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Complementary Communication: Can we all get along?

We often elevate the idea that we all need to get along. Unconsciously we may invite people on our team who are more like us than not. Over time a leader will notice the team keeps circling on the same topics because of this tendency towards similarity. It’s time for fresh ideas and new perspectives. However,…
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Connected Communication: Why can’t they be more like me?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 4, 2019 |

Don’t you just love it when you are communicating to others and they get it? We want a communication “easy button” because we know it’s challenging to communicate with people different than us. We think it’s easier to work with people who are like us. Surprise! Sometimes it can be just as difficult and even…

Communicators that Connect with Compassion: It’s all about helping others

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 26, 2019 |

Compassionate connectors give weight to relevant personal details so they can connect resources to what people need in any given situation. For them, words are are meant to acknowledge people and learn about their needs. Always ready to lend a hand (or an ear) to the needs of the people means they are sought out…

Communicators that Think Strategically: It’s all about the big picture

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 20, 2019 |

Strategic Thinkers notice patterns and trends in information. They see how everything fits together and quickly analyze options for taking action. Every action they take is an integral part of a greater plan with a bigger goal, because they always have the future in mind. For them, words are chosen carefully to express the results…

Communicators that Build Bridges: It’s all about moving forward together

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 13, 2019 |

Bridge Builders see connections between different ideas or concepts. As they explore connections they attach meaning and significance to what they notice. The possibilities take shape in their mind and they bring them to life first with words and then in tangible realities. For them, words are meant to communicate vision, ideas and possibilities. They…

Communicators that Solve Problems: It’s all about solutions and results

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 6, 2019 |

Problems Solvers attach credibility to tangible-real world information that they can analyze and sort to move their way toward results. They see problems quickly and are ready to sift through the details and advise on what needs to be done. For them, words are meant to communicate substance and action. Flowery language doesn’t come easy…

You Thought You Were Clear: 4 Different Ways to Communicate

By Annie Perdue Olson | October 30, 2019 |

Have you ever experienced frustration with personalities different from your own that make it harder to collaborate on goals for a project, be effective as a team or make progress towards the broader mission? Working together is necessary, but not easy. Leaders advocate for a certain idea or concept, only to find out that others…