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4 Ways To Make Your Message Sticky

Dr. Paul Metler | 9/15/2015
I am always amused at the sign holders that attend football games. If you have ever watched pre-game coverage, then I’m sure you understand. Hours before the kick off, commentators gather to break down the keys to success and the sign holders are there. Just when you begin to focus on the interviews your attention shifts from offense and defense to the large poster board obscuring several people and boldly declaring “I’m Single!”
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Can You Help Me?

Dr. Paul Metler | 9/11/2015
I finally settled into Seat 7D. After a two-hour delay I managed a smile as the Captain quipped apologetically that the airline hasn’t found a way to control lightning. A disgruntled posse of travelers around me disturbed my quiet respite in my seat. In particular, one person was squeezing in a final call before takeoff.
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Maybe You Should Think About It

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/31/2015
Recently, I was reading Richard Hallowell’s book Driven to Distraction at Work. In his Introduction, Hallowell refers to comments from Tim Armstrong of AOL regarding his mandate for scheduled “think time.” Frankly, the comments provoked some thinking of my own. First, I scoured my schedule and noticed that I did not have any white space specifically set aside for cerebral exercise. Next, I decided to make a list of benefits. What might I be missing by failing to nail down a few minutes exclusively devoted to thinking? My list of benefits came to mind quickly.
 
Think time will help me realign my identity with what matters most.
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Can I borrow your glasses?

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/24/2015
Recently, I was sitting in a restaurant with a group of friends. One of my friends left his reading glasses in his car. When he strained in a desperate attempt to read the menu, I smiled and offered my glasses. Apparently, his desire to save a trip to the car was sufficient motivation to give them a try. My prescription was less precise than he expected. After a little effort, he was able to make out the words and order his meal.
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Don’t Burn Down the Forest!

Dr. Fred Johnson | 8/17/2015
“Trust is like a forest.  It takes a long time to grow and can burn down with just a touch of carelessness.” – David Horsager
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Curiosity

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/10/2015
Do you have a strong desire to learn?
 
It’s hard to imagine a context in which a leader would respond negatively to such a question. With all the deluge of content aimed at lifelong learning and learning organizations, it seems to be a given. Leaders are supposed to say, “Yes” to learning.
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Caution! Challenges Ahead!

Dr. Fred Johnson | 8/5/2015
New leaders are often faced with unexpected challenges.  There are always tasks that a previous position did not prepare you for, or that the person who filled the role previously did not warn you about.
 
Being a leader is about helping those who you work with, to help make them as productive as possible.  Oftentimes leaders forget that one of their main goals is to make sure everyone else has as much, if not more, success than they have.  This is a challenge – the balance between improving oneself and improving others is difficult to find.
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Improve the speed and accuracy of decision-making

Dr. Paul Metler | 8/3/2015
When parents counsel their children about decision-making, they typically boil it down to three words, “Make good choices.” It’s a pretty good framework for developing decision-making at all levels of life and it sounds infinitely more positive than “Don’t do anything stupid.” However, sometimes it’s easier said than done.
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Learning from Failure Leads to Success

Dr. Fred Johnson | 7/27/2015
At my college commencement ceremony, the speaker reminded us of something – that failure is inevitable.  It happens to everyone.  Everyone has to face it at some point in his or her life.  But eventually, failure is going to become a part of your success.
 
Marti Wronski reminded me and the rest of my graduating class that baseball players are considered great if they can bat .300 for a season or more – that means that they fail seven out of every ten times they are at bat.  Failure is going to happen throughout life, and especially throughout careers.
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Build Relational Skills to Improve Your Leadership

Dr. Fred Johnson | 7/13/2015
Developing relationships at work may seem like a skill leaders can put on the back burner, but developing relational skills can impact your employees’ productivity and your organization’s culture (and possibly even your boss’s opinion of you).
 
Relational skills are coming to the forefront of modern workplaces.  Patience, trustworthiness, empathy, and reliability are all key relational components to personally develop.  These abilities will impact your relationships both inside and outside of your organization.
 
“Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” – John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leaders Around You
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