Posts filed as “Communication”

Dreaded Conversations…And Avoiding Being One Yourself

Slydial is the app that lets you go straight to voicemail, safe from the possibility that someone might actually answer your call. One reason Slydial exists is because of the energy vampires in the world. Those people you dread talking to because they leave you depleted, bummed out, frustrated, or annoyed with every conversation. However hopeful…

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Give the Gift of Time

If only HP knew what HP knows, we’d be three times more productive. —Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Everyone is so busy these days, overwhelmed by complexity and uncertainty, that it’s hard to know what to do or who to talk to in order to accomplish daring, and unexpectedly awesome initiatives. And so we…

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The Importance of Showing Up

From the kitchen window Christopher could see his wife was getting frustrated. Over and over again, Dana was running awkwardly, hunched over, down the driveway while holding on to the back to Will’s bicycle. At the time, six year old Will was still terrified of riding without his training wheels, or without his Mom holding…

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The Power of the Humility Effect

“The X-factor of great leadership is not personality, it’s humility.” – Jim Collins I’ll be honest. He wasn’t my first pick. Near the top yes, but he didn’t have my vote. Our small selection committee was trying to choose a keynote speaker for a big event and General Stanley McCrystal was on the short list….

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The Power of Shared Truth

A small excerpt from OutThink. Enjoy! Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I was sixteen years old at the moment the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded high above NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, killing seven astronauts including New Hampshire schoolteacher…

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Beware the Joy of Talking

Several years ago, a young professor named James Pennebaker at the University of Virginia conducted a series of experiments with his new classes. He would divide them up into groups for just 15 minutes, and ask them to talk about anything they liked. These groups were comprised of students who didn’t know one another, so…

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Relentlessly Positive, Relentlessly Specific

Before the game I approached the other coach. Usually we share a few friendly words with the visiting coaches, but I wanted him to understand what he was up against. So after we exchanged handshakes and said hello, I pulled him aside out of earshot of our teams and said, “Look, I just want you…

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Parents: Your Kids Are Watching

Aside from a smattering of applause here and there, the parents were completely silent. And myself, as the coach, instead of standing on the sidelines and giving instruction periodically to players, I was sitting on the bench watching quietly, with a clipboard updating positions where the kids were playing on the field. And keeping track…

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Talk to each other people! Avoiding shipwreck.

The dense fog wasn’t bothering me at all. Once we were twenty minutes into our ferry ride on the Laura B to the mainland from Monhegan Island, 14 miles off the coast of Maine, even my wife had started to relax. There wasn’t much to see out the window of our 65 foot ferry boat…

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Do the Right Thing

It never really occured to me. It didn’t occur to my wife. Candy never thought of it either. The morning when Annie and I got in the car, it did cross my mind, but only briefly enough to send a quick text to Candy asking, “Do you think it’s OK if I bring Annie?” It…

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