Recently, a friend and I went kayaking on Lake Ouachita and stayed in a choice spot right on the water. Amongst a sea of fancy RVs, we were surprisingly the only tent in the area. It's worth noting that I asked Spirit to help me find this beautiful site last minute. From the moment we arrived, I felt a presence with our camp neighbor who was alone. My friend and I joked for a couple of days about needing to invite him over for a reading. However, I kept blocking the energy because I was there to relax, not to relay messages from people who were no longer living. In addition, I didn’t want to freak out the man next to us, but somehow, I knew he needed a message.
A couple of nights went by, and while we were docking the kayaks, my friend made a comment to the neighbor about the biting flies. It didn’t take long for him to bring over a new bottle of Avon’s Skin So Soft. “This is the only thing I've found that works.” He was right! That little potion went into effect immediately. The next morning, I was gently awoken by him packing. Still cozy in my covers on the blow-up mattress, I stretched and looked at the time. It was 7:26 AM. Almost instantly, chills. Is this Spirit? The chills got even BIGGER, and I knew it was showtime. Suddenly, I heard in slow motion, “I love you, brother.” It could’ve been a sibling, but felt like it was one of his closest comrades. While I didn’t know anything about the man preparing to leave, I was willing to relay a heartfelt message from Spirit.
My friend and I went to the camp’s public bathroom; I could feel the spirit tagging along, getting ready to spill the beans. Bathrooms are like portals for me. Once inside, I told the spirit to reveal details that only the lone camper would absolutely know to be true. I listened inquisitively and trusted the messages received. After returning to our campsite, I cautiously walked over to our neighbor and said, “Hi, sorry to bother to you. I’m a psychic medium. Do you know what that is?” He nodded openly, then I said “I’ve been feeling a spirit with you all weekend.” He slightly giggled and confirmed that he was open to any messages from the other side.
Right away, I said, “There is a spirit with you that loves you very much. Does a beret mean anything? I feel like this spirit told me in the bathroom about a beret, and being in the military.” He took a step back, “I know who it is. It’s my best friend. We were blue berets in the military.” I then said, “There was a lot of emotion behind this spirit’s death... it was heartbreaking.” He agreed, and then began to reminisce: "We started camping this same spot in the 1970's, and ran a boat named ‘Skunk' together." He mentioned being retired, and that he visited often. He thanked me and expressed how much the message meant to him.
Shortly after returning to my campsite, the spirit swung back by to give thanks. Later, he told me “What they did wasn’t right.” I didn’t go back to the camper, but had a feeling that he knew what happened wasn’t right, either. In all honesty, I wanted the man in the RV to leave with a sense of peace. See, Spirit still wants to talk things out. Spirit is still growing and healing on the other side, constantly looking for ways to communicate with us. I could detect our memorable camper man thinking about the experience, and I believe that our interaction changed him, even in the slightest of ways. He apparently needed that message! In retrospect, while I wasn’t looking to work on this trip to Arkansas, I was still happy to help!
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On the way to grocery pick-up, I felt the need to make an extra stop. Truly, I didn’t need shoes, but felt led to go inside The Shoe Department. It's interesting, the desire to go in started about a mile from the store, but why? Before getting out of the vehicle, I felt Spirit with me… it was the mom of the worker inside. Trusting Source, I went in as the only customer in the store.
Right away, I thought “yep, that’s her,” and played it cool. Spirit told me to talk to the worker about dance. Despite all the wonderful readings I've been a part of, I still have to work on my doubts. After gaining the guts to ask her if she danced… she said “no, I don’t dance,” and I said, “but did you dance when you were a kid?” Her eyes lit up and she said “oh yes, I danced all through school.” I then asked if her mother had crossed over, and she confirmed.
When I told her I was a medium and that her mother sent me there to give her a message, she was in tears. Among other things, her mother expressed how proud she was of her hard-working nature, going as far as working on Labor Day. She wanted her to know how much she loved her, and that she was never alone even if it felt like it sometimes. When the message was over, she asked if she could give me a hug. She cried while hugging me, and rubbed my back saying, “I love you, Mom.”
Afterwards, I prayed with her; I reassured her it’s not the end, and laid healing hands. She wiped her tears, thanked me, and asked my name. I said “Amy,” then she giggled and said “my name is Amie.” The song on the store radio sang “I will do anything to get to you..." and that’s really a lot like spirit. The woman working in the store said that just this week she saw a vision of her mother, and that her mother communicates with her sister, too. I can’t explain it, but Spirit works in mysterious ways. Looking back, it's as if Spirit saw me on GPS. Lesson learned. If you don’t pay attention, you just might miss it... but know it's still there.
