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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

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: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Communication Leadership: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on September 8, 2017. Authenticity and confidence: These are the key elements of a great speech delivery, but developing these elements can feel like bottling lightning. Sometimes we seem to think they are qualities you are either born with or not. People say, “I’m just not a… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on August 23, 2017. When I teach a seminar, I often ask about the attendees’ process of putting together a presentation. “How many here start their preparation by opening up a new PowerPoint, or pulling out an old slide deck and repurposing it, or taking a… 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

Communication Leadership: Learning To Assess

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com July 25, 2017 For years, I’ve been intimately involved in the process of training Olympic-level athletes for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, both as an athlete myself and eventually as Chairman and Team Leader for all of U.S. Olympic Sailing. At that level of competition, there… 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

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