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Get More From Your Communication: We are better together

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…
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Conflicted Communication: Why is this so hard?

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…
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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?

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

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

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

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…
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You Thought You Were Clear: 4 Different Ways to Communicate

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…
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Do You Lead from the Middle? Find 4 Helpful Ideas

It’s no secret that leadership is hard. Getting caught in the middle is a reality ministry leaders face because of the many roles and variety of people involved in and impacted by their ministry. Executive Directors or pastors lead from the middle of a circle as they work with Boards, stakeholders, staff and ministry teams.…
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