Archive for the ‘communication’ Category

Communication: The Heart of Team Relationships

On the road to building a high performance team, certain conditions such as effective communication, understanding, respect, and trust are required to achieve high performance results. Communication Effective communication between team members is at the heart of all productive teamwork. Understanding When teams seek to understand each other’s concerns, needs and challenges, respect begins to […]

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3 Communication Tips for Virtual Teams

As a leader or a member of a virtual team, you have likely experienced periodic challenges associated with team members being physically located in various places. You may wonder if there is a better way to minimize challenges and maximize the chemistry and performance of your virtual team. In my opinion, virtual teams require additional […]

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Are You Listening?

Wharton School Professor, Adam Grant, Ph.D, talked about one of the most effective leaders he’d met and credited his success to one attribute, that of a good listener. Hearing, attending to, understanding, evaluating, and responding to spoken messages is all part of the listening process. Business journalist Marshall Goldsmith said of listening, “the only difference […]

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The Different Languages of Communication

Communication is essential to the human experience, yet we are often misunderstood. People communicate with one another many times a day, each in a unique form, and the messages we send are often complex and easily misinterpreted. Every person communicates with language of some kind, but that is not where communication ends. Some people accentuate […]

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Leaders: Connect With Your People More Effectively

Over the past year or so, I have really come to enjoy reading The Thought Leader Interview articles published by strategy+business magazine. A recent interview featured Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company.  Conant took the helm at Campbell in 1999 when “the company was in a very tough spot.” Campbell was in a […]

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Silence Is A Source Of Great Strength

Silence is an extremely useful, strategic listening tool. A few years ago, Strategy+Business published an article titled “Lessons of Silence” and provided five ideas to help your hearing. They are 1. Look people in the eye: Looking the person speaking in the eye while they talk forces you to listen to what they are saying. […]

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Courageous Conversations

The following eight points regarding Courageous Conversations might help you understand key elements about the importance of having them. They can also be looked at as reasons why we need to step up and have courageous, heart-to-heart conversations with others. CMOE’s methodology that comes from some of the most rigorous social science research ever conducted […]

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Improve Your Ability To Give Feedback

The ability to deliver effective feedback is an important skill that all leaders should possess and work to improve. Feedback helps solidify relationships and builds trust between individuals. Without appropriate and timely feedback, others are forced to make assumptions about how they are perceived. This can create risk, misunderstanding, and conflict. Learning and cultivating specific […]

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Five Points of Virtual Leadership

Many would argue that leading a virtual team requires the same leadership skills and attributes as leading a traditional team. While the key fundamentals of leadership hold true in both cases, virtual leadership scenarios offer unique and significant challenges. Following are five areas where virtual leaders need to focus energy in order to lead effectively. […]

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3 Tips to Improve Your Communication – Tip #3

The first two tips to improve your communication were providing non-verbal support and being an active listener. These tips will help you engage in an open and honest discussion with others as you will be giving them your full attention and showing them your support with your body language. The final tip to enhance your […]

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