7 Mistakes that crush effective business communication-1

7 Mistakes that crush effective business communication-1

Effective business communication costs very little and the results can transform both you and your business. Communication and interpersonal skills are at the top of the list of what matters most today in leadership. Yet there are costly communication mistakes that are behind some of the worst problems leaders encounter. By learning to correct them, you will save time and money, your influence will increase, and you will have better relationships.

Today I'm going to share the first 3 and next week the next 4 mistakes.

The Effective Ripple Effect of Dialogue

The Effective Ripple Effect of Dialogue

June is Effective Communication Month!

Since that is one of my most favorite topics, I will spend the month of June sharing important principles and practices that can encourage more effective communications in the workplace.

As human beings we spend most of our time taking in the world and making sense of it through that everyday civilized activity we call “conversation.” We’re wired for dialogue and, under the right circumstances, getting engaged in a good conversation is among the most automatic and irresistible of human activities.

If this is true, how come leaders don’t use this powerful tool more?

How to lead a healthy workplace for employers and workers

How to lead a healthy workplace for employers and workers

Workers represent half the world’s population and are the major contributors to economic and social development. Their health is determined not only by workplace hazards but also by social and individual factors and access to health services.

Why should you find ways to promote a healthy workplace? Dr. Maria Neira says it succinctly in a very practical way: “The wealth of business depends on the health of workers.” (Director, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization).

4 Tips For Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in the C-Suite

4 Tips For Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in the C-Suite

When it comes to mental health, high-pressure roles and leadership traits, Dennis Miller has been there, done that. Here are four tips taken from his personal experience to help you and your colleagues manage the pressures of the C-Suite life

7 Leadership Lessons from being a Mom

7 Leadership Lessons from being a Mom

Being a mom has been, and continues to be, one of the greatest joys of my life. I’ve experienced many highs, suffered through some lows, doubted myself, learned much, and have been stretched to grow in ways I couldn’t have imagined when I first started this journey almost 40 years ago. 

As I reflect this mother’s day on the lessons that have taught me to be a better mother, I realize that many of the same principles apply to being a trusted and successful leader. Here are 7  leadership lessons I’ve learned from being a mom. . .

The shocking truth about executive mental health

The shocking truth about executive mental health

May is mental Health Awareness Month, observed since 1949. This seems like a great springboard to get people talking and thinking more about mental health and leadership. Therefore, for the rest of the month my blog posts will speak about this.

Because leadership is hard work that requires immense sacrifice, many times CEOs are treated like heroes to celebrate or gods to worship. This mode of thinking perpetuates the pressures put on CEOs to be superhuman, and conceal their vulnerabilities and challenges behind closed doors, with some times fatal consequences. But when the cameras aren’t rolling, the immense pressures of the job and the psychological extremes needed to get there start to reveal themselves.

