Communication Tips for Managers

If you’re a manager, whether that be vice president of a multinational corporation or someone responsible for supervising two office cleaners, your ability to communicate effectively will have a vital bearing on your success.

Communication is a fascinating and rewarding subject for anyone to study.

Why?

Well, for one thing, although it is a complex field, it’s certainly not rocket science to master.

And, crucially, there’s a direct connection between the quality of a manager’s communication efforts and the quality of his/her results.

“To communicate effectively, we must realise that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

– Anthony Robbins

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Keep an open mind

One of the questions most frequently asked by those keen to consider life coaching as a career is “What does it take?”

My answer is always the same. You simply need to have integrity, a real desire – I call it a passion – for working with people, a willingness to learn and an open mind.

It’s the ‘open mind’ part of my stock answer that I suspect gets taken less seriously by aspirant life coaches than the other parts … but it is crucially important.

“When I read a script, I try not to judge the characters. I try to have an open mind and really see what it makes me feel.”

– Penelope Cruz

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A Question of Balance

There’s one simple yet important principle that is always at the heart of effective life coaching … we are all unique.

Yet, despite this uniqueness, we all strive (either consciously or subconsciously) for one thing… balance.

Put these two concepts together and it follows that each of us has our own unique definition of balance.

“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.”

– Euripides
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Discovering your Purpose

Can there possibly be anything more important than understanding, with real clarity, what your purpose here on Earth is?

In this post, I’d like to offer you some simple suggestions for connecting with your life purpose, based on my own experience. But before I do, let’s get clear on what life purpose is – and what it isn’t…


“Nothing under the sun is ever accidental.”

– G E Lessing


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Uniquely You

There are, give or take a few, some 7 billion people living on this planet right now. That’s a staggering number if you stop to think about it.

Even more staggering, for me, is the knowledge that each and every one of us is unique. There are no two identical sets of fingerprints or identical DNA compositions.

Is this something we should curse or celebrate?

“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.”

Hermann Hesse

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