leadership

Conversation for Connection

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:58pm -- Beth Flynn

A Conversation for Connection is the first step in building a relationship that leads to working together to accomplish meaningful results.  It enables people to understand one another’s preferred communication style.  While it may sound initially like small talk, this conversation is in fact very important in helping us get to know each other.  We can observe how others pace themselves, gesture, ask questions, listen, enunciate, and maintain eye contact.  This gives us clues to their preferred communication style.  We can listen for the types of things the other person wants to talk about,

Six Principles for Consensus Decision Making

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:52pm -- Beth Flynn

Always Think of Consensus as Win-Win, Not Compromise.  In a decision-making situation, win-win indicates the development of a solution that does not dilute any strong convictions or essential needs of individual group members.

Determine in Advance the Fallback Decision Option if Consensus Cannot Be Reached. Most decisions must be made by a deadline, and generating consensus does take time.  Therefore, do not impose unrealistic time limits that doom the consensus effort before it begins.

Manage Yourself...Lead Others

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:44pm -- Beth Flynn
Want to be a better leader?  Here's what it takes:

Maintain a Positive Attitude

Solution oriented.  Action oriented.  People oriented. Your enthusiasm begets success.

Embrace Change. 

Change is certain.  Followers tend to resist change.  It is the mark of a leader to embrace change and take advantage of the opportunity it presents.

Deploy Courage.

No Matter What

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:41pm -- Beth Flynn

•My problems are not unique to me, so there is no reason to be embarrassed or to dwell on where I am.

•Long-term success is not the result of one defining change,.  It comes from developing the habit of embracing several small, simple truths of success.

•I begin growing when I accept the truth about my situation.

•No Matter What means that regardless of what is going on around me, I will accept responsibility and take control.  There is always something that can be done and something that I can do.

•I have power over where I focus...that is a choice I make.

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