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    July 2, 2013

    A New Leadership Key Performance Indicator

    A Billion Words of Leadership – Is it time for a Leadership Checkup?

    By Joseph Skursky, President of Market Leader Solutions The commitment of leadership to principles, standards, and strategic direction cannot be overstated in terms of the critical importance they play in organizational performance. Too many leaders, however, focus on motivational talk with persuasive or even commanding language, while ignoring the most important and influential directive of all…their own actions.   A leader’s actions communicate far more than the words they...Continue reading

    By Joseph SkurskyPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on July 2, 2013

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    June 23, 2013

    Gen X-PECTATIONS: 3 Lessons for Communication Turbulence

    Understanding the expectations of those born between 1965-1980.

    By Sherri Petro, President of VPI Strategies & California Miramar University (CMU) Professor We’ve got turbulence brewing. Please take your seat and fasten your seat belts. Make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position. Generation X (born 1965-80), the first generation of latch-key kids, is taking over the leadership reins. And it’s going to be different kind of ride.  We can navigate well if we understand their expectations of communication and...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on June 23, 2013

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    June 6, 2013

    Moving Up the Ladder: 4 Best Practices to Demonstrate Your Capability

    There is a difference between expressing an interest in career growth and proving yourself ready.

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions You're at that crossroads… You'd like to get ahead, to take on some new responsibilities, to stretch to the next level. But how do you go about convincing the “powers that be” that you are, indeed, ready?   One way is to simply ask. There are many ways you can simply ask, stating your desire to move up the company ladder. You can toss your hat into the ring when a job opens up. During performance reviews, you can...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Professional Development on June 6, 2013

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    May 30, 2013

    Running Effective Meetings by Mastering 3P’s: Purpose, Process & People

    Learn how the right planning can create better outcomes for your meetings.

    By Claire Laughlin, Consultant & Trainer, Leadership 4 Design Meetings should be dynamic and engaging events that bring the talents and diverse experiences and knowledge of team members to bear on important problems and decisions that must be made. But far too often, they are painful, unnecessary, and a colossal waste of time. If you want to start running effective meetings, you need to start paying attention to three key areas (the 3 Ps) during your meeting planning.  Your efforts will...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on May 30, 2013

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    May 20, 2013

    4 Communication Tips to Open Your Mind & Strengthen Your Vocabulary

    Do your communication skills run deeper than the dictionary?

    By Sherri Petro, President of VPI Strategies & California Miramar University (CMU) Professor Blah, blah, blah.  We speak the same language and yet so many times it’s like we are talking in tongues!  How come?  Admittedly, according to any dictionary, we have multiple meanings for the same words.  But what I am alluding to goes deeper than the dictionary -- we assign meaning based upon many different influences.  Why is communication so hard?  Most of the time,...Continue reading

    By Sherri PetroPosted in Communication Skills on May 20, 2013

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    May 9, 2013

    Three Ways To Bring The Spice Of Opinion Into Your Next Presentation

    Why do so many of us feel it's best to avoid sharing our opinions?

    By Peter Paskale, Writer, Coach & Trainer, The Presenters' Blog  Every time you make a presentation, you commit a blatant act of opinion, and that's good. That's exactly as it should be. Opinion makes challenging. Opinion makes distinctive. Opinion makes memorable.   As business presenters however, we try to stick to the facts, and do all that we can to eliminate any accusation of speaking from opinion. Nobody wants to be accused of being "opinionated", and that makes us shy. To be seen as...Continue reading

    By Peter PaskalePosted in Communication Skills on May 9, 2013

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    May 7, 2013

    To Be More Effective, Be More Reflective – The Art Of Mirroring

    Reflecting The Words, Mood, Behaviors & Gestures Of Others To Be More Effective In Your Job

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions In the workplace, there are many situations in which it would benefit us to put other people at ease. But that's not always easy to do. So here's the simple psychological technique you can use. It's one you've already mastered, because we all do this naturally with the people we are closest to.   This technique can come in handy when you need to establish rapport with someone. It helps to ease tensions when a conflict is brewing....Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on May 7, 2013

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    March 21, 2013

    3 Tips To Understanding Cultural Differences Before You Act

    When Communication Meets Culture

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion" Communication makes the world go around – or does it?  When a person enters a new work & country culture, communication challenges seem to top the list of ‘lessons learned’. Why is it that an international manager can get something so basic, so wrong?  The reasons can be seen contextualised in three everyday communication scenarios:  Meetings Individualised feedback Providing Instructions Following...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on March 21, 2013

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    March 17, 2013

    Curiosity: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead

    If you have all the answers, new ideas & creative solutions may get lost.

    By Claire Laughlin, Consultant & Trainer, Leadership 4 Design Don’t you love the feeling of being curious? I associate it with awe, wonder, interest and spark. Imagine a company culture where this feeling exists at all levels, what a great tool to motivate, manage & lead employees. Unfortunately, as we develop our expertise and take on greater levels of responsibility, we often lose the natural instinct or ‘desire to know and learn’. There are three steps you can practice to...Continue reading

    By Claire LaughlinPosted in Communication Skills on March 17, 2013

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    March 12, 2013

    Learn to Use Delegation as a Tool to Develop & Engage Employees

    8 Essential Steps to Develop Others Through Effective Delegation

    By Deb Calvert, President, People First Productivity Solutions You’re good at what you do, but you may be doing too much by hanging on to work that you shouldn’t be doing. No matter what your job title is, there are people around you who could take on some of your tasks.  Delegating some of your work to them will benefit you, them, and your company.   This isn’t about offloading work that you don’t like or feel is too big a burden. Thinking of delegating in that...Continue reading

    By Deb CalvertPosted in Communication Skills on March 12, 2013

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