The 2 Most Important Ways to Connect and Influence

Do you want to influence and persuade more effectively? If so, you will have to learn how to connect with people in a way that builds trust and this often requires that you make this trust connection quickly!  Many of our daily interactions are quick and involve little conversation and exchange of words. A brief, “How’s … Read moreThe 2 Most Important Ways to Connect and Influence

The Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Character Strengths

Strengths-based leadership has been a popular topic for nearly two decades. I’ve had the opportunity to teach the concept and administer several strengths oriented assessments. While the strengths approach has great merit, there are a couple of problems that exist.   First, we have to make sure we don’t over-rotate toward developing our strengths and ignore … Read moreThe Two Problems with the Strengths-Based Approach

Power Words: Using Words to Move People

  One of the most powerful environmental influencers is a leader or authority’s language. I call the empowering words a leader uses, Power Words.    A parent, teacher, pastor, supervisor, manager, or leader’s use of words can have a major impact on the people they lead.   Numerous research studies have investigated the impact words have … Read morePower Words: Using Words to Move People

Hire Better and Hire Right with a Focus on Character

According to a recent study by Leadership IQ, 46% of hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% of hires will become successful in their new role.   By any standard, this track record is poor. Human Resources and leaders of every part of the organization continue to search for ways to be more … Read moreHire Better and Hire Right with a Focus on Character

The 5 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

Let’s be honest. We all hate sitting through boring presentations and speeches. You know, the ones where the speaker doesn’t seem to know his or her topic well and chooses to read the PowerPoint slides. Or worse, they read their presentation to you from a piece of paper. This is one of the 5 most … Read moreThe 5 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

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