How Much is Written About Leadership and Communication?

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That is the question I asked when the crew at MMI Communication decided to launch a new website, as a coaching tool and resource about leadership and communication, to help others along their own leadership journey. When you do a search on Amazon.com for books, on “Leadership” you will find 124,000+ results. Do the same with “Communication” and there are 345,000+ results. Mind you, these are just the books.   Add articles and blogs on a Google search and you will find millions with the number growing daily.   Clearly, there is an abundance of good and not-so-good material out there. My…

Leadership and Communication Q&A

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Leaders succeed or fail in part based on how well they can articulate their vision to get others motivated and inspired to take action. We chat with Mike Martorella, Founder of MMI Communication, about what it takes to communicate as a leader today. Q: Why is the need to communicate effectively so important today for leaders? A: Leadership and communication go hand-in-hand. Leaders are in a fishbowl; they’re always “on”. They’re being judged constantly by their peers, direct reports, the Board of Directors, the media, and many others. So knowing who they are, what they want to communicate and being…

Returning to Mindful Communication Part 2: Speaking

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In my last post Returning to Mindful Communication Part 1: Listening, I talked about the importance of leaders being present in the moment and focused on communicating genuinely with their teams through active listening. Now that both ears are tuned in, it is important to go a little deeper in another important ingredient of effective mindful communication, which is speaking. ~ Mike “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca.  Another facet of mindful communication that is important to effective leadership is focused speaking.  The success or failure…

Returning to Mindful Communication Part 1: Listening

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When you dig a little deeper into my three recent posts, 3 Simple Ways to Connect With Your Audience, Improving Your Communication sCORE℠, and 3 P’s of Communication Checklist you begin to see that self-awareness is a vital ingredient for effective mindful communication. The very core of mindful communication centers on LISTENING and SPEAKING. Over the years I have received positive feedback from my coaching clients as we apply principles and tools to help them improve their own leadership communication. I believe these are timeless resources. In this post I will focus on mindful listening. ~ Mike Effective leaders find…

3 Ps of Communication Checklist

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The client was determined to make his point. He thought the message would be clear during our coaching session. He was passionate about the content when he practiced and obviously knew what he was talking about – at least he came across that way. He anticipated a positive response. I told him his command of the material was excellent and that the message seemed clear to him but that I wasn’t so sure it would be clear to his audience. I asked him to evaluate his communication using the 3 Ps- Purpose, People and Point. When we went through the…

Improving Your Communication sCORE℠

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An observation tool that will help you tune in to how others present themselves and can be a useful measurement for how you present yourself using the sCORE℠ Model. A lot has changed in ways that we communicate since I first created and started using the sCORE℠ Model with my coaching clients back in 2002. Regardless of today’s delivery system – live, electronic media and albeit those rare hand written notes – we will benefit from being mindful of how we come across. The sCORE℠ Model has become a mainstay for observing others and evaluating how we present ourselves. How…