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Posted by on in Communication

Collegial not confrontational is like honey not lemons!

What’s your approach dealing and interacting with people? Do you find people warm up to you right away or does it take a while? Do you think these first two questions may have a direct link? 

Well Sherlock, this ain’t rocket science. Once again common sense and its appropriate application have very positive results. Some things never change. 

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Posted by on in Communication

Don’t you just hate that!

I read something the other day that made me laugh. “Is the middle of my sentence interrupting the beginning of yours?”

In my mind, interrupting someone means that they are not listening to what you are saying. If they are not listening to you, you are wasting your time and any productive communications with this person is out the window.

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Posted by on in Communication

My last entry (read here) seems to have created a little bit of controversy, and I have received feedback from a couple of consultants about my ideas on how consultants should view workplace relationships.

I have been back and forth with each person that responded but I had one question that I thought I might address here.  As per the individual’s request, their identity will remain anonymous.

Here is one of the replies I received:

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Posted by on in Business

As a consultant, you walk into the office and notice you’re one of the first people on the job.  You throw on a pot of coffee.  You sit down at your desk, boot up the computer and get back to work on a deliverable you’d been up late working on the night before.

Slowly your co-workers, or the “employees”, drift into the office talking about the morning traffic, their relaxing evening of television, some upcoming sporting event or just to complain about the coffee.  You ignore the drone of voices surrounding your workspace and keep plugging away.  When they finally do get down to work it’s nearly break time and, before you know it, they are back up milling about.

Yet there you are, head down at your desk and pushing forward.  You feel like you pretty much carry the team.  So, why don’t they like you?

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Posted by on in Communication

Communication is easy. You listen and then respond right?

That’s the basic premise of good communications, but it is the single most important thing missing in the majority of projects and the business community in general.

If it is so simple why is it missing so often?

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Posted by on in Communication

Have you ever wondered why your boss took credit for your efforts or great ideas?

Somehow that does not instill the most appropriate focus and dedication in his/her staff.  Maybe it’s a little short sighted?

Credit is simply an overt pat on the back for doing something well. Sometimes the credit is deserved and sometimes it is not or simply misdirected.

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Posted by on in Communication

Is this important and why would it matter?

The way you treat people and I mean everyone here, says a lot about you and your character.  It is easier to treat everyone the same because you won’t have to remember 2 or 3 different versions of you!

And treating people differently is hard to do because it’s difficult to remember if someone is important (?) or not.  This is sarcasm.

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Posted by on in Communication

When was the last time you said thank you?

Do you always say thank you whenever someone does something for you? Even when it’s something minor, like holding the door open for you?

Why is it such a big deal to some folks and not so much to others?

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