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How to Close the Integrity Gap

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Course Correction, Responsibility | 0 comments

How to Close the Integrity Gap

One definition of integrity is the state of being complete or undivided. To live in complete integrity is more of a process than an absolute because sometimes our competing desires come into conflict. For example, you want to lose weight but you like to eat out. You want to make more money but you also want to have more free time. Or you say that you value high productivity but you also value relationships. Eventually these desires will compete and that the competition will either divide your loyalties or strengthen your commitments. When you are divided because of competing commitments, I call this “The Integrity Gap.”

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The Invisible Components of Communication

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in General | 0 comments

The Invisible Components of Communication

When it comes to history you can overcome it, benefit from it or blame it for your circumstances. With your imagination, you can either create a dream or a nightmare. Your desires either provide focus or distraction. You can either learn to master your emotion or become a slave to them. The key is to use the conscious mind to take charge instead of being ruled by the unconscious mind. We teach these executive skills in my new program: Critical Skills for the No-Drama Leader.

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Self-Talk: A Critical Leadership Skill

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Communication Skills | 0 comments

Self-Talk: A Critical Leadership Skill

If you constantly criticize and judge yourself, you aren’t going to be giving anyone else much more slack. If you aren’t able to manage your self-talk, your self-talk will leak out in your communication. Instead of speaking your truth, you will end up blaming someone else for your experience, using manipulation to get your point across, or justifying your bad behaviors.

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Create a Culture of Truth-Telling

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Communication Skills, Leadership Lessons | 2 comments

Create a Culture of Truth-Telling

Honesty is often used as an excuse to “tell the truth,” when the reality is, if the truth would have been spoken five years ago, there wouldn’t be such a blow up in the first place. But, we don’t have the critical skills required to speak truth. We don’t know how to separate fact from feeling. We don’t know how to monitor the narrative in our heads to discern perception from reality. We don’t have the right strategic mindset to initiate difficult conversations in service of the bigger picture, nor do we know how to handle uncomfortable emotions. As a result, avoidance and denial become the cultural norms.

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Communication Tactics that Work in the Short Term

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Communication Skills, Disruptive behavior | 0 comments

Communication Tactics that Work in the Short Term

We all have communication tactics to get people to think and behave the way we want them to. The reason people use these methods is because there is a pay-off: the tactic either relieves stress, reinforces an old habit, or elicits a specific response from another person. Here are five communication tactics that work in the short term.

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Marlene Chism, Meet the Author Mp3 Download

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Ask Marlene, Book Review, For Members | 0 comments

Marlene Chism, Meet the Author Mp3 Download

Take advantage of this complimentary “Meet the Author” to learn how to apply the No-Drama Leadership approach in your life and workplace.

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Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Communication Skills | 0 comments

Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

Starting emails without a warm introduction brands you as one without manners. Writing an email that way too long or detailed brands you as one who will waste someone’s time. Letting voice mai back up brands you as unorganized or overwhelmed. Losing control of a meeting brands you as one who can’t lead. Interrupting while someone is talking brands you as insensitive. Letting your communication flow into endless stories instead of getting to the point brands you as scattered. Criticizing and blaming brands you as one who is irresponsible.

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Better to Complain than Ask

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Guest Blog, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 0 comments

Better to Complain than Ask

I often find myself throughout the day listening and observing the behaviors of personnel and today it dawned on me that many would rather complain than ask for what they want or what they need. It makes me ponder the question, Why? Is it that they don’t believe they can have or get what they want? Or, is it just better to complain and have an excuse to why something can’t be done?

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Reinterpreting Thoughts to Increase Leadership Effectiveness

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Managing and Leading | 0 comments

Reinterpreting Thoughts to Increase Leadership Effectiveness

The skill of separating fact from feeling helps managers and supervisors become critical thinking. An equally important skill is to learn how to reinterpret your thoughts.

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Enlightened Leadership: The Power to Create

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Become a Creator, Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons | 0 comments

Enlightened Leadership: The Power to Create

You don’t need a jubilee, a special event, a limited offer, an authority figure, or the allure of a beautiful building to transform your life or your business. As a leader you can choose to step into a new truth through your power to create.

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