Category Archives: Nonverbal Behavior

Communication Rituals

   Many books have been written on the benefits of rituals. Healthy family rituals can offer stability; meaningful love rituals may enhance trust; well-managed company rituals can serve as motivators and morale boosters. Communication choices also can become ritualized; i.e. we … Continue reading

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Why Are You Smiling!?

Happy 2012! It’s good to be back. We have moved through the holidays, and I am reflecting on the social interactions that have taken place in the last weeks.  I had an encounter that caused me pause, and I share … Continue reading

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Speak Up, Child, and Express Yourself!

Growing up, my mother and father demanded that my sister and I speak loudly and clearly enough to be heard.  If we fell short of their expectations, we would hear the command, “Speak up, child, and express yourself!”  They would … Continue reading

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Natural Tendencies: Exposed

In our last post we posed a question about responsibility versus accountability.  I’ve been thinking about the difference as I’ve experienced my day to day over the last few weeks.  One moment in particular stands out.  It was an unusually “rough” … Continue reading

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When the World is Watching

By now we all have seen the photo of our nation’s leaders watching, from the situation room, the unfolding of the Osama bin Laden operation. Many analysts and reporters already have analyzed various leaders’ nonverbal cues, e.g. facial expressions, body … Continue reading

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Assess Yourself: 18 Everyday Leadership Behaviors

In earlier posts, we have suggested that effective leaders seek as much feedback as possible. Leadership is an every day behavior, and a one-time-a-year evaluation simply doesn’t cut it.  When it comes to leadership communication, there are many self-assessments available, … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Closet?

The topic of business attire came up while having dinner the other night. One member in our group mentioned that “jeans on Friday” was being discussed in his workplace.  He shared that he consciously tries to dress in business professional … Continue reading

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