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Take Feedback Into Your Own Hands

Avoiding feedback does not mean that perceptions are not there; it just means that you don’t get to hear what people think of you. People have their opinions about you already; soliciting their feedback merely gives you the chance to hear what they think, so you can choose whether you want to do something about…
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Ready for 2020? One thing every goal needs

By Annie Perdue Olson | January 7, 2020 |

Goal setting is no easy job >> especially in ministry when the needs are so great! Which goals are the right goals? What if they are too big and people think we’re crazy? What if we set goals, but fail to reach them? When you think about goals you may believe that … We can…

Get More From Your Communication: We are better together

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 23, 2019 |

It’s easier to work with people who are like us. They think like us. They talk like us. They finish what we say. The “get it” factor is high. We instinctively surround ourselves with people like us. Our frustration increases when people don’t get it. We have to repeat ourselves. We have to work harder…

Conflicted Communication: Why is this so hard?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 18, 2019 |

Communication gets tricky as we navigate both the similarities and differences in the way people communicate. Everybody defines “good” communication differently. Unmet expectations and different goals can be a source of relationship tension and thwart our efforts to work together. We often assume people need the same thing in communication that we need. We offer…

Complementary Communication: Can we all get along?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 11, 2019 |

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,…

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…