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Think Before You Communicate

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Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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Okay, play along with me for a minute. I’m going to give you six behaviors or characteristics, and I want you to imagine a person you know or visualize a character who possesses these traits:

 

  • Judging (“You’re wrong”)
  • Superiority (“Clearly, I’m better than you”)
  • Certainty (“Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind’s made up”)
  • Controlling (“Let me tell you how to do things right”)
  • Manipulation (“Gotcha”)
  • Indifference (“Whatever. You’re not important and neither are your ideas”)

 

Who or what came to mind? Male or female? How old was he or she? Did you think of a specific profession or a position that this individual held?

 

Actually, the above list is one that I developed as the “Six Behaviors That Inhibit Communication” and included in my book Risk: A Road Worth Traveling. But when I try to visualize an imaginary character that possesses the above traits, I’ll be honest, I think of a hardheaded football coach from generations ago who is short on intellect and long on testosterone.

 

What’s ironic is that I recently read a story about a leader within an organization who was focused on improving his communication and teaching methods with his younger employees. And of course, this leader was a football coach.

 

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Think About It, Then Do It

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Craig Huntington
Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Saturday, 05 September 2015
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Have you ever had a good idea suddenly spring to mind? One that actually raised your energy level? One that could potentially impact your standard of living? If so, what did you do with it?

 

Did you just wait for the excitement to dissipate and then go back to what you were doing before the idea came to you?

 

Did you identify every conceivable way in which the idea could fail, and then gradually begin to feel deflated?

 

Or did you take inspiration from it – either acting on it, or using it as fuel to find another idea that could enhance your position, your income, your relationship(s) or maybe even your community?

 

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See a Good One

Posted by Craig Huntington
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on Wednesday, 22 July 2015
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I cannot overstate the importance of having a vision for your career and personal success. It’s one of the core components of the “Road Map” I discuss in Risk: A Road Worth Traveling; my Just Do It Habit means simply identify your dreams – and commit yourself to chasing them.

 

See your goal; then get after it.

 

It’s not rocket science is it? Yet, there must be a thousand great quotes that stress the significance of having a vision:

 

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. – George Washington Carver

 

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

 

If you can see it, and believe it, you can achieve it. – W. Clement Stone

 

As someone who regularly tries to keep my dreams in the crosshairs of my daily hunting and gathering, I also look for fresh ways to communicate to my audiences about the importance of having a vision. And I saw one a couple days ago.

 

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And You're F@#%ed

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on Tuesday, 09 June 2015
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As I’ve gotten progressively wiser (forget older), college graduation commencement addresses have really grown on me. These speeches have evolved from 30 minutes of platitudes in my generation to a more focused and often entertaining message for new graduates today. And because an important part of my profession is communication, I typically listen to a few speeches each spring. As usual, there were several that stood out.

 

Actor Denzel Washington preached gratitude, goal setting, and putting God first in a very personal and inspiring speech at Dillard University in New Orleans. And I thought former President George W. Bush had the line of the commencement address season at Southern Methodist University when he said, “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, ‘well done.’ And as I like to tell the “C” students: You, too, can be President.”

 

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It's Not a Lie...

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on Thursday, 14 May 2015
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I saw the headlines on the May 8th report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report claimed our country added 223,000 new jobs in April. That sounds like a lot of jobs, doesn’t it? And it represents another sign that more Americans are working and doing better, right?

 

Economic indicators like the job creation index are trending up, and the stock market is shooting off the charts. For months the folks in Washington, D.C. have been telling us the economy is improving, and certainly the president and some members of Congress are doing their best to put forth a positive message – not to mention take credit for the perceived economic upturn.

 

That’s nice. We expect our leaders to project confidence, ooze optimism and communicate that they see the glass (and the economy) as half-full and not half-empty. It’s just that many of us aren’t really buying it.

 

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