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Turn you message into a compelling story

Turn you message into a compelling story

Last week I talked about the power of stories and how to structure engaging stories to capture the heart and minds of the recipients. As far back as our ancient ancestors, the way in which we communicate is through stories, in fact meaningful communication can only happen through the creation of messages through stories. So, it makes sense that we apply the same concept when it comes to communicating the greater meaning of our business. Every business has a story to tell, and for it to be engaging and meaningful, it needs to get the emotional buy-in of the people hearing the story, it needs to take the recipient on a journey. The business world is full of well-meaning but boring and uninspiring mission statements. No matter how much thought and passion has gone into creating a mission statement, it just doesn’t capture the attention of recipients as well as a story does.  ..

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Your strategy works best as a story

Your strategy works best as a story

There is a lot that is lost in translation when it comes to business leadership teams communicating their business strategy to the employees in their organisation. Typically, leadership teams will go off-site to a multi-day strategy session, to review, refine and formalise the business strategy and plan for the next 12 months or so. When they get back to the office, they might gather everyone together to go through a presentation and/ or send out a group email to communicate the new strategy moving forward. Tick, job done. Strategy has now been communicated to everyone in the business. But when it comes to engaging hearts and minds, to really getting everyone’s buy-in and commitment to the strategy, this communication process rarely cuts it, in fact it nearly always falls very short of getting everyone on board. A PowerPoint presentation and a list of bullet points does not capture the depth and the greater meaning behind the thinking that went into coming up with this particular plan of action. Why? Because this style of communication fails to tell a story.  ..

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Become a more empathetic leader

Become a more empathetic leader

Take a moment to remember a time in your working life when a leader empathised with a challenging situation to better understand your needs and guided you through the process and how to tackle it. How did it make you feel and how were you able to work your way through the situation? ..

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Strategy vs Culture

Strategy vs Culture

What’s more important strategy or culture? It’s a debate that has been rattling around for many years and interestingly, there is relevance to both sides of the argument, although I think inevitably, one trumps the other.  ..

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Four ways to build a resilient team

Four ways to build a resilient team

Have you ever wondered why some people cope well with setbacks and challenges while others don’t? People that can keep their cool when faced with challenges have good resilience; the ability to bounce back quickly from problems and setbacks. We all handle life’s challenges differently, according to our own life experience, natural tendencies and levels of resilience.
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Think yourself to success

Think yourself to success

If you have never read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill I highly recommend it. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. It is as relevant for management today as it was when it was first written in 1937 and really should be on the ‘must read’ list for anyone in a managerial or leadership position.  ..

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Learning new skills – coaching vs training

Learning new skills – coaching vs training

A good leader knows that part of his or her role is to help in the development of each individual within their team. Leaders who believe they have a responsibility to develop their employees in their career benefit from having engaged and motivated staff who feel valued and fulfilled in their jobs, which makes for a work environment where financial success can flourish. ..

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Walk the walk and talk the talk

Walk the walk and talk the talk

For leaders wanting to create and sustain a positive, motivated work culture, using the right kind of language is essential. The language we use can affect how the message is perceived. The choice to use positive language is a great way to instantly create good impressions and lift the energy in a workplace. Using positive language, even when conveying adversities, can help to improve communication, reduce workplace tension, increase motivation of staff and build report.  ..

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Be a leader with an attitude of gratitude

Be a leader with an attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is an extremely powerful human attribute. The gratitude movement has gained a lot of momentum in recent years and for good reason. Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology came out some thirty odd years ago, introducing the study of emotions such as gratitude, optimism, happiness, compassion and altruism. At the time, this was a revolutionary idea in the field of psychology since most of the studies about human emotion prior to this had focused on "negative psychology"; mental illness, trauma, addiction and stress. ..

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Collaboration and respect

Collaboration and respect

Friction in the workplace is part of life. It’s inevitable that when you gather a group of people together to work towards a common goal, friction will arise. We are all human and as such we are prone to good days and bad days, we are likely to get sick, feel tired at work and feel stressed from work and personal pressures. Friction happens simply from interacting with one another. Think of the friction you have experienced yourself; when you resent someone holding a meeting that drags on too long while you have a million other things you could be doing, or when someone interrupts you while you are trying to get an important task done with a looming deadline, when someone sends far too many unnecessary and long-winded emails or when someone doesn’t trust you enough to just do your job without breathing down your neck… whatever the reason, friction is an inevitable part of working life and something we have all experienced. While it is inevitable and unavoidable, it can also be dangerous for an organisation’s productivity if it gets out of hand.  ..

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