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Communication

Talking About Performance Problems

Everyone is going to have an experience where someone doesn't do what they've committed (or been told) to do. Most people aren't ready to have the necessary conversations when these situations arise.

Communication

A Better Framework to Ask Problem Solving Questions

At Wingspan, we call Advancing Questions the “power tool” that leaders bring. The reason problem-solving questions are such an important skill is that there is a distinct difference between solving a problem FOR someone and solving a problem WITH someone.

Communication

Don’t Guess, Just Ask

Sometimes we think we know what the other person wants. Some relationship books describe how guys typically want to problem solve, and women lean towards listening. Only that isn’t what the other person always wants. The fact is we don’t know—even with siblings, our best friends, and colleagues we’ve worked with for decades.

Communication

What Creates Success?

Every day we see successful people. Some of them seem to have the "Golden Touch" and create amazing results in a wide array of pursuits. Learn about what is really underneath those amazing results and start to reframe how you look at the people who create them!

Communication

Review Tips for Employees

Many employees walk away from their performance review disappointed or disheartened. Here are some important tips for employees as they get ready for their review.  These can help team members have a less stressful experience, and take away more from the exchange. 

Communication

Review Tips for Managers

A lot of managers have concerns about conducting annual reviews. It can be a high-intensity event for both the manager and the employee. We've put together some key ways that managers can ensure that these conversations go more smoothly, and more comfortably, for everyone.

Communication

Get Past Fake Positivity

When things get tough, acknowledge it…fake positivity isn’t helping anyone, especially you.

Communication

“Good Fences Make Good Neighbors”

When Robert Frost wrote that “good fences make good neighbors" he may not have realized how much this applies at work.  If you have a manager who likes to step in when you don't want them to, keep reading.  We'll cover the costs of these situations and some tools for getting your manager to stay out of your work when they want to “help.”