Leadership Communication

Top 10 Blog Posts From 2019

Happy New Year! I want to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of my subscribers. I appreciate your support, your comments, and this remarkable community of people who care about better communication and more compassion at work. In keeping with tradition, here are the most read posts from my blog in 2019. (more…)

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Top 10 Fake News Stories of 2019

Top 10 Fake News Stories of 2019

The drama mavens would prefer that you to believe these fake narratives because they keep you small and afraid and willing to accept anything.

  1. Overnight success is just a click away
  2. Power builds safety
  3. Difference is the enemy
  4. There’s not enough to go around
  5. My beliefs are better
  6. Vulnerability is weak
  7. Life is a competition
  8. You don’t need anyone else
  9. Other people can make you feel good or bad
  10. A better phone camera will make you more popular

The Struggle Is Real

Struggle is not a bad thing. Conflict is not something to be avoided or used as a weapon. Diversity is not the enemy. Life isn’t supposed to be easy and fit into neat categories.

Compassion Headlines You Can Believe

Compassion is the practice of demonstrating that people are valuable, capable, and responsible. Compassion fosters connection, innovation, and purpose. Here are some news stories you can believe.

  • There’s a positive purpose for diversity
  • Conflict is natural and produces energy
  • The purpose of conflict is to create, not destroy
  • Connection, not division, is the key to our strength and survival
  • Vulnerability requires courage and builds trust
  • Leadership is about leveraging diverse gifts towards shared goals
  • There is plenty to go around when you adopt an abundance mindset
  • There are no shortcuts
  • You are 100% responsible for your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors
  • A better phone camera will reveal more of your imperfections

What if you embraced these true compassion stories for 2020. How could your life and your relationships change? How much better could you become as a leader?

Copyright Next Element Consulting, LLC 2019

With The Compassion Mindset Course you can stop the drain of negative workplace interactions turn that energy into greater connection, engagement, and productivity.

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Top Leadership Lessons From My Podcast Guests

This year I launched my new podcast, OnCompassion with Dr. Nate. Learning leadership lessons from my guests has been so rewarding.

At the end of each episode I consolidate and share my top three takeaways. Here are several leadership lessons I thought were particularly rich.

The Action Is In The Interaction – Doug Conant

Leaders have 200-400 interactions per day of less than 2-min. Your legacy as a leader will be dependent on how you handle those interactions. Life is too fragmented and dynamic to rely on traditional approaches to communication – tomorrow’s leaders have to be fluid in the small moments.

Compassion Requires Boundaries – Laura Cole

Laura’s horse, Watson, has a habit of nibbling shirts. Yet successful executives at the top of their game allow him to bite holes in their shirts because they don’t want to be mean or don’t know how to stop it. Lack of boundaries isn’t nice. It deprives others of a more healthy way to interact with us and form a meaningful relationship. And, it invites us to form negative opinions of others who seem to disrespect our wants and needs.

Vulnerability Is A Secret Weapon – Jody Horner

With help from an executive coach, coupled with her desire to make more meaningful, positive connections with people, Jody went from believing that she needed to make sure there were no chinks in her armor – being professional to a fault – to showing more of her real self at work. What she experienced was that her credibility as a leader went through the roof.

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Two Mistakes That Will Kill Your Employee Recognition Program

This SHRM/Globoforce Employee Recognition Survey found that less than 30% of employees surveyed were satisfied with their organization’s recognition efforts. Among organizations who had a formal recognition program, less than 50% were satisfied.

How can it be that even among organizations who are making the effort and have good intentions, less than half of their employees are satisfied?

Two mistakes can kill even the best-intentioned recognition efforts; Focus on recognition instead of motivation, and selective hearing which leads to prejudice. (more…)

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Leadership and Manipulation: Donald Trump Case Study, Part 2

What’s the difference between leadership and manipulation? This two-part series explores this very question using Donald Trump as the case study. In Part One I introduced the topic and shared three of the six tactics that skilled manipulators use to get what they want. Here are the other three, along with positive leadership lessons. (more…)

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Leadership and Manipulation: Donald Trump Case Study, Part 1

I get a lot of requests to write about Donald Trump’s personality. Let’s start with an update to two articles I wrote in 2016 during Donald Trump’s campaign for president.

Trump is good. I mean, really good. When it comes to imposing his will on others, without their awareness or permission, Trump is one of the best I’ve ever seen in this generation. Webster defines manipulation like this:

Manipulation is to control or play upon by artful, unfair, or insidious means especially to one’s own advantage.


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Mis-Communicable Diseases

Mis-communicable diseases are illnesses passed from person to person through miscommunication. That’s because miscommunication infects people with negativity; inferiority, guilt, shame, and fear. Forget the basic cases of not understanding each other. I’m talking about getting hooked, and the next thing you know, you’re under the weather. (more…)

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How to Increase Engagement With Coaching Clients: Adaptive Communication Part 2

Personality only matters if two or more people are trying to get something done.

This is Part 2 of a short series on how to increase engagement with six different personality types in coaching. Using the Process Communication Model (PCM®), coaches can adapt how they communicate and motivate to greatly increase buy-in, engagement, and participation in coaching. Coaches can use these insights to monitor their own behavior better, recognize how to keep themselves in a healthy place, and reduce miscommunication with their clients.

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Three Seductive Emotions That Often Backfire And What To Do About Them

Life has challenges. Conflict happens. Stress is a given.

When life happens, often we have emotional reactions in our body faster than our brains can make up stories to understand what’s happening. Mix those emotions with our past history and our personality tendencies and the stories we make up can get pretty crazy. We’ve all heard it said that the key to happiness and satisfaction isn’t what happens to you, but how you respond.

That’s much easier said than done because some emotions are easier to deal with than others. Here are three highly seductive emotions that can lead us down a dangerous path of drama and self-justification. The stakes are high for what we do next in these situations. (more…)

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Borders, Walls, and Smokescreens: Part 2

Everybody has borders they want to protect. Nothing wrong with that. We all build walls to protect those borders. That’s normal.

The problem is, most of us claim borders and build walls that are a cover up for the real issues. These smoke screens serve the purpose of helping us feel justified, but aren’t effective in the long run because of the sacrifices they require.

In Part 1 I outlined three of the six smokescreens we use to justify building a wall. Here are the other three.  (more…)

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