Category Archive: Communication

Playing in the Gap

During a recent presentation, I asked participants to write the top five qualities of a great supervisor on sticky notes. One quality per note. Debrief: I asked, “What do you have on the… Continue reading

Kiss the Fool

Court jesters occasionally spoke truths and delivered bad news with humor. Modern comedians often make us laugh about injustice or social ills. Kiss the fool who speaks the truth. The more authority you… Continue reading

Are You a New Manager? Four Conversations You’ll Need to Master

I invited several top leaders, authors, and bloggers to share their wisdom with Leadership Freak readers. Thanks to Scott Blanchard for contributing this insightful post on four conversations new managers need to master. Sixty percent of new managers… Continue reading

7 Elevator Conversations

Tough conversations are like riding an elevator. There comes a point, if you don’t speak, talking is nearly impossible. 7 elevator conversations: Performance issues. (Especially with higher ups.) Changes that impact status within… Continue reading

You Work too Hard – Just Show Up

You’re working way too hard. “80% of success is just showing up.” Woody Allen Show up by wandering around. 4 reasons to wander around: You get smarter. The people around you know more… Continue reading

The Top 10 Rules for Talking Like a Leader

It’s deadly to fall in love with your own voice, but the higher you go, the more you need to talk effectively. Brevity with clarity is gold in a frenetic world. The top 10… Continue reading