Tag: Communication

Discussing Leadership In Politics Isn’t Necessarily Being Political

How much will you listen to, read, or learn from something you may not believe you agree with?

Let me explain.

Recently, someone had gone to the Coach It Out Blog and read through some of the blog posts. Admittedly, they found that a good number of the more recent CiO Brief blog posts, which cover contemporary stories in the news, were written in response to the leadership style and steps taken by President Donald Trump.

The reader, offering well-intended advice, suggested that the website should pare back on the Trump posts so that Coach It Out doesn’t alienate any possible clients who may see the company as overly – and overtly — political.

“We need…


As A Leader, What Foundational Tools Do You Provide For Others?

Leadership Lesson: In order for leaders to expect the best, they should provide that best, and that means understanding that people need the right tools to do the best work.

Although a main attribute of leadership is extracting the skill out of those being led, nothing can truly happen as effectively as possible if the right…


What People Teach Us: Caitlyn Jenner, Her Community, And The Opposing Side

In a recent interview on WBUR’s Here and Now, Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her life, covering topics spanning from her early life, to winning Olympic decathlon gold as Bruce Jenner, up into her revelation of her lifelong identification as female. Jenner also covers these topics and more in her new book.

An interesting part of…


Cuban on Trump: Leadership, Management, & Communication

In this article in the Huffington Post, Mark Cuban criticized President Trump, overall, for having “no leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills.”

When it comes to the direction of an organization or entity, these are powerful skills and factors, which play into how effective a leader, boss, or executive is in their work.

This also plays into…


What People Teach Us: Bernie Sanders — Making The Case To Detractors

Politics aside, what can we learn from each other?

In this particular example, how do you try and convince someone of your position?

Do you do it in an abrasive manner — yelling, ridiculing, and denouncing the thoughts of that person you’re trying to convince — or do you take the time to…


Leadership: What Someone CAN Do Versus What They WANT To Do

Leadership is powerful. It is gripping. It is influential. It is impactful.

But it can’t be any of those things unless it is harnessed and refined.

And leadership is not only about refining the best in oneself, but seeking out, and tapping into, the best in others.

Most often, an organization might overlook the leadership potential…


So, You Want To Be An Effective Leader. How Are Your Conversational Skills?

Leadership Lesson: Conversations are the fire-starters that get the effectiveness of leadership off the ground, tapping into the resources of the people in the environment, organization, and community.

Contrary to traditional — and misguided — belief, leading is not merely about coming into an environment, picking up the torch and pushing forward.

It is not merely serving as a talking head for all that…


Trump Is A Great Teacher: How Does Your Authenticity Measure Up?

OK. Maybe not a teacher, as teachers usually teach lessons that we need and should learn. But he does teach us…to be aware. He doesn’t do it through the example he sets of his own self-awareness but by the ability of awareness that he lacks.

By watching him we learn that AWARENESS IS…


Emotional Intelligence: This Is What It’s Like To Break The 4th Wall

Leadership Lesson: We need to step back and see from the outside how things are truly playing out, so that we’re not blinded by the emotion from within our role.

The world as we know it is seemingly deteriorating, falling apart as the divisions between the groups of our fellow men, women and…


What People Teach Us: Bill Clinton — What’s Going On Behind The Curtain?

What can seemingly be more powerful than someone’s actions?

Perception.

With actions, the detail and results are known and, most often, witnessed.

With perception, the imagination of each person curious enough to think about an issue can roam wild and come up with its own interpretation of events. There is no limit to the imagination so, therefore, there’s no limit, really, to…


In Her Return To Her Show, Kelly Ripa’s [Whatever That Was] Was Great!

What a way to come back!  I had seen somewhere on TV that Kelly Ripa, being blind-sided by an announcement that Michael Strahan, her full-time co-host of three-and-a-half years, was leaving in the fall to pursue a full-time stint on Good Morning America, was a no-show a day after the announcement.

Apparently she had not been told ahead of time of Strahan’s future departure and was shocked at the news. The show had to use guest co-hosts to sit in for her while she took time to process the news she received…at the same time as the rest of the world.

Was she disappointed by the fact that the news wasn’t shared with her beforehand or…


When It Comes To How Success Is Achieved, Is Everyone On The Same Page?

What does success mean to you? Is it your success? Success of the mission? Success of the team? Success of others?

The impact on all of these groups should be considered as you proceed in carrying out your particular idea of success. More specifically, as it pertains to these constituents, each member should make…


During the Up’s and Down’s In Your Environment, Keep Your Fire, Not Just Your Cool

Sometimes, you just have to let it out, expressing what’s on your mind. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Common practice is to err on the side of caution, which is fine, but many do it to the point of paralysis. This inhibition stems from a misconception that a leader always has to…


To Be As Effective As Possible, Consider That Everyone’s a Customer

Everyone loves great customer service. Great experiences of customer service are few and far between, and almost unbelievable. It might get to a point where it seems so good to be true that it almost feels as if someone is playing a cruel joke on us.

It’s so rare, but it’s also something that we…


As A Leader, Make Sure You’re Providing Reassurance In Your Strategy

As the field and discipline of leadership has evolved, students of its tenets have come to understand that leadership is less about the leader herself and more about what she provides for others. Understanding. Support. Education. These are but a few of the various pillars upon which leadership is built.

Another key practice a leader needs to include in her toolbox is…


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