Silence

We begin in silence. Then we speak.  Each of us has much to say.  While others speak, we prepare to speak again.   Are we hearing each other?  Are we reaching a point of understanding or decision?  Often our talk is overwhelming and more talking is not the answer.  At times we need silence to communicate. Silence as a tool... Continue Reading →

Effective Communication: Step into the Circle

I attended a meeting recently and saw something different as I entered the room.  Instead of the typical long rectangular conference table there were just chairs arranged in rough circles, one within the other (see illustration below).  Immediately I knew this meeting was starting well.  As leaders we can not dismiss the importance of room layout... Continue Reading →

Squirrel Moments and Leadership Communication

Today I will defend the squirrel.  Thanks to the movie "UP" we have a new term to describe those moments when we get distracted and off topic.  In the movie, thanks to a device around the neck, dogs can talk.  One of the main characters, Dug the Dog, talks in simple terms as we would expect... Continue Reading →

Fail Quickly

She looks down at the maze in front of her not knowing how to proceed.  She says to her team, "I do not know where to step; what do you think?"  The team responds with several ideas, but there is no commitment.  After a minute or so, she steps forward and the tile in front... Continue Reading →

Mark of a Good Meeting

Image via Wikipedia I look down at my hand and see several colors; the remains of a great meeting with my fellow leaders at work. We gathered to discuss our leadership approach to our challenging work environment. We brainstormed. We made a list of focus points for us as leaders. I was proud of the... Continue Reading →

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