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There are lots of words that describe me. The "professional" ones include: author, speaker, trainer, consultant, facilitator, business owner, Chief Potential Officer The Kevin Eikenberry Group - Your Leadership Help Button (of The Kevin Eikenberry Group) and leader. The "life" ones include: husband, father, son, brother, friend, Purdue Graduate, reader, and learner. The "personal" ones include, Boilermaker fan, farmer's son, tractor collector (yes, the real ones), auction lover and optimist.

All of these things (and more) make me who I am and are relevant to this blog and why it will benefit you.

Below you will find ideas, thoughts and suggested action steps to help you become a more effective leader – whatever your professional and life roles are. The path towards Remarkable Leadership (and a Remarkable Life) is just that - a path. The goal of this blog is to help you on that path, and through learning and action, become your Leadership Help Button.

Remarkable TV: Leadership Lessons from the Shower

by Kevin Eikenberry on July 22, 2014

When it comes to coaching others, we often make the same mistake that I made with a “backwards” shower faucet. Intrigued? Check out this episode of Remarkable TV for my leadership lessons from the shower. ;-)

Successful coaching starts with understanding and empathy of the other person, not with our agenda or normal approach. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It)

You can learn more about the Remarkable Coaching workshop here.

And submit your questions to be addressed in a future episode here.

You are Remarkable!

 

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Your Success Depends on This Skill

by Kevin Eikenberry on July 21, 2014

Communicating for resultsMy hope is that this headline makes you wonder.

Perhaps you are guessing what the skill is.

Perhaps you are thinking I am pretty presumptuous to suggest I know the most important skill you need, after all, I don’t know you, your experience or what you do for a living.

This skill is so ubiquitous that it doesn’t matter what you do, where you live, how old you are or what your present skills are. Unless you live on a desert island, or in a cave all alone with no internet and no interest in ever seeing or interacting with another human being, this skill is critical to your success – and even your survival.

The skill is communication.

Since you don’t live in a cave or on a desert island (or if you do, you at least have an internet connection), you are and will interact with others, so your ability to communicate your wants, needs, ideas, desires, plans, and approaches will impact the results you get – both in the short and long term.  And however you want to measure it, building these skills is nearly a sure bet to increase your success.

And because we can all communicate with some level of proficiency, we forget this important fact. We search for missing keys and success secrets in many places – from the practical, like building our technical skills, to the mental, like therapy, to the spiritual, like finding our passion, and much more. The fact is, the biggest secret isn’t a secret at all, it is right in front of us. While any or all of these other paths or secrets may be of great help, without increasing our ability to communicate effectively, tactfully and persuasively, we put a limit on our satisfaction and success.

Perhaps a more accurate title for this piece would be – The Level of Your Success Depends How Much Of This Skill you Have.

However effective you are as a communicator, you can improve. You can build your skills, you can acquire better habits and as you do, you become more effective with those around you. So whether you view success as great relationships, being a great parent, or making a difference at work or in your community, your communications skills are right there impacting every moment of your efforts.

Communication Skills are Life Skills

So I have already covered this point, but let me be clear – as you increase your ability to communicate in one area of your life, you take those new skills and habits to all other parts of your life. This means you will have a massive and immediate return on your investment and effort in becoming a more effective and confident communicator.

Communication Comes in Many Forms

As you have been reading, you have likely been thinking about one type of communication – perhaps one you know you need to improve, or even one that is a current strength. Whichever that is, be it written, face to face, over the phone, non-verbally, in a group, or presenting in front of a large group, they all matter and improving any or all of them can have a positive impact on your life.

Communication is Interconnected to Everything

Think about anything you do, and you realize that communication is a part of it. When you are with others you are always communicating and you really can’t stop. Given that nearly everything you do during your day is impacted by your effectiveness as a communicator, as you get better at it, everything seems to improve all at once.

Communication is a Hinge

One of my favorite quotations, which I first heard from a mentor of mine is: “little hinges swing big doors.” Your ability to effectively communicate is a hinge. As you communicate better, you will literally open bigger and bigger doors for your future. Consider it like as massive leverage for your future success.

If you are still reading, you agree with me in at least some way, and chances are you want to be a more effective communicator. If so, I congratulate you on that choice. Your next step is to determine how you will improve your skills. There are many ways to do that, including, reading a book, getting some coaching, observing and emulating others, asking for feedback, taking a skills assessment, or taking a workshop.

Here are two good places to start:

An assessment to learn about your communication style and strengths

Two powerful workshops to help you build your communication skills

Wherever or however you start, start. Your future success and happiness depends on it, and you are worth it.

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Announcing a Fascinating Learning Opportunity

July 20, 2014
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About a month ago, I recommended a new book titled How the World Sees You (read that recommendation here). Since that recommendation and the release of the book on July 1, the book has made #2 on the New York Times Best seller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal list. This book helps […]

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Five Thoughts on Persuasion

July 16, 2014

Persuasion. I’ve written about it recently, and yesterday I posted a Remarkable TV episode on the same topic. When I start teleseminars (like the ones at RemarkableLearning.com), I often start with quotations from others to give greater perspective. Today, I’ve decided to do what I sometimes do at the start of our teleseminars, by sharing some […]

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Remarkable TV: Want to Be More Persuasive?

July 15, 2014
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Persuasion cannot happen until we understand one thing. Watch this video for tips on influencing your audience and having more effective persuasive communications. The art of persuasion starts with understanding your audience. Until you do you can’t persuade anyone. @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Communicating for Results workshop here. If you […]

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Six Ways Leaders Can Help Others Measure Success

July 14, 2014
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One of earliest tools I learned how to use growing up on a farm was a tape measure. There are several reasons for that – it is often used, using it won’t hurt you (think hammer, saw, or torch!), and my Dad carried a small one in his pocket. And as a boy, emulating Dad […]

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Duct Tape Selling: Think Like a Marketer – Sell Like a Superstar

July 13, 2014
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By John Jantsch The words marketing and selling get tossed around a lot. People from either discipline often think of them separately. As a business owner (and actually long before that), I consider them joined at the hip – in fact, in my company, the line between them is pretty blurred. This book written by […]

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Remarkable TV: 3 Steps to Overcoming Resistance to Change

July 8, 2014
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Resistance is naturally occurring and not necessarily all bad. Watch the short video below for 3 steps to overcoming resistance to change. Think about it – wouldn’t you rather have someone be resistant to your change idea than to be apathetic? @KevinEikenberry (Tweet It) You can learn more about the Remarkable Leadership workshop here. You […]

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Why Leaders Must Consider Fun as Part of Their Job

July 7, 2014
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Work and fun. Maybe you haven’t ever thought about those two words in the same sentence. There are certainly people who don’t equate those two ideas together, or while they wish it could be true to have fun at work, they’ve never really experienced it. My premise is that work can be fun, at least […]

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Learning From the Movies: 12 Angry Men

July 6, 2014
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I’m going to do something a bit different here this week. Typically in this space and time I recommend a traditional learning resource to you – a book, teleseminar, workshop or perhaps a website. Today I am going to recommend a movie and give you a few thoughts about how to watch it for more […]

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