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When an organization moves from a “Go-Go” phase to the next level, “Adolescence” (Adizes, 1999), the founder is faced with new organizational challenges. In the Go-Go phase the organization was making money, had few administrative departments, had few polices or formalized strategies in place, and had little management structure with defined accountabilities and authority. During the transition it is not uncommon for the founder to disengage then re-engage and disrupt the transition plan and team. This may be due to a number of factors from a need to be in control, disagreement with the policies and procedures being put in place, and regression, to the “that is not how we got where we are” syndrome, anxiety, distrust, and a sense of uncertainty about the future.
The impact on organizational performance and individual performance can be significant. First, the organization will be less profitable as it moves into adolescence almost by definition. The reason is that administrative staff such as HR, mid-level management, and other support staff are being added to move to the next level, and therefore, profitability percentages will drop. Second, the organization may drop in other areas of performance such as customer service and responsiveness because this value and behavior now needs to be systemized and made scalable where before it used to reside in individual staff and in the group norms as a smaller organization. Productivity definitions may change during this transition. When the organization was smaller, productivity could be measured by a few variables rather than a multivariate approach. As the organization gets larger, a multivariate model may emerge.
Individual performance can also be negatively impacted during this transition. Staff who had the skills to perform successfully in a smaller organization may not have the skills to perform in the larger organization. Changing them out or redefining their roles may result in stress for all involved as they were valued employees and now they may not be perceived that way by the new management. New employees may start under-performing as well because they came in full of hope and high expectations and then experience an organization that is giving mixed messages. The psychological impact of this is that these employees may start to be discouraged; feel helpless, angry, anxious, or depressed; lose focus; or engage in counterproductive communication and behavior, among many other negative psychological states.
As your organization goes through transitions like this, it will be helpful to keep these elements in mind when you encounter performance problems. Having a testable hypothesis is the first step to managing the changes.
Have a day filled with equanimity,
Robert A. Mines, Ph.D.
CEO & Psychologist
Adizes, Ichak. (1999). Managing Corporate Lifecycles. Santa Barbara, CA: Adizes Institute.
Think of your messy house as a metaphor for the state of your emotional health. Mess and clutter often lead us to feeling stressed or panicked. At the very least, looking at the buildup of stuff can sap your energy after a long day at work, with the kids, running errands, etc. A clean and organized home can lift your mood and keep you on track towards meeting your life goals.
Most people’s reactions to a messy home go one of two ways. Either they attack the entire mess with gusto or they simply sink to the couch – defeated, exhausted, and irritated with themselves for letting it get this far out of control.
Instead of finding yourself defeated, focus on taking steps towards a clean and organized home. Break down your area into quadrants (or rooms if they are manageable enough). Taking small steps vs. larger ones will help you get an area clean and keep it that way.
Create a schedule of tasks. There will be tasks you do daily, like hanging up your clothes or putting dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher. Other tasks will be more sporadic but need to be included on the list. Listing out your activities will help you plan cleaning around your life but will also help hold you accountable for your space. As an added bonus you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment every time you check something off your list! Following your list on a daily basis will help you create more permanent good habits that will make keeping your home clean a breeze.
Simple Storage and Organization Solutions
- The office supply store is your best friend.
- Drawer organizers aren’t just for work. Use them to create order out of a drawer of random kitchen utensils. Use them in the bathroom to organize hair ties, makeup, and other miscellaneous items that often end up at the back of the drawer.
- Put your mail in one place. Pick up an inexpensive paper holder to categorize bills, catalogues, personal correspondence, and things to file.
- Use clear bins to hold things that usually create clutter. Cluster batteries, lightbulbs, and other house supplies in one drawer. Use another to hold ipods, headphones, extension cords, chargers, and other electronics that aren’t used on a daily basis.
- Label your shoe boxes if you keep them so you always know what you have.
- Specify a box for wrapping paper, ribbon, tissue paper, boxes, and cards so you always have a go-to place for gift needs.
Safeguarding Your Home
The following articles from Reader’s Digest offer an interesting look at tips for safeguarding your home:
~MINES HealthPsych Team
Overcoming any addiction is often a life-long journey filled with as many peaks as there are valleys. Getting support from your family, friends, and treatment providers is an important part of maintaining sobriety. If you are looking for additional support check out these free resources at http://store.samhsa.gov/home . As always, we’re here to help.
