Recently, a coaching client wanted to challenge herself to become a better communicator in meetings as well as in conversations. As a result, I devised the "Authentic Communication Checklist" to help her with this goal.
One of my early mentors had a directive: "Always look for ways you can plus the experience." To do this, ask yourself the question: "What could I do now that would make this experience even better, more fun for me and others?"
Ever heard of the Rosetta Stone? It’s the black granite stone that provided archeologists with the key to understanding Egyptian hieroglyphics. The artifact was such an important discovery that we now use the term “Rosetta Stone” to refer to any discovery that unlocks mystery and makes new understanding possible.
Do you have members of your team who work in remote locations? I do. It can be a challenge to tune into remote team members because email exchanges don’t provide the nonverbal cues that guide us in face-to-face interactions. We can’t see body language, can’t hear a tone of voice, can’t gauge eye contact.
Years ago my son participated in an activity called Odyssey of the Mind. It’s a wonderful creative problem solving competition that promotes teamwork and creativity. The team he joined happened to be very successful, winning multiple state championships and even taking first place at the world competition in 2010.
My visit to the Chilean lumber company Ignis Terra reminded me that wood is in my blood.
It makes sense that the season of abundant harvest is followed by the season of giving.
In this article, Les McKeown does a fine job of explaining how your blind spots can hold you back. His advice? Find a mentor you can trust or "get enrolled in a decent 360 assessment process." I would add it is also vital to understand how others view your strengths. Give me a call if you want clarity about how others view working with you.
Often it is said that women are afraid to negotiate for pay and raises because they view negotiation as confrontation. Successful negotiators know that when it comes to employment matters, negotiations are more of a conversation than a confrontation.
Every startup and every big business wishes that all their employees were star performers, but wishing doesn’t make it happen.
Like boats, people create wakes -- gentle swells of good feeling, ripples of draining negativity, or frothing waves of drama and crisis. These emotional wakes can either spur productivity or decimate it, which is why effective leaders learn how to control their emotions instead of letting their emotions control them.
Even good employees can get stuck. They may not be not able to problem solve through a difficult situation, or perhaps a personal crisis has affected job performance.
Do you agree the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions?
What questions are you asking yourself every day? Do you ask yourself questions like these:
If so I think you will like this: www.guerrillaprojectmanagement.com/12-essential-conversations-for-project-success
Q. It’s time for your yearly performance review. You aren’t expecting any big surprises, but you still feel a little nervous. How should you prepare for this meeting?
A. Start by making a list of your responsibilities at work and writing your own performance review in each of those areas, says Shawn Kent Hayashi, the founder of theProfessional Development Group and the author of “Conversations for Creating Star Performers.” “Thinking through how you’ve done,” she says, “will prevent you from overreacting to feedback because you know what to expect.”
The holidays in November & December provide us with opportunities to express appreciation and gratitude in conversations. Have you ever thought about giving the gift of a great conversation?
Recently I’ve been asked a similar question by several Communication Tips readers. One of you worded it this way:
“Yesterday I received feedback from someone who is important to me. He said, ‘You don’t hear me and I’m having a hard time getting your attention!’ When I look at my behavior I realize he is right. What can I do now?”
Yeah! We made it to the other side of a BIG move and we are now settled into new space. Moving, like any complex project, takes loads of communication ability and patience.
Several people shared with me that they want to change their space and / or that they are moving into new space. This has made me laugh out loud when I hear it because I am in the process of moving myself and so like when a person gets a red car they start to see red cars just like their own everywhere they go – that is now happening for me with people who want to make a change in their space. If you identified creating space you love or preparing for a move into new space as something you want to change, you are going to love this tip!
I wrote this for you and me:
Want to be a life long learner? Keeping a Learning Journal is a huge differentiator – those people who practice reflective learning are the ones who leap frog over others. Are you taking detailed notes focused on what is important to you and your learning goals?
I’ve got presents on my mind … my birthday is this week! Want to celebrate with me? Have you ever noticed how celebrations trigger feelings of excitement and gratitude? Because I am feeling so grateful, I’d like to give you a present and thank you for your commitment to reading Conversations For Change™: 12 Ways to Say It Right When It Matters Most.
I’d like to personally invite you to the Talent@Work ® seminar. If you want to be more effective at communication and relationship building, OR if you are responsible for coaching and developing employees to be high performers, OR if are looking for ways to improve engagement, selection and retention of employees, then Talent@Work ® was designed for you!
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