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Savoring this special reading! Originally, I met this spirit in 2021. He came through during a group mediumship session to communicate with a mutual friend sitting on the front row. While he shared a number of truths, he also talked about the dynamics of his siblings… I could tell it was complicated and moved on. I picked up that he had 1 sister he was close to, which stood out from the rest, but I always wondered what else he was trying to convey about his other siblings.
It took 18 months to find out! This spirit had 1 half sister and 3 step brothers. I know this because his sweet mother recently attended 1 of our classes and requested a reading. Boy, did she get a reading!
During the morning of his mother’s private session, he hung out with me while I was getting ready and told me all sorts of details about his life. He even picked out my shirt. When I got to his mother’s house, she confirmed the list of details he shared with me that morning. She also said he would have liked my shirt and showed me this pillow she made out of one of his shirts.
We had lots of laughs due to his crude and forthcoming humor, and some tears, too. We are still processing his phenomenal and revealing messages. Psychic mediumship is an honor and I am so thankful to serve as a vessel for that thing we call healing, love and light. It's pretty mind-blowing that energy never dies. See more.
Manifest your daydreams! I’m here to tell you if I can do it, you can, too. Take this gorgeous sunset, for example… I know it’s just a sunset, and you think I would have known it was coming since I am psychic, but I could have never guessed how quickly this sunset would come into my life after setting my intention. At the time I manifested this sunset, I lived in the city and could only wish for such a view. One day, I was out watching the kids play and could tell there was a beautiful sunset, but large trees and buildings blocked my view. Somehow that day, I gained the courage to manifest my dream in this lifetime. I said, “Lord, please bring me an unobstructed view of the sunset one day.” In that moment, I accepted this as my heart song, and truly believed one day this reality would be mine. Then I left it alone.
About 6 weeks after setting my intention for the unobstructed view, everything in our lives changed. While we knew one day we would move, we really didn’t know when, where, or even how it would play out. Shortly thereafter, despite my concerns. I sent the kids back into the traditional school system after spending most of the year in homeschool. Right away, we realized our kids needed a change QUICK.
Before we knew it, we found ourselves driving around looking for ideal places outside of the parish. The first house we “happened to” drive up to was a For Sale by Owner in our ideal neighborhood. This house was in front of hundreds of acres, with a back porch facing west. I told my husband, “There’s a fine sunset behind this house.” At the time, it was a seller’s market and prices were crazy. The house seemed to check a lot of our boxes, but we didn’t even have our house up for sale! I texted the number and the sellers were open to a contingency offer; I left it at that. A few days later, the owner’s fiancé texted me back and said, “ I know I don’t know you and you’ve never been inside this house. There are so many people wanting to view it, but my gut tells me this house is meant for you.” She encouraged us to come look, and sure enough, they accepted our offer. To manifest this reality, my husband changed companies, and the kids switched to new schools. We thankfully met the extension deadline for our locked-in interest rate on the last day. While it has taken some time to adjust to our new surroundings (as I knew it would), I am certain it all came together for us.
Manifesting this dream in such a seemingly short period of time taught me a lot about the power of faith and manifestation. I’d like to think the sunset came fast, but the truth is we wanted to live in this area for years, and the opportunity had not presented itself yet. I still have dreams of living in other places and doing other things, but it’s a testimony of the power of manifestation. Perfect timing to say the least!
There are many lessons still to learn from this gorgeous view. For instance, sometimes a storm rolls in and you can see the sun in front of and behind the storm system. It’s a beautiful reminder how things can get dark, yet still be surrounded by light and that darkness passes. Or the fact that sometimes the sunset looks boring, then shows up and shows out right before sinking beyond the horizon. It can look completely different multiple times in one sitting. We also got a bonus, because the sunrise and moon views are beautiful here, too. Just remember when your dreams feel too big or too far away, still, dare to daydream.
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Sunday, March 26th, 2023
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Instructor, Amy O’Pry Massey, is a Leadership and Communication Coach, and Psychic Medium in Northwest Louisiana. Musician and Yoga Extraordinaire, Heather Hudson, will help us set our intention by playing her beautiful crystal singing bowls. Tickets are $40. per person. No refunds. Limited seating available. Purchase your tickets: https://www.amyopry.com/.../energyworkcreatingyourownvibe...
