Use compassionate listening when someone is struggling. Maybe their spouse had a mental breakdown, their mother is dying or their child is addicted to drugs. All you do is listen. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to think of the next great thing to say. You simply focus on them.Read More
Listening is a critical leadership skill. Listening creates connections, and connections allow us to relate to others. The most effective leaders have deep connections with the people around them and can easily talk to them about challenging or difficult topics.Read More
How often do you have to repeat a question because you didn’t listen to the answer the first time you asked?
Do you ever space out in meetings because you are thinking about dinner, carpools, and errands?
When was the last time you insisted to your spouse that he or she never told you something, but in truth, you just weren’t paying attention?Read More
We talk a lot about emotional intelligence, or EQ, here at Winning Ways, because a high EQ reaps so many rewards for the beholder. One of the key benefits of a high EQ is being able to communicate more effectively because you can better understand yourself and others.Read More
We all know at least one person in our lives who is a chronic complainer. Maybe they complain about the same thing all the time, or maybe the subject of their ire changes with the wind. Either way, complainers generally have one thing in common: They do not do anything about it.Read More
The term “stoic” is most often used today to describe someone who is unemotional, but did you know Stoicism was once the dominant western philosophy – and that it can actually help us be happier?Read More
Maya Angelou was many things to many people. To me, she was an inspiring role model and courageous leader. In honor of her recent passing, here are some of my favorite “Maya” quotes, all of which are apropos for leaders today.Read More
In my previous blog post, I told the story of a software company that had stagnated and was struggling to grow. A consultant, Peter Bregman, was brought in to help turn the company around, and he wrote an article for Psychology Today about why this ended up being one of his most challenging projects.Read More
Successful leaders know how to talk, listen and relate to other people. They can read body language, are thoughtful, have a healthy sense of self-esteem, continually engage with their employees, and are commited to creating a healthy, sustainable company culture.Read More
We all want to avoid being that boss for numerous reasons. Most of us genuinely want to be liked. We want to do a good job. We want to contribute to our employees’ and team members’ happiness and success.Read More