The “Communication Power for Leaders” Fall 2014 Speaking Tour Released

The Fall, 2o14 Communication Power for Leaders Speaking Tour kicked off last Thursday in Greenville, S.C. and continues through December 9th in Washington, DC.
The speaking tour includes 8 cities, 7 states and 2 countries:

August 21: Greenville, S.C.
PMI (Project Management Institute) Palmetto Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

September 12: Omaha, Nebraska
SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Nebraska State Council
Keynote Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

September 24: Rochester, NY
Rochester Business Alliance
Workshop Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication

September 24: Rochester, NY
Rochester Business Alliance
Workshop Topic:
How Small Business Leaders Can Transform Employee Drama & Defensiveness into Employee Initiative & Ownership

October 20: Atlantic City, NJ
SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) New Jersey State Council
Breakout SessionTopic: 
How Small Business Leaders Can Transform Employee Drama & Defensiveness into Employee Initiative & Ownership

October 24: Chicago, IL
PMI (Project Management Institute) Chicagoland Chapter
Breakout Session Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

November 5: Pittsburgh, PA
PMI (Project Management Institute) Pittsburgh Chapter
Keynote Topic:
How Project Managers Can be Heard & Seen as a Valued Partner by Every Stakeholder on Every Project

November 25: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
PMI (Project Management Institute) Southern Alberta Chapter
Keynote Topic:
How Project Managers Can be Heard & Seen as a Valued Partner by Every Stakeholder on Every Project

December 9: Washington, DC
PMI (Project Management Institute) Washington, DC Chapter
Breakout Session Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

The Winter/Spring 2015 Communication Power for Leaders Speaking Tour is booking dates now.

To discuss 2015 availability, topics and fees, use this link to schedule a brief exploratory phone call to see if one of Skip’s topics is a fit for your organization or company event in 2015.

Best Regards,

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous cities and event on the Winter/Spring 2014 Communication Power for Leaders Speaking Tour included:

January 8: Long Island, N.Y.
PMI (Project Management Institute) Long Island Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

January 23: Raleigh, N.C.
PMI (Project Management Institute) North Carolina Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

March 11: Buffalo, N.Y.
PMI (Project Management Institute) Buffalo Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 4 Project Conversations

March 13: Rochester, NY
Rochester Business Alliance
Workshop Topic: 
How Small Business Leaders Can Transform Employee Drama & Defensiveness into Employee Initiative & Ownership

April 8: Dayton, Ohio
PMI (Project Management Institute) Dayton Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 4 Project Conversations

April 9: Dayton, Ohio
PMI (Project Management Institute) Dayton Chapter
Keynote Topic:
Communication Power for Leaders: How to Communicate Up, Down & All Around

April 10: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
PMI (Project Management Institute) Northern Saskatchewan Chapter
Keynote Topic:
Communication Power for Leaders: How to Communicate Up, Down & All Around

April 17: DesMoines, IA
PMI (Project Management Institute) Central Iowa Chapter
Keynote Topic:
The 4 Project Conversations

April 18: DesMoines, IA
PMI (Project Management Institute) Central Iowa Chapter
Keynote Topic:
Communication Power for Leaders: How to Communicate Up, Down & All Around

April 30: Buffalo, N.Y.
PMI (Project Management Institute) Buffalo Chapter
Keynote Topic:
Communication Power for Leaders: How to Communicate Up, Down & All Around

July 8: Bloomington, IL
PMI (Project Management Institute) Central Iowa Chapter
Keynote Topic: 
The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

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A Workplace “Change” Lesson from a Rafting Guide

My wife and I and 24 others were standing on the river bed of the Gallatin River preparing our rafts for a white water excursion while on vacation.

After placing the rafts on the edge of the water, the head rafting guide call us together for a safety talk.

The instructions were pretty generic, and some basic common sense but did include specific scenarios we needed to aware of.

About mid-way through the 10-minute talk, a young boy of about 12 years old raised his hand.MWW_6471

The guide acknowledged him for a question.

I couldn’t hear it completely, but it began with “what if…”

Without skipping a beat replied the guide replied:

“Young man, in life there are a lot of ‘what if’s,” you’re just going to have to adapt and overcome!”

With that the guide gave us a few more instructions after which the young man’s hand was again in the air.

His older sister standing in front of me begged the guide not to call on her little brother again, to no avail.

Another “what if” question ensued.

The guide responded with just 3 words, “adapt and overcome!”

I thought that was such great advice, especially for a very impressionable young man like that.

So many of my small business clients seem to struggle with employees who struggle with “change” in their workplace.

In the 21st century change is coming at us faster than ever, especially regarding technology.

Employees of different ages and generations are all struggling with various levels of change.

Small business leaders must be steadfast in their expectations regarding employees dealing with workplace change.

The expectation should be that employees be proactive in identifying ways to “adapt and overcome.”

If a 12-year old boy rafting down white water rapids can do it, adult employees in a work environment certainly can.

’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

 

 

 

 

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“You’re So Easy To Dismiss…”

In an old Seinfeld sitcom episode, Jerry and George are having one of their discussions at the diner.

George makes a comment and Jerry puts him down.

George replies, “Don’t dismiss this. You’re very quick to dismiss.”

There is a lot of dismissing going on in the workplace today.

Just last week I was delivering my workshop on “The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication” and a director admitting to being dismissive of one of her direct reports.

It was during my segment on “Communication Sin #4, A Lack of  Respectful ReBUTals.”

She said, “I just did that earlier today.”

I asked her if she would tell us about it and she said,

“One of my people came to me with an idea and I thanked her for coming to me and then I said, ‘but, we can’t do that here, it won’t work.”

Ideas are the seeds of innovation.

Since the dawn of time innovation is what has brought us to the most exciting time in the history of the world.

Since the Industrial Revolution innovation has driven growth and success.

Without ideas organizations become stagnant.

Stagnancy leads to decline!

Decline leads to decay!

Decay leads to death!

Many organizational leaders allow ideas to be brought forth only from a precious few chosen people.

Those in the inner circle.

The best ideas come from the front line personnel who are in the trenches seeing first hand how things really work.

Yet, those are the ones who get dismissed most.

Once dismissed, rarely does that same person come back to try again.

Any ideas die with that individual.

They stop thinking, they stop trying, they start going through the motions.

“Leadership Communication Sin #4 – A Lack of Respectful ReBUTals” is the cause.

For once George Costanza was right, “Don’t dismiss, you’re very quick to dismiss!”

Many of us often are.

Please leave a comment.

’til next time make it a great weekend & Communicate With Power!

Skip

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