Articles tagged with: Advanced People Skills

Four Ways to Close the Communication Gap

Written by Donna Pearring Posted in Blog

Four Ways to Close the Communication Gap

One can easily argue that honing our communications skills is one thing we can all do to increase our success and achieve the results that we want.  It may not be the only thing we need to do, however, working on improving our communications skills and interpersonal interactions will always prove to be a positive and enlightening endeavor.

The communication gap is not just a generational phenomenon. It exists in every type of interaction – between parent and child, boss and employee, teacher and student, husband and wife, between siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues and on and on...  There is a constant struggle in our communications to have our message be perceived as we intended.  If you have ever found yourself saying, “That is not what I meant” or “I believe you misunderstood what I was trying to convey”, then you have experienced the communication gap. The key is to create awareness around the fact that the gap exists and then work to modify your behavior to close the gap.

Add Coaching to the Leadership Toolbelt

Posted in Blog

Add Coaching to the Leadership Toolbelt

There is no argument that effective leadership requires a variety of competencies in the leader’s toolbelt. Some of these tools include effective communication, inspiring, directing, creating vision, strategic thinking, building relationships, adaptability, drive, execution and emotional intelligence. Coaching is a relatively new tool for the leadership toolbelt. Like all the other leadership competencies mentioned, coaching is not the only tool for leaders; however, it is an important one.

There are many misconceptions of what coaching is and even how to use it, and leaders often think they are coaching when they are not. For example, a leader meets with a team member to discuss a challenge, situation or area for improvement and basically tells the employee how to resolve the problem. He or she may tell a story of resolving a similar situation. Next, the leader encourages the team member to “get out there and make the changes.”

Does this scenario sound familiar? Although this approach may have a place in leadership (in fact, it’s more like mentoring), too often, it becomes overused. When a leadership competency is overused, it becomes a weakness.

Read the article in it's entirety here: http://www.trainingindustry.com/blog/blog-entries/add-coaching-to-the-leadership-toolbelt.aspx

Inspiring Millennials Toward Organizational Commitment

Presented by Michelle Braden, CEO Posted in Webinars

Inspiring Millennials Toward Organizational Commitment

 

There is a lot of buzz in the media and in leadership circles regarding leading/inspiring Millennials.  In this webinar we will discuss millennials as a powerful cohort in the workplace and specifically explore how to help them embrace authentic commitment to the organization they work with.  Effective commitment in the workplace happens when there is an emotional attachment and a desire to be a contributing partner within the organization.  Although we are focusing on Millennials, this is a meaningful discussion for all generations.  

 

Executive Presence

Written by Michelle Braden, CEO Posted in White Papers

What it is — What it is not — and How to Develop “It”

Executive Presence

 

Possibly, the most challenging is statement a leader hears is from their boss, stakeholder or board member is “You need to work on your executive presence”.  Unfortunately, this statement is elusive - leaders are left guessing what exactly needs improvement and/or creating their own conclusions.   


Perhaps their boss isn’t sure how to articulate what they need to do in order to improve.  Defining  just what “IT” is can be like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.  Often people will say, “you just know when someone has it….” or “that person really has presence – they must be born with it….”.  


 

Sharing Your Passion to Improve the Endgame

Written by Ken Karr Posted in White Papers

Practicing Advanced People Skills

Sharing Your Passion to Improve the Endgame

 

Developing people skills is a journey that begins very early in life.  At one time you learned basic rules about your personal behavior and how to get along with others.  Perhaps it was from Robert Fulghum’s book “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten,” or the Golden Rule, or just to be helpful.  These are great rules to live by every day.  You’ve had a good start. MSBCoach’s Leadership Maturity Model’s “Ground Level Essentials” will provide an excellent refresher and set a firm foundation for advancing your people skills.



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