More on effective meetings and leadership communication


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leadership communication skills?Face to Face Matters


If you have been following my simple tips on meeting effectiveness, you might be interested in a more detailed list of ideas to improve your meetings.

Go to Communication Briefings and get “Stop the Meeting Madness” after signing up for free reports. Enjoy!

Feel free to ask questions or make comments below. Let’s get some dialogue started, eh?

Jack Pyle: The Face to Face Maximizer


Do You Listen to Yourself?


Do You Listen to Yourself?

Do you communicate with yourself?  I’m not asking if you are crazy, as in “do you talk to yourself?”  I’m really wondering if you listen to yourself.

My question is prompted by a recent chat I had with Jep Enck.  (You may remember him.  He is one of the experts that responds to our communication cases (read his response) and I introduced him in a previous blog (See blog on Troublesome Communication).

I’ve always thought that listening was the most important communication skills.  After talking to Jep, I realized that when I am thinking about listening, I’m focusing on the listening skill that builds good relationships.  Jep Enck (go to Jep’s website) got me thinking about the importance of listening to yourself in order to achieve a sense of balance and fulfillment.  After all, one’s own good health is a prerequisite to establishing positive relationships.

When Jep says “Listen to yourself,” he’s talking about listening to your body as well as your thoughts or “inner voice.”  He told me that when he was in his 30’s he was diagnosed with a terminal virus that affected his voice box.  What a wake up call!  His body was, indeed, sending him a message.

When he discovered that his ailment was closely related to a stress hormone, he began researching antidotes to stress.  At first he focused on humor and exercise.  Later, he learned about yoga and meditation.  Then, with a background in management consulting, he studied therapy, learning from great minds including those of Stephen Covey, Andrew Weil, and Deepak Chopra. He moved into the field of personal coaching, where he knew he had a lot to offer.

What I want to tell you is that he developed a Balance Survey (you can find it on his website) which helps his clients gain insights about possible stress and imbalance in their life. It’s a useful tool to discover how ones values relate to the use of time, energy and money.

I encourage you to give it a try.  It is not copyrighted, and Jep is happy to share it. I think you will find it to be a fun survey, especially because when you completing the survey you are writing about your favorite subject – yourself!

Watch this space and on another day I’ll share with you what Jep has learned after reviewing over 200 surveys and working with so many people individually.

Signing off,

Carolyn Shadle, Ph.D.and John Meyer, Ph.D.

ICS Workplace Communication, Carolyn Shadle, PhD, and John Meyer, PhD


Leveraging DISC Assessment to Enhance Executive Coaching Strategies


Fostering a supportive team environment and fortifying corporate bonds will help to increase productivity and profitability within the workplace.  Incorporating the use of behavioral assessments within review processes and meetings can help leaders to identify ways to approach particular employees when trying to build their skill sets.  Leveraging DISC assessment to enhance executive coaching strategies is your first step in creating stronger team players, and inevitably, a stronger team.

Prior to developing the skills of others, a leader must first refine and perfect his or her own mentoring approach.  DISC assessment can help leaders to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and teach them how to improve upon particular personality traits.  In order to strengthen the foundation of leadership and create a healthy team, leaders must display solid communication skills, interpersonal skills, and motivational skills as well as the ability to set solid goals for both individuals and teams, and provide guidance in a positive way.  DISC assessments allow leaders to identify qualities that will enable them to positively impact their teams while simultaneously achieving personal goals.  Further, solid leaders will be able to inspire commitment, trust, and loyalty amongst their teams while providing advice in a caring, non-threatening manner in order to increase the productivity of and drive the overall success of the team.

Once leaders have worked on ameliorating their own traits, they can then leverage the use of DISC assessment to understand how to more effectively approach, reach, and nurture individual employees.  Identifying and understanding the unique behavioral and communicational styles of particular employees will enable leaders to more successfully communicate with each member of a team.  Further, behavioral assessments, like DISC, can help both leaders and employees to understand how their individual choices impact the actions of others, how to make themselves aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and how to learn to give and receive feedback.  Behavioral assessments may also succeed in encouraging employees to learn, train, and acquire new skills in order to proactively enhance their individual performance levels.  Leveraging DISC assessment to grow executive coaching strategies that promote teamwork and employee interaction will likely result in greater productivity.

DISC assessment can also help to enhance corporate coaching strategies designed to reduce and cope with stress as well as those dedicated to increasing motivation and learning how to retain talent.  If leaders can effectively motivate employees while simultaneously challenging them and providing them with more opportunities, then the company will benefit in terms of both employee satisfaction and overall success.  Retaining superior talent is critical to the success of any company in today’s economic state.  Avoiding rehiring and training costs can dramatically reduce a company’s overhead.   Leveraging DISC assessment to understand how to appeal to the emotional and mental needs of strong employees will help in maintaining a positive, energetic, and happy atmosphere.

DISC assessment is a vital tool when it comes to developing and maintaining a productive, yet enjoyable, work environment.  By understanding and improving upon your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader as well as the needs and goals of individual employees, DISC assessment will enable you to more effectively design your executive coaching strategies so that you can efficiently transform your efforts into productive and profitable results.

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About the Author: Founded in 2005, Your Ultimate Success, Inc. has been providing companies, corporations and individuals with coaching, behavioral and values assessments, team building, job benchmarking, and indoor/outdoor experiential learning/team building.  Headed by Jim and Jeannine Guerci, the team is committed to instilling positive change through personal and professional development

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