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Effective Communication Skills: You Don't Know Until You Ask | Guy.

The Recovering Engineer

You never know another person's intentions until you ask. A story about how assumptions can escalate conflict

Listening - The No. 1 People Skill

Building Personal Strength

Listening is probably the No. 1 people skill. People have important things to say to you, but if you don't really understand what they're trying to say, you won't "get it." Which means that you'll be saying and doing things without knowing what's going on.

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First Impressions | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth Do first impressions really matter? While they shouldn't, the reality is that they most certainly do.

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All That We Need

Chris Brady

Brotherly_love You don't have to solve all the problems. You don't have to have all the answers. You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be super-intelligent. You don't have to be somebody else. You don't have to "figure it all

Resolving Conflict Lesson: Watch Your Step | Guy Harris: The.

The Recovering Engineer

When it comes to conflict, none of us is immune to our emotional triggers. Just today, I had an interchange with someone close to me (not in my family

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Six Ways to Be Strong for Relationships

Building Personal Strength

Whenever I think or write about personal strengths, I have dozens of specific strengths in mind. Today I was thinking about how relationships present special challenges.


Lead on Purpose

The recent theme at Lead on Purpose is trust. This focus has come primarily from reading The Speed of Trust by Stephen MR Covey. He discusses the concept of building a trust account, which is similar to a bank account

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Define, Learn, Do - 3 Keys to.

Orrin Woodward

In a home too cramped for our growing family, in a relationship where neither of us understood the other, in a time of increasing responsibilities and decreasing hope, in a desperate move to keep my baseball cards, Laurie and I started

What makes companies successful?

Talent Technologies

What makes companies successful? Submitted by admin on Monday, 29 March 2010One Comment. Through our experience it's clear that companies driven with an overwhelming focus on short-term profits invariably meet one of three fates

A Tale of Integrity

Building Personal Strength

When I was a West Point cadet, integrity was embodied in the Cadet Honor Code, which stated, “A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.” Honor violations were reported by fellow cadets and thoroughly investigated. Cadets found guilty were dismissed immediately.

Myth #1 -- Are we myth-ing the boat when it comes to communication?



Caption Contest 2010.3 WInner Announced

Chris Brady

After much deliberation, hair-pulling, name-calling, and the general good-natured slug-fest that is always required for such artistic pursuits, the exclusive selection committee has finally determined a winner for the latest Caption

Social Media Demystified

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. I had a few conversations this week that caused me to realize that as much as social media has progressed, there still remains mass amounts of confusion around the topic of social media

Honoring Your Emotions - Nathaniel Branden and the Psychology of High Self-Esteem

Building Personal Strength

Have you ever read any of Nathaniel Branden's books? He's one of my top five favorite nonfiction authors, but for some reason he never achieved what we think of as "guru" status. Nevertheless, in my opinion no one has ever written with more wisdom about self-esteem.

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Servant Leadership Theory


The magnum opus of Robert Greenleaf, Servant Leadership is a recent theory of leadership that argues that the most effective leaders are servants of their people. Servant leaders get results for their organization through whole-hearted attention to their followers and followers’ needs.

Teach Me What to Think

Chris Brady

Teach me what to think, For I don't even suspect that I have a mind. Fill me with information. And call it education. Program me with your doctrines, And call it enlightenment. Show me whom to hate, For since I can't think for myself

The Undeniable Value of Professional Skepticism

Terry Starbucker

Question I have this natural tendency to want to trust everybody. I know that's not good, so I have to fight that tendency, especially in the business world. Fortunately, I started my career as a CPA and auditor, and I learned about


"Confucius Says." - Ancient Wisdom for Personal Strength in Our Time

Building Personal Strength

I have this memory from my youth of a black-and-white movie in which a little old Chinese man earnestly advises the hero. Confucius says." I don't remember what the old man said. But it must have been wise, because the hero took it to heart and rose to the occasion. I remember wondering, "Who is this guy Confucius?" Did he have that name because the things he said were confusing? But I grew up respecting the wisdom attributed to Confucius.

