Communication

Meetings are a Must: So, Master your Meeting Facilitation

Meetings are a must for every leader. So commonplace that we often don’t invest in the savviness that it takes to lead a meeting well. All too often I can show up for a meeting and just wing it and typically it turns out okay. But, when I take the time to prepare it can…
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Not The Same Old Boring Meeting

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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Balance Your Over and Under Communication

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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Presentations: What to Cut and What to Say

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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Are you avoiding your boss? Pave the way to your next conversation

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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When feedback isn’t helpful. What can you do?

We assume because it’s feedback that it’s right. Wait! Stop right there. Just because it’s feedback doesn’t make it good feedback. Feedback is simply information. Good feedback is information that is reliable, relevant and actionable.  Studies show that feedback is impacted by biases like the natural tendency to rate people toward the middle, the lack…
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Want to be a better leader? Focus on your conversations

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…
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Turn Your Advice into a Good Question

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 another trip and…
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3 Conversations to Inspire Productivity

When I have a task in front of me that’s not my sweet spot or it’s going to be hard, I avoid it. Not with procrastination but with being busy. In college, my house was never cleaner than the week that I had to write that final paper. The entire afternoon was set aside for…
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In a ZOOM World Influence Still Matters

In global companies, leveraging influence with a virtual team is not a new way to lead. For those of us that live and lead almost exclusively in a local world, however, our efforts to build relationships and influence others have been in person. What a challenge this last year has been learning to lead remotely! …
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