Friday, September 24

Tag: communication

Work Life

What the Greatest Teams Have …

The greatest teams have certain things going on that make them great. There is no team without what I call 'A Reason'.  Some call this a vision.  The word vision might seem a little too much for some team functions. But every team must have 'A Reason' for existing.  What is your purpose? There is no team without a 'Team Leader'.  About 15 years ago companies experimented with the concept of what they called 'Self-managed Teams' - it failed!  A team will never work at its maximum ability without a Team Leader - leadership is essential.  A leadership that can adopt a style suitable for any given moment of the day - coaching, directive, consultative, listening and developmental. Of course, needless to say, a Team is not a team without 'Team members'.  It's here where there are some k
Personal Life

Do you talk to much? Here is how to tell

A great article by Phil Cooke Most people talk too much. That’s a given. People love the sound of their own voice, and truthfully it happens for a number of reasons. As Mark Goulston says in the Harvard Business Review:  “First, is the very simple reason that all human beings have a hunger to be listened to. But second, because the process of talking about ourselves releases dopamine, the pleasure hormone. One of the reasons gabby people keep gabbing is because they become addicted to that pleasure.”  But overly chatty people drive everyone else crazy. So how can you tell you’re talking too much? Goulston gives us a formula for figuring it out.  He says that, “In the first 20 seconds of talking, your light is green: your listener is liking you, as long as your statement is relevant to
Family Life, Personal Life, Work Life

Invisible Walls part1

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.  Ephesians 2:13,14 Jesus broke down the walls that got in the way of a meaningful relationship between us and Him.  Some of those walls are obvious, our sin for instance.  Some are less obvious to start with, our thinking that He would never be that interested in me, for instance.  These invisible walls become barriers to a relationship that has flow in it.  These walls bring an awkwardness to the relationship.  He is committed to removing all types of walls becau