This week’s Tip does not only apply to Small Business Owners. No matter what your level is in the working world, you could benefit by awareness to how these 7 flaws could be impacting you and the solutions to overcome them. I know I’ve suffered from each of these traits from time to time.
Are you the type of person who gives up too soon? In a conversation last week with Michael Katz, who consults on E-Newsletters for Professional Service Companies (www.BluePenguinDevelopment.com), he talked about “playing to the whistle” – not stopping until you have to. In this week’s Tip, David Cottrell provides the same message – keep moving – through a quick, inspirational story.
I always love driving and talking. It feels easier. The second item in Loren Ekroth’s article “Walking the Talk” explains why. Walking (or sitting) side-by-side has the effect of diffusing intensity. I find even when discussing a “loaded” topic, we have a calmer, more thoughtful conversation. To learn more about the positive effects of “side by side communication, read on.
This week, I looked for a Tip to help you reach out to people NOT using Social Media. Art Sobczak’s Go Low-Tech, High-Touch for Major Impact while long, makes a very clear and compelling argument for the personal touch.
I have worked with clients who are in leadership roles and are concerned about their leadership presence. They don’t “look” like other leaders and they say they don’t “feel” like a leader. I agree with the eighth belief that Grout and Fisher identify in this week’s Tip that “being different helps to set a leader apart and makes them easily identifiable”. As a leader, you don’t want to be a copy of someone else. You want your strengths, your personality, YOU, to shine through!
When I was taking my initial coaching training courses back in 1997, one of the competencies we worked on was Active Listening: the ability to focus completely on what the client is saying and is not saying, to understand the meaning of what is said in the context of the client’s desires, and to support client self-expression. People have always told me I’m a good listener. It goes hand in hand with my introverted nature. And yet, we can always improve our strengths. Hence, this week’s Tip with ideas for improving your listening skills.
Earlier this month I took a class in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). One of the foundational beliefs of NLP is: There is no such thing as failure, only feedback. In this week’s article, Chris Widener explores this concept and the impact of the fear of failure.
You’ve heard of first aid… but what about second aid? When the the immediate crisis is over — how is your follow-up?
David Cottrell says there are two types of people: high-energy performers and energy sappers. The ratio of energizers to sappers is important for the team to be successful. And it’s not a 1:1 ratio. Who is on your team?
How well do you combine your personal life and your business life? Do you try to be one way in one part of your life and another way in another part of your life? It’s all YOU. Can you really separate yourself?