The most important thing to know about communication is that not everyone likes to give and get information in the same way:
‒ Everyone has different emotional needs.
‒ Everyone is in a different emotional state.
‒ Everyone has different communication styles and preferences.
‒ Everyone hears information differently.
‒ Cultural, educational and economic diversity increase these differences.
If we want to speak so everyone listens, we must undo our own communication biases, know how to identify what type of communication our audience wants, and learn to adjust our communication style accordingly and in the moment so our message is heard and understood.
To simplify the process, I’ve distilled it down to the following four major personality types, Intuitive, Functional, Analytical and Personal. Each personality type has its own preferred style of communication.
Some leaders believe neglecting their physical health is the price they pay for leadership—whether they’re at the helm of a big corporation or small nonprofit. In fact, too many leaders: Dr. James Rippe of Tufts University School of Medicine found that 40 percent of Fortune 500 executives are obese, while 73 percent live a sedentary lifestyle. That’s a problem for us all. Unhealthy execs produce unhealthy companies, which in turn yield unhealthy employees.
How can you know how well—or ill—you’re doing? Here are six signs impaired physical health may be affecting your ability to lead.
Imagine that you have a meeting scheduled for 60 minutes, but you only have 45 minutes worth of content to fill that meeting. How long does that meeting last? Typically, it lasts the full 60 minutes. What if you only have 35 minutes worth of content for a scheduled 60 minute meeting? In most workplaces, the meeting still lasts 60 minutes. How about 25 minutes of content? Don’t worry; you’ll still be there for 60 minutes. And what if you actually had 60 minutes worth of content? In that case, your meeting would probably take 90 minutes!
For you scientist types, you learned in physics class (thanks to Boyle and Bernoulli) that a gas will expand to fill the available space (for example, there’s not a little pocket of oxygen in the middle of your office right now; it’s expanded to fill your entire office). Well, in more ways than one, meetings are like gas; they will expand to fill whatever space you give them.