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Y'all, my neighbors’ people come to me! We moved to our new neighborhood about 7 months ago, and there are big vibes here, which makes being a psychic medium even that much more interesting. It’s when I’m by myself doing chores, getting ready, or sitting on the back patio that my neighbors’ family members pop through “in spirit.” Most of the time, I do my best to practice boundaries when I am not in session, because it takes so much energy to pick up on details, and I am not sure how loved ones will take it. Sometimes, I tell spirit to have their living loved ones come to me and they do. All communication from the “other side” is amazing, but here are 3 neighborly experiences that prove the spirit realm is patiently searching for ways to go beyond the veil and score.
My first neighborhood spirit started visiting shortly after we moved in. He showed up when one of our neighbors came over to introduce himself, but he wasn’t alone! I could feel his father-in-spirit right next to him just chatting away. Despite my efforts to ignore the father’s commentary, I found myself gazing off into the distance to listen to spirit then had to quickly snap out it before my neighbor noticed. Of course, I didn’t say anything about it then, but his father ended up “hanging out” with me on and off for 2 months, until one day I realized he was probably not going away until he communicated with his son. When I mentioned this to the son’s wife, she said they would enjoy hearing any messages from spirit. The night the reading conspired, I could feel the father stirring big time, so I went to my neighbor’s house and the messages started flooding through via images, feelings, and a sense of knowingness, among other things… I even ended up drawing the inside of his father’s home from the 1960s and channeling spirit right there in their kitchen. I was so thankful for this father-in-spirit deciding to communicate with his son, because I truly think he would have haunted me until the day he did.
Folks, this next experience was interesting. I met a couple last year at my in-laws in our neighborhood, and right when I saw them, I could feel a motherly spirit tagging along. Back then, I asked the wife if they had a mother pass. She said no, and I left it at that. Several months later, we happened to move near this family and eventually the same feminine spirit came over to visit me. She said she was the grandmother of the man but loved and raised him like her own. She also told me all about his childhood, friends, family life, and how close they always were. I didn’t know how to approach my neighbor about it, so I didn’t. Not too long afterwards, he came up to me outside, and sure enough, his grandmother-in-spirit came through strong! The next day, I thought about my demeaner and knew my behavior was out of character, so I messaged him to apologize; he said “no, that was my grandmother…” what a relief! Even the next day, she popped through with other messages reassuring him that she was still guiding him, which I conveyed to him by text.
We never rushed this last one, but it seemed like these loved-ones-in-spirit were just waiting for the right moment. Several years ago, one of my neighbors lost 2 people who were very close to her in a short period of time. I was prepared for this reading to be heavy, but spirit ended up sharing intimate details about the ways they used to tease each other, how she liked her massages, and he even talked about the Saints! What really stuck out is this spirit kept telling her how beautiful she was and reassuring her about certain things that she confirmed had become her biggest worries. Both spirits conveyed so much love and gratitude for how well she took care of them, and they wanted to make sure she knew what a difference her unwavering love made in their lives. The mannerisms, phrases, and gestures all came through, but we got the biggest kick when one of them kept talking about the way he liked his “loaded baked potato.”
Developing these psychic mediumship abilities is remarkable and shocking, even for me. I am continually questioning the depths of these experiences and for now, I am convinced spirits come and go from another dimension… it’s sort of like someone you know moving away, but still having access to come visit. It’s always my greatest intention to focus on white-loving light to bring healing and fulfillment to others, so you can imagine how thankful I am that my neighbors fully accept my abilities and don’t think I’m crazy! One thing I can certainly say about our neighborhood is that it’s full of open-minded people. How much more could I really ask for?
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Y’all, our HVAC repair man was in tears! Our unit went out recently, and oddly, it was the morning after I was trash-talking it for being builder grade. It was on a Saturday, and I called a local company who sent someone right out. Of course, I had no idea who would be coming to repair our system. You must be open-minded to understand what came next! See, I am a corporate leadership and communication coach, but I am also a psychic medium. Before the HVAC technician arrived, I felt a spirit come to me and say she was the mother of the man coming to repair the unit. I asked the spirit for a detail, and she gave me an ‘R and J name connection’.
