communication

When Less Is More

We have all been its victims at one time or another. We have all endured the agony of a mind-numbing torrent of pedagogic dysentery. You know what I’m talking about… the teacher or speaker who just won’t shut up. As the words upon words upon words plop out of his mouth, your mind sinks into a state of hibernation as it awaits the hour of its liberation. What causes this sadistic behavior on the part…

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How to Lose the Bored Listener Blues

Have you ever been a bored listener? Have you ever sat across the table from or stood facing someone who started telling you a story that seemed to go on forever? You know the feeling. You want to listen but your mind just keeps drifting off. What can a leader do? I found help with this problem when I heard about and began practicing the art of Active Listening. Active listening is a powerful tool…

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How to be “Nice” and Still be a Winner

In a recent article for The Vancouver Sun, Douglas Todd asks the question: “Is niceness a curse in leadership, including politics?” I think it’s a great question, a question well-worth taking a moment to reflect upon. Todd begins by asking: Is niceness a curse in leadership? Do people with understanding reputations always finish last in politics, business and life? He goes on to talk about two hotly contested campaigns in British Columbia and the fact…

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  • Philippians 2:3-4 September 18, 2021
    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
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