By Tonya Mott
My house is full of Rebels! I may be obligated to post a warning sign on my front door:
How do I know my house is full of Rebels? My colleague, Ashley Snodgrass, shared The Four Tendencies quiz with our office and it was all downhill from there.
The Four Tendencies explain why we act and why we don’t act. Basically, how people tend to respond to expectations: outer expectations (a deadline, a “request” from a sweetheart) and inner expectations (write a novel in your free time, keep a New Year’s resolution).
Each of the Four Tendencies are summarized as:
- Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations
- Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense
- Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike
- Obligers meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves
I took the quiz, I made my reluctant husband take the quiz, and I self-diagnosed my four-year-old daughter…and surprise! We are all Rebels!
The results indicated that our Rebel motto is:
“I do what I want, in my own way. If you try to make me do something—even if I try to make myself do something—I’m less likely to do it.”
Now these results might seem to cause constant discord, but for the most part, we have tons of fun together and the love is always there. However, this has put me on a journey to figure out how we can use this knowledge of our tendencies to live in a more consistent, and predictable harmony.
If you think you may be living and working with Rebels (or perhaps the Rebel is you) take the tendency quiz to gather more insight on why you and those around you react to expectations the way they do.
To learn more about the tendencies and improve my communication with others here are the resources I’m using:
Podcast: https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ (also available on apple and Spotify – Happier with Gretchen Rubin)
By Andrew Kupperman
Are there any Jimi fans reading this? Well, the experiences I want to talk about are a bit different (and work appropriate) from what he was probably talking about. It’s also a bit different from how we might talk about experiences within the scope of what we do at work on a day to day basis. Spoiler alert: this blog post isn’t about job interview questions such as “tell us about a time where you dealt with a difficult person.”
Experience has been a common theme in some of my past blog posts. I’m a firm believer employers should be doing everything in their willpower to provide employees a great experience at work, and I feel it’s the key to recruiting, retaining, and rewarding the people that keep your organization’s doors open. In the work setting, this can be done a number of ways: through perks offered by the company, the technological tools provided to employees, and even the general culture an organization emanates, which will undoubtedly impact how employees interact with and treat one another.
However, I think some organizations don’t always think about their role/s within the community in which they operate. Don’t get me wrong; I know there is a lot of good put into the community by many organizations by way of donations to non-profits and sponsorships of events. And I feel that should continue. But, organizations should also be asking about what else they can do to improve their communities, and how they can activate their employees’ engagement with this initiative.
At the recent Anchorage Economic Development Council, Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy gave a presentation (if you didn’t get the chance to attend, you can watch it for free here!) centered around the factors that determine what makes a place great to live in, visit, or to do business, and how these factors can create prosperity. I may still be a Cheechako of a mere 5 years, but I love Anchorage, and have a burning in my gut to make it an even better place.
One of the take-aways I had from Chris’s presentation was that Anchorage is lacking in putting together those “instagrammable” moments, or in other words, the posting of experiences to the wide depths of the internet for all to see. How many times have you seen an awesome looking picture someone posted on social media, and did more research on that photo or posted a comment to find out more about it? Social media plays a big part in today’s world in how places become more attractive to outsiders to visit, to do business in, or live. It also influences the current inhabitants to spur more community involvement.
So what can we do as organizations to promote this? It all comes back to those good experiences you try to give employees. See what community events are happening and encourage your team to be a part of them. These could be non-profit related events, walks for a cause, or even something as simple as food trucks gathering in a town square. Anything that helps to bring people together is something that could end up as positive for the community. And, when your organization does get involved, make sure someone is taking pictures and spread the word about it on social media! This only serves to improve our community, as well as give it some due exposure to the awesome things happening in Anchorage.
At RISQ Consulting, we have a task force designed specifically for this. One of the things we wanted to convey was that this wasn’t being done as an obligation for employees, or as a marketing ploy. It’s important for the underlying drive to be centered around the improvement of the community in which someone works, lives, and plays. I think that is something most people can get behind without much further persuasion.
At the end of day, this type of initiative has oodles of positives for any organization. These experiences can help build teams, get employees to come out of their comfort zones for personal and professional development, as well as foster general interaction with others in the community. Most importantly, this will give employees the satisfaction in knowing they work for an employer who cares about improving their community, and provides them the opportunity to have experiences that contribute to that improvement.
Forget Your Ginko Supplements, and Keep on Forgetting Things: A Valuable Share “In Praise of Organizational Forgetting”
By Blanche Sheppard
I had no idea who billionaire Barry Diller was until I read a recent article about his adoption of deliberate forgetfulness as a business concept. He mentioned that remembering all of your successes prevents you from future advancements, which seems so counterintuitive. Don’t past victories bolster your confidence so that you can go out and achieve more? Barry Diller argues instead that if you can brush away your wins, forcing yourself to start again from a humble place, you can continue to succeed in new and exciting ways.
The research of Mark Easterby-Smith and Marjorie Lyles supports Barry Diller’s concepts. Their article in the Journal of Management Inquiry is an oft-cited example for how “forgetting, in the right circumstances, can be beneficial for companies.” I would highly recommend reading “In Praise of Organizational Forgetting” to see if you should stop taking all those Ginko supplements and instead apply yourself to forgetting your past successes.
By Tim Maudsley
Many of our current and prospective clients have asked RISQ about how to apply for funding and loans to help with earthquake damage sustained in the November 30th event. The Federal Government had not approved Alaska’s request for a major disaster declaration until January 31st, when President Trump approved the earthquake as a major disaster, opening additional recovery funding for Alaskan residents and businesses. The article below from Must Read Alaska summarizes the approval well, and is helpful in terms of how to apply for aid if you experienced losses.
By Tim Maudsley
RISQ Consulting attended the 2019 Anchorage Economic Development Corp (AEDC) Luncheon, and I am happy to hear that the news was relatively positive about the 2019 economy as well as the business confidence index. Surveys showed a mostly positive outlook for business since 2014, real estate sales and prices were higher in 2017, and Anchorage is projected to add jobs for 2019 for the first time in 3 years. Concern still centers around oil prices and production, the State fiscal budget, the cost of healthcare, and the Port of Anchorage, which is now estimated to cost more than $2B to repair. I would highly recommend taking a look at the KTVA report, as understanding the local economic forecast can be just as important as knowing how to dress for the weather waiting outside your arctic entry.