“The art of communication is the language of leadership.“ -James Humes
Working professionals today are bombarded with more obligations, responsibilities, and opportunities than we know what to do with. We live in a world of crazy schedules, demands, and responsibilities, both personally and professionally. And it doesn’t look like the world is slowing down anytime soon.
It’s all too easy to forget that those around you, e.g. co-workers, clients, friends, and family members are all likely experiencing the same challenges and difficulties. And when we do forget this, we wind up trying to connect and collaborate with others thinking, “what’s in it for me?”
As a result of doing so, we have a communication breakdown because the person (or people) you are leading aren’t exactly motivated by what you want, but rather by what they want.
In this episode of the White Collar Therapy & Leadership Show with Host Robb Holman, myself, and Terry Lancaster we discuss the importance that communication has connecting with people in our sphere of influence. The idea that in order to have lasting effective communication, you need to shift your own thinking to understanding that what’s in it for them is what’s in it for you.
The White Collar Therapy & Leadership Show
Aired live in January 2020
Communication – What’s in It for Them is What’s in It for You
The inspiration for this session came from chapter two of Robb’s book All In – How Impactful Teams Build Trust from the Inside Out, which you can purchase on Amazon from this link.
In this chapter, Robb writes about embracing silence and connecting by looking after the interest of others. He also explores the importance of understanding the language of appreciation.
The chapter closes with a call to action – a challenge: Who is one team member you can serve more intentionally over the next 30 days, applying one or more of the communication principles covered in the chapter.
About White Collar Therapy
The WCT Show is a bi-weekly live streaming webcast that features a group of friends who meet in a virtual coffee shop to explore leadership challenges that they, and all of us, face in the workplace.
The show is recorded and then featured on the White Collar Therapy Podcast.
For more information about White Collar Therapy and how you can participate and benefit from this incredible leadership program for business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs, follow this link and sign up free today.
White Collar Therapy is a free program with deep benefits, and by signing up you also get a free copy of Robb Holman’s Boundaries Decision Map, plus a 40% discount on Robb’s Inside Out Leadership Academy which includes more than 30 hours of practical leadership coaching and courses.