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Fix these communication mistakes to stay on target

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. Stream of consciousness
If you’ve ever struggled to stay focused on a conversation, it’s likely because the conversation was boring, irrelevant or going in circles. For this reason, it’s important that leaders steer clear from unfocused stream of consciousness conversations. What is a stream-of-consciousness conversation? The conversation jumps around from subject to subject with little focus and no structure.

Why it’s Ineffective: The more you make employees work to understand your direction, the less likely they are going to give you good results.

How to improve: Before conversing with employees do some prep work and clearly define your end result -- out loud and to yourself. For example: By the end of this conversation, I want the team to complete the paperwork for the project and offer three possible solutions with price points for redesigning the client’s front lobby.

If your conversation includes a meeting, start with a clear agenda and stick to it. Whether your conversation is a one-on-one or a group meeting, start your conversation by stating your end result. End your conversation by reiterating your end result and putting dates on the calendar for follow-up.

2. Stuck on process
Confusion often occurs when you start the conversation talking about the process before defining the vision. I call this habit “getting stuck on the rock called HOW.”

For example, I was doing a facilitation for a client and realized that the room needed to be set up differently. Before defining my desired end result, I started talking about how to move the tables. Fortunately, an assertive colleague said, “Tell me your end result, then we can figure out how.”

Why it’s ineffective: It wastes time to talk about how before you have defined and agreed upon the end result. 

Via Don Dea
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As a student and practitioner of leadership communication, I can attest to the tendency to stray off topic during a conversation. We are in a sound-byte world where ideas and messages are shared at a rapid pace. Sometimes such a quick exchange and following stream of consciousness yields poor results and can lead to the need for further clarification and redundant discussions. If you are a leader, slow down and focus your communication by keeping it to digestible chunks.
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17 Simple Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day No Matter What

17 Simple Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day No Matter What | Leadership Orbit | Scoop.it
The things you repeatedly do define your quality of life.
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Great Leadership: What Messages are You Sending?

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At work, especially in a leadership position, we live in a heightened reality. We’re “on”. People are paying attention. Everything we say and do communicates something and if we’re not mindful, the messages we’re sending can cost us.

I remember having this conversation with the mystery woman, half-way through the day, following her presentation. “You totally took me by surprise,” I shared with her, “you blew me away! You were articulate, warm, hilarious! You clearly have a natural talent for presenting.” Then, looking her in the eye, I said gently, “So why don’t you let us see that side of you off stage? It was as if two different women showed up in this room today. You are an amazing, kind, and caring woman, why don’t you let people see who you truly are?”

She looked at me for a long moment, took a deep breath, and said, “I know. I don’t know why I do that. I…I don’t mean to come across the way I do. It shows up on my 360. I know it’s a problem.”

“You’re robbing us of you. And, as a leader, if you need to connect to the hearts and minds of others to be able to lead and influence, you can’t afford to send mixed-messages. People won’t give you their best because they have to, they’ll give you their best because they want to. You can’t put their want at risk.”

Later that day, as this incredible group of leaders talked about what they hoped to do differently, I watched a transformation take place. Looking up at me, with a wry smile and a glimmer in her eye, the mystery woman unveiled her true self. “I’m going to work on letting people see who I really am. I think maybe it’s time to lose the tough act and get real.”

Your words, your energy, your expression, your body language, your tone, whether you’re present or distracted—whatever your reasons—how you show up with others matters. The stakes are higher than you realize.
What messages are you sending? 

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7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Find Happiness

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Highly driven people often sacrifice the things that bring true happiness on the altar of achievement. But research shows that postponing joy until conditions are perfect is a losing game.
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Excellent reading for your Friday, and I couldn’t agree more with these approaches!
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Fix these communication mistakes to stay on target

Fix these communication mistakes to stay on target | Leadership Orbit | Scoop.it
. Stream of consciousness
If you’ve ever struggled to stay focused on a conversation, it’s likely because the conversation was boring, irrelevant or going in circles. For this reason, it’s important that leaders steer clear from unfocused stream of consciousness conversations. What is a stream-of-consciousness conversation? The conversation jumps around from subject to subject with little focus and no structure.

Why it’s Ineffective: The more you make employees work to understand your direction, the less likely they are going to give you good results.

How to improve: Before conversing with employees do some prep work and clearly define your end result -- out loud and to yourself. For example: By the end of this conversation, I want the team to complete the paperwork for the project and offer three possible solutions with price points for redesigning the client’s front lobby.

