Tag: Communication

COVID-19: 10 New Behaviors, Thoughts, And Considerations To Take Away From A Pandemic

Leadership Lesson: Make sure to take away the lessons from adverse impacts and events — even pandemics — especially when it comes to redirecting your development and growth for the better, both for yourself and others.

COVID-19 is still here — and it is not letting up.

As of this post, this is where we stand. Just when we think we’ve become accustomed to a new way of life and that we understand the severity of the situation, the numbers of confirmed cases surge, tripling every few days.

Part of that new norm, aside from those afflicted and their families, is for us to stay home, maintaining limited…


What They Teach Us: Andrew Cuomo And Leadership In A Time Of Crisis

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to take away what we can from the best examples of leadership, even in a crisis, when the leadership can either shine or not.

Where do you get your leadership fix?

Who do you look to who you, if not follow, at least consider dependable, knowing they’re taking care of your environmental, organizational, or, hell, even psychological needs?

Like, who do you look to and think Shit, okay. I know this person is on top of things?

COVID-19 has hit the U.S. (I pray to God there’s no need to include a hyperlink to any background on the virus because you’re well aware and informed of what’s going on.)

(…You know what’s going on, right?)…


Before We Can Find Balance With Others, We Need To Keep Ourselves In Check – Part 1

Leadership Lesson: With others and within ourselves, enhancing our awareness of and openness to a deeper understanding of extreme positions advances progress, so we’re using our time effectively and avoiding outright dismissal of one side or the other.

Things are getting out of control nowadays. Everyone is freaking out. Tensions seem to be running higher and higher.

We all seem to be divided, standing on one side of a issue or the other.

And it’s like this across the higher-profile
arenas of interactions we see today.

Whether it’s politics, religion, or any other ideology, we’re drifting further and further apart, anchored to our side of any given issue, not ceding or forfeiting an inch, idea, or conversation.

The stances people take are usually this/not that, say this/don’t say…


What People Teach Us: Jocko Willink, Arguing For Your Point Yet Asking For Balance

Leadership Lesson: To be effective and credible, we should seek to balance what it is we support with conveying both that we understand its limitations, and that there are other considerations to be taken into account.

This piece by retired Navy Seal, management consulting firm founder, bestselling author, and burgeoning podcaster Jocko Willink is an article of defense. In what he writes, Willink stands firmly against an effort to disarm what he firmly believes in, that in which he’s worked in and for which he has probably — and proudly — stood his entire life and career

The source of his frustration is a recent report by the American Psychological Association called “Guidelines for…


Lessons Are Everywhere: 10 Leadership Lessons From The FIFA World Cup

Leadership Lesson: There are lessons everywhere — visuals and scenarios from which you can draw the deepest meaning and best examples of how to be a leader and bring out the best in yourself and others.

And, just like that, the fever is over, the games have ended, and the new champion is crowned. Powerhouses such as Brazil, Germany, and Argentina were sent home sooner than expected, while many more teams made it much further than the odds posted against them had afforded. The month in which the FIFA World Cup plays out is a great time to see the world faces in the crowd on TV and in the bars and restaurants in our neighborhoods and communities.

We look to the players…


Context: Do You Seek The Deeper Meaning That Might Not Be Obvious?

Leadership Lesson: Lack of context in any situation can hold us back, and everyone involved can lose out if it’s not provided—or considered.

If we’re the one taking in information without the proper context, we might miss the bigger picture. If we’re the one providing the information, not providing the proper context can cost us what we want.

The influence for this post was a career preparation event I attended a few months ago at the University of Hartford. I was part of a panel taking questions from students pertaining to hiring and what should and shouldn’t be included on a resume or in a student’s demeanor or presentation when trying to make the best impression with possible employers.

One question that came…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 2

Continued From Part 1

Leadership Lesson: How do you use the questions here to help bring out what other people are thinking and what they can contribute?

Ideas may exist in people who surround you, untapped, ready for the taking.

They can be harnessed from knowledge others are holding onto while they flesh out the details, knowledge they may not even be aware they hold, or knowledge which can be created through the curiosity they hold, which can also be tapped for vision generation.

Ask yourself these questions about how you interact with others to help them articulate their ideas:                                       

Do you…
…stop to converse with others?

This one…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 1

Leadership Lesson: Be able to understand how and what it is you can draw out of other people in the form of ideas and contributions.

One of the top markers of effective leadership is the ability to harness the resources at one’s disposal. That can mean anything from the physical resources of machinery, warehouses, and factories, to the physical work of individuals and teams in companies, to the technical work of strategy execution itself.

But it also means tapping into and harnessing the unutilized portions of people’s thinking — the abstract, the conceptual, and the knowledge which don’t stand at the forefront of their mind’s work or expression. It’s not only what they present and make obvious or explicit that is important but also what they hold that they…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Listen to Others?

Leadership Lesson: You can’t lead if you don’t listen to your people or your environment. They see and know what you don’t. Get in the habit of listening.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series which breaks…


The Leader’s Legacy: How Do You Determine How History Will Remember Your Name?

Leadership Lesson: Thinking about what you want your legacy to be — and what it might actually be as of today — helps you shape your leadership to work toward leaving your desired mark.

“History will remember your/their name…”

In the current political climate, tempers run high, patience runs low, and discord and distrust run amok. The political landscape has become unrecognizable and shifted so far away from what is considered traditional and typical decorum and behavior.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is how each side of the political divide continues to stake their claim on the higher morale ground, all the while reassuring the public that their side is actually the one doing what’s best…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Speak to Others?

Leadership Lesson: How a leader speaks to others sets the tone for the environment and creates a ripple effect in how those around them speak to each other.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in the series…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Acknowledge Others?

Leadership Lesson: How you acknowledge others allows them to feel heard and like a part of the mission, while setting the example for how others serve, work and interact with others.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is one of many in…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for leaders — or any of us, for that matter — to be aware of how we convey our opinions, because the they are shared by a leader can set the stage, for better or worse, for the environment.

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us to consider what a…


How Do You Cover The Journalistic Side Of Leadership?

Mission, Vision, Strategy. These are all drivers of action which get stakeholders inspired about what needs to be set into play to achieve the goals of an organization. These pieces of the foundation help drive the day-to-day operations toward goal fulfillment and should become engrained in the group’s story.

The effectiveness of a group or organization can sputter if the core of its communication, both internally and externally, falls apart or is unclear. Without a solid understanding of what a group does or is trying to accomplish, it becomes harder for stakeholders and supporters to get behind a mission, vision, and strategy.

That communication needs to be there. It needs to be conveyed. It needs to be articulated.

The story needs to be told.


What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part II – Where Do You Focus Your Competitive Drive?

It seems Nancy Pelosi will be competitive with anyone, including her own side.

The blog post “What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part I” covers why she was in the spotlight recently with many people, including some in her own party, questioning her leadership. The basis for the swell of doubt was the loss the Democratic Party endured in the special election for a vacant seat in the House of Representatives in Georgia’s 6th congressional district.

The post goes through various reasons why a leader might not feel they should resign or step aside from their leadership position, even when dissension seems to be evidently growing among the rank-and-file.

An overly egregious reason on that list, which deserves its own…


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