Saturday, November 01, 2014

All two wheel vehicles steer differently from 3 and 4 wheelers.  When a child moves from a tricycle with three wheels, to a bike with training wheels (4 wheels) to eventually having those training wheels removed (now down to 2), they will try and fail in the first instance to apply the steering technique that they’ve used up to this point.  On 4 wheels of course, you turn the steering wheel or handlebars in the direction you want to go.  Left to turn left, right for right. On a bike, you turn right by briefly applying pressure to the right handlebar, effectively pointing the front wheel to the left momentarily.  This action initiates the turn.  The bike leans over and the wheel and bike then turn into the corner.  It’s called counter-steering.  The child learns very quickly, if they want to stay upright and alive, that they must ignore the well-meaning advice of their parents to steer in the direction of the turn and, without realising what they’re doing, will figure out a way to counter-steer by themselves.    Read more...


Friday, October 03, 2014

Or "What We Can Learn About Influencing From The Masters Of The Game"  Read more...

INFLUENCING SKILLS: The Desperate Need For More Effective Influencing

Thursday, July 18, 2013

OR "Why Influencing Is A Central, Not Peripheral, Skill Of EVERYBODY’S Work"

By Carolyn Crawford

Communication Skills: The Power & Purpose Of Communication

Monday, July 01, 2013

OR "Just Because We’re Good With Words Doesn’t Mean We’re Communicating Well"

By Carolyn Crawford

A slightly different style of blog today as this is taken from a 15 minute talk I was asked to make for a community group education night recently.  I’ve fleshed out the bullet points and updated the examples to be more broadly relevant, but otherwise the ideas and flow remain the same.  It was an interesting and enjoyable evening for me.  I hope it is for you.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking style - 4 of 4

Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Dear me.  I’m a walking talking cliché.  For our left-brain friends some of these exercises may seem challenging.  For those of us who are more right brained, this is simply how we live our lives!  Just as, no doubt, the Blue and Green exercises seem simple to you, the below don’t even feel like exercises to me! Happy practicing and let me know how you go.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking style - 3 of 4

Thursday, May 09, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Aaahhhh yellow.  Scarily easy for someone like me.... unlike the left-brain exercises previously posted.  Happy experimenting.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking styles part 2 of 4

Friday, April 19, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Moving on from part 1 that focused on 'blue' thinking, here’s some suggested exercises for those of you keen to shore up your ‘green’ thinking skills.  I find it interesting as I go through the lists for each quadrant that I balk at the exercises designed to help me with my two least preferred thinking styles.  Those suggested for my two strongest thinking preferences I find easy, entertaining and amusing.  Again, if you try any out, let me know how you go.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: strengthening your lesser preferred thinking styles

Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

One of the reasons I thought I’d focus on this topic is that I’m occassionally asked in our ‘Simply Influencing’ workshop (http://www.f2fcommunications.com.au/workshops-simply-influencing) how we can strengthen those thinking processes associated with the part of our brain that we least prefer to use. By way of example, there are more right-brained folk who are interested in building their left-brain thinking and vice versa.    Read more...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 4 of 4

Thursday, February 28, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Welcome to our final blog in our 4-part series about implementing your Influencing Skills whether with your teams, management, clients or cross-functional business units.    Read more...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 3 of 4

Monday, February 04, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford
Today we move on from the core communication skills for influencing and start to think about how we may need to tailor those tools for people with different thinking preferences to our own.    Read more...

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