It's You. Now What?

You’ve read the previous post (It`s Not Them, It`s You), and you`ve figured out that your team may not be participating in conversations because of your behaviors. You may have asked someone you trust to observe you, or you may be self aware enough to know that you aren`t fostering the kind of relationship(s) with […]

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How to Silence Others

A leader who is new to a large scale project meets with the project team for the first time to try to understand what she just inherited. One team member speaks of frustration and problems on the installation that are delaying “go live”. She is told by the leader not to speak of this problem […]

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Check Out "All Things Workplace" Today

Steve Roesler has published a post I wrote called “When Silence Can be Golden at Work” on his wonderful All Things Workplace site. I enjoy making new friends – especially when they are smart, funny, dedicated, and write great stuff. Steve is just that. His site is interesting and provocative; I’m sure you’ll want to […]

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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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