The capacity to listen is at the heart of an interactive dialogue. When you are a good listener, by the quality of your listening, you convey a sense of appreciation, acceptance, and understanding. Others will respond and come alive in a way that sustains enthusiasm. Continue reading »
Most leaders like to think of growth and success as a straight line that keeps going up and up, taking them farther and higher all the time. Yet, reality is different. Growth is more like a series of loops that include moving forward, course turning, and changing course, while continuing to advance.
When turning around is smart
Of course, you can't be constantly turning around or you will only go in circles and never advance. But there are situations when turning around IS the smart thing to do. Continue reading »
If you want to keep the lines of communication open, you need to be flexible and humble enough to keep an open mind. After all, you are not ALWAYS right!
In dialogue you stand your ground but you also have to be profoundly open. Just as you express your opinions, feelings, values, and ideas clearly, you also need to be willing to listen openly to those of others. Continue reading »
Today’s post features your top five list of favorite 2012 Logos Noesis blog posts as measured by Google Analytics page views.
The one that was by far the most popular is also a very good one to read at the start of this year. Not surprisingly, most of the others have to do with communication. All of them are still very relevant. Continue reading »
The New Year is almost here. You can almost touch it! This gives you an amazing opportunity. You can either bemoan all the things that have gone wrong in the past year, or you can decide to keep your focus on the positive for the new year. Continue reading »
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 »
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 »