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3 Ways to Leverage Strengths in Building Confidence

In the right context with the right application, your strengths can accelerate your confidence in leadership and life.  As a leader, it’s likely you’ve taken an assessment or two identifying your personality, temperament, or strengths. What was your take-away? Did it change you? Your answer to these  questions is either contributing to or detracting from…
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TEN Tips for Communicating in Uncertainty

In times of uncertainty, things like change, conflict, setting expectations, role clarity or any number of challenges leaders of teams might face are top of mind. Yet, embedded in each of these challenges is our struggle to communicate in ways that connect to our “audience” so they “get it” and can respond quickly. We could…
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10 Ideas for Celebrating in Hardship

Many months ago in a Sunday service, my pastor said, “What we celebrate, we accelerate.” It was energizing to me then as I was working to launch some new ideas and I responded with a resounding, “YES!”  What about when you are not in the mood to celebrate? What about when everything that had  been…
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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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