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5 Bad Communicators in the Workplace

5 Bad Communicators in the Workplace | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

In a recent employee survey of over 500 people, a HR company found that if employees were the CEO for the day their number one change would be communication in the office.

 


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(From the article): So next time you feel that you are dealing with one of these communicators in the workplace, try one of these strategies to get the most out of your conversation and become a business that thrives on great communication.

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Poor communicators cause no end of mayhem in any business environment, and whilst it is not always possible to quickly or easily improve someone's communication style, it is possible to improve how you deal with poor communicators to minimise the mayhem.


Every business has people who exhibit a range of different communication styles, and the key to improving the effectiveness of individual communications, is to identify the communication style used by an individual and adapt your style to suit the situation.


This excellent article, identifies five communication styles commonly seen in workplaces, and it suggests the most appropriate way in which you can communicate with someone who uses any of these communication styles.

Martin Gysler's comment, March 8, 2013 8:27 AM
The lack of communication is, in my opinion, not only a problem of leaders, but a problem of all mankind. If you ask someone if there is good communication in the business, the risk is great that he said "no." But if you ask the same person what they want to do to change the situation, the answer is often, "I do not know" or "nothing" ... I think this is the great challenge of our society, to change this mindset.
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2017.

 
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks

Developing Resilience: Overcoming and Growing from Setbacks | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it's easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.

In spite of struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him. All of these "failures," which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something. His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.


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Learn from your mistakes and failures. Every mistake has the power to teach you something important; so don't stop searching until you've found the lesson in every situation. Also, make sure that you understand the idea of "post-traumatic growth" – there can be real truth in the saying that "if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger."
 
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4 Ways to Switch Up Your Daily Routine for More Energy and a Better Mood

4 Ways to Switch Up Your Daily Routine for More Energy and a Better Mood | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ditching some of your favorite and most-shared habits just might be the key to feeling and performing significantly better.
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As you change your routine, don't be afraid to experiment a little. Everyone is unique. But whatever you do, respect your body and let science be your guide.
 
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The Shadow Side of Leadership 

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Our shadows are the part of ourselves we aren't proud of. Shine a light on the shadow side of leadership to take away its power and reveal your greatness.

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When you acknowledge your shadows, you become more humane, more approachable, and more connected. You are better prepared to grapple with the reality that life is not “all or nothing.” You end up with true humility.
 
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Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you work for yourself, these are must-reads.

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If you’re self-employed, it is absolutely essential that you try to maintain a healthy work/life balance regardless of what you do for a living, for both our mental and our physical health. Happiness in both work and life involves putting your phone down and re-engaging with pastimes (and people) you love, as Martin shows.
 
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Leadership is sharing – a leader shares - CUInsight

Leadership is sharing – a leader shares - CUInsight | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leadership is sharing. A leader shares.

 
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People exceed expectations and perform at their fullest potential when they share in the creation and implementation of a vision––and when they feel trusted.
 
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20 Things You Need to Know About Sleep

20 Things You Need to Know About Sleep | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Sleep is that golden chain that binds health, wealth and success together.
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Here are some important facts about sleep that you need to know--especially if you've been depriving yourself:
 
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4 Essential Disciplines for Getting Things Done

4 Essential Disciplines for Getting Things Done | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Don’t just keep the plates spinning. Determine which activities will actually advance your goals.

 
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Don’t just keep the plates spinning. Determine which activities will actually advance your goals. - Michael Hyatt
 
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We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers

We've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Something profound is changing our concept of trust, says Rachel Botsman. While we used to place our trust in institutions like governments and banks, today we increasingly rely on others, often strangers, on platforms like Airbnb and Uber and through technologies like the blockchain. This new era of trust could bring with it a more transparent, inclusive and accountable society — if we get it right. Who do you trust?


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Who do you trust?
 
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How you get trust from a bunch of initial strangers lies at the heart of collaboration!

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Why Every Leader Should Have A Little Rebel Inside 

Why Every Leader Should Have A Little Rebel Inside  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
To achieve something significant in the world, to have a meaningful influence, you need to be a rebel. A rebel knows how to challenge the status quo and make
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A rebel has influence and impact. Influence grows when you cede power without being forced to, when you care for others without being required to, when you empower others because you want to, when you serve others because you choose to. This kind of drive grants rebels tremendous influence and impact. They have a way of persuading people to do what they want.
 
