Greetings,
 
As I drop our fourth child, Sadie, off at college and take on the title of "Empty Nester," I am reminded of the discomfort that comes with change.  With change, comes the opportunity to work on communication -- whether at home, work, or in our communities.  Effective communication includes our ability to listen to one another and ourselves.  It is vital to take time for self-reflection, which includes asking ourselves critical questions instead of filling the time with talk.  How often have you felt 'talked at' rather than heard?  Or hellbent that your idea is the best and only right idea?  In our lives and companies, the quality of our life and communication directly correlates to the quality of our questions, especially when change is in the air. 
 
At our last family dinner before sending Sadie off to college, I asked the question, "Between now and the end of the year, what are two intentions you have?"  This question greatly enriched our conversation and allowed us to embrace the change by focusing on really listening to one another.  What questions will help you to transform your relationships and environments?  I encourage you to start asking them today.

With respect,

Kip

 
 
Non-verbal Communication: Everything from Facial Expression to Proximity

When you're speaking with a new acquaintance or an old friend, how spatially aware are you?  Are you conscious of your body language and the general message that it's sending?  Research says that about 80% of the meaning of your message is communicated non-verbally. 

Think about it -- a smile, a laugh, a look of disapproval, a shrug, or a weak handshake -- all "say" different things.  When we're happy, we're inclined to smile, and when we're feeling shy or uncomfortable, we might cross our arms, go hide in a corner, or avoid eye contact... 

 


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
Research shows that when an organization improves their communication, they experience heightened morale, productivity, accountability, and retention.  Our workshop provides you with tools designed for immediate use with colleagues and clients. 



LUNCH AND LEARN
THE FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP
  • Thursday, November 14, 2017
Leadership begins with self-awareness. This workshop utilizes self-awareness as a catalyst to behavioral change and success.  This lunch and learn offers insights you can use immediately and gives you a preview of exciting possibilities for strengthened company culture through our programming.

"PURE CONSCIOUSNESS"
A MEDITATION COURSE
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
A four-week course on the practice of heart-based meditation, teaching newcomers essential breathing techniques while also enforcing good daily discipline. 



EXCELLENCE UNBOUND
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 and Friday, November 17, 2017
A 2-Day Development initiative designed to embolden leaders, inspire creativity and mindfulness, and tap into the personal and professional power base that drives business performance.



Photo: Excellence Unbound alumni
of September 21 & 22, 2017



BOOK OF THE MONTH

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership 

by  John Maxwell 

In this book, John Maxwell delves into the process of becoming a successful leader by examining how questions can be used to their advantage.  What are the questions leaders should ask themselves?  What question should they ask members of their team?  The advice within these pages will help listeners assess their current position, and structure an effective plan to achieve their goals. 

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FEATURED ARTICLE

"Poor Communication" Is Often a Symptom of a Different Problem
 
Do employees complain that your company suffers from a lack of communication?  That the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing?  Maybe the one doing the complaining is you.  Or perhaps, as many companies do, you conducted an employee engagement survey and "lack of communication" emerged as a top gripe. 

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