Category Archives: Communication

How do I know when I am not supportive?

When I cannot help myself from looking for others that might share my disagreement, I am in danger of harming the team dynamic for the sake of my preference or agenda. If I have gotten to the point that my disagreement has taken the form of a moral judgement, then I must think about why I would

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The Power of Projection: Belief

Belief is something that can influence everything we do. It’s the inner source of our thought patterns. When I am insecure and do not believe in myself, I may project that belief on others. If I don’t believe in myself, how could anyone else? The positive side of projection of belief is that I can project my

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The Power of Projection: Hope

When we are hopeful, it is hard to imagine that others are not. This allows us to act on that hope in a way that may actually inspire those that lack our sense of hope. This is where our projection works for us. If we knew how hopeless others really thought the situation was, we could be

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Power of Projection

We are limited to our own experience and most people struggle to imagine life outside of themselves. It’s easy to assume that everyone everywhere sees and feels the world in the exact same way I do. Our brains like to fill in the blanks of the unknowns with whatever seems plausible. Our brains are good guessers but

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Fastpass

I have noticed that it is important to be very specific about a problem if we want to solve it. Specificity helps narrow down possible solutions. Time is saved in trial and error if we are careful to describe a problem with specific details. The problem is that sometimes our technical inexperience limits our ability to be

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All Talk

Discussion is good and should happen to plan and coordinate efforts but when discussion replaces practical action, it can hold a team back. Discussion should be used to unify the team prior to an action. Too often discussion can be used to hide from the accountability of actually doing what we talk about. It can feel good

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What’s on the agenda?

Meeting agendas should be lean. Info sharing can be sent ahead of the meeting so that the meeting time is reserved for clarifying questions and discussions. The leader must learn how to discern what is best left to an email and what needs to be discussed in person. Meetings become a negative experience when time is spent

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Kinda Sorta

Whenever we describe what we care about, what we intend, or what we want using words like “kinda” and “sorta” we demonstrate a lack of confidence in our ability, vision, or reputation that is necessary to inspire others. I know that when I use those words, I am likely worried about what my audience thinks about the

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Two Ways

Collaboration requires the ability to communicate. Communication is more than speaking to one another. It’s the ability to see what needs to be said and when to say it. Communication also requires a listening ear that knows what to listen for. Teams that know what data to exchange and when to exchange it have a clear advantage

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What made it good?

I look forward to hearing about my family’s day. When I ask how someone’s day was, I’m usually looking for more than a one word answer. That means that if I get a simple, “Good.” as a response, I usually follow up with a second question. “What made it good?” I’d be disappointed if the answer to

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