Congratulations! You’ve been promoted. Now, Listen up!

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You’ve been given your ticket to the big show. YOU are in the driver’s seat. You’re full of ideas and motivated to get started. Before you jump in with all those great changes you can’t wait to implement, take a deep breath and tune-in. What your new team needs from you now more than anything is to be heard. It takes time to build trust. Invest your time to ask good questions, listen then listen more, build credibility and work with your team to align and execute the vision together.~ Mike The Biggest Communication Mistake New Leaders Make They say…

Are You a Business ‘Badass’?

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Okay, it’s not warm and fuzzy but don’t be put-off by the title. I found the article, 8 Qualities of Fearless CEOs, on CEO.com both thought provoking and informative. If you truly want to be a fearless leader, decide what qualities a fearless leader demonstrates. Make your own list of these qualities and refer to it often. This article is a good reference that may simply be a reminder of what you already know. And if some of the points present new thinking, it’s probably time to muster up some fearless behaviors. ~ Mike 8 Qualities Of Fearless CEOs CEO.com…

“We Have Another Day” – An Act of Gratitude

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During my early career days I had been given an opportunity as the leader of a 15-person team on a sizable project with a tight deadline. I was 25 years old and could do anything I put my mind to – at least that’s how I saw it.   The project hit a snag, which set us back on our schedule. I could sense failure on the horizon and that was unacceptable. My drive to get things done faster and right resulted in my growing impatience with the team to a point well beyond reason. Productivity plummeted and we were no…

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…