Leadership Skills that Rebuild Communities

An excellent blog post about how leaders inspire others during terrible times. Happy reading, folks! 🙂

The 16%

The wind that famously sweeps down the plain can quickly become a violent vortex leveling everything in its path … homes, schools, entire communities. Oklahoma local government leaders are experts on storm recovery.

A couple of years ago when I was the Executive Director for the City Management Association of Oklahoma, I wanted to host an informational panel discussion at one of our quarterly meetings and invite managers who had been through the worst of the storms to participate. Other conferences focused on the administrative or technical aspects of storm recovery. I wanted to hear about the leadership skills that these managers drew on to restore the confidence of their community and heal its spirit after such devastation.

Our panel included managers who had been through severe weather events that left death and extreme destruction in their wake. This experienced panel had walked through the fire and some of their…

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Keeping Promises (Effective Communication)

It’s tough to keep our promises to others, however it’s still a pursuit worth pursuing in the name of integrity and clear communication. I enjoyed this read, and I hope you do too! 🙂

Journey From the boat

PromiseFor a few months, I was told that something was going to happen.  The word promise was not mentioned and yet, the word of assurance was implied.  Holding on to the “promise”, time ticked closer to an expected fulfillment of direction.  I contemplated and wondered what might be depending on whatever scenario was provided.  I was excited, nervous, and wondering what might be.  How were things going to work out?!

Just a couple of days before the anticipated event, I received news that the decision was not going to happen and the timeline was delayed.  I knew I wasn’t in control and it was almost as if I had expected this particular answer.  Here’s what happened next: thoughts raced through my mind on whether or not I had made promises either by using the words “I promise” or whether this phrase was implied.  Thoughts of implying either in the workplace or…

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How Can Traveling Soothe Your Stressed Soul?

Have you ever felt so drained out, that it becomes very difficult to focus on important tasks with a positive mindset? You’re not alone in this, as your brain’s telling you that the risk of burning out is on its way.

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Why being spontaneous at work is a good thing

A quick read on how spontaneity helps to develop an excellent working culture. Thank you, Fortune! 🙂


MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you build a strong team? is written by Renae Scott, CMO of Togo’s Eateries.

Building a strong team is difficult because having a vision and using it are two different things. Most companies have a fancy mission statement posted on their website, but it’s directed at customers, not employees. In fact, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace survey found that just 41%of American workers know what their company stands for and what makes its brand different from competitors.

Some leaders accept that employees will feel like ‘cogs in the machine’. That’s a nauseating thought and a recipe for weak teams. A strong team is one that works cohesively inside and outside its function, purifies itself of politics, and fosters trust. To build one…

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Beauty ≠ Perfection

An interesting read about accepting your inner beauty as a person, and how hard it actually is to let go of the tools we use to mask ourselves. Explore! 🙂


True beauty does not come from an outward appearance. We all know that the youthful skin fades, hair becomes brittle, and the skin starts to sag. Even yet, one of the most beautiful humans I have ever met 

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4 Big Ways to Empower Yourself in Effective Public Speaking

Public speaking. Now that’s a term most of us will shake to in anxiety. Although mankind has always been communicating with each other in large groups since the beginning, it’s become less of a natural and common trait amongst ourselves today.

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5 Types of Negotiation

Negotiation is an important skill to master. We often use it in our daily lives. We haggle for better prices at our local flea market, we barter items among our friends, we dicker into matters where sometimes we aren’t suppose to. Undeniably, everywhere we go, it’s driven deep in our core to negotiate. Not all outcomes of negotiation ends up benefiting both parties, sometimes both parties walk out of the deal. Here are 5 types of negotiations that everyone would eventually come across.

Win-Lose Negotiating. In this negotiation, you do not plan on making friends or long term relationships. You focus on getting the best deal possible such as selling a product at the highest price or haggling a product you’re buying to its lowest. The other party will not be entirely satisfied with your terms but would still agree to go on with the deal. This usually does not lead to additional opportunities of negotiations between both parties except in rare cases.

Lose-Lose Negotiating. Neither you or the other party is satisfied with the outcome of the negotiation. In these cases, both parties reached a point whereby they agree with terms with sacrificing something and gaining less of what they originally wanted. This is the worst kind of negotiation as both parties are not satisfied with the outcome, it’s sometimes best to avoid such negotiations as they do not yield optimum results.

Lose-Win Negotiating. This is the opposite of the win-lose negotiating where you might want to retain the favor of the other party by allowing them to get more benefits in the negotiation when you are faced with a tough decision to make. Do not negotiate these terms unless you are certain that you will be building a favorable long-term relationship with the other party.

Compensation Negotiating. A rare form of negotiation. A compensation happens when both parties could not reach to a point of agreement immediately and both parties seek to provide compensations of equal value to add-on into the negotiation. Neither party’s needs are met entirely and mostly both parties walk away with something less satisfying yet the deal has been made. They’re not particularly excited about the outcome and yet not entirely unhappy.

Win-Win Negotiating. The best outcome of a negotiation. A win-win negotiation guarantees long-term relationships with terms in favor of both parties. In most cases, a negotiation may not start off in good terms of both parties and to attain win-win situations, an alternative would be suggested by both parties and slowly molded to see to the commitments and basic requirements of both parties. A win-win negotiation can be attained when both parties feel that the alternative may be a better solution from what they initially requested.

About the Author:

Lyon Ong is a professional business coach and the founder of ReStrategize Coaching, a platform where he helps entrepreneurs build an audience and generate profits through a series of laser-focused coaching sessions. Find out more about Lyon at www.lyonong.com.


How To Deal with Opinions You Don’t Agree On

We live in a world where it’s incredibly important to connect with many people and socialise with them. This isn’t only for the sake of having drinks with buddies or trying to get a date. It’s also for career advacements, expanding business networks and many more. However in any social situation there will be shared opinions that are hard to accept, whether their intentions are good or bad.

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