Category Archive: Communication

16 Reasons People Don’t Listen When You Speak

Uncertainty promotes apathy. “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (KJV 1900) 16 reasons people don’t listen when you speak: Too many words. You’re a… Continue reading

Get R.E.A.L

You may do many things well, but if you talk like a fool, people determine you’re a fool. Effective leadership hinges on powerful conversations. Recurring frustration points to the one person who is… Continue reading

A Simple Strategy to Re-Energize Others

I thought I knew him pretty well. That’s the problem. I thought I knew him. I’m disappointed in myself. I should have known him better. Frankly, I pride myself in seeing and respecting… Continue reading

7 Ways to Powerfully Lead Through Problems

Reluctance to deal with problems makes you look ineffective, weak, and self-protective. The problem isn’t the problem. Avoiding it is. Inaction increases fear; action increase courage. 4 things avoiders say: Let it work itself out.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Say the Right Thing Every Time

Powerless is a myth. Something as simple as a raised eyebrow has the power to influence. If leadership is influence, everyone leads. The issue is where. Destruction is easier and faster than construction. Destruction is… Continue reading

How to Have Fiery Meetings and Not Blow Up

The alternative to fiery meetings is assembling teams that see everything from the same perspective. Uncontested unanimity is feel-good mediocrity. 7 requirements for fiery meetings: Invite dynamic tensions on teams as long as… Trust… Continue reading