How To Inspire Others

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Think of a project you were super keen to take part in—one you couldn’t wait to execute and the success of which you were highly invested in. Maybe it was a new way of working or a challenging new strategy… Now think about how you were briefed on that project. How did your boss communicated […]

Want To Connect Better With Others? Here’s How.

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Imagine walking into work on Monday morning and being greeted by your boss. “First order of business,” she barks, “I need this spreadsheet done by 5 pm.” How do you think you would feel? Now compare this with another scenario: your boss looks up with a smile and asks you about your weekend. “Did you […]

Are You Leading Others Effectively?

Being a leader isn’t just a challenge; it’s a whole series of them. Not only do you manage your team every day, but you lead them through change, monitor turnover and absences, and spearhead innovations, all while making sure everyone feels valued, heard, and included. It’s a balancing act, to say the least. Add in […]

Are You (Really) A Good Listener?

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Do you want to know something shocking? At least, it was shocking to me. I recently analyzed the data for my Sphere of Influence research on how people use the twelve different interaction styles, and the results were a landslide. Of 6861 people surveyed, guess what the least used style was? You guessed it: Listen. […]

The Secrets To Effectively and Politely Opposing Others

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“Great idea!” “Right on!” Don’t you love hearing that you’re correct? It’s a good feeling when others back you up, share your vision, or can’t wait to implement your suggestions. We’ve all been there! The opposite, however, doesn’t feel as great. Many of us get uncomfortable even thinking about turning down someone else’s idea or […]