       Come clean: It's National Honesty Day!    April   begins with a day that celebrates falsehoods –   April Fool’s Day  . End it with a day that celebrates and acknowledges the importance of honesty – Honesty Day.   Celebrated annually on April 30, the day was created in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, the former press secretary to the state of Maryland in the United States and author of  The Book of Lies..   Honesty does not need to be a lonely word, or celebrated only once a year. Truthfulness can increase trust and also strengthen relationships and make them more productive.   WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL HONESTY DAY    A. Honesty builds trust   Honesty goes a long way. People get ahead by making the right choices and showing that they are trustworthy. This builds trust, which is essential for teamwork.   B. The worst truth is better than the best lie   Sometimes when you lie, it can start a snowball effect, and you're ultimately found out. Trust in the notion that the truth always finds a way to surface, so just own up.   C. We can’t read each other’s minds   Being honest doesn’t just mean telling factual truth, but also being truthful about the way you’re feeling. When we don't tell the truth, we leave a lot to supposition, which many times only complicates communication.    SUGGESTIONS FOR CELEBRATING NATIONAL HONESTY DAY    1. Answer questions truthfully all day long     Go on, try your best to keep truthful. It shouldn’t be that difficult if you’re a good soul.   2. Open up to someone truthfully   Been holding something back, aching to tell someone something important? Go for it today. Some times being truthful can be uncomfortable, but ti's always the best policy.   3. Be more transparent   If you’re a leader in the workplace, it’s a good time to be transparent by communicating less over email and become more personally engaged with your employees via face-to-face and/or video interaction and with greater frequency. This will not only build trust, but more importantly set-forth a precedent that will establish a new type of loyalty and attitude that will ripple throughout the organization.   SOME INTERESTING FACTS    NATIONAL HONESTY DAY -  SURVEY RESULTS       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Seems that lying has plague humans. For example, just in our country, there have been lies even from some of our most cherished historical figures.  Here are just a couple of M. Hirsh Goldberg's findings about historical lies:  * Our most revered figures are suspect. Benjamin Franklin, author of Poor Richard's Almanac who preached that ''a penny saved is a penny earned,'' lived lavishly while in Europe and admitted to a dirty little secret: Frugality, he said in 1782, was ''a virtue I never could acquire in myself.''  * J. Edgar Hoover repeatedly fudged the truth to build up the FBI and himself by making the bureau and himself appear to be instrumental in the capture of highly visible criminals, such as Machine Gun Kelly and the kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby, both of whom were caught without the FBI.  We perceive and are concerned with the increase in deceit and deception in society today. Cheating on income taxes is now the biggest crime in America, dwarfing drug trafficking. The Federal treasury now loses upward of $88 billion a year from under-reporting of income and other tax evasions. Politicians, and even the media lie on a regular basis.  The political landscape is getting shadier. The public seems to be losing faith in its elected representatives. A Parents magazine survey found that after the last national election only 10 percent of those surveyed believed the presidential hopefuls had been honest.   The savings-and-loan scandal, the insider-trading practices on Wall Street, consumer scams (fraudulent telephone selling schemes now cost the public $1 billion a year) -- all plague our nation and cost government and the private sector dearly.  If you buy a used car or truck, you now stand a one-in-five chance of being the victim of odometer rollback. And your health-insurance premiums are being forced up because fraud now costs the health-care industry an estimated $10 billion a year. False or inflated claims are said to be escalating, and the fraud is not so much by patients as by the health-care providers themselves.  I'm sure you can think of many other examples. A National Honesty Day may not stem such a tide, but it can help renew and refresh our sense of values and ethics.    Remember. . .    Today, and always, b  e truthful. Embrace truth and honesty.   Leadership needs to have trust at its base. Having open dialogue where everyone can feel safe and free to speak their truth is the best way to build trust. I invite you to learn more about the Do's and Don'ts Dialogue attractively presented in an infographic.     
 
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Come clean: It's National Honesty Day!

April begins with a day that celebrates falsehoods – April Fool’s Day. End it with a day that celebrates and acknowledges the importance of honesty – Honesty Day.

Celebrated annually on April 30, the day was created in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, the former press secretary to the state of Maryland in the United States and author of The Book of Lies..

Honesty does not need to be a lonely word, or celebrated only once a year. Truthfulness can increase trust and strengthen relationships and make them more productive.


Get Better at Stress!

Get Better at Stress!

Numerous surveys and studies confirm that occupational pressures and fears are far and away the leading source of stress for American adults and that these have steadily increased over the past few decades.

Since stress is so prevalent, I want to pass on to you a wealth of information I recently discover about dealing with stress

When I realized that this month is celebrate diversity month I decided to write a blog about it. The problem I encountered, though, is that the word diversity has many meanings, depending on context and experience. It also has negative connotations because some look at it as if you are for diversity, you must be anti-white male.

It should not be that complicated! Here is the thing, humans are ALL different and diverse. So, instead of getting caught into the whole controversy about diversity as mandated, encouraged, trained, etc., I decided to candidly share what it means to me.

Why leaders need brain awareness

Why leaders need brain awareness

This past week was International brain awareness week. Many leaders coast through life on automatic pilot and never stop to become aware on how they can optimize the power of their brains tp be better leaders.  

It turns out that the brains of effective leaders exhibit similar electrical patterns. Subjects rated "inspirational" by their employees generate high levels of coherence in the right frontal part of the brain. That's the region which is responsible for interpersonal communication and social relationships. It's the region where language and interpersonal capabilities such as empathy, co-operation and strategizing happens.

4 Common Barriers to Effective Conversations and how to break them

4 Common Barriers to Effective Conversations and how to break them

We all know the frustration of hitting a barrier, a roadblock while traveling. It prevents progress. It usually means a stop in traffic that can extend for miles. In conversations, it's not uncommon for barriers to arise when opinions and worldviews clash. We are human, and because of it, we have an innate need to protect and affirm our beliefs and opinions. Many times this can result in defensive behaviors and uneasy situations. Learn how to overcome your communication barriers.