Tag Archive - Communication

Productive Conflict – What’s Your Angle?

To Be Sharp - Friction is Required

If a team does not engage in productive conflict, I guarantee you they are not coming up with the best solutions.

I sharpen a knife with friction.   As I drag a knife across a wet stone, I must maintain the proper angle in order to sharpen the knife’s edge. If I do not keep the knife at the correct angle, I either make it duller, or I have no impact on the edge at all.

Productive conflict is friction correctly applied. Continue Reading…

Five Habits of Good Listeners

Are you REALLY listening?

“Listen until it hurts!” – Steve Wiley, Lincoln Leadership Institute

I have to work at listening well.  I know I can look someone in the eye, nod with conviction, and be thinking about something else.  At other times, I hear the first sentence and spend the rest of my time formulating my rebuttal.

Listening is the communication skill that makes the most impact on others and their perceptions of us.  Most people don’t care what we have to say until they are sure they have been heard. Continue Reading…

Listening is a Character Issue

We all know “that guy” we want to run from at cocktail parties. The one who dominates every conversation. The one who talks about himself, his accomplishments, his week, his children, his work, his boss, his whatever. The one who always seems to have a story to top yours. When you break it all down, what does “that guy” sound like? “Me, Me, Me, Me, Me … oh, and did I mention Me?” Continue Reading…

I Can’t Lead Without Leaving My Office

You can't lead from here!

Is this scene familiar to you? The boss walks through the office and says “Good morning” to people before closing his door until lunch. He walks back through the office after lunch saying “Good afternoon” to people before closing his door until he leaves the building at the end of the day. “See you tomorrow!”, he says cheerfully.

It may seem like a scene from “The Office” or a Dilbert cartoon. But unfortunately when I speak or consult with companies, this is a common scenario. The major source of interaction people have with their boss is through electronic communications. This is not leading! Continue Reading…

Imagine Leaders Who Speak With Clarity

Crystal Clear

“If you ever find yourself trying to read me, stop it.  I am not intentionally being vague.  I am just being a bad communicator at that moment.”  This statement became part of my introduction to people joining my team.

Most people reacted to that statement in two ways. Some seemed relieved.  Some were confused.  Whether it was relief or confusion, both reactions were the result of working on teams where they spent too much time trying to figure out their boss. Continue Reading…

Over-Analysis Causes Me Headaches

Is This An Aneurysm?

Every time people around me use statements or questions from the list below, I feel an aneurysm coming on.  They make my head hurt just reading them.

  • “We need to study this further.”
  • “Are you sure?”
  • “But what if…”
  • “We need to cover all our bases.”
  • “Can we run some more numbers?”
  • “Who’s going to be responsible?”

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Three Reasons To Speak Up

Speak Up and Make Change Happen

If I challenge my boss, she will thank me.  If I speak up for what is right, my boss will not persecute me.  If I fight for my integrity despite pressure from above, I will always keep my job.

None of these results are guaranteed if I do the right thing.  The only time I have a guarantee is if I stay silent.  My silence guarantees things will stay the way they are.  Speaking up is the only way change may happen.

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Confident Leaders Invite Arguments

Will you listen?

“Argue with me.” He said it, AND he meant it. As I watched this leader invite his team to tear down his idea, I was astonished, inspired and humbled.

  • Astonished: Because I had never seen a leader so readily open to criticism from the people he led.
  • Inspired: Because I watched his team argue passionately for and against the leader’s point of view.
  • Humbled: Because I realized I am not always confident enough to have my ideas torn down by others.

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Making Your Brand Not Suck! – Interview with Mario Martinez Jr. & Dave Anderson on IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson interviews Social Selling Evangelist Mario Martinez Jr. Show #2 – Topic: Making Your Brand Not Suck. (30 minutes)

Social Selling Evangelist and Keynote speaker Mario Martinez of M3Jr Growth Strategies. Learn more at www.m3jr.com.

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Sales VP to Entrepreneur – Leadership Lessons interview with Mario Martinez Jr on IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson interviews Social Selling Evangelist Mario Martinez Jr. Topic: Leaving Corporate Leadership and Leading as an Entrepreneur. (30 minutes)

Social Selling Evangelist and Keynote speaker Mario Martinez of M3Jr Growth Strategies. Learn more at www.m3jr.com.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 5 Million downloads to date!)

Please rate us on iTunes as well!

Other resources -free PDF downloads of character-based interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

Listen Here:


Or download the podcast by clicking here and listen later!

Stop Reacting! Start Leading!

Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

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