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Can You Keep a Secret?

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Can You Keep a Secret? Do you ever try? Maya James shares what she's learning about making decisions and silencing the noise that surrounds her.

 
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While making tough decisions, don’t allow everyone’s input to throw you off. And believe me, everyone’s got input. “Oh, you’re painting? I know a good painter.” Now you’ve added another painter to your list of painter options, and wondering is your painter a good choice after all. It’s not always necessary. The best decisions are usually already within you. Though it’s hard to access them through all of the noise. Silence yourself, listen and learn to keep a secret.
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Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It

Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Change is always awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice.
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Remember, if you want to behave differently, you have to think differently. We can retrain our brains and form new habits. It just takes courage and the willingness to step outside our comfort zones. Change can be scary, but by taking some time to proactively manage the process, you can set yourself up for success.
 
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Can Great Leaders Be Both Tough and Nurturing?

Can Great Leaders Be Both Tough and Nurturing? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How do you set others free to do their extreme best? It starts with what you don’t do.

 
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How do you set others free to do their extreme best? It starts with what you don’t do.
 
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How to Be an Inspiring Leader

How to Be an Inspiring Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
You need one standout strength.
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Inspirational leaders recognize the need to pick their moments carefully to reinforce a performance culture in a way that can also be inspiring. These are real moments of leadership and truth.
 
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Spontaneous speaking: The 5-second strategy to improve delivery

Spontaneous speaking: The 5-second strategy to improve delivery | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a business professional, do you frequently face situations where you need to “say a few words” without time to prepare? It might be a meeting, conference call or request to fill in for another speaker, to name just a few scenarios. For many, these situations can induce more anxiety than making a prepared presentation. As a result, you may find yourself rambling, filling your sentences with “ums” or, in the worst case, completely drawing a blank. When that happens, both your point and your credibility are in jeopardy. 
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Over time, using your spontaneous speaking skills can become like flexing your muscle memory: the more you do it, the easier it gets and you’ll find yourself performing better, with less stress.
 
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Why Leaders Think They're Evolving When They're Not

Why Leaders Think They're Evolving When They're Not | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most businesses have stripped employees of their identities, leading to a leadership identity crisis that infects businesses across America and prevents innovation and initiative. Leaders must encourage employees to passionately go above and beyond.
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Only when you are being your most authentic self, sharing it and consistently living it every day, can you evolve into the inclusive leader most businesses and America needs.
 
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"The problem is that most businesses have stripped employees of their identities...."

Insert the word teachers for employees and schools for businesses and you have the essence of my dissertation. How does each teacher inform their particular identity in a sea of constraints? That is a question premised on a Judith Butler quote.
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What Are 4 Core Leadership Theories And How To Apply At Work

What Are 4 Core Leadership Theories And How To Apply At Work | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The role of a leader is paramount to a team.
Imagine an orchestra that has all the best musicians in the world except a conductor. Though every member can play perfectly on their own, if they come together, they will only produce incompatible melody; an orchestra can only create harmonious music when it is led by a conductor.

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If you are currently at the position of leading a team, you should give some credits to yourself, as you play an important role. And in order to nail this role, you may want to study some theories about leadership, and lead your teammates to perform at their best.
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Are you bringing leadership to your change? | Quantum Performance Inc

Are you bringing leadership to your change? | Quantum Performance Inc | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In last week’s blog “Do you know how to overcome the key barriers to change?” I outlined two key barriers that will challenge your ability to stay the course when transforming your organization to the next level, and how to overcome them.  The first one was: “Not tolerating a temporary dip in performance and/or results” …
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The more you educate and prepare yourself the more you can anticipate, expect and be ready for overcoming the inevitable barriers. If you don’t prepare these obstacles will catch you by surprise and overwhelm you.
 
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4 Considerations For Creating An Effective Company Culture

4 Considerations For Creating An Effective Company Culture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A company’s culture can be found it its values, behaviors, and visible artifacts like employee dress, interior design, and signage. What impact can you make?
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Ultimately, culture is not something you can design in a vacuum. The industry, the market, and the people who make up the company must all be considered when designing and implementing culture. Ensuring the proper balance of cultural elements can be challenging, but the potential rewards can mean the difference between success and failure.
 
