#083: 5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Conversationalist [Podcast]

Great conversations are a balance of give and take like a ping pong match. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

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This is an essential leadership skill and one that can be learned with a little practice.

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5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

Several years ago, when I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I was presiding over our monthly business review meeting. One by one, each of our divisional managers would appear before the executive team and review their operating results for the previous month.

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At the first break, one of my business consultants who was attending pulled me aside.

“Are you angry at someone?”

“No,” I said, somewhat surprised.

#082: How to Keep Your Team Aligned During Times of Intense Change [Podcast]

The key to keeping your team aligned in the midst of change or chaos is communication. Unfortunately, most leaders are not intentional about this. They either don’t communicate or don’t have a plan for rolling their message out. The result is that people are left to create their own narrative about what is happening.

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If you are going to be an effective leader, you must be deliberate in keeping your team informed. If you don’t, you will create a tremendous amount of “sideways energy” as people speculate and come to the wrong conclusion.

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What If You Could Get Paid Doing What You Love?

Perhaps you think you can’t do work you love and get paid for it. That’s what I used to think, too. Until someone showed me how to do both.

I had always had a desire to have a great impact through speaking and writing. I just couldn’t figure out how to get paid for it—at least not enough to make a living.

How the Placebo Effect Can Tank or Torpedo Your Career Dreams

This is a guest post by Lucille Zimmerman. She is a licensed professional counselor and the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter.

I’m guessing most people have heard of the Placebo Effect. A doctor tells a patient this little pill is going to help cure whatever ails her. But the pill is no medicine at all. It is a sugar pill. The unknowing patient believes she’s going to get better, so she does. It is the positive expectation that creates the cure.

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Have you ever thought about what power a placebo really has? The Placebo Effect is not some imaginary thing. A real chemical change happens within a person’s body after taking a sugar pill (or receiving a saline injection, sham procedure, etc.) because the person believes in the medicinal quality.