Your discomfort is whispering to you

With the scariest of holiday seasons behind us, it’s time to talk about fear. Not the running-away-screaming variety, but the smaller, uncomfortable kind that you may avoid in our workplace like: Having difficult conversations Giving honest feedback Asking for feedback Speaking truth to power Making a sincere apology Being honest about your vulnerabilities These are […]

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Start with yourself

Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently gave a speech in which she asked us to turn to each other, not against each other as we move forward from the recent increase in horrific violence. This “turning to each other” is an invitation that we all can neglect to step into as our own fear grips us. A […]

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Intention and Conversation

Sometimes, all the things you`ve heard and learned about “effective communication” just don`t work. You can use the tips and techniques you`ve read about in those books about tough conversations, do the things you`ve learned in that leadership class on effective communication ?€“ and yet, it just doesn`t work the way you thought it would. […]

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Strategic Silence

Yesterday, I spoke with a client – a senior leader – who was discovering the power of allowing silence to unfold in a conversation with someone on his team. Lets call it “strategic silence”. He is finding that staying silent (particularly following a great open-ended question) is not only an act of respect, it allows […]

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