~The HealthPsych Team
Healthy Decision Making. This phrase can encompass different meanings to different people. Most view this phrase as a representation of their eating habits – making the healthy choice to skip the dessert after dinner or to make sure they eat a healthy breakfast every day. But have you ever thought of applying healthy decision making to other aspects of your life besides diet and exercise? Making healthy choices can include stress management, finding balance between work and your personal life, or making decisions that have a positive impact on you and/or your loved ones.
One way to apply healthy decision making is to practice being responsive instead of reactive when making decisions. Often times when we make decisions, we are impulsive (reactive) in our actions without thinking about the implications. When we make decisions based on immediate gratification or intense emotions, we often don’t get the desired results we’re looking for. Think of the times in your life when you have made a decision based on immediate need and regretted it afterwards, like eating that second piece of pie only to end up with a terrible stomachache or having a bad day at work only to come home and take it out on your spouse or partner. When we give ourselves the opportunity to be thoughtful with our decisions and actions, we are being responsive. Being responsive allows us to make wiser decisions with a more ideal outcome.
Next time you need to make a “healthy” decision, try out these helpful tips:
- Give yourself the opportunity to think about your choices. Thinking allows us to break away from the intensity of emotions allowing us to make better choices.
- When your emotions are high, take a few moments to take some deep breaths. Deep breathing allows the mind to slow down and for emotions to cool.
- Don’t beat yourself up. If you make an impulsive decision, recognize it, think about a different choice you could have made, and then move on.
We’re not perfect but if you practice healthy decision making, you’ll find yourself feeling better each day leading you to a more fulfilled life!
~The HealthPsych Team
“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.“
- Benjamin Franklin
This is the time of year when many people resolve to turn over a “new leaf” and make important changes in their lives. For a lot of us, that includes changing the way we manage our money. With the over-spending that tends to occur around the holidays, it’s easy to decide to make a budget – but the hard part is sticking to it. Below are some online tools to help you do just that.
If you feel like you would benefit from more personalized help getting started, you may consider checking with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org ) for accredited financial consultants in your area.
Happy New Year!
~The HealthPsych Team
How to make 2011 a successful year for you and your employees
Dr. David Javitch wrote a wonderful article published at Entrepreneur.com that I would like to share. As resolutions/goals are a popular topic at years end, his highlights can give a a great foundation for setting goals relative to your employees.
For example, he mentions that cross training employees can help motivate them and allow them to assist collegues in completing new tasks. Their value and and responsibility will naturally increase while motivating them.
You can find the entire article and the other tips here.
Posted by Ian Holtz, Manager at MINES and Associates.
A common question when chatting causally with someone is “are you dating?” When the answer is no, people often apologize like being single is such an awful thing. The fact is when you are single you have the freedom to explore a variety of activities and indulge in your every whim. Friendships strengthen. And the idea of compromise takes a back seat. Being single doesn’t have to be a woe-is-me state of mind, rather a lifestyle choice that has just as many advantages and disadvantages as being in a relationship!
Looking for things to do around town try meetup.com, a great resource for things to do locally!
~Health Psychology Team
Posted by minesblog in Alcoholism, Anxiety, BizPsych, business psychology, C Level, Centering, CEO, depression, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Leadership, Managed Behavioral Health Care, Management, Mines and Associates, Psychology of Performance, Stress management, substance abuse, Supervisor, The MINES Team, Tips, Work Performance on September 20, 2010
In his book The Mindful Therapist, Dr. Dan Siegel discusses the role of mirror neurons in actions that have a perceived intention behind them. He stated that the mirror neurons function as a bridge between sensory input and motor output that allows us to mirror the behavior we see someone else enact (p.36). Practically this means that when we see someone drinking from a glass, the mirror neurons become activated (firing off electrical currents called an action potential). If we were to drink from the same glass, the same specific neurons that fired when we saw someone else drinking also become activated. Dr. Siegel said “We see a behavior and get ready to imitate it,” (p.36).
The implications of this line of research are significant for performance. For example, if you watch a movie with alcohol being consumed and you are in recovery, now you have internal neuronal firing similar to drinking the alcohol yourself. Now you have to override the neuronal firing with “white-knuckling it,” or better yet with mindful awareness, or you will increase your probabilities of a relapse.
The upside of this research is that seeing others perform a behavior successfully – mentally rehearsing the image – would theoretically strengthen the neuronal firing and increase the probabilities that you will execute the behavior successfully. This concept is foundational to performance coaching. As coaches, therapists, and bosses we need to think about our current training techniques and how they incorporate watching, rehearsing, and doing as part of the sequence.
Have a day filled with Mindfulness,
Robert A. Mines, Ph.D.
CEO & Psychologist
MINES and Associates