If your conversation includes a meeting, start with a clear agenda and stick to it. Whether your conversation is a one-on-one or a group meeting, start your conversation by stating your end result. End your conversation by reiterating your end result and putting dates on the calendar for follow-up.

2. Stuck on process
Confusion often occurs when you start the conversation talking about the process before defining the vision. I call this habit “getting stuck on the rock called HOW.”

For example, I was doing a facilitation for a client and realized that the room needed to be set up differently. Before defining my desired end result, I started talking about how to move the tables. Fortunately, an assertive colleague said, “Tell me your end result, then we can figure out how.”

Why it’s ineffective: It wastes time to talk about how before you have defined and agreed upon the end result. 

Via Don Dea
Dave Clemons's insight:
As a student and practitioner of leadership communication, I can attest to the tendency to stray off topic during a conversation. We are in a sound-byte world where ideas and messages are shared at a rapid pace. Sometimes such a quick exchange and following stream of consciousness yields poor results and can lead to the need for further clarification and redundant discussions. If you are a leader, slow down and focus your communication by keeping it to digestible chunks.
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Preview Thursday: Developing a Positive Culture Where People and Performance Thrive

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Developing a Positive Culture Where People and Performance Thrive  Proof for the Positive Let’s see why a positive culture is vital to thriving organizations. The research evidence is compelling and exciting. Maybe some of these findings evoke a “duh” because they resonate with what you intuitively know. …

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In this new book, the author explores how positive culture enables thriving people and excellent performance.  This may seem intuitive, but many organizational cultures are anything but positive.  As people seek fulfilling careers in a 21st century, information-driven society, leaders would be wise to focus increasing energy on fostering more positive cultures.  If change is the only constant in life, we should focus on the positive side of change in our teams, groups, and organizations.

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In this new book, the author explores how positive culture enables thriving people and excellent performance.  This may seem intuitive, but many organizational cultures are anything but positive.  As people seek fulfilling careers in a 21st century, information-driven society, leaders would be wise to focus increasing energy on fostering more positive cultures.  If change is the only constant in life, we should focus on the positive side of change in our teams, groups, and organizations.

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Sure signs that you're building a passion-linked career

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Focus
When you work in the zone of your passions, you often find yourself intensely focused on what you’re doing, to the point where time slips away. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would call that place “flow,” where you can access the most positive aspects of human experience and derive joy from your work. While in flow, your ability to tune out unpleasant aspects of life increases, permitting you to deeply connect with the task or process with which you’re currently engaged. 

Persistence
Despite setbacks and naysayers, you demonstrate relentless pursuit of your passions. The joy that you experience during moments when that pursuit pays off or provides you with the resilience you need to weather stumbling blocks or obstacles -- challenges that would normally derail you if your efforts were focused on anything other than a passion.

Mind/body connection
It’s natural to experience periods of disappointment when your plans to build a passion-linked career seem to be stalled, or the journey to express your passions is progressing more slowly than you anticipated. That’s when listening to your body, not just your brain, matters.

During such times, if you ask yourself the question: “Can I imagine doing anything other than offering this work to the world?” If it feels like every cell in your body is shouting “No!” or you feel a knot in your stomach at the thought of giving up on your plans, pay attention. This inner voice is passion acting as your guide.

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Struggle With Decisions? Here Are 11 Techniques to Help You Commit Faster

Struggle With Decisions? Here Are 11 Techniques to Help You Commit Faster | Leadership Orbit | Scoop.it
Great teams use different decision-making strategies in different situations. Here are 11 things you should consider when starting the process.
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Regardless of the method it is important that teams maintain harmony in the process.
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Chad Manske's curator insight, March 16, 2018 9:52 AM
Some interesting approaches to making decisions.
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How Many of These Challenges are you Facing Daily?

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You might be closer to breaking point than you realize.
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Self-care for driven entrepreneurs is crucial to avoiding burnout. Which of these do you struggle with?
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Chad Manske's curator insight, March 16, 2018 9:57 AM
Take your own personal inventory against these morale and energy killers and strive to make things right with your equilibrium.
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The Differences Between Busy and Productive People

Are you a busy donkey or a productive unicorn?
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I think the most important thing is to create systems and focus for optimal productivity. And it is about balance. Sometimes I set a timer for 30 minutes and focus on just one task at a time.
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Four Insights About Leadership Development From An Executive Coach

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A major leadership development milestone is when you learn to stop relying so much on how smart you are and what you already know and become curious about what others know.
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