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 […]

How to Lead with Empathy

Hand holding a red paper heart on a wooden stick in front of a light blue wall the hart represents the need to lead with empathy

You’d be surprised how big of an impact the little things can have. When someone thanks you, acknowledges a job well done, or asks you about your weekend. Perhaps it’s that check-in from a colleague who knows you’re doing a tough assignment, or even just that smile as you pass in the hallway.   It’s especially […]

It’s Not a Conversation If You’re The Only One Talking

It takes two, at least, to make a conversation. Which we all know in theory. But we’ve all been there—the conversations that begin where you’re smiling politely, nodding, listening, while someone else talks. Maybe it’s a colleague or a boss, who’s understandably passionate about their vision for a project. After a while, you try politely […]

How to Use Communication and Influence With Low Performers

Communicating with low performers

Here’s something every leader has encountered before – a struggling co-worker who’s falling short of what you know they can deliver. They may be holding up your team’s progress, missing crucial deadlines, or just not putting their heart into their role.  Whatever the reason, low performance creates an uncomfortable situation in the workplace that we’d […]