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9 Ways A Leader Can Earn Trust 

9 Ways A Leader Can Earn Trust  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The conditions for trusting someone are very personal. In fact, despite how logical your assessments regarding trustworthiness may seem to you, it’s important to remember that not everyone takes the same approach. Some of us grant trust and take it away when someone does not live up to our standards or expectations. Others believe trust must be earned. Many of us fall somewhere in between.

Also, consider that some approach trust as a feeling, using their intuition as their guide in whether to trust someone or not.

However, one thing is certain when it comes to earning trust as a leader: your actions speak far more loudly than your words.



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We use the excuse of having to go to so many meetings or back to back meetings not only as a reason for being late, but for not preparing adequately. As John Wooden said: “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” It also wastes people’s time, including yours. If you waste my time, how likely am I to trust you with something else that matters to me?
 
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@SusanMazza knows that trust is the most valuable currency a leaders can purchase and spend!

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Can trust be formulaic?  What do you think?

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Seven Choices To Compassionate Leadership

Seven Choices To Compassionate Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Recent research shows that having a culture of compassion may not only build a happier workplace but also improve an organization’s bottom line. When we are supportive of one another there is often higher performance because team members feel valued and appreciated for their contributions and want to add more. Show compassion.

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How have you brought compassion to your leadership?
 
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Compassion makes sense, because in the end, we're all human, says @TerriKlass. Useful reminder...

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There needs to be more compassion today in business.  It is time to dump Machiavelli and embrace humanity.

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How to Tap the Full Potential of Your Executive Team

How to Tap the Full Potential of Your Executive Team | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Executive teams play 2 critical roles in an organization.

The first is obvious; they provide strategic and operational leadership to the company. They set goals, develop strategy, and ensure the strategy is executed effectively.

The second is less obvious, but just as important; the executive team provides the organizational and cultural DNA for the company. How well the executive team functions as a collective leadership body and how its members interact serves as the model that teams throughout the company will follow.

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How does one build a highly effective executive team?
 
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Much of my coaching work is focused on having the top team recognise their role beyond getting tasks done!

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Why Emotional Self-Control Matters

Why Emotional Self-Control Matters | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Releasing anger and frustration can actually help you regain control over a hectic day or win back productivity after feeling frazzled. But you have to do it in a mindful way.
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Without being able to recognize your feelings, you can’t control them. This inevitably effects your disposition—and output—at work.
 
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Why Leaders Should Depersonalize Communication

Why Leaders Should Depersonalize Communication | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Researchers have found leaders are more effective in how they communicate when they depersonalize the message. Learn what this means and how to do it.
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Work can always be improved upon, that’s the nature of progress, and as a leader your job is to evaluate what’s done.
 
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Quiet Power: How to succeed as an introvert in the workplace 

Quiet Power: How to succeed as an introvert in the workplace  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being an introvert by nature prevents women in particular from getting ahead in business. To remain true to themselves, how can more low-key personalities achieve their goals?
Donald Trump has proved that the most uninhibited extrovert can stomp to the very top of the leadership ladder. Trump thrives when he’s among the masses. The bigger the crowd, the louder and more assured he gets. He knows exactly what to say, at just the right time.  

As an extrovert, Trump is an extreme and, perhaps, aggressive example. Yet, he does embody elements of the personality trait that society favours; we smile at the toddler who sings the loudest at music group and laugh with the quick-witted classmate. We savour positive attention from the bubbly girls and outgoing guys at high school.

Even the workplace is set up to favour extroverts, says Susan Cain, best-selling author and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution, an organisation that aims to unlock the power of introverts. “We work in open-plan offices without walls, where we are subject to the constant noise and gaze of our co-workers,” she says in her TED talk on introversion, which has been viewed more than 15 million times. “And when it comes to leadership, introverts are routinely passed over for these positions.”

Researchers estimate that a third to a half of the population lean towards introversion. Applied to the workplace, can this number be ignored?

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Researchers estimate that a third to a half of the population lean towards introversion. Applied to the workplace, can this number be ignored?
 
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Some positive ways to be quietly powerful...!

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Employee Burnout Is a Problem with the Company, Not the Person

Employee Burnout Is a Problem with the Company, Not the Person | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Executives need to own up to their role.
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Everyone knows the human toll of burnout. Unchecked organizational norms insidiously create the conditions for burnout—but leaders can change them to make burnout less likely. Giving people back the time to do work that drives the company’s success will pay huge dividends by raising productivity, increasing productive output and reducing burnout. Everybody wins.
 
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