When the technician came to the door, he introduced himself as Ricky. There was the ‘R name’. A few minutes later, I said, “Ricky, I don’t want to freak you out, but I am a psychic medium and I felt your mom come to me before you got here. I know you are young, but I must ask, has your mom already passed?” His eyes got big, then he slowly gulped and let out a nervous laugh before confirming that his mother had indeed died. I told him about the ‘R and J name connection’, and he said, “that’s interesting, I go by Ricky, but my name is John”. Sometimes references have more than one meaning, and in this case, I felt the ‘R and J name connection’ was also about two different people that were close family. Before going outside to repair the unit, the technician let me know he was open to hearing any messages from his mother.
Quickly, I sat at the kitchen table and began taking notes. His mother, now in spirit, told me her son was adopted after she died. She admitted to living “the street life” and struggling with drugs. She said that while she did her best, she was broken and had issues growing up. She kept showing me her son sitting in her lap when he was about 5 years old as she cradled and interacted with him. His mother told me about Ricky’s new dog and said he considered the puppy therapy. His mother also acknowledged her grandchildren. She then went into this big spiel about the technician’s personality and how hard he worked to overcome what he had been through. She said she was so proud of him for “inching his way” towards a better life and how sorry she was that she couldn’t be there for him the way he needed her to be.
After Ricky came back inside, he said, “it was the capacitor”, and I wasted no time in sharing messages with him from his mother. I looked over and Ricky had big tears in his eyes and said, “yes, my mom died when I was 5 due to her drug addiction and then I was adopted.” He also confirmed all the other information. As I continued sharing his mom’s messages, he continued to wipe tears. She seemed to understand how to heal much better in spirit and made it clear that her son needed to focus on replacing feelings of “loneliness and life not being fair”. Remarkably, Ricky agreed these thoughts and feelings are truly his biggest challenges. His mother advised him how to form new thoughts for greater peace of mind. She also told her son that she was healing, too. With tears rolling down our faces, I felt her say, “I love you” and pull away.
After the reading was over, we both stood in silence for a moment before he thanked me and left. A couple of hours later, I got a text saying “Hi, this is Ricky. This may be unprofessional, but I wanted to reach out to you and let you know I haven’t stopped thinking about the reading. Do you think the ‘R and J name connection’ could be me and my brother because he goes by a J name?” BINGO. While Ricky never expected to hear from his mother again, she made sure to speak her peace while she could. My only wonder is if Ricky would have ever had such an experience had I not been trash-talking the HVAC unit!
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My father, God rest his soul, died on my birthday. He was terminally ill with cancer, which spread from his lungs to the rest of his body. When I was twelve, he told me he would die from cigarettes... and that’s just what he did. Sixty years of smoking two packs a day had come down to this… It was a lot different than losing, Kristi, after all, our family kept abreast of his health, and we got the chance to say goodbye countless times. Our entire family came together and rallied around him. Old wounds seemed to have healed. Looking back, oddly enough, the year my father battled cancer created some of the sweetest memories.
What death taught me about living:
1) Life will surprise you. Growing up, my father lived about 15 minutes from me, yet years would go by with little connection, especially when I was a teenager. He was distant and I felt incomplete in some way because of it. As the years passed, I would see him from time to time and it was loving, Once he was diagnosed with cancer, our relationship drastically changed. We saw each other weekly or more, and we laughed and cut up on the regular. Although we knew he would probably die from cancer, how we handled it came out of nowhere. The ugliness of cancer somehow made our relationship to what I remember today, beautiful.
2) Passion will carry you. My father was a saxophonist for over sixty years. He was driving to paid gigs at age thirteen, and received a full ride scholarship to University of Arkansas for band. In the sixties, his group had a hit on Top 20. After decades of stepping away from his sax, he lived the last thirty years in harmony with his music. Dad’s passion for playing carried him all the way until the end. It was obvious playing gave him a joy like nothing else. Dad’s last performance was at the American Legion on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, a few weeks before his death, surrounded by family and friends.
3) Be true to yourself. Towards the end, my dad could no longer hide the pain and had no interest in dying in a hospital. He laughed and said, “only if they have a smoking room”. Eventually, we were able get him the help he needed to fulfill his wishes to crossover at home. Hospice was wonderful and allowed him to be as comfortable as possible in his own living room, right in front of his big screen TV, just like he wanted.
4) We are all born to die. Dad said he felt his body shutting down and that there was someone tapping on his shoulder. We told him he could go when he was ready, and even still, the natural desire to live was there. Even though it was sad to know he had taken his last fishing trip and played his last set in the band, it was such a relief to know that he was no longer in pain and the fight was over.