Book Review: Greater Than Yourself


Few business parables are well written. Fewer still explain solid leadership principles. Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership does both. Steve Farber, author of The Radical Leap and The Radical Edge , returns with a new fable. In Greater Than Yourself , Farber explores what it takes to build and develop the people underneath you (your GTY projects). Greater Than Yourself is the golden rule on steroids.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Management Team?

Survive Your Promotion

Does the thought of presenting to upper management make your knees knock? Do you spend days on the presentation only to spend your 5 minutes in the spotlight talking to your shoes while the executives yawn and sneak peeks at their

Employee Engagement Podcast with StategyDriven

Michael Lee Stallard

I recently recorded a podcast interview on the topic of employee engagement and how it affects strategic alignment, productivity and innovation with Nathan Ives of StrategyDriven, a terrific group out of Atlanta that provides resources

DISC Model FAQ's: Can Four Styles Really Describe Everyone? | Guy.

The Recovering Engineer

I can't define all people with four letters or categories. I can, though, use four basic style descriptors to create a frame of reference that allows

Make It Easy For Employees To Volunteer

Eric Jacobson

April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week. That's the week when nonprofit organizations throughout the US will celebrate and honor their volunteers. If you are not already volunteering, what a great time to start

A Different Kind of Rowe

Survive Your Promotion

Yesterday I talked about the ROWE as in Results Only Work Environment, and today I had every intention of posting a long article on managing a remote team. But then I came across this video of Mike Rowe speaking at TED and was struck by

The Conference Board: Employee Engagement = Connections

Michael Lee Stallard

The Conference Board does excellent research work on employee engagement thanks in part to John Gibbons, a Senior Research Advisor at the organization. After examining the myriad definitions of employee engagement, The Conference Board

Never Give Up, Part III - The Boston Red Sox Win the 2004 World Series

Building Personal Strength

In previous posts, I've confessed to being a big sports fan, and during my life I've seen some of the most amazing examples of perseverance you can imagine.

Death of the Free Agent Nation?? Say it ain't so…

Roundtable Talk

In 1999 Dan Pink put out his book Free Agent Nation based on his earlier Fast Company article and changed my view of organizational life as I knew it. So, it was with some horror that I read in last week's Globe & Mail a piece spouting

Row Row ROWE Your Team

Survive Your Promotion

In 2007 Best Buy implemented a Results Only Work Environment or ROWE. They took the bold step of allowing their employees to work when they wanted, where they wanted, and to measure only the results and not the time spent in the office


Employee Engagement on Real Recognition Radio

Michael Lee Stallard

I'll be speaking with Roy Saunderson and S. Max Brown of Real Recognition Radio on April 6 at 1:00 PM Eastern. We have a lively discussion about employee engagement and the importance of connection in store so I hope you'll join us


Women in the LEAD

Naseem There is so much for us to learn from one another around the world. Our lives take different routes. Our paths are charted down different roads. Our destinies still are woven into some universal truths that we share as WOMEN

I Have Never…

Steve Farber

I’ve written extensively on this blog about Up with People , (see the GTY experiment , for example), and I’m proud to be on the organization’s Board of Directors.

April Fools’ Day 2010 on My Communities

Managing Communities

April Fools’ Day affords many community administrators with the opportunity to have a little fun with their members and I am not one to pass that up. So, just like last year, some of my site’s played host to a prank in honor of the day. As always, the staff was in on it. On, [.].


Best Companies For Leadership Study


A few weeks ago, Hay Group , a global management consulting firm, and Bloomberg released the Best Companies for Leadership Study and Top 20 list. I got a chance to ask John B. Larrere of Hay Group some questions about the study. John is National Practice Leader for the Leadership and Talent practice of Hay Group. He works primarily with Executives and Executive Teams. He has a particular interest in international executive leadership.

Popular Community ScubaBoard Sued for Libel and How to Limit Libel Claims on Your Forums

Managing Communities

photo credit: kin0be About a week ago, I found out that ScubaBoard, a highly popular and well established scuba diving community, had been sued for libel in Federal court. ScubaBoard is run by Pete Murray, an acquaintance of mine that I have known for at least a few years. Pete has been supportive of [.].