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Active Listening Exercises Galore!

Active Listening Exercises Galore!

While our library of Communication and Listening Exercises is quite comprehensive, Active Listening is a critical subcategory worthy of deeper exploration. Active listening isn’t just nodding to the speaker. Active listening happens when you’re completely focused on the speaker, taking i... Read More
Communication and Listening exercises

Communication and Listening exercises

Over the years, I’ve collected these communication exercises and activities from a variety of LinkedIN discussions and recommendations from trainers and business people. If you aren’t sure how to choose a team building game, view How to Choose a Teambuilding Game Infographic. If you̵... Read More
Building Relationships through Sharing Vulnerability

Building Relationships through Sharing Vulnerability

Managers work so hard to build effective teams and develop strong working relationships. Communication and Listening Exercises is the #1 post on this blog for good reason. Learning to communicate and listen, however, is only half the battle. Bringing people together also requires sharing vulnerabili... Read More
Choosing What to Share

Choosing What to Share

We all have a different sense of personal privacy. Five years ago, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer (now cancer-free!), I had no need to keep the news private. To the contrary, I saw myself as part of a community—one that could support me and that I could help by sharing my experience. As... Read More
Finding Happiness at Work — a personal venture

Finding Happiness at Work — a personal venture

I love that scholars are studying happiness and finally understanding that success does not breed happiness; rather happiness breeds success. I learned that from my dad who long ago left the corporate world to start Trainers Warehouse. Starting a new business felt financially risky, but his happines... Read More
Tight lips at work? It’s time to UNZIP-it!

Tight lips at work? It’s time to UNZIP-it!

“I can’t talk about that at work.” “My boss wouldn’t want to hear what I have to say.” Employees have so many reasons for not talking about meaningful topics at work. Sometimes, they’re tight-lipped simply because giving feedback is difficult. In other cases... Read More
Asking Questions: What we didn’t learn in kindergarten

Asking Questions: What we didn’t learn in kindergarten

I had thought that old adage, “everything we need to learn, we learned in kindergarten” was true. Remember “show and tell,” when children are invited to share a favorite object and talk about why it is meaningful to them? Now I’m not so sure. To improve communication an... Read More
Discover which Thumball is best for YOU!

Discover which Thumball is best for YOU!

Not sure which Thumball is perfect for your needs? Take a moment to complete this quick quiz and get a handful of ideas about which discussion prompts will be best for your team and what your Thumball Style is! What’s a Thumball? It’s a soft ball imprinted with 32 discussion starters. Cr... Read More
Ethics: Can you teach “Doing the Right Thing”?

Ethics: Can you teach “Doing the Right Thing”?

Can ethics be taught? We know the question is at least 2500 years old, as the Greek philosopher Socrates is said to have debated the questions with fellow Athenians, and expressed the opinion that doing what is “right” can be taught. Why then, do only 46% of consumers in the United Stat... Read More
No gift of the gab? No Worries!

No gift of the gab? No Worries!

Some people have the gift of the gab . . . and some us just don’t.  Sometimes I wish I did. When it comes to conversation, I suppose I’d say that I’m comfortable with silences and that I prefer quality to quantity. But I do relish rich, meaningful, and insightful conversations.  ... Read More