How Leaders Make Sure They Get the Real Story

No matter how hard you try to create a safe, egalitarian atmosphere in your workplace, you are still the boss or, at the very least, a major influencer. When people realize this fact, what they say to you becomes delivered through that lens. Surprised that you never hear bad news until it’s too late? Don’t […]

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To Get What You Want, You Have to Know What You Want

In coaching situations, I always start with asking the person I’m coaching what he or she wants to accomplish. “Why are we here”? and “What are two goals you want to achieve as a result of the coaching experience?” I’m often amazed at the lack of precision in people’s answers. “I want to get ahead […]

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Five Techniques for Successful Team Communication

as well as a variety of backgrounds, viewpoints, skill sets, and perspectives. Ideally, teams make everyone feel that he or she has a voice in outcomes, thereby democratizing organizations, enhancing the learning process, and inspiring commitment. However, we may have been on dysfunctional teams, and in many cases, we end up frustrated and wishing that […]

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WebTalkRadio – Creating and Maintaining a Strong Personal Brand

Beverly Langford appearing on Connie Whitman’s Architect of Change. If you don’t have a clear idea about how you want others to perceive you, they will draw their own conclusions. Listen to get some suggestions about developing a strong “Brand You.” To listen and find out, you will be transferred to Connie’s web site.  Once […]

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WebTalkRadio – How To Speak so Your Boss will Listen

Beverly Langford appearing on Connie Whitman’s Architect of Change. Having trouble getting your manager’s attention and approval for your good  ideas? Here are some guidelines for making sure that your message gets through. To listen and find out, you will be transferred to Connie’s web site.  Once there, click on “Download Episode” to listen. Press […]

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Avoid Traps that Inhibit your Mentoring Effectiveness

Too often, we forget that mentoring is primarily about developing a strong professional relationship that benefits both parties and provides valuable support and assurance to someone looking for the best way to progress in one’s career. Most mentors take their role and responsibility seriously but their noble intentions can undermine the success of the initiative.  […]

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Getting the Most from Your Mentoring Relationship: Avoiding Three Critical Mistakes

It’s not surprising that mentoring has become a popular means of professional development.  The benefits are numerous and significant, but unfortunately, many well-intentioned mentoring initiatives fizzle or fail because the mentee fails to execute the basics of a successful relationship. If you are lucky enough to have a mentor, either in a formal corporate initiative […]

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