Leadership/LifeSkills Categories

Communication Skills

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Art of Persuasion

The essence of communication is the art of persuading or convincing another person or group of people.
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Words, Tone, Body Language

We often assume the words we say are what the listener uses to glean the meaning of our message. However, we often forget the listener uses the tone and body…
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Confidence vs. Arrogance

To deliver a successful, credible message, confidence is key. The ability to communicate with confidence rather than arrogance builds credibility.
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Building Positive Behaviors

Forming habits, such as building positive behaviors, takes effort, energy, and time. Different people need different amounts of time to develop a new habit.
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Receiving Feedback

What is your response when someone tells you you could have done something better?
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Changing Behaviors

Adopting a new skill or habit is hard. It takes committed, deliberate intentionality, and accountability to keep you on track as you move toward your goal.

Conflict Resolution

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The Truth About Conflict

Conflict is costly if not handled effectively. It has the ability to wreak havoc on those personally involved, on entire organizations, and even on the clients those organizations serve.
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How to Mediate Conflict

It can be challenging to help people navigate through a difficult conversation, to make sure both people feel heard, and to push them towards resolution.
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Detecting Potential Conflict

As a leader, you should make it priority to know those with whom you work, recognize conflict, and deal with it purposefully.
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Identifying Conflict Triggers

People can definitely act difficult but that does not mean they are difficult 100% of the time to everyone with whom they interact.
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How to See Anger for What It Really Is

When someone reacts in anger, it is difficult not to take the offense personally; but your ability to recognize anger for what it really is will increase your influence as…
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Concluding the Conversation

The conclusion of a difficult conversation does not always mean each person fully agrees with the other party’s position in the argument, but it does have to end productively.

Effective Leadership

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The Meaning of Leadership

Effective leaders cultivate trust, accountability, communication, and loyalty to build psychologically safe atmospheres for their teams.
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Situational Leadership

Maintaining a psychologically safe atmosphere that encourages team members to ask questions or for clarification at any point is key.
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Action Centered Leadership

As leaders, our concentrated attention on tasks often obscures our attending to the needs of individuals as well as the overall team.
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Delegation – Why and What

Successful delegation requires choosing to appropriately delegate those tasks that support the overall productivity of your team – for individuals as well as the collective team.
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Delegation – Strategy

Use delegation to your advantage to utilize your resources and increase productivity for your entire team.
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Meeting Preparation

To communicate the value of your team’s time and the meeting itself, carefully consider these essential points in your planning process.
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Problem Solving Skills

When people work in close proximity with each other, problems are inevitable. Leaders must know how to manage problem situations and resolve them quickly and effectively.
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The OODA Loop: A Proven Decision-Making Strategy

The OODA Loop focuses on filtering available information and data, putting it into context, and making appropriate decisions, all while acknowledging decisions are dynamic and may need adjusting as additional…

Effective Management

Motivating and Inspiring Your Team

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Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

Promoting a psychologically safe workplace culture that enriches internal cohesion by prioritizing inclusion should be of utmost importance to you and your entire team.
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Inspiring Motivation

Lack of motivation is usually not due to lack of potential but to the wrong types of motivators.
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Inspiring Excellence

Success is “peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did the best of which you are capable.” - John Wooden
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Value of Accountability

Accountability is one of the most powerful tools for unifying teams and keeping them on track towards the intended goal.
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Psychological Safety

As a leader, it is your job to promote an environment in which your team has the ability to function in this way: psychologically safe.
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Establishing Rapport

Rapport is “a close and harmonious relationship in which people understand each other’s feelings and ideas and communicate well.”
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Coaching Tips

Coaching is essential to leading effective teams. Knowing how to best coach each of your team members is foundational in developing optimal performance.
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Talent Mining

Talent-mining is the process of analyzing the interests, skills, and aptitudes of an individual in order to discover patterns and other information.

Team Building

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Building Team Accountability

Building team accountability is important. Accountability is the means by which a team stays “on track” and strengthens relationships.
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Building Team Trust

Trust is essential for building teams who stand with each other, regardless of inconvenience or difficulty
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Stage 1: Forming

In the forming stage, the team is coming together and becoming familiar with the way each member of the team works.
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Stage 2: Storming

In the storming stage, team members seek to prove their worth, or value, to the team.
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Stage 3: Norming

As a team committed to a problem-solving mentality begins to work together compatibly, it moves from the storming stage into the norming stage.
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Project Aristotle

Google’s Project Aristotle found that psychological safety is one of the leading, if not most influential, characteristics of successful teams.

Working Remotely

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Working Remotely – Part 1

Working from home can be a great alternative to the office setting, as long as you have a strategy and implement a plan.
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Working Remotely – Part 2

Both communication and collaboration are a top priorities for the office, and even more important when working remotely.
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Working Remotely – Part 3

Knowing how to use breaks productively as well as anticipate distractions will enhance your ability to work successfully from home.
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Coping with Quarantine

In this unprecedented time, when life as we knew it has completely shifted, coping with quarantine is a critical life skill.