Posts Tagged ‘communicating effectively’

“To Be” or Not “To Be”

November 9th, 2017 | Posted in Change, Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List

Is it possible that the words we use prevent us from seeing the world and the people in it as they really are? Our words directly shape how we see the world and how we engage with others. Benjamin Lee Whorf, a linguist, suggests that “by altering our use of language, we also revise how […]

Character and Competence

July 15th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, success

When asked what they admire most in a leader, 87% point to character while only 13% point to competence. Most of us follow leaders based on who the leader is, and not as much for what they do. If a leader is arrogant and doesn’t listen to input, she can make poor decisions by dismissing […]

Be Curious First

March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

When you are curious in one-on-one conversations and meetings, it naturally invites others to willingly share their ideas and keep their contributions at a high level. Ask yourself these questions: – How do I demonstrate my genuine curiosity and interest in others’ thoughts and ideas? – What is my public response when members of my […]

Selling Your Ideas

February 16th, 2016 | Posted in Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, success

Want to sell your idea? Here are 5 tips. 1. Do your homework. This is how you create a case that’s credible. 2. Invest time in connecting your ideas and recommendations to your organization’s existing strategy and priorities. 3. Try to anticipate questions and prepare appropriate responses in advance. 4. Do research so you can […]

Managing Up With Courage

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, relationships, success

Of all the feedback conversations leaders tell me they want to have in the workplace, those directed above their own immediate level in the organization remain the most challenging. While picking our battles carefully, and recognizing that some issues are just not worth going to bat for, the fear of retaliation, or “getting on the […]

The Right Question

May 17th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness

Many of you know I believe one of the most important qualities of a Fit Leader is an ability to ask The Right Question. It’s easy to ask the wrong question, a question that limits discovery and does little to advance our understanding of the issues at hand. I recently came across two great questions […]

On Being Divergent

April 7th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Fit Leader, Leadership Fitness, leadership training, Reading List, relationships

Last week I read Divergent, the debut novel of American novelist Veronica Roth. The book is a dystopian novel set in the so-called Divergent Universe. The novel explores the main character’s emotional struggles as she defines her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five different factions. […]

Be Brief, Be Bright, Be Gone

March 19th, 2014 | Posted in Clarity, Confidence, Effectiveness, Fit Leader

How long does it take for you to convey the essence of your messages to others, at work or at home? Do you or someone you know struggle with brevity? Using more time than we need when communicating our thoughts and ideas often results from one or more of the following factors: We just love […]

The Language of Influence

December 26th, 2012 | Posted in Clarity, Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness

How many times have you thrown up your hands wondering why “they” just don’t get it? Despite what seems like sound logic to us, we all experience a lack of support for our ideas and proposals from time to time. While failing to receive support for our recommendations and requests can be frustrating and demotivating, […]

Getting Rid of Communication Static

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Effectiveness

If you want to be a fit leader, it’s critical to clearly communicate your messages and ensure those messages are actually heard and understood by others. In my dealings with employees and colleagues over the years, I’ve discovered a number of strategies leaders can employ to remove ambiguity or “static” from their communications. After you […]