Tag Archive: Communication

Three Secrets to Eliminate Painful Performance Conversations

Everyone slips into old habits. You make progress. It feels good. You lose focus. Old patterns return. Nothing changes. Successful leaders focus on improving performance. 3 reasons performance conversations are painful: Infrequency. You’re… Continue reading

10 Ways to Cut to the Chase and Get Stuff Done

You grow quiet when someone with more power is in the room. You blab when you’re perceived as the big cheese. How many times have you wished the boss would just shut up?… Continue reading

How Questions Hinder Connection

Questions demonstrate interest and make people feel they matter. Questions show respect, but reflection enables connection. 7 questions to evaluate your listening: What do you enjoy about listening? What does the speaker think… Continue reading

10 Invitations to Transformation

Ask people to talk about what they’re good at and their eyes light up. For some, the topic of their strength is so awkward that it takes them time to get their bearings.… Continue reading

7 Ways to Stop Vultures and Protect Vitality

Bad leaders only feel good when they’re talking about bad. Problem-centric leaders circle death and neglect vitality. Focus: Organizations stink when vulture-leaders take over. The problem in shipping makes you forget that production is up five percent… Continue reading

How to Deal with Unreasonable Contrarians

A river without banks drifts calmly into oblivion. Constraint makes the river powerful.   Tell teams what they can’t do and where they can’t go and they’ll get further, faster. This applies to… Continue reading