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5 Ways to Turn On Your Active Listening Abilities

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 27, 2017

You don't need to be bitten by a mutant spider to be capable of the extraordinary. All it takes is your attention and your intention to understand others.

Before moving on, just so we're clear, this post contains no promise of superhuman powers—you're already equipped with the amazing ability to empathize and listen. Instead, what follows are a series of steps to turning on your natural, active listening abilities. No spidey sense required.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy, Active Listening

Active vs Passive Listening: Do You Know The Difference?

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 26, 2017

The National Center for Voice and Speech asserts that the average person speaks at a rate of 150 words per minute (or wpm, for short), while the average person can passively listen to roughly 1,000 wpm. This ability to hear more words than can be said comes naturally, you might think—"two ears, one mouth," I can hear my mother say. But there's a big difference between being biologically inclined to passively listen and being skilled to actively engage in a given communication. The latter is something to be intentionally developed over time.

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Topics: Communication, Leadership, Empathy

Going Up? 3 Smart Moves to Support and Sustain Business Growth

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 19, 2017

It should be overtly stated (and undeniably understood) that status quo thinking in business is a hazard to avoid at all costs. 

But maybe you've just invested a wealth of time and resources into streamlining processes? Perhaps you're reaping the benefits of an effective marketing campaign? Whatever the case may be, you know your business is growing, or at least your hope is that it's about to take off fastWhy think otherwise?

With so much going on, adding more layers of planning, analysis and safeguards to infrastructure seems unreasonable, at least for the time being. In fact, the associated thought behind this kind of static behavior is that there just isn't enough time for anything else anyway.

It isn’t more time you need.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Time Management, Healthy Business Growth

Are You a Tactical or Strategic Business Leader?

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on October 11, 2017

Throughout history, war has been perceived as actions comprised of two distinct types of engagements. The first focuses on tactics—or the completion of outlined objectives. The second is centered on strategy—or the planning of scenarios that lead to and from successful battlefield encounters.

In pondering the parallels between war-fighting and business operations, these two types of engagements resemble two distinct leadership styles. And while all might be fair in (love and) war, certain behaviors and attitudes in business aren’t beneficial to your bottom line. Both styles exhibit strengths (and both are necessary at one time or another), yet one leadership style is exponentially more effective than the other in terms of business growth.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Management Development, Healthy Business Growth

The Business Developer's Guide to Time Valorization

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on September 28, 2017

DISCLAIMER: this is NOT the same advice you've seen or heard repeatedly on how to manage time effectively. Everyone knows that it isn't time so much as it is the priority of tasks in need of rearrangement, anyway.

And so, this blog asks not "how can I make better use of my time," but "how can I add value to my time?" And since you're taking time out of your day to read this, the information below has been condensed into three painless time valorization habits you can implement now to effect change in your organization today.

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Topics: Leadership, Time Management, Healthy Business Growth

5 Insightful Ways to Measure Impact of Management Training

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on September 25, 2017

Did you know that 83% of organizations aren't equipped with the right information to measure and evaluate the success of their training? If you’re planning to invest in the best management training out there, then you’re probably wondering how to effectively evaluate its impact. Here’s a quick breakdown on how you can do just that in the time it takes to read through this blog post!

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Topics: Leadership, Talent Retention, Management Development

Towards Talent Retention: Why to Invest Now in Management Training

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on September 19, 2017

More often than not, one of the most important aspects of effective leadership gets neglected. Quarter after quarter, and fiscal year after fiscal year, time and resources are budgeted in ways that, while certainly contribute to revenue growth, don’t cultivate value where it counts in the long run—with people. Simply put, management development, as a component of successful leadership continuity, needs your urgent attention. What's currently in its place? That new, expensive piece of equipment, the painful software migration, the costly expansion.

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Topics: Leadership, Succession Planning, Talent Retention, Management Development

The Millennial Perspective on Employee Development

Posted by Daniel Giraldo on September 08, 2017

The millennial generation has been given a bad rap over the years. They’ve been labeled as lazy, entitled, spoiled, soft—in worst cases, all the above.

But when it comes to Millennials in the workforce, these brandings are inaccurate statements and overgeneralizations of younger, hardworking employees.

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Topics: Leadership, Employee Development, Millennial Generation, Talent Retention, Management Development