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Fierce Conversation Principles Part 2

If you read my previous article (if you haven’t you can here)  I discussed the initial 4 principles of Susan Scott’s book ‘Fierce Conversations’. This week I want to look at the final 3 principles that support powerful, impactful and transformative conversations, so you can complete your thinking about what these conversations mean in reality and importantly how you can have [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:28+00:00January 29th, 2018|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Fierce Conversation Principles Part 2

Fierce Conversation Principles Part 1

‘Fierce Conversations’, what does that phrase mean to you? It doesn’t mean aggressive, cruel or threatening, that’s for sure according to Susan Scott. If you read my previous articles about her book that carries this title, you’ll remember she shares some principles of having powerful conversations that in her words enrich relationships. As she also says, “The conversation is the relationship”. [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:28+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Fierce Conversation Principles Part 1

The impact of words

How much thought do you give the words you use? If you're like most people, probably only more thought when you are in a more challenging situation or when the stakes are high. However, the impact of words you use is certainly worth considering. I recently read Susan Scott's 'Fierce Conversations'. It's a striking book where she shares some principles [...]

By |2019-01-27T18:52:45+00:00January 8th, 2018|Professional relationships|Comments Off on The impact of words

Are you listening enough?

You may have heard it said that we have two ears and one mouth. The implication being that we should talk less and listen more. This is harder to do for many people than it sounds. After all, many people like to talk about themselves and what they know. It’s about properly listening too – not just hearing words but [...]

By |2019-02-20T17:36:05+00:00December 4th, 2017|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Are you listening enough?

How do you react to being treated functionally?

We've all been there, at a networking event where someone rapidly asks what we do and then looks to get away as quickly as possible when we are clearly of no interest or use to them. It doesn't feel pleasant does it? How might we then react if that same person came back to us later and asked for our help, [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:29+00:00November 20th, 2017|Professional relationships|Comments Off on How do you react to being treated functionally?

Exposing yourself

If you have read my article about considering PIE (if not here is the link) , you’ll understand how important ‘Exposure’ is to your career progression. How do you go about increasing your exposure? What should you consider? In this article, I want to give you some top tips to start to make a plan about how to increase your exposure, [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:29+00:00October 24th, 2017|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Exposing yourself

Strategic relationships to impact your career and professional success

Strategic relationships - what does this term mean to you? It is about what it says but then the big question is, do you take time to think about these? Who they should be with and how you will go about building them? Do you know you should be connecting with people more but struggle to find the time and motivation [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:31+00:00March 5th, 2017|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Strategic relationships to impact your career and professional success

Small talk – top three tips for getting it going positively!

Small talk, a phrase dreaded by many as it usually conjures up pictures of an awkward situation where you have to make conversation with someone you don't know at all or don't know well. In reality, it might not just be awkward situations when it is necessary but situations that become awkward if you find 'small talk' challenging. Situations when [...]

By |2019-11-07T21:07:20+00:00September 20th, 2016|Networking, Professional relationships|Comments Off on Small talk – top three tips for getting it going positively!

Does your relationship give you permission?

Have you ever had someone give you what you felt was unsolicited feedback? Someone pass comment when you don't feel they are not well placed to do so? Negative feedback is often hard to accept wholeheartedly (not just at work, but in our personal lives too!) but if you think about it, when is it most acceptable, especially if you haven't [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:33+00:00August 18th, 2016|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Does your relationship give you permission?

Don't burn your bridges

The last few weeks in politics have thrown up lots of things to consider, particularly around leadership, professional relationships and integrity. It's interesting to think about the Cabinet and how, until recently, they were probably all focused on what the Prime Minister David Cameron and George Osborne (wannabee Prime Minister) thought of them. We'll probably never know the exact reasons for [...]

By |2018-08-08T07:32:33+00:00July 15th, 2016|Professional relationships|Comments Off on Don't burn your bridges