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How To Be A Good Talker

Much is written about the skill of listening.   Listening is often cited as the key to effective communication.   Seek first to understand your audience and then you will be more effective with delivering your message. This is one of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (a best selling book by Stephen R. Coven) and […]

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Developing Effective Communication Skills

Communication skills (verbal and written) are at the top of the list of soft skills required of business professionals. Included in this bucket of skills and frequently also noted in job requirements is the subset of communication skills that includes negotiation, teamwork, collaboration and conflict resolution. All college graduates possess a threshold level of communication […]

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Navigating Difficult Conversations

  Nothing demonstrates leadership skills better than initiating and navigating difficult conversations.   It is normal to want to avoid these conversations. The thought of them brings up mental obstacles that we have acquired through our lifetime such as: fear of rejection, risk of causing offense, anxiety about not being able to handle the conversation well. […]

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Leading With Emotional Intelligence

Stanley McChrystal, delivers a compelling TED talk titled: Listen, Learn, then Lead. Through his entertaining delivery, the viewer experiences what it is like to be a paratrooper, to experience the shift of the military environment after the attacks of 9/11, and to successfully adjust and craft a winning leadership model grounded in Emotional Intelligence. (Memory […]

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Emotional Intelligence Boosts Team Performance

        Nowhere is the importance of Emotional Intelligence more obvious than in team dynamics and team performance. To be clear, team in this sense, is a group of people organized to work together to accomplish a common purpose for which they have shared accountability.   Effectively combining the individual talents of team members will […]

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What Is Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Emotional Intelligence. It is a term that was popularized by Daniel Goleman, an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences and on college campuses. His book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half and has sold more than 5,000,000 copies worldwide. The essence of his […]

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So You Think You Are a Leader?

You have people reporting to you – does that make you a leader? Technically, and according to Webster and Google, the answer is yes because you are the person that directs, (commands, guides, etc.) a group or organization.   But Webster and Google need updating.   A better definition today is this: Leadership is accomplishing change through […]

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