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How to (Really) Make America Great Again

How to (Really) Make America Great Again

Don’t worry… this post is not an endorsement of any political figure, party or position. But I am shamelessly grabbing a well-known, and highly divisive, political slogan to make a point about the United States, and the state of our culture.

As a country, we talk all the time about how to make our country better, and how to get ourselves on a better path. I for one, think there are lots of good things happening in the United States today. But I also believe we have real problems that need attention now.

We talk in our workshops about how in the workplace, leadership doesn’t always have to come from “the leaders.” And how true that often is when talking about the people in Washington! The country has become a cold, judgmental, divided place, and if we wait for politicians to somehow “fix” it all, we’re liable to be waiting a long time.

Instead, we like to think about all the things WE can do on a local or personal level to make the country a better place. Consider:

  • How we talk to each other. Friends, colleagues, even the stranger on line with you at the supermarket. Are we bringing the empathy? Are we listening to understand, and not just waiting to talk?
  • Perhaps there are some local causes or organizations in your town that need a little extra attention.
  • How do we treat people who disagree with our views? Our social feeds are full of acrimony and divisiveness. Are we adding to it by making others afraid to share their ideas?

These are not complicated concepts. They mostly come from just choosing to be nice. But we think that if we’re going to really “make America great again,” this is how we get started.

Wishing you a great, supportive, collaborative day.

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Video: Three Levels of Communication Success

When we coach our clients on improving their persuasive communication skills, we don’t look at it as a matter of being “good” or “bad” at communicating. Obviously, not everyone communicates at the same level. For some, it comes very easily and naturally. For others, not so much. And for others, becoming more persuasive may be… Continue Reading

How (and Why) to Define Your Organizational “Fingerprints”

How (and Why) to Define Your Organizational “Fingerprints”

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. What do people say about you after you leave the room? That’s the question we posed in a two-day personal branding workshop we taught recently. Everyone has a personal brand, whether they acknowledge it or not. At The Latimer Group we describe… Continue Reading

Managing the Ego in the Workplace

Managing the Ego in the Workplace

My wife Emily and I have recently been going through some old files in our basement, clearing some stuff out and making some much-needed room in an already-crowded basement. And whenever one starts opening boxes from long ago, two things always seem to happen. You find some stuff, and wonder “why did I ever keep… Continue Reading

Influence vs. Authority

Influence vs. Authority

There are two ways we can get people to do what we want or need them to do: because we have influence over them, or because we have authority over them. We can have influence without authority, and we can have authority without influence. Influence comes from respect, collaboration, and credibility. Authority comes from title… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Make the Message

Communication Leadership: Make the Message

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com August 8, 2017 What’s the first step in crafting a persuasive presentation? For many people, the agony of the blank page sends them straight to the slide deck. Maybe you have a template to work with, maybe you can pull up some visually interesting data, maybe you… Continue Reading

Leadership Tips: Practice What You Preach

Leadership Tips: Practice What You Preach

We get inquiries all the time from managers, directors and organizational leaders about a need for communication training for their teams. And in nearly every conversation, the leader is very clear about the needs and weaknesses of his or her team. Then, when we actually conduct the training, and once the participants get comfortable enough… Continue Reading

Expand Your Leadership Vocabulary

While Dean enjoys a little vacation time with his family, we’ll revisit some of The Latimer Group’s most popular posts. This is a great one for #LeadershipMonday. Hope it’s a great week. ~The Latimer Group I came across something worth sharing with you, that I think will help you refine your leadership vocabulary. If you… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: The Four Areas Of Awareness

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com July 11, 2017 In goal-oriented communication, few things are more important than creating a sense of connection between yourself and the person you are speaking to. When you are in the audience, what type of speaker captures your attention more: the one who speaks to your concerns,… Continue Reading

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