I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove…

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Have you ever entertained the idea of under-communicating something? As leaders we know that communication is a key leadership competency. Yet, sometimes we struggle with finding the right balance in our communication. Another way of thinking about it might be to call what we need to accomplish as being “focused” or “targeted” communication.  Recently, I…

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I always find it interesting, when discussing a sermon, a training or a podcast with others, to find out they heard something totally different than me. Sometimes I feel compelled to go back and listen again wondering how I missed it! We are all wired so different kinds of information gets our attention. Let’s imagine…

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So you have a presentation coming up. You’re wondering the best way to approach the process to get the results you want. Too often we try to accomplish too many things in a given presentation and fall into the trap of over communicating that confuses our audience. Start with a clear purpose for your presentation.…

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Have you ever thought about how stepping out of the day-to-day into a new space offers a new perspective? It seems so simple, but sometimes working at a coffee shop instead of your office opens up creativity. Stepping out of the rigor of the lengthy “to-do” list to dedicate time to think strategically or generate…

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Starting a new thing can be tough. It can stretch us, alter our thinking and heighten our emotions. That’s not a bad thing. That’s growth. Recently, I started a new project. It included dusting off an old skill I haven’t used in a while as well as stretching into areas where I’d never ventured before.…

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We often have competing responsibilities that require tradeoffs between the multiple priorities both today and for our future. The idea that we can balance it all is a myth I recently discussed with my co-host on the Side by Side Podcast. Rather than balancing my life, I often think of it as integrating what is…

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As you drive along the road, if you look toward something it’s a natural tendency to steer towards it. Part of good driving is redirecting your focus to the car, your hand position, lane position, etc. As we pursue our goals (our driving destination), what we focus on along the way matters in order to…

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We often talk about the skills leaders need in conversations with their people. Another equally important conversation is when people need to talk with their leaders. These conversations can be quite intimidating.  Have you ever avoided conversations about getting involved in a project, asking for personal development or career advancement, clarifying a misunderstanding or smoothing…

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