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  • 1. hullonline.comPage May-June, 2013Hull & Associates225 S. Swoope AvenueSuite 210Maitland, Florida 32751Phone: (407) 628-0669www.hullonline.comEmail:info@hullonline.comTwitter: DrMimiBlog:Hullonline.comOur StaffDr. Mimi Hull Presidentdrmimi@hullonline.comBarbara May Office Mgr.Melissa Bleiberg InternValentina Fontaine InternKristen Mackey InternCourtney Eierman InternAndrea Plazas InternTable of ContentsTake a Vacation! Pg. 1Promoting Integrity Pg. 1Internships Pg. 2Motivation Tips Pg. 2Leadership Now! Pg. 3Call Dr. Mimi Pg. 3Follow Us Online! Pg. 3Corporate Couch Pg. 4DISC Training Pg. 4Consider This ...Take a Vacation!Many people don’t take vacationsoften enough and when they do takevacations, they bring work along. Stop!Taking a vacation is necessary and canincrease your productivity.When you take a vacation ...You reduce stress. Vacations bringstress relief not only on the vacation, butfor weeks later.You are reenergized. Taking regulartime off to ‘recharge your batteries,’invigorates and motivates you.You are healthier. You will feel betterduring the day and sleep better atnight. Your body naturally will start toheal itself and you will have feweraches and pains.You are less likely to burnout.Burnout is a result of stress. Loweringyour stress will help you work smarternot harder.You are more creative. A change ofpace is stimulating. A stimulated brain ismore creative.You will have stronger relationships.Spending time enjoying life with lovedones can keep relationships strong, sothat you can enjoy the good times andget through the hard times.AND ...You will actually do a better job.Lower stress levels lead to increasedquality of work on the job.The bottom line is that taking avacation gives you the break you needso that you can return to the officerefreshed and better equipped tohandle whatever comes.(From Stress Training - Dr. Mimi Hull)Promoting IntegrityPromote integrity in the workplaceand seek to have it define yourorganization. How can you promoteintegrity?Be a role model. Example is the bestway to lead. If you demonstratehonesty and integrity in all situations,your people will catch on and followsuit. Show true character through silentand humble actions which alwaysspeak louder than words.Create a buddy system. Whileintegrity is doing the right thing even ifno one is watching, working in pairstends to keep individuals honest. Thiskeeps them on their toes and requiresthem to be accountable to a partner.Train your employees. Promoteintegrity by holding ongoing seminarsand trainings regarding ethics. Choosea value each month to discuss atmonthly meetings. Use case studies androle plays so that when faced with amoral dilemma they would havepracticed their responses and choices.Encourage integrity. Integrity ismaking the correct choice whenhaving to decide between right andwrong. Let your people know that youencourage them to choose “right,”before they find themselves in asituation that requires action. Let themknow that integrity is as important asprofitability.Integrity is an important part of thecorporate culture. Without it,organizations will ultimately fail.Scandals and scams occur whenindividuals are not acting with honestyand character.(From Ethics Training - Dr. Mimi Hull)
  • 2. page 2Page 2Did You Know ThatHull & Associates Offers ...• Not-for-Profit BoardDevelopment• Team Building• LeadershipDevelopment• Conflict Management• Bridging theGeneration Gap• Meeting Facilitation• Strategic Planning• Time and StressManagement• Creativity andInnovation• OrganizationalDevelopment• Conference andConvention Speaking• DISC and TheMyers-Briggs (MBTI)• CommunicationsTraining• Assertiveness Training• Employee SatisfactionSurveys• Diversity Training—Cultural Competence• OrganizationalAssessments• 360/Multi-raterFeedback• Customer SatisfactionSurveysCall us today at(407) 628-0669 to see ifwe can help you satisfyyour talent managementand organizationaldevelopment needs.Why Millennials Love InternshipsWe asked millennial interns why theywant to do internships. Here are theirresponses!Gain Real Work Experience -Internships build on classroom theories.Interns want to complete interesting andchallenging tasks, and make realdecisions that solve relevant problems.Learn New Skills - Doing an internshipwill set them apart from others when theyenter their professional field.Fulfill Academic Requirements - Internsoften receive college credit towardgraduation for doing an internship.Build Their Resume - An internshipenhances their credibility andqualifications for a job after graduation.They may have jobs that pay the bills butinternships give them an edge forpost-graduation jobs.Work with a Potential Full-TimeEmployer - Both the millennial and theemployer get to “try before they buy.”Begin a Professional Network -Internships allow students to practicesocial skills and meet and be mentored bypeople they might not meet otherwise.Gain confidence - Students feel moreconfident when they are given real workday challenges and realize that theyhave worked at a professional standard.Test Out an Industry or Organization -The internship gives them an opportunityto decide to continue (or not!) in theiracademic field before they graduate.(From Bridging the Generation Gap -Dr. Mimi HullMotivation and Recognition TipsBe sincere and specific. Effectiverecognition isn’t sweet talk and a fakesmile. As a leader, show that you trulyappreciate your people’s contributions.Mention how they specifically helped theorganization. When they know how theysucceeded, it encourages that behaviorin the future. Many leaders will say to theirdirect reports, “good job on the XYZaccount.” If you really want the words toresonate, be specific about what ‘goodjob’ looked like. For example, “I noticedthat you have a knack for saying just theright thing to calm a person down.” Whenyou are specific, people realize you arewatching and paying attention versususing tired clichés.Choose the right time and place. Don’twait to give the compliment. Two weekslater does not generate the sameresponse as immediate recognition of agood attitude, problem solving or asuccessful project.Determine whether a task deservesformal public recognition, a casualannouncement, praise during a teammeeting, or a more informal personalresponse. Some people like to becomplimented in front of others. Othersdo not and prefer a personal quietrecognition.E-mail is nice; but, a handwritten notemeans you took time to find a card andwrite a personal note and you don’t runthe risk of the e-mail being overlooked. Ifyou have someone that is getting greatfeedback from clients, ask the client towrite a testimonial letter.Involve others. Have the president,CEO, COO, CFO pick up the phone tomake a congratulations/thank you call. Asmuch as your team likes you, it’s alwaysnice to hear praise from other sources.Also, hardworking people often put inlong hours. Consider sending a thank-youletter home highlighting their specificcontributions. Thank the family for theimportant role they play by their supportand encouragement!Praise is great and will make adifference, especially if it is done right!
  • 3. page 3page 3Copyright © 2013 by Uhlig LLCwww.illustratus.comPage 3You Need a LeadershipProgram ... Now!Your organization is unique and if youbring a leadership program in, rather thansending people out, it will better satisfyyour needs, serve more people AND canbe more cost effective.1. Look at your needs. I often ask myclients: What improvements do you wantto have? What are your goals? What willyou take as evidence that the programwas successful?2. Look at your successful leaders.What do they have in common? List thosetraits and behaviors that work for yourorganization. Be specific. Look beyondyour top leadership as you might findsuccessful leaders throughout theorganization with traits you would likeothers to have.3. Who do you want in the programand what are their needs? Before you hiresomeone to create the program, look atwhere people are currently and how youwant them to develop. It is OK, and oftenbeneficial, to have people from differentlevels in your organization together. Interms of content, there is no point in doingtraining on a skill your leaders havealready mastered.4. Design the Curriculum. I am oftenasked, ”How long should the programbe?” My response is that it depends onwhat you need to train! We then go overthe desired outcomes and design theprogram. Form follows function!5. Evaluate and revise. Be sure yourevaluation asks how they are going toimplement what they have learned, notjust did they like it. Check back later tosee how they used what they learned andwhat they would love and need as anext step.Leadership development is a processand a worthwhile investment to providepeople with necessary skills that will makeyour organization even better. Don’t wait.Your leaders need it now!JOIN US!!!Visit our WEBSITE AT articles, comment, ask questions and access archived newsletters.Follow us on TWITTER to receive updates and ask your most pressing workplacequestions. a fan on FACEBOOK CONSULTATIONHave you ever said, “butI told them ... ” You probablydid, but the message yousent was not the messagethey received. Call Dr. Mimito help improvecommunications!!!Dr. Mimi Hull is a fullylicensed psychologist whohas helped manyorganizations improvecommunication, leadershipand team building. She canhelp you, your organization,your board and/or your staff.Her most requestedprograms are in the areas ofCommunication, includingTeam Building, Leadership,Conflict Management andBoard Development.Contact her for a FREEconsultation!E-mail -DrMimi@Hullonline.comPhone - (407) 628-0669
  • 4. Page 4NEW DISC!! - Infoand CertificationBuilding a Team? OurNEW DISC profiles areprescriptive, productive andaffordable.If you have not done aNEW DISC profile recently,you need to do it now.Preview the Everything DISCFREE!!!NEXT DISC CERTIFICATION ISSEPT. 12, 2013!Contact us(407) 628-0669orInfo@hullonline.comDr. Mimi Hull heads Hull & Associates, a team of trainers, speakers and consultants. A licensed psychologist, she has a master’s in counseling and personnel servicesand a doctorate in psychology with specialization in business management from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her B.A. in psychology is from Syracuse (N.Y.)University. Reach her at or Dr. Mimi:We are about to embark on a strategic planning process.Are there any particular types of people who should beincluded? We have too many people to include everyone,and yet I don’t want to leave out an important person.How do I begin to choose?—ConfusedDear Confused:We have found that a successful strategic team can best becompared to a sports team, where you gather people whoassume key positions in a game.First and foremost, you need a facilitator or a coach. Theycan be helpful in determining what it will take for the plan tobe successful. Your facilitator is a person who can be neutralbut who has lots of experience developing strategic plans andhelping groups come to decisions. If there is no one in yourorganization who can take on this role, consider hiring anoutside person.You want to be sure to have a “dreamer” who is not stuck in“but we have always done it this way.” They may have wildand crazy ideas, but they really are good at getting people to“get out of the box.”Recruit an “explorer” to your team who will researchwhat others in the field are doing and what has beendone historically.Add a “realist” who can predict what problems may occurthat could derail your plan. These people are often skepticswho question the feasibility of the ideas.Be sure to include a “champion” who will shepherd the planonce it is created. These people will make sure that the planhappens. They will keep it front and center.Ultimately, you will need “doers” who will take the ball andrun with it and make the plan a reality. They don’t want to bein on the beginning stages, but like to be informed what theexpectations are once the plan is implemented.By having a cross functional team, you will cover your bases,enlighten your blind spots and be able to create a morepotent plan.—Dr. MimiDr. Mimi Hull heads Hull & Associates, a team of trainers, speakers and consultants. A licensed psychologist, she has a master’s in counseling and personnel servicesand a doctorate in psychology with specialization in business management from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Her B.A. in psychology is from Syracuse (N.Y.)University. Reach her at or Dr. Mimi:I am new to management, and new to a department that isfull of pessimists and naysayers. What can I do to help?—Positive PatDear Positive Pat:Negative people are often craving attention, so it isimportant to show them respect. You have an advantagebeing new because they are supposed to share theirperspectives with you. Let them do so.Give each person a chance to tell you what is working andwhat is not. Listen, but be careful not to agree. It isimportant to note that naysayers can have their points.Look for the reality in the naysayers’ arguments and askfor positive suggestions. When they are positive, or evenneutral, show additional appreciation for their input.By doing this, you are having them become part of thesolution and can hold them accountable for helping toresolve the issues that they bring up. You always hear mesay, “People support what they help create,” and theyreally do.Most importantly, don’t catch the negativity virus. Find apositive person you can seek out when the negativity getsto be too much.—Dr. Mimi