Leaderful Listening

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on May 16, 2019

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In leadership training, participants are typically told how important listening is. Yet few heed the advice.

I can understand why. Often, it’s because we already think we are good listeners. But how a leader listens is more crucial than one’s listening style as a peer.

Leaders’ everyday behaviors have gravitas and impact. Subtleties and nuances can be misinterpreted and blown out of proportion. The simple act of pushing back on an idea can send a leader’s direct report into a tizzy. Leaders have to be much more mindful of how they respond to ideas offered by their direct reports.

I call this “leaderful listening.” I learned how to listen better as a leader from doing it wrong.

When I was in my first year on the board of my national professional association, I thought I was a good leader. But I had a lot to learn.

Tom, a long-time member approached me to suggest that our national convention should always be in his home city, San Francisco. I proceeded to tell him it was too expensive, our members liked to go to different cities each year, and there weren’t a lot of hotels that could accommodate the quantity of meeting rooms we need. Case closed.

I was essentially saying it was a stupid idea.

Is that how a good leader would listen. No!

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Vulnerability + Strength = Personal Power

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on April 24, 2019

Rebecca Morgan quote Photo: Rebecca Morgan, San José, CA

 

Some people are drawn to forceful leaders. Others appreciate leaders who have a gentler approach.

I — and many others — find the combination of vulnerability plus strength is compelling. Many people feel connected to others who are willing to show humility, admit when they are wrong, demonstrate heartfelt emotions, and express sincere caring for others.

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Recap of “Create a Slook” talk

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on April 17, 2019

What a delight to receive a special gift a week after I spoke at the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance. It wasn’t a plaque, mug, or letter opener (although they did give me a great water bottle at the event). It was this wonderful recap article of my talk in their newsletter, with a link to my upcoming “Create a Slook from Your Slides” course. How great is that?!

http://bit.ly/SlookCourse

Turn Your Slides into Slooks™ that People Buy

by S’Marie Young, CPCC

April’s meeting with Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC, was action packed with information to take to the streets and gain visibility, credibility and money in your pocket. Rebecca reflected that we as coaches are really artists in a business world. Her talk focused in on how to take our artistry and turn it into a product for profit.

Do you write articles, blog or give presentations? Yes—good news! You have the ingredients for a book. Have you heard of slooks or blooks? No — me either. Blooks are a collection of blogs turned into a book. Slooks™ are Rebecca’s brainchild of turning your slide collection into a book or series of books. This is a straightforward means of both capitalizing on your content and intellectual property, and serving a wider audience by sharing in a format that is portable and permanent. They take it with them to keep, or order it online before your event. No more giving your slides away for free as a handout or PDF.

We all have a book in us, but most of us don’t have the time to write one, or don’t know where even to begin. What Rebecca suggested is we already have plenty of content—we just need a quick, simple way to get it done and monetized into a product that sells itself, even while we sleep. You can take collections of blogs, articles or workbooks and create products from them.

Making Money in Your Jammies

Rebecca offers several jammie “styles” of help, from Cotton to Satin to Silk, which include home-study, consultations and one-to-one coaching, depending on the level you choose. To learn more, go to www.MakingMoneyInJammies.com. 

Upcoming Mini-Course:

Rebecca’s next interactive, virtual 3-part mini-course is May 16, 23 and 30, 4:00-5:00pm Pacific, and will be recorded if you need to miss a session. You’ll also get an ebook copy to use as a model of her Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley slook™.

Learn More — Register now! Space is limited.  http://bit.ly/SlookCourse

 

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Say “Yes” to Beckoning Adventures

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on March 27, 2019

Rebecca Morgan quote Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Capadoccia, Turkey

 

I’m afraid of heights. Just thinking about climbing a ladder makes my stomach queasy.

So imagine my reaction when I was in Istanbul and a friend suggested I go to Cappadocia in central Turkey for a hot air balloon ride, I was not immediately excited.

That is an understatement.

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Malaysian Speakers Bureau

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on March 22, 2019

I’m grateful to work with the wonderful people at Leaderonomics in Malaysia and their wonderful clients. It’s great to be featured with such excellent speakers.

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Turning Your Content into Blooks, Vooks and Slooks

March 19, 2019

Tweet I was delighted to be interviewed by Juliet Clark discussing “Turning Your Content into Blooks, Vooks and Slooks.” Listen here. More info on my upcoming 3-part live, virtual course on this. #slook

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Be a Conscious Conversationalist

March 19, 2019

Tweet   Being a conscious conversationalist is critical to a long-term relationship, whether with a coworker, customer, or friend—at least for me. I’ve encountered many people who are conversationally challenged. Since it is doubtful your friends or colleagues will volunteer that you are an inept conversationalist, as a public service I thought I’d delineate some […]

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The Path to Wisdom

March 19, 2019

Tweet   I work closely with a tech company which isn’t a client. They have thousands of employees around the world. Their headquarters houses a few thousand. Because I am a super-user of their site, I get asked to participate in special programs — some beta tests, some educating new, seasoned and prospective users. The […]

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Humor, at Someone Else’s Expense, Can Cut More Deeply Than You’ll Ever Know

March 15, 2019

Tweet   In my family caustic teasing was de rigueur. We would be teased about anything the teaser thought was funny, no matter how humiliating, and with no thought to how it would leave the receiver feeling. Didn’t do well on a test? You’d be teased about being dumb. Boyfriend broke up with you? He […]

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Become a Time-Conscious Communicator

March 14, 2019

Tweet   I’ve noticed a lot of people — maybe 90% — aren’t very conscious of their conversational habits. The most common habit I’ve noticed is no awareness of the relevance of what the speaker is saying to their conversational partner. I began to wonder how much more productive we would be if we focused […]

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