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Episode 36: When You've Got Bad News to Share communication podcast Aug 30, 2022

A proposal we’ve been working on didn’t get approved. How do I break the bad news to the team?

One of those isolating experiences of leaders is the responsibility to deliver bad news. Often taking responsibility for doing the hard stuff even when it’s not on you. 

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Episode 34: Helping Improve Their Performance communication performance issues podcast Aug 16, 2022

 

If a team member is under performing, what steps can I take to help them improve?”

We all face those moments when someone on our team isn’t performing the way we expected. The reason for underperforming isn’t always what we think it is. What are the steps we need...

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Episode 30: Questions - To Ask or Not To Ask communication performance issues podcast team building Jul 19, 2022

Questions are a great way to draw out the great potential with your people: to solve problems, to grow, to perform better. We can use questions as leaders to explore, to listen, to understand. 

You’ve got to ask yourself, though, is there a time where questions are not useful? 

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Episode 20: Back Pocket Questions to Save the Day communication podcast May 10, 2022

If you ask profound questions … you’ll get profound answers. If you ask shallow questions … you’ll get shallow answers. If you ask no questions … you’ll get no answers at all. 

~Bobb Biehl Master Planning Group International

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Episode 16: Talk To Your Boss About Boundaries communication overwhelm podcast relationships Apr 11, 2022

"I work for a boss who does not have good boundaries around work and time. He expects me to continually live in crisis mode...responding to his urgent requests. How do I set and keep boundaries in my workplace so I don't sacrifice my family or my own health?"

Our last episode Eric Bailey and ...

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Balance the Over and Under of Communication communication Jun 30, 2021

Have you ever entertained the idea of undercommunicating 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...

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Know Your Audience: Not everybody hears the same communication Jun 23, 2021

I always find it interesting when discussing a sermon, a training or a podcast with a colleague or a friend learning they heard something totally different than I did. Sometimes I feel compelled to go back and listen again wondering how I missed it! We are all wired so different kinds of...

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Presentations: What to Cut and What to Say communication Jun 16, 2021

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...

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Are you avoiding your boss? Pave the way to your next conversation communication Apr 29, 2021

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,...

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How You Are Wired: The Thing that Only You Can Do communication Apr 08, 2021

Sometimes we get caught up in “shoulds” and the most dangerous ones are the “shoulds” that tell us who we should be. They go to the core of who we are and suggest that we should be something different or more than what we are. The steady hum of these thoughts can become a...

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Want to be a better leader? Focus on your conversations. communication Apr 01, 2021

We are busy and sometimes we forget to slow down so we can be intentional about the conversations that matter. When we do have a moment to prepare for that meeting or that interaction we are about to have, we will often focus on the “how to” … how to set the agenda, how to ask...

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Turn Your Advice into a Good Question communication Mar 24, 2021

I was listening to my colleague’s story. She had just finished a tough round of cancer treatment and didn’t have the support at home that she needed. She had gone on a trip to clear her mind, but it didn’t go as planned. She felt disappointed and alone. Now she was planning...

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