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    July 18th, 2013

    ♫ And there’s a road I have to follow, a place I have to go 
    Well no-one told me just how to get there 
    But when I get there I’ll know 
    ‘Cause I’m taking it 
    Step by step, bit by bit, 
    Stone by stone (yeah), brick by brick (oh, yeah) 
    Step by step, day by day, mile by mile…

    Lyrics and music by: Even Stevens, Eddie Rabbitt and David Malloy, recorded by Whitney Houston.



    This is another great gust post from Beth Flynn of the Ohio Leadership Center.  In this post she concentrates on the 15 steps for effective communication:

    • Let go of your own ideas, role, and agenda and try to understand what the other person is saying.
    • Become curious about what makes them tick.
    • Before you speak, draw out the other person’s ideas.
    • Search behind the words for the other person’s meaning. Especially is he or she disagrees with you.
    • Discover and manage your listener’s unspoken expectations.
    • Respond respectfully and nondefensively acknowledging and addressing the other person’s concerns first.
    • Choose an appropriate form of communicating.
    • Speak respectfully, empathically, and responsively.
    • Demonstrate that you heard the other person’s deeper needs and feelings.
    • Anticipate objections and address them before they are raised.
    • Clarify and emphasize our agreements.
    • Acknowledge differences and restate issues positively.
    • State your interests instead of your positions.
    • Ask for feedback.
    • Compliment the other person for listening

    From: Cloke, K. & Goldsmith, J. (2011). Resolving conflicts at work: ten strategies for everyone on the job (3rd Ed). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 51-54.

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    Thanks Beth for another great tip that will help us change one step at a time!


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