Category Archive: Communication

How No-Nonsense Leaders Succeed with Conversations

Agenda-driven conversations feel safe. It’s those spontaneous conversations that kick some leaders in the pants. It might feel easier to avoid interactions, but your team is better served when you engage. Personal conversations… Continue reading

Please Stop Talking about Work for 10 Minutes

Most of my conversations are agenda driven. I’ve had conversations, in recent days, with leaders scattered around the world. And when I say conversations, I mean conversations WITHOUT an agenda. Big problems make… Continue reading

How to Talk with Anxious People

COVID-19 is a global pandemic according to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the General-Director of the World Health Organization. (3/11/2020)   How to talk with anxious people: #1. Avoid “but”: When people share concerns… Continue reading

A Butt-Kicking Project to Overcome the Drain of Talkative Leadership

You talk to solve problems, but what if your talking IS the problem? You talk to help, but what if your talking makes people feel helpless?   I asked a group, “What’s a… Continue reading

Leadership Derailers: Self-Reliance

Two-year olds exclaim, “I’ll do it by myself.” But everything leaders hope to accomplish will eventually be done by others. Merriam Webster defines self-reliance simply as, “reliance on one’s own efforts and abilities.”… Continue reading

Give Presentations Like a Pro Even When You Hate Public Speaking

You might not enjoy it, but leading includes public speaking. Speaking skills matter when you lead meetings for teams, boards, or the entire company. You can’t lead without speaking in public. How to… Continue reading