Category: Communication

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Find your common interests

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The odds are that you share at least one common interest with everyone on your team. Find out what it is for each person and having non-business conversations will be easy. Here’s a hint. The best way to find out is to listen. This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Try listening

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Too many of our “boss” stereotypes have the boss doing all the talking. You can’t learn much when you’re talking, so try listening. Listen for questions you can answer. Listen for ideas you can try. Listen for problems you can help solve. Listen for clues to what matters to your team members. This  »  Read More

Leadership and Listening

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“God gave you two ears and one mouth, and you should use them in that proportion.” My mother said that. I suppose lots of mothers did. It’s great advice, especially if you’re the boss. There are three reasons that listening well will help you lead more effectively. Here they are. When You Listen, You Can Learn You  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Lots of Conversations

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If you’re worried about having good conversations with your team members, here’s the most important thing you should know. The best way to have good conversations with anyone is to have lots of conversations with him or her, some about work, most about other things, some about both. The trick is to have real  »  Read More

Leadership: Things we don’t say often enough

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If James Pennebaker is right, you and I say about 16,000 words every day. Some of that is necessary and urgent conversation like, “Where’s the bathroom?” But most of what we say isn’t urgent and isn’t necessary. There are things we could say that would make things better, but we don’t say them enough. Here are  »  Read More

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