How listener focused are YOU?

Kelly and I were meeting with a business partner in our backyard yesterday when our twelve-year-old came outside wanting help with something. The end result was that he was going to ask his fifteen-year-old brother for help, and as he walked away, Kelly yelled “Start with ‘Brother…’”, to which I … Continue reading

The Experience of You

Completely remote communication is new for many of us. The ways in which we’ve reshaped our lives, jobs, and society are all new. And at the core of it all – you are new – or rather, how people perceive, connect, and experience you are.  Prior to this shift, it was easy to hide … Continue reading

Fear

Some people literally feel no pain. The technical term is Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP). CIP is dangerous because it leads people to hurt themselves. Pain is the body’s way of telling us to be careful. In this new, work-from-home world filled with video calls, it’s increasingly clear that many people have … Continue reading

Say Yes to Physical Distancing, No to Social Distancing

As we confront the Coronavirus, physical separation is essential, a non-negotiable strategy. Social distancing is the opposite: unnecessary and complicating. We mustn’t confuse the two. In her now-famous Ted Talk, Brene Brown states that human beings are social animals. We fear disconnection and isolation. The idea of distancing ourselves socially runs … Continue reading

Communicating THROUGH the Coronavirus

A confluence of forces has changed all of our worlds overnight. Most leaders and their companies have been sprinting fast in a robust corporate world and just smashed into a brick wall. How do you communicate THAT? That’s our business, and at Decker, we are communicating directly to our employees … Continue reading

Video Blog: Make the Ask

Asking for what you need is a critical skill for women in business. Everyone has times when they have to say “I need (this)”—and while you’re not always met with a “yes”, there are things you can do to influence the outcome you want. It’s a topic we discuss in … Continue reading

The Breakdown of ‘Assume’

Hopefully I don’t need to break down the word as some will joke, however, we all assume too much. We assume people know what we mean, we assume people appreciate an effort or a message we share. We assume THEY know what WE are thinking. They don’t, so let’s be … Continue reading