How Strengths Can Transform Communication [A Podcast with Lexy Thompson and Lisa Cummings]

How Strengths Can Transform Communication [A Podcast with Lexy Thompson and Lisa Cummings]

Strengths Focused Communication – Interview by Lisa Cummings of Lead Through Strengths Lexy Thompson of Trybal Performance had the chance to talk with Lisa Cummings on Lisa’s show “Lead Through Strengths” a few weeks ago. Strengths-focused communication is an integral part of what takes a team from being benchwarmers to starters! We are fortunate enough to include the link to hear the podcast and a few excerpts from the conversation focused on teams, gratitude and interacting with others in professional settings. http://traffic.libsyn.com/100kcareer/036-Lexy-Thompson.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download About these two business leaders: Lexy’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes: Strategic, Connectedness, Futuristic, Intellection, Command, Input, Activator, Ideation, Self-Assurance, Relator Lisa’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes: Strategic, Maximizer, Positivity, Individualization, Woo, Futuristic, Focus, Learner, Communication, Significance We want to thank Lisa for being such a great interviewer and letting Lexy and cover many Strengths related topics for individuals, managers, and teams. Here are a few excerpts from the podcast: Self-Awareness leads to Confidence and Leadership for Mid-Level Managers Lexy Thompson: You and I do our work at that mid-level management often times, and that’s often a really good space… to start trying to get comfortable with what’s uncomfortable for them. Lisa Cummings: I think that’s really smart because a lot of people listening are people managers and they want to be in executive roles and I could absolutely agree that that does seem to be a distinguishing factor, someone able to go in and really work in those situations confidently. There are also a lot of listeners who are individual contributors trying to be promoted into manager roles and that is about the number one complaint...
[Lucrative Lookback] What a Bad Experience at the Hairdresser Taught Me About Leadership & Life

[Lucrative Lookback] What a Bad Experience at the Hairdresser Taught Me About Leadership & Life

 Are you making excuses about your current situation? In this week’s Lucrative Lookback, we’ll see how a bad experience at the salon translated into an opportunity to step into leadership using the principles for effectiveness. The Event. I was completely frantic. We were in Lebanon, where every woman gets her nails done twice a week and has her hair blown out on a dime, so we said yes to the first guy who offered a sweet deal to make us pretty before the wedding. They do this stuff in their sleep, we convinced ourselves. It doesn’t matter if his storefront appears questionable. But my hair ended up looking terrible and the wedding was in under two hours! “I did not travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to look like a hot mess at this wedding,” I stammered. I rushed out of the salon, attempting to survey my options but knowing I was in a state of emotional reaction, like that scene you read about in Emotional Intelligence when the shark is oncoming and you’re unable to make any sound decision. Not to mention, my head was two pounds heavier due to excessive pins and a questionable substance that may or may not have been hair gel. What am I going to do?!?!?! The Panic. I arrived back at our apartment, hoping not to bump into the bride - as if she needed to experience any of my frantic energy on her big day - and sought out advice on what I should do. The advice ended up coming from the bride anyway (which still amazes me)....
What a Bad Experience at the Hairdresser Taught Me About Leadership & Life

What a Bad Experience at the Hairdresser Taught Me About Leadership & Life

The Event. I was completely frantic. We were in Lebanon, where every woman gets her nails done twice a week and has her hair blown out on a dime, so we said yes to the first guy who offered a sweet deal to make us pretty before the wedding. They do this stuff in their sleep, we convinced ourselves. It doesn’t matter if his storefront appears questionable. But my hair ended up looking terrible and the wedding was in under two hours! “I did not travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars to look like a hot mess at this wedding,” I stammered. I rushed out of the salon, attempting to survey my options but knowing I was in a state of emotional reaction, like that scene you read about in Emotional Intelligence when the shark is oncoming and you’re unable to make any sound decision. Not to mention, my head was two pounds heavier due to excessive pins and a questionable substance that may or may not have been hair gel. What am I going to do?!?!?! The Panic. I arrived back at our apartment, hoping not to bump into the bride - as if she needed to experience any of my frantic energy on her big day - and sought out advice on what I should do. The advice ended up coming from the bride anyway (which still amazes me). She told me to go to the salon just up the street and ask them to fix it. She had been there. They were great. With a face somewhat panic-stricken, I walked into the salon...