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

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…
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How Much is Conflict Costing You $?

By Annie Perdue Olson | December 3, 2018 |

How many dollars did you spend on conflict last week? We don’t often calculate our people problems in dollars and cents. It is costing you money. It is costing you time. It is costing you results. One study showed: The average employee spends 2.1 hours a week dealing with conflict (instead of their job) One…

When My Feet Do the Choosing

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 19, 2018 |

Ever noticed how your feet do the choosing for you? Our feet take us where we want to go. And sometimes we are going places we didn’t intend to — intention is one thing, but the action we take is another. I believe in being intentional. Without it we become scattered and unfocused. But, being…

Mistakes Are Our Best Teacher

By Annie Perdue Olson | November 5, 2018 |

We have all been there. The moment of regret after we said something we didn’t mean. The promise made, but unfulfilled. Good intentions with unexpected consequences. The knee-jerk reaction to a frustrating situation. The quick decision that became a costly one. In that moment, we might just want to bury our head in the sand,…

Boost Employee Retention

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 18, 2018 |

People who choose to work in ministries or churches get up and go to work every day because they are making a difference. Smart people using their talents and expertise to make the world a better place. While most ministries are known for underpaying and overworking their employees, they compensate by focusing on the people…

Do the Dance of Communication

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 6, 2018 |

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we just woke up one morning great communicators? We would know what to say, how to say it and when to speak or keep quiet. Results would be positive influence, greater connection, better collaboration, sustainable results and more! However, communication is a dance that takes two partners moving together in…

Building Blocks of Communication

By Annie Perdue Olson | September 3, 2018 |

In last week’s blog, I focused on the natural communication breakdowns that get in the way of our forward momentum in work and relationships. Most of us would love to avoid those breakdowns, because they are roadblocks to performance at work and create rifts in relationships that slow us down at best and bring us…