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Leadership Communication: Strategies for Empowering Teams

During my career, I’ve learned that effective communication is not just about transmitting information; it’s about creating understanding, trust, and engagement. Below are my top leadership communication tips that have been pivotal in fostering a dynamic and productive work environment.

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How to Defeat the Power of Apology: Explanations or Excuses?

It’s not “if” we make mistakes; rather, it’s how we handle them. Research from the University of Texas found that on average, we make “at least three mistakes (usually 5 – 7) every hour we are awake.” Wow, doubtless many of those errors involve the individual only, such as forgetting to turn off a light, or walking into a room, and forgetting why.

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The Conundrum of Social Media Saturation: Who Really Comprises the Majority?

Regular Newsletter followers will know that I struggled with my second book – now nearly completed – entitled “Can’t We All Just Get Along,” Rodney King, Courageous Communication: a Return to Civility. The reason for my struggle was the result of a succession of surveys, responded to worldwide, with what I initially thought were startling, surprising, even shocking results.

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Communication Resolutions for 2024: Five Key Tips

As the year comes to an end, it’s time for reflection, renewal, and commitment, often through pledging to New Year’s Resolutions. Next year, why not take a quote from an admired historical figure that informs communication? After all, it’s something we do 24×7, whether we want to or not, and whether we intend to or not. By focusing on how we communicate, we may have more successful results.

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Two More Difficult Words in the English Language: Thank You!

I recently posted a blog entitled “The Two Most Difficult Words in the English Language: I’m Sorry.” In these times in which we live – a sad loss of civility in the public square – two more difficult words in the English language are “thank-you.” As with “I’m sorry,” “thank you,” when sincerely given is both powerful and motivating. 

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Three Tips for Skill-Based Hiring

In a September 2016 Forbes magazine article, an internationally known recruiter (Jorgen Sundberg) was quoted as saying that the cost of onboarding an employee is $240,000.00, while the Department of Labor indicated that the cost of a bad hire was 30% of her or his annual wages. The article went on to state “While the…

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The Power of Silence

A good facilitator makes it look easy-breezy, which is part of the magic. If the facilitator has accomplished this feat, then she is good! When one goes and graduates from “facilitator training school,” as I have, the first lesson is that “it takes twice as long to prepare, as it does to deliver.” Fortunately, over time and with practice, the preparation time is cut down considerably.

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Do We Ever Really Resolve Conflicts? Try Conflict Management

For practitioners of organizational development, there are two schools of thought when it comes to handling conflict. Some advocate conflict resolution, while others subscribe to conflict management. Ponder the difference between the notion of conflict resolution and that of conflict management. Conflict resolution means that a conflict is

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