The dangers of waiting too long

December 26, 2012 - 23:11 -- Dr. Ada

Sarah horse riding This past Semester I taught a General Psychology class for the University of Delaware. It never fails to amaze me the number of students that tend to wait to the last minute to see if they can do some extreme measure to pass a class they have been failing the whole semester. Warnings at the beginning of the Semester, regularly posted reminders throughout the semester, notes on the exams, nothing seems to work.

Unfortunately, I observe the same short sightedness in many companies. Instead of developing the leadership skills of younger employees, the majority of companies wait too long. Practicing anything, like say golf, or horse riding, without training is inadvisable. The fact that so many managers are practicing leadership without training should ring an alarm bell for you. Continue reading »

Seven communication tips for Christmas

December 23, 2012 - 20:22 -- Dr. Ada

Christmas gathering

For many, Christmas and New Year includes family gatherings and special holiday parties. Many times leaders that don’t fear talking at a board meeting, presenting at a conference, or negotiating a complex merger, break out in cold sweat at the thought of facing a social gathering or starting a conversation with their family.

It’s really not too different from having good conversations at work. Today I give you some ideas. Continue reading »

Communication tip for leaders: Say it again

December 9, 2012 - 23:47 -- Dr. Ada

There is an old Latin phrase that’s engraved into stone: Repetitio mater studiorum est | Repetition is the mother of all learning. Even though it’s such an old phrase modern research on principles of learning back up this truth.

Leadership communication is about repetition, whether you like it or not. Repetition might sound boring, but it is one of the most effective workplace communication tools. Continue reading »

Are you problem focused or solution focused?

December 5, 2012 - 22:40 -- Dr. Ada

If you talk to two people in conflict, many times they get bogged down in explaining to you how much better each one of them can see the problem, and who’s fault it is. It’s very easy to get sucked into the “perfect problem” syndrome. You can spend huge amounts of time just unraveling all the nasty knots of the problem. Continue reading »


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