5) Saying goodbye can be beautiful. The last time I saw my father we spent seven hours together. It was one of those times you know you are living in the moment... being given the precious gift of saying your last goodbye. We prayed, laughed, held hands and told each other how much we loved each other. He told me how proud he was of me and I told him how thankful I was for him. It’s was like a living snapshot… I reassured him I would stay close with his wife who had taken care of him so wonderfully. I also told him we wanted him to be at peace and that he could go when he was ready (even though I knew in his heart he did not want to go). We hugged and kissed each other on the cheek before we departed.
6) Love conquers all. My dad loved his wife, Jewell. He joked around a lot about when they met 'she pursued him’. They were married seventeen years and were about as close as two people could be. She catered to him so much, other women said she made them look bad! Jewell knew what glass he liked to drink his bourbon in and how he liked his ice and she knew how he like his baked potato. Jewell took Dad to all of the doctor’s appointments and dealt with his grief, daily. She was there for him because she loved him, it’s that simple. They are a testimony that love conquers all and goes on forever.
7) Laughter is a necessity. My dad always had a funny streak and I was graced with his humor. We ended up being laughing partners throughout his illness and had the most fun. We would take tear dropping photos and videos with Helium Booth that would instantly change the mood and my memories. No, we hadn’t forgotten about that life-sucking cancer, but the laughter made us treasure the moments I will always carry with me.
8) Look back and be thankful. Reflecting on the times our family shared surrounding Dad were some of the most precious moments of my life. People who had been absent or distant joined the rest of our family. Even with all the dysfunction, we still found a way to be there for Dad. We lived fully.
9) Take the pictures. It was no secret, my dad wasn’t a picture kinda guy. He usually had a smart comment when a camera was pulled out and would shut down the photo session when he'd had enough. Dad was funny like that and we laughed at him for it. When he got sick, I bought a camera and began capturing just about everything... his last birthday, his performances, his last Christmas, and lots of family photos of us celebrating him. These photos and videos are treasured and were included in his service, memorial videos and website - www.patopry.com. I'm so glad we took the pictures!
10) Life is full of magic. Today, on Dad's birthday, his long-time friend and fellow musician, Tony Tims, lost his battle with cancer. Tony had been struggling through the illness with his wife, Pat, by his side every step of the way. For Tony to crossover on my dad's birthday seems like coincidence, but feels more like magic. Tonight, I believe Dad and his friend, Tony, are together.
Lastly, I’d like to make a special shout out to my dad in Heaven. Happy Birthday to you! We had so much fun together, didn't we?! I appreciate all the priceless moments we created. Thanks for tolerating me, my pictures and all the family gatherings. You have my word, I will honor your life by doing my best to enjoy my own. I'm still close with Jewell like I told you I would be. Thank you for all of the life lessons. You will always be in my heart and in the eyes of my children. I love you, Dad!
Do you consider yourself a nice person? If so, you could be a prime target for mistreatment. Hard to believe anyone could blame or attack a kindhearted person, but for some individuals or groups, you're their bullseye. Keep in mind, any good person is vulnerable.
Recently, I learned a few lessons after overcoming an attack. It's surprising how one dysfunctional person can cause a domino effect in the lives and minds of others. People who you thought had better sense end up forfeiting their God-given intellect to support wrongful doing. This seemly unfortunate circumstance has allowed me to realize my own strength and re-evaluate what's most important... Maybe this lesson could help you, too.
Here are five tips for overcoming mistreatment:
1) Do right - It's not always easy, in fact, doing the right thing can be downright painful. Just because you live with integrity doesn't mean you will be appreciated for it. Doing right could actually make you a target... still, do right anyway. Continue living your life with truth and grace. There will always be injustice, just make sure it's not from you.
2) Respect yourself - There comes a time when you must look reality in the face. Decide that you will be treated with respect. Maya Angelou said," we teach people how to treat us". Do not allow others to harm you.
3) Protect yourself - Once you realize the aching truth, you must guard yourself at all costs. Cutting ties may be tough, but required. If someone is unwilling to respect you or your boundaries they are dangerous. Holding people accountable may be hard, but necessary. If you don't protect yourself, who will?
4) Build happiness - Use your pain to create pleasure. Discover the way you want to live and make it happen. Do your best to surround yourself with trustworthy and respectful people. We can't change the past, but we can form our future. What steps can you take today that will help you lead the life you truly desire?
