abusive and need to go work for your competitors.

5. Uncooperative or domineering behavior: The political correctness movement has spawned a new breed of bully. These people use gossip, water cooler whispers and social media to undermine your mission. They will smile and agree to your face and then blind copy everyone in the building on a negative email to your boss. If they don’t get their way, they will threaten EEOC violations to bully you into submission. Find out where the whispers start, and you will identify who has to be invited to leave.

6. Failure to give best effort all the time: It is amazing how these same new breed bullies also manage to not get any work done. They won’t give their best effort unless they are getting the glory and recognition they think they deserve. They are selfish saboteurs who clog your work flow.

7. Failure to provide constructive feedback: There is a proper way to train people and a helpful way to give feedback. Crushing a person is rarely a constructive pathway to strong teamwork.

8. Whining: Whining is defined as complaining for the sake of complaining. It is complaining without actively seeking to be involved in the solution. Whining is unethical and destructive. Identifying problems that need to be fixed and helping solve them is good whining. Bad whining is evil and is usually the first sign that someone needs to go.

9. Poorly prepared for work/meeting/group activity: Assuming that the work is valuable and important, failure to prepare yourself adequately to do your job is unethical

10. Subversive behavior: All of the first nine can manifest in a personality that actively undermines your authority by working to destroy the good will between the boss and the employees. Subversive behavior is unethical. If you work for a company that you don’t agree with, you only have two ethical choices. If you are going to accept the paycheck, then swallow your pride and do the job in the manner requested. If you disagree with the way things are being done, then resign and seek other employment. But you do not have the right to take the paycheck and then undermine the programs of your employer. Subversive behavior is the highest form of evil

7 key attributes of highly promotable people

April 8th, 2016

Hank BoyerMonday, April 04, 2016

7 key attributes of highly promotable people

 

As an employee — whether part-time, full-time, contract or otherwise — your day-to-day performance places you in one of two categories: promotable or not promotable. Getting a promotion starts months (or years) before the promotion date.

What makes someone promotable? Here are seven attributes of highly promotable people.

1. Doers, not talkers. Whatever the assignment, task or objective, doers simply get it done right the first time. No drama or excuses, just results. When they do this long enough, people will ask them to take on new challenges. They are often the first one to work and the last one to leave. They don’t quit until the job is done, regardless of what the clock says. Their actions and results do the talking for them.

2. Solvers, not excuse-makers. Promotable people see a problem, look for causes and take actions to solve the problem. You’ll hear them approach their supervisor and say, “I noticed a problem with X, so I’ve tried a couple of things and found something that seems to work,” and then explain what they did and how the results have benefited the customer/department/company. In contrast, nonpromotable people let their boss handle problems, or worse, complain about them.

3. Selfless, not selfish. They are always alert for opportunities to lend a hand to others. They ask for assignments others don’t want, then do them well with a smile. It’s always about the good of the department/customer/patient/company. No job is beneath them.

4. Respectful, not inconsiderate. Promotable people respect everyone, regardless of what they do and where they came from. They never gossip or get caught up in politics. They treat others with courtesy. They practice active listening instead of looking through or past people who are talking to them. They place others first.

5. Outward focused, not self-focused. Promotable people look beyond the task, job description and department — they think about the big picture and how what they do affects everything else. If having to make a choice when at work, they always choose team and customer interests over self-interests. They recognize their own sacrifices are small in comparison to the benefits of encouraging teammates and extending the life of a customer or patient.

6. Givers, not takers. Promotable people set a personal example to give more than what is asked or expected. They consistently produce to a higher standard than is set by their employer. If they see a job that needs to be done, and they can do it, they jump in and do it — they don’t check first to see if it is on their job description. They rarely run out of paid time off and they don’t abuse break times. They never do personal business on company time, which includes taking calls, texting, personal emails, gaming and any other form of personal amusement while they are on the clock.

7. Integrity and trust, not questionable motives. They set a personal example of integrity that is bulletproof. Because they are givers (not takers), selfless (not self-focused) and solvers (not excuse-makers) they have developed an ironclad reputation within and outside the employer. They don’t cut corners, and they always do what they said they would do. They don’t hang out with people of questionable character or motivation. As a result, people trust them with confidential information and the keys to the kingdom.

Every one of the seven qualities of highly promotable people represents an intentional choice to be a leader by doing. And when people commit to promotable behavior and live it out on the job, they never have to worry about their career hitting a snag, or being able to get the best jobs with the best employers.

Fact of the Month: Minimum Wage Hikes Boost Real Income and Spending

April 4th, 2016

Fact of the Month: Minimum Wage Hikes Boost Real Income and Spending

A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago concluded that, during the quarters following a $1 minimum wage hike, real spending by households with at least one minimum wage earner increases by $700 per quarter.

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago