Posts Tagged: communication

Women Talking a Great Game – Business Isn’t Just His Domain

“Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.” – Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns   Maybe being a man writing this undermines all credibility. My career has been all about embracing the importance and value of a diverse workplace. Having a silent or marginalized voice isn’t easy. Being an…read more

Writing in the Workplace – The Lost Skill?

Editor’s Note: Though our guest posts typically come from established business professionals, this post gives a voice to an aspiring future business professional, as she explores her take on the importance of solid writing skills to success in your career.   In our current era of 140 character tweets, quick status updates and instant messaging,…read more

Five Attitudes Effective Leaders Must Have

Given the amount of advice available on how to be an effective leader, one would think that those who lead would have it down to an art. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to parse through the wealth of sometimes paradoxical information, and I’m sure we all encounter leaders that believe that doing anything to get their own way is the only way to lead. While everyone has a natural leadership style, the potential leader may not know how to deliver this style effectively or compassionately. I’ve found that the following five attitudes, in addition to being easy to remember, help those tasked with the charge to be in charge get in touch with their inner leaders and exercise their skills towards achievement and outer peace.

Three Tenets of Discretionary Discipline Done Right

When it comes to maintaining order in the workplace, negotiating employee discipline can seem like a high wire balancing act. On the one hand, we need to retain authority and some modicum of control over subordinates, but at the same time, dealing with personalities is an inherently touchy issue. After all, especially in the case of a non-fireable offense, the point is rehabbed behavior and not resentment, right?

Retaining Talent Through Alignment, Accountability, and Clarity

With the qualified talent pool shrinking across the globe, the pressure on businesses to retain talent grows. In hopes of retention, companies across most industries are accommodating for generation X and Y’s desires by building a flexible, fun, informal environment… Some companies, however, particularly start-ups, must be mindful of, and guard against allowing informality to result in a lack of accountability, misalignment, and ambiguity.

Leadership Communication:To Slam or Not to Slam a Table

I have been reading a lot over the last few years about communication and have been fascinated by what the books share as differences between men and women in this area. I have begun to make adjustments and pay closer attention to my habits, like not raising my hand to speak, watching my posture and what I am doing with my hands and my stance.

Yesterday, I slammed the table and stunned the room. It was fascinating.

Leading Executive Conversations Part I: The Executive Perspective

A meeting with an executive can be different than a meeting with a manager. You’ve got to connect with the executive’s perspective including their challenges, their opportunities and their overall strategy for building results.

Ultimately, success in executive meetings is attitudinal. You have to believe that you have a right to be there and that you have something of value to offer them. Effective meetings are more flexible than presentations. You need to be as prepared for what you will hear and learn as for what you will say. This is the first part of a two part series.