5) Forgive - Be mindful, forgiveness doesn't mean acceptance. Wrong is wrong no matter how you slice it! After all, most people that harm you aren't sorry. Understand, forgiveness is about you and your peace of mind - it's certainly not welcoming the mistreatment or even the person back into your life. Love yourself and those around you enough to release the pain by forgiving and moving on.
Life is rarely easy, even if you've got it good. People who cater to the welfare of others can find themselves being treated poorly and taken advantage of. It's important not to take it personally. By doing right, respecting yourself, protecting yourself, creating happiness and letting go of the burden by forgiving, we can actually turn sadness into sanctuary.
It's true. Many Louisiana businesses are receiving free employee training through the Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) grant. As a leadership and communication coach throughout Louisiana, it's clear, more people need to know about this program!
What you need to know about the Louisiana Incumbent Worker Training Program:
1) You must qualify. If your Louisiana based company pays unemployment tax on 15 + employees and has been in business at least 3 years, your company could qualify for free employee training.
2) The grant is written for you. Qualifying companies team up with the TR Training Solutions' grant and training specialists, Terri and Traci (they're awesome), and are walked through each step of the grant submittal process. Be patient, it usually takes months for a grant to be approved.
3) Training is provided. After the training grant is written and accepted, specialized employee training will be provided to meet the specific needs of your company. Dozens of course topics are offered, and if they don't already have the class you want, they'll find a trainer to create it for you. In addition, all training is fully-mobile, so we come to you.
The IWTP grant is simple. If your company meets the few requirements, your business could be receiving free training within the year!
For example, one of our clients recently shared their sales have increased over 18% in two years base on a single program idea we came up with in a previous class. The company also reported training boosts company morale, builds teamwork, employee confidence and overall customer satisfaction. This Louisiana industry leader is working on their fifth year utilizing the Louisiana Incumbent Training Program grant!
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Here are 10 tips for increasing engagement in the workplace:
1) Create the vision – Inspire others to help accomplish goals. Be transparent in your company’s mission and values, make sure they understand not just the work, but the vision. Consider creating a company vision board of accomplishment and future goals.
2) Be open-minded – One of the most important leadership skills is the ability to consider all options for the greater good of everyone involved. When brainstorming, be sure not to “shoot down” ideas, stay objective until you find which idea is best for the situation.
3) Keep it “clear and simple” – Life can be complicated. Simplify the workplace by approaching each task in a clear, step by step, systematic way. Make sure everyone understands what's going on. It takes less time to be clear than to go back and fix problems.
4) Be the “coach” – Leaders are meant to bring out the best in their team. It’s been said that you can tell a leader by their questions, not by their answers. Asking open ended questions like “What? How? When? Why?” allows you to be supportive and allows others to exercise their problem-solving abilities.
5) Focus the positives – Acknowledge what is being done correctly, sprinkle in what “we” need to work on, and close with a “keep up the good work”.
6) Kindness is a virtue – It’s astounding what a simple hello, smile, high-five or pat on the back can do. We often don't know what others are enduring… Being kind to ourselves and others builds a foundation of respect and well-being that is priceless.
7) Training is a priority – Strengthen your company's success by making sure all employees know how to perform their duties with confidence. On-boarding, cross-training and on-going employee training can make all the different in the success of a team. Try partnering team members with company mentors who know the ins and outs of a particular task. Utilize these seasoned employees to provide in-house group training as well. Don't forget to make learning fun!
8) Connect with the staff – Celebrate the victories, holidays, birthdays and the “just because” to create a bond with your team. Know what they like and dislike, know about their families, learn about their interests. Consider creating a lighthearted questionnaire for your employees asking questions that allows you to get to know who the are. Make it a priority to value your team.
9) Planning – This is one of the most important skills of business management and leadership. Planning provides direction, promotes brainstorming for creative ideas, decreases uncertainty and offers us a guideline.
10) Be Flexible - Creating a healthy work/life balance for you and your team can ensure a happy workplace. People must feel valued to do their best. If you want to increase success, be flexible with those you work with... Maybe someone is sick in their family, maybe they have a pressing matter that must be taken care of, etc. Working longer hours does not always increase productivity - in fact, when people don’t feel appreciated, valued or respected, productivity levels go down.
It takes more than a title to be an engaging leader. By providing direction and connection, effective leadership emerges. Create the work/life balance that you and those around you deserve. Lead the way!
Amy O'Pry Massey
Leadership & Communication Coach, Evidential Psychic Medium
Individual & Group Coaching
Psychic Life Coaching