Listening

How to Get People to Listen

Every person wants to be heard – and that is the foundation of employee engagement. That’s just how simple it is…or not. Leaders must create ways for people to contribute ideas, voice concerns or just confusion in order to engage employees.   Employee engagement has been a popular term for many years and it’s a worthy…

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Can we say Elevator “Catch?”

A “pitch” is thrown but isn’t it more important that it gets caught? We’ve been using that term “pitch” for years. The whole approach to sales has changed in the meantime. Sales people need to build relationships. Sometimes you might also hear the term “elevator speech” but who wants to give a speech, or hear…

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A Leader’s Office Romance

It’s time for “summer love” and some office romance. I agree with the advice not to date co-workers but this is a different take on the notion of office romance. This is not about dating or an illicit affair but this will result in engagement — employee engagement.  This is about leadership and creating followers.…

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Love and Leadership….C’mon really?!

Greetings Leaders and Learners! LOVERSHIP is The Word for the Oration Group this month. (Yep, we created that word…and I know Valentine’s Day was last month but we can still be loving!) “Leadership is an affair of the heart” is the sentence that ends my favorite leadership book — The Leadership Challenge. When all is…

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3 Lessons in Leadership from Jazz

It is Mardi Gras today!  That is Fat Tuesday, my friends…and time to “Let the good times roll!” as they say in New Orleans. Last night I heard some mighty fine jazz musicians play New Orleans jazz.  It was a group that doesnt’ normally play together but had assembled for this informal evening of music.  …

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