There are many ways to work better with others, but if you try any of these ways insincerely, you’ll come off as a sleazy and manipulative. The first step to working together is to have our heads and hearts right. (We know it sounds cheesy, but it also happens to be true.) We teach three skills to help people think and feel differently, and then teach you how to use that difference to work together. (*Prerequisite for all courses in the Work Together series.)
Organizations bleed time and money because people don’t communicate well. Part of the problem is we have a habit of figuring things out in our heads and then presenting our conclusions as finished products. Since those around us weren’t involved in our inner-dialog, what we share is generally divorced from proper context. Misunderstandings ensue. In Communicate we learn the skills for effective communication with others.
If getting people to improve was as easy as hanging a poster, we’d all be giving 110% and rowing our way to teamwork. When soft tactics don’t work, we tend to move to carrots and sticks. When it comes to carrots, often people either don’t care or get so caught up in winning they act poorly, and with sticks people will only do as much as it takes to avoid being swatted. (And they’ll hate you for it.) Motivate teaches a more effective way to help people to change.