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Leadership Courage Part 2: Engaging in Open Dialogue and Healthy Conflict

Peak team and company performance depends on open dialogue and healthy conflict. Unfortunately, the dialogue within many teams and at many companies is often less than open and the conflict is anything but healthy. There are many possible reasons for less-than-optimal interpersonal communications. For example, people may: Protect their turf rather than looking at the … Continue reading Leadership Courage Part 2: Engaging in Open Dialogue and Healthy Conflict

Overt and Covert Resistance to Change

When people object to change – or, more accurately, the chaos that change brings – their objection can take two forms: overt resistance and covert resistance. Overt resistance may or may not be verbal, but it is always obvious. You can see it in people’s body language, their facial expressions, and in what they say … Continue reading Overt and Covert Resistance to Change

Dealing with the Debilitating Power of Anger

Significant media coverage this election cycle has focused on the angry American voter and why a highly charged political environment is fueling the rise of non-traditional Presidential candidates on both sides of the spectrum. We’ve seen anger at political rallies, debates and even in the language of social media outbursts used by some candidates. Anger … Continue reading Dealing with the Debilitating Power of Anger

Watch Out: 6 Obstacles to Effective Communication

Famed management teacher and writer Peter Drucker states that “…the essence of management is communication.” We fully agree with Professor Drucker – a leader’s ability to communicate effectively determines his or her own impact, and the results his organization delivers. We find that leaders often struggle to improve communication, even when they spend a huge … Continue reading Watch Out: 6 Obstacles to Effective Communication

Your Words Say Yes, But Your Actions…

In today’s world of Skype, texting, and rapid-fire emails, we often forget ourselves in personal conversations. When we speak indirectly through technology, we don’t have to worry about our posture, our body language, or that we are thumb-fiddlers. But when faced with a physical run-in, we must remember that communication isn’t only about words. Our … Continue reading Your Words Say Yes, But Your Actions…