Communication

Dealing with Team Members Who Are ‘Off-Track’

By: Jim Bruce
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Most of us have experienced team members taking the discussion at a meeting off-track.  It could be to a topic not on the team leader’s agenda, either the written one or the one in only the lead’s head.  Or, it could be to an aspect of a topic on the agenda that has already been addressed, etc. The Tuesday Reading today, ”Dealing with Team Members Who Are ‘Off-Track’“ <

Becoming a Better Judge of People

By: Jim Bruce
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It’s hard to be a good judge of people.  Because it’s hard we often, almost exclusively, depend on extrinsic markers academic scores, results in previous jobs, job titles, salary, etc.  We can also add extrinsic measures from social media – how many friends of Facebook, followers on Twitter, or who we know in common on LinkedIn.

Share Your Leadership Vision One Shell at a Time

By: Jim Bruce
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Sarah Le Roy, vice president of Talent at Linkage is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading, “Share Your Leadership Vision One Shell at a Time” <http://mylinkage.com/blog/sharpen-your-leadership-vision/>.  In the essay she tells the story of “shelling” with her eight year-old daughter.  As they walked along the beach, Le Roy noted (to herself) that she consistently found better shells than her daughter.

Feeling Appreciated? Why It Can Make All The Difference

By: Jim Bruce
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The Tuesday Reading for today “Feeling Appreciated?  Why It Can Make All The Difference” <http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/05/16/feeling-appreciated-why-it-can-make-all-the-difference/> comes from the pen of Margie Warrell, author, leadership coach, and keynote speaker.  Warrell focuses on empowering people to live and lead with greater courage.  This essay first appeared in Forbes.

Bring Courtesy Back to the Workplace

By: Jim Bruce
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Ron Ashkenas, managing partner of Schaffer Consulting and author of The GE Work-Out and Simply Effective begins his essay in the HBR blog with the declaration that “Respect towards others should be standard behavior in the workplace, regardless of role, rank, or reputation.”  Sounds like a reasonable proposition, not only for work but for all of life.  Certainly, in the not-to-distant past, the majority of work was either face-to-face or via real-time.  These personal in

The Principles of Persuasion

By: Jim Bruce
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We each hope that decisions are carefully made based on all of the information that is available.  Unfortunately, that is not the case, particularly in our increasingly overloaded environment.  In this twelve minute animation, Robert Caldini, one of the thought leaders in the areas of influence and persuasion, and his colleague Steve Martin illustrate six principles of persuasion identified by their research.  The contention is that understanding these shortcuts and applying them in an ethical manner can significantly increase chances

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