Say “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello” to the Excitement of 2017!

Say “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello” to the Excitement of 2017!

2016 is almost over, and what a year it’s been! At Trybal, we like to look back on what we’ve accomplished, what we need to improve, and what lies ahead in the New Year. We can say with some certainty, when it comes to Trybal, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Before we talk about next year, let’s recap some of our greatest hits from 2016 based on what you, our readers, read most. Best Posts of 2016 How to Kill Death by Meeting Using StrengthsFinder Methodology When to Talk About it and When to Let it Go How to Talk to People Better How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace The Cost Potency of Ineffective Leadership Based on these top 5, we think it’s safe to say you guys want to utilize your Strengths more and have better conversations. We have some good news! We’ve combined Strengths and Communication into one super awesome, easy to follow course! That’s right - your favorites all wrapped up into one, and we cannot wait to share it with you in January. Which leads us to… What’s Coming in 2017 We are so excited…no, over the moon to be launching the first course in our Conversation Mechanics series called How to Talk About It! If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve probably seen a call to action to subscribe for discounts. That’s because we want you, our awesome followers, to have first dibs on our best content. And How to Talk About It is already feeling the love: “This workshop provides a comprehensive and easy to follow road-map for having productive and effective...
The #1 Tool You’re Missing in Your Tough Conversations

The #1 Tool You’re Missing in Your Tough Conversations

The overload of information, opinions, stories, and accusations in our world today is overwhelming! Lines are drawn. Emotions are high. Feelings are hurt. Anger grows. We’re all seeking to understand each other.  Well, maybe not exactly…though we can all agree we are seeking to be understood ourselves. True communication is a two-way street. Unfortunately, it’s often turned into a one-way street where  we are either pushing our message on someone, or someone is pushing their message on us. In many cases, there’s a game-changing tool missing from our communication toolboxes. This tool is so powerful, when wielded correctly it has the ability to transform tough conversations into building bridges. Here’s the great news - we all posses this must have tool, we just need to deliberately utilize it. Curiosity is the key to conversation mechanics. Getting curious during tough conversations can help you: Harness the power of conflict Turn disagreement into a learning opportunity Shift from accusations and stories to understanding Make Facebook great again Curiosity is an AMAZING tool! We just have to remember to dig it out and use it, even when sometimes we feel like using a hammer. Imagine the next time you make a statement at work or home and instead of getting strange looks or arguments, someone simply asked, “Can you help me understand?” What if disagreements at work quickly turned into sharing knowledge in search of the best solution instead of a battle of authority? What if conflict was healthy because each time it arose, it was used as an opportunity to learn from one another instead of a battle to get our way?...
How to Know if You’re Contributing to the Problem

How to Know if You’re Contributing to the Problem

When it comes to conflict, it’s human nature to defend ourselves and point the finger at the person on the other side of the problem. It’s so easy for us to see how someone else is falling short while not acknowledging our own potential blind spots. Although it’s our nature, it’s not our excuse. Emotional Intelligence, comprised of self-awareness, is our responsibility to develop. Here are four ways we don’t realize may be contributing to a problem: 1) Avoidance If you’re leading a team and you know one of your direct reports is exhibiting somewhat reckless behavior, being abrasive with her staff when they’re not being responsible, you cannot simply avoid the situation because you’re busy with all your other priorities. By simply avoiding a situation, you help foster the undesired behavior and balanced perceptions of those involved. Get on the court! 2) Being Unapproachable Are you aware of how your communication style is showing up for others? Do you intimidate people and cause them not to bring up issues with you? Did someone muster up the courage to address a problem and you told them it wasn’t the right time? If you’re coming off as uninterested, judgmental, condescending, unfriendly and high-and-might, you may be very hard to approach and contributing to the problem in away you’re not realizing. 3) Forgetting Filters Everyone you deal with is seeing the world and their situation through their own lens. If you ask a person who puts on their glasses each morning from their nighttable how long it took them to forget they’re wearing glasses, they’ll almost always say, “Within a few seconds.” The same goes for...
How to Talk About It: Strengths-Based Communication for Real-Life

How to Talk About It: Strengths-Based Communication for Real-Life

We all know the way we communicate can build bridges or start wars, and we at Trybal take that very seriously. We take great pride in “walking our talk” and enjoy when others ask what is so different about our Tryb. It has been a week since the rules as we knew them changed in our country - we have been up to something over the past 7 months, almost in preparation for this moment in time. As I look back, a smile crosses my face as I begin to realize we are in the perfect positon to help all of us have better conversations in new ways.  Be the solution you wish to see in the world. We recently created a communication experience for teams that starts with knowing who you are as you enter a conversation and the impact (both glorious and not so glorious) that you have on any communication model. So often, we spend time learning a model that makes all the sense in the world in a class room setting, then we go back to our lives and can’t seem to find a way to practice what we learned in a “real life” way.  At Trybal we have solved that sticky little issue. The first tool in our Conversation Mechanics Tool Box is simply How to Talk About It: Strengths-Based Communication. We start with an assessment to give you access to a common language. Then, we bring you through some real world best practices and situations via a hands-on learning experience. You get to add some of your own real-world challenges to work through...