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Author: Sharesz T. Wilkinson

07 Feb Aligning Multicultural Teams


Creating awareness of communication patterns and knowledge are key to a successful implementation

Managers and leaders are often massively challenged in how to quickly align cross-functional and multicultural teams in today's mobile and ever changing global economy. A solid conflict management approach - having the knowledge, a reliable process and a system in place that people can follow - is crucial to not allow emotions to become overwhelming.To do so successfully requires a high level of interpersonal communication skills which are acquired through in-depth self-development, reflection, training, coaching, experience and practice. These interpersonal skills and awareness may not have been acquired on an equal scale as technical knowledge in the process of professional development.

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17 Nov How to Deal With FEAR in 4 Steps

1. Fear, and often fear of speaking, ignites an immediate flight or freeze response in your body. First you need to calm down both your nervous system and body response in order to think clearly. Here's a focused deep breathing exer cise that is extremely helpful. Research has shown it instantly moves the brain's reaction to calmness even in highly stressful situations. This creates the space you need to make decisions and take proper actions. It is recommended to train with this simple exercise during times when you're not stressed so you remember it in difficult ones. Your body's response will come much faster when it is ingrained in your habits.
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04 Oct Overcoming 5 Hurdles That Prevent Success

In my experience, there are 5 hurdles that stand to prevent you from being successful. I’ve delved into each below.
  1. Fear
ISSUE: Fear of failure, of not living up to expectations - your own and those of others, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of being ridiculed or singled out in your community, having to go the way alone, the fear of failing, of losing everything, and there are so many more. Fear is a nagging, physical, nervous sensation that eats you up, doesn't let you sleep, keeps you up at night or greets you first thing in the morning, inhibiting clear thinking. SOLUTION: First thing in the morning, jolt your body into action when you wake up: do 10 push-ups coming straight out of bed. Not 5, not 50, just 10. This will set you up for a great day ahead as your body gets all the right triggers to get going. In your morning routine, take 5 minutes to focus on what you DO want, not what you don't want as so many do.  Write it physically down on a piece of paper every single day - and keep that paper with you during the day as a reminder (not on your phone, computer, tablet etc - on a piece of paper in your handwriting). Your mind and body will shift gears from fear to determination. Do this every single day. For how long? Every.Single.Day. This is your personal GPS keeping you on track. Try it, it works.
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06 Sep Mastering Self–Communication

One of the most important skills to master in our life is self-communication. What thoughts are swirling around in your head on a daily basis? Are you aware of them? These thoughts inhibit our life force and energy, especially in times of uncertainty and worry. It’s interesting to note that in many Asian countries, it is called the ‘monkey mind’ that needs to be tamed.
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16 May Good Communication Begins With Awareness

Successful communication has little to do with simply trying to bring our message across, but it has everything to do in how we assess and adjust our communication to our respective communication partners. Communication is a two-way process. It needs an equal amount of skill and effort to actually learn how to listen as it takes to draft a speech or give a talk in front of an audience.
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