Create Dialogue That Makes a Difference – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 11

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 20, 2017

A cheers is in order! You’ve completed the 3rd part of the Courageous Communicator Quest journey. What did you learn about your employees that you didn’t know before? Did you gain any new perspectives? 

You’ve come so far. You’ve made it to the final leg of the challenge: Leading Through Honest Communication. This will be the hardest yet. Why? Because now you must combine all of the things you have learned in the previous three parts, and actively put them to use in your daily interactions with employees. Where past challenges asked you to look within, to understand your situation, and to work toward an understanding of others, now you’ll need to directly connect with others to inspire them to action and help achieve your vision. You’re so close. 

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Understand Others & Listen Empathetically – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 10

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 13, 2017

During last week’s Challenge, did you notice the impact emotionally connecting with purpose had on your employees? How did they respond? Tapping into people’s emotions allows us to command an audience’s attention and helps drive your organization’s strategy forward. 

This is one of my favorite challenges. To get work done through others, you’ll need to develop an understanding of how others think and why they think the way they do. The Courageous Communicator knows that empathy, or the ability to put oneself in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their perspective (which is not to say that you have to agree with or condone their thoughts and actions) is an essential component of great leadership. 

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Create an Emotional Connection – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 9

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Sep 06, 2017

How did your employees respond to you during last week’s Challenge? Inquisitive looks? Big smiles? It’s important to continue to keep those words and phrases as a part of your regularly used vocabulary, whether they’re new to you or not. The path of great leadership is a continuous one, not a one-time event. 

In this Challenge, you’ll see how emotionally connecting your employees to business goals is an integral part to communicating effectively. What we feel impacts what we do and goes a long way because it’s more memorable and motivating to the listener. 

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Embrace Kindness and Caring – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 8

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Aug 28, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the halfway point and completed the first two parts in the Courageous Communicator Quest journey. You’ve made a lot of headway and that’s something to be proud of; nonetheless we’ve still got plenty to do. 

From the last Challenge, do you feel that your planned communications were more thoughtful and purposeful? Did it help you achieve more of the outcomes you want to see? 

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Plan Your Communication – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 7

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 23, 2017

Welcome back! After completing the last Challenge, how do you feel getting your vision down onto paper? This will serve as a strategic framework for which all leaders and employees operate. 

Now that you have formally written your vision down, the next step is to plan and be purposeful in communicating it to your team and employees to move your vision forward. Communicating well accelerates the path to your goals, which brings us to your next Challenge… 

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Envision the Future – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 6

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 16, 2017

Cheers to your progress so far! What did you learn about your organization or division from the last Challenge that you didn’t know before? Any intriguing feedback? I expect you unearthed some great, actionable items, or at least some stepping off points. 

This next Challenge is Envisioning the Future. You might have the most compelling vision for your organization, yet if you can’t get it out of your head and get others to see it and believe in it, it might as well not even exist. 

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Develop an Accurate Picture of the Business – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 5

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 09, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve completed the first part of Courageous Communicator Quest that began with Knowing Yourself and owning who you are. Chances are, you stepped out of your comfort zone, and learned a lot about yourself. You are now ready for the second leg of your journey: What You Want to Accomplish. 

Start by asking yourself: What are your business goals? Big picture, where do you want to go? Do you have a vision for where you want to take your organization or division and what you hope to accomplish? Just as important, have you figured out how to explain all of it to others in a way that they can understand? Without context and planning, you’re venturing out to lead without the tools you need to succeed. 

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Stay True to Yourself Under Pressure (Integrity) – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 4

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Aug 03, 2017

Welcome back! How did sharing a personal story with your team or employee go in the last challenge? From experience, employees appreciate the human elements that come with integrating stories into communications about the business. It makes executives human and relatable. Because, employees want to know who you are before they will listen to what you have to say. 

And now onto the 4th and last Challenge in the first leg of your journey—Knowing Yourself—to become a Courageous Communicator. This Challenge focuses on the hidden strength behind the ability to say “I don’t know.” Effective leaders need to be honest, straightforward and timely in sharing what you know—even when there are open issues and/or there’s much that still hasn’t been decided. 

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Disclose Yourself to Others – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 3

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jul 26, 2017

Making progress! Coming out of last week’s Challenge, did anything you learned about yourself surprise you, or shock you even? Did you get a new perspective? How did that resonate with you? 

This next Challenge in the Knowing Yourself phase is about helping others get to know you, too. Disclosing yourself to others also requires you to leave your comfort zone, yet the benefits that come along with disclosure are abundant including building trust, credibility, relationships and connections. 

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Become Self-Aware (Walk the Talk) – Courageous Communicator Quest Challenge 2

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jul 19, 2017

You made it through the first Challenge, cheers! I expect you learned a great deal about your leadership style and strategy. The Challenge allowed you to hold a mirror up to yourself, any strategy like this can be helpful and get you better results.

Continuing on with the first part in our Courageous Communicator Quest—Knowing Yourself—we come to your next Challenge: Becoming Self-Aware (Walking the Talk).

In this week’s Challenge, you might hear some things about yourself that you don’t want to hear. Remember back to the introduction to this journey where I mentioned some might be easy for you, and with others, you might want to quit, to walk away, but in the end you will achieve greatness? This is one of those, a challenge where you will need to leave the safety of your comfort zone, but I urge you to keep going. It is worth it.

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