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Sound Intelligent, Powerful, Polished, Articulate And Confident
Do you want to sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate and confident? Of course you do! Voice coach Carol Fleming, Ph.D. gave us some great insights based on her years of study and working with thousands of clients.
Speak just a bit slower to allow yourself to select your most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.
Use short, simple declarative sentences. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. Cut out any useless connectors, adjectives and adverbs, especially superlatives.
Never answer a question with a blunt 'yes' or 'no.' Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, "No, I did not see it." "Yes, I know Mary."
Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to final 't' and 'ng.'
Carry your body up. Hold your head as if you had a crown on it. Don't let your arms and legs have side to side motion when you move. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body.v
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  HIRE the BEST & AVOID the REST!                                            May 2018
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Artificial Intelligence Threat
Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses a threat to eliminate a variety of jobs today through automation. To define, AI makes it possible for machines to learn human-like tasks through experience. Computers can now handle many tasks and process large amounts of information and patterns in data. This is a serious concern to society and how we run business and livelihoods.
The Threat of Mass Unemployment
If computers replace employees, what would that look like? Research shows that we could have a mass unemployment on our hands. The top positions that could disappear are real estate brokers, sports referees, and insurance claims adjusters because AI would be able to handle these roles well and it would be cheaper.
People would act out in fear if this happened. Lawyers, managers, writers, and other white-collar workers would perhaps be in rebellion out of frustration, fear, and lack of work.
They could be replaced by AI.
AI Capabilities
People have thought for years that computers would never be able to replace people for different reasons. A few of them include the ability to:
  • Show empathy
  • Be emotional
  • Creativity
However, as time passes, these are becoming more and more part of the AI capabilities. Two decades ago, this was unfathomable but it's clearly possible today. Those that work on the continued development of AI have even begun to show signs of concern for the future and what the capabilities look like.
Potential Revolution
A revolution of white-collar workers could be a potential result to AI taking their jobs in the future. White-collar workers have a sphere of influential people. They are organized. They understand the larger problem, and can gain sympathy from others who could potentially lose their jobs too.
The underlying problem of a potential revolt would be a politico-economic system that does not separate wealth and state and focuses on wealth above all else.
AI is something to pay attention to since it is a threat and one that only continues to grow. The job market as we know it today is changing and will look quite different as the years go by.
What should we do as a society to improve this situation?
AI appears to be here to stay and we need to think through what that looks like and how to handle it for the future.v
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved.
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Leaders Excel With These Different Leadership Styles
Drive, along with effective leadership, allows you to develop a strong robust team and grow your business. Make sure your decisions meet challenges head-on with these 6 effective leadership styles:
1. Action-Oriented
This leadership style will feel very comfortable to high potentials on your team. "Getting the job done" is critical for action focus team members facing tight deadlines and specific project guidelines. Quick decision making is imperative and often there is no time to test and tweak to deliver results needed in your organization.
2. Transformative
Encourage transformative style team members to bring new ideas to the table frequently. As a leader, you need to ask qualifying questions and give time to process and offer options. When transformative style leaders feel their ideas affect the team positively, it encourages them to keep pushing forward.
3. Encouraging
Giving your team the confidence to produce ideas will help take the organization to the next level. Providing them with constructive feedback and reflecting on past successes, will encourage them toward future success. Often team members lack the confidence to speak up even though they have the right information.
Provide an encouraging environment and keep everyone focused.
4. Empowerment
Build your team's authority by allowing them to make decisions and execute their ideas. A team that has the ability to make effective decisions will reduce turnover and increase engagement and ultimately can contribute to bottom-line effectiveness.
5. Reflective
Self-reflection is the key for this leadership style. Analyzing past events, actions, and results will help generate new ideas & solutions. This allows you to experience insights that may result in better opportunities for the future. This style is powerful, but it can be difficult at time as it requires you to put aside your vision and inspirations to let the team discover its own path forward.
6. Idealistic
For some, this style comes naturally and for others, it takes work. As an idealistic thinker, it is important to demonstrate the desired outcomes. Paint a detailed and vivid picture of the desired results. While this style is highly persuasive, use it sparingly; as its power comes in with infrequent and strategic use.
Great leaders know how to leverage natural skills and work on developing individual weaknesses.
It is essential to know which approach is best to use in specific circumstances and know when to avoid overusing one just because you excel at it. v
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved

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The Big Ask
Simply asking more of people helps them to rise up to any occasion. What if you could achieve more for your business just by asking more of your team?
 People are often flattered when asked to do something different or new. Asking the big and small questions, you will see your team and business enjoy success and thrive overall.

Ask for More

Think about how you can ask more of your staff. Shying away from asking them to take on challenges and big situations, you limit their growth and potential. By asking them to achieve, you empower them to do just that and they feel more significant too.

Ways to Ask Big

You will get further when you ask your team to assist with the big stuff.
  • Ask them to do what they enjoy most.
  • Ask them to use their skills and strengths.
  • Ask them to do things that go along with their vision, morals, and values.
  • Ask them to suggest ways they can assist.
  • Ask them to stretch their wings and take the plunge to try new things.
  • Ask them to think outside the box.
You have not because you ask not. Therefore, it's time to start asking big.

10 Ways to Have Confidence and Ask Big

  1. Seek out those who want to contribute.
  2. Be forthright and simply ask rather than skirt the issue.
  3. Give of yourself to others.
  4. Connect with people before you ask something of them.
  5. Let them have a chance to think your request over and resist the urge to fill space with words. Give them a chance to answer you.
  6. Take a poll and ask who would be interested in working on projects.
  7. Take steps to ask for smaller things before you ask big.
  8. Give people an out so that the "ask" is not actually an insisting situation.
  9. Accept people that say yes to your ask, even if they may not be the best fit. It could be an opportunity for growth.
10.Ask for suggestions when you ask someone to try something new.
Feel free to ask big of your team. Most likely, they will rise to the occasion if given the chance. Then watch the growth within your business and the dynamic solutions that are the result of asking big.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved
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