The Foundation for A Better Life uses this advertisement to encourage inspiration however, it has many attributes of the SUCCESs model (Heath, 16-18):
S implicity & C oncreteness (Heath, 16-18)– The core message here is “inspiration”. The statement of a child fighting cancer is compelling and becomes even more so when we realize that she was also fighting her cancer.
U nexpectedness & E motions (Heath, 16-18)– The unexpected element here is seeing an adorable little girl selling lemonade and then realizing that she died of cancer. Her lemonade stand was created to fight childhood cancer “including hers”, this was an unexpected and emotional statement.
C redibility & S tories (Heath, 16-18)– A larger story is inferred and appears credible because of the statistic stated of “$1M raised” and also because of the very personal element shared through her story.
This ad may encourage the viewer to make a donation to the non-profit simply because all elements of the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) are present.
Our first assignment provided me with the opportunity to seek out a contrast between good and bad advertisements using the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) as a guide. This was an eye-opening assignment that peaked my interest in the text and also helped to answer my questions about the focus of this course.
Although the development of professional communication skills is the objective of this course, I believe that the skills presented here will help me enormously in my personal life. I am already learning to observe my communication styles and to fine tune my interactions with others based on some seemingly simple concepts presented by the Heath brothers.
I enjoyed this opening assignment and look forward to learning more about the application of the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18). This S imple, U nexpected, C oncrete, C redible, E motional S tory-telling model (Heath, 16-18). is an easy acronym to remember and to apply as it is presented.
Heath's book is an enjoyable start to this course experience and I look forward to becoming a more effective communicator as my knowledge of this communication model grows.
One challenging communication opportunity in my workplace that I am facing at this time is with our Computer Support Specialist (CSS) program . This program is a digital technology apprenticeship and meant to last for a maximum of two years time for each individual participant.
The communication challenge is that many CSS’s that have been in the program for well over two years . The length of their participation has created a “sticky” idea (Heath, 16-18) among the participants, both the old and the new – that they can stay a CSS until they want to leave. This creates a programmatic compliance issue that has recently come to the forefront and that has also been negatively addressed by our funder’s.
Here is the problem – the CSS’s don’t believe that at the end of this program year all participant’s with over two years of participation will be terminated from the CSS program and must seek other employment. They believe that because their counterparts have been here for so long, and because this threat has been rumored before, that it is an idle one. This belief, unfortunately, is untrue
Un-sticking a very “sticky” idea …(Heath, 16-18)
“ The communication challenge here is that there are many CSS’s that have been in the program for well over two years.
The length of their program participation has created a sticky idea among the participants, both the old and the new – that they can stay a CSS until
The organization has initiated a Workforce Development or Career Advancement, Relocation and Employment (CARE) process to prepare all of the CSS’s to move forward at program end . Topics covered include resume creation, interviewing skills and the completion of recognized industry certifications before they are let go so that they are well equipped for a job search.
The SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) is highly useful to me at this time because I need to find a way to make the ideas that are being presented to the CSS’s stick . I plan to apply each principal in the hope that each CSS participant will absorb the following: change is imminent, we are prepared to assist them in their search for employment and they are wasting useful resources and valuable career planning opportunities.
Simple : In the presentation of our core message, “ The CSS program is two years long, for everyone, no exceptions”. This message must be the lead and be compact enough for each CSS to fully understand. Perhaps a visual proverb or existing schema will help here. They might need to visualize their impending termination letter or empty bank account.
Unexpected : I am working on this aspect of the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18); however, at a recent job development training I surprised the CSS’s by telling them that one of their colleagues has decided to move on early and quickly found a job using our Workforce Development model. This got their attention because the program is at the half-way mark . They did not expect anyone to start looking for work so quickly. (Note: This CSS met me for one-on-one mentoring, completed his technical resume and was eager to find work before all of his “competitors” started looking.)
Concrete : The concrete idea that I would like the CSS participants to embrace is the actual value of their skill set . They apprentice with a mentor and receive technical training that sets them far above other entry level workers in their age group. They underestimate themselves and need “hooks” to place true value on what they know .
They are now required to create a living document that they must create entries in daily. This document lists each and every detail of their day that revolves around some knowledge based skill-set . We meet and put these daily skills together every two weeks to create a powerful statement that describes their value as a Computer Support Specialist within the school district. They also provide weekly reflections on how they make a difference in the lives of others with technology . This has become very effective in the program and now that I can name it using the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18), it will continually be refined.
Credible : Statistics work here . I really like the illustration on page 149 that asks, “Which of these animals is more likely to kill you? A SHARK / A DEER?” (Heath, 149) This question immediately piques the attention of the audience and opens the door for a credible response . I know that this is a highly effective tool and hope to apply statistics in the CSS meetings.
Emotions : The ‘you” connection (Heath, 16-19) would be effective in creating a bond between the CSS and the CARE process. They need to see that this is meant to impact them each individually. We also offer one-on-one mentoring and I have seen greater response form the CSS participants when I personally share praise with them or relate to some professional struggle. I hope to be emotionally self-controlled and approachable to each participant as well. The CSS’s are fearful of the future and their plans after the program .
Perhaps by sharing an emotional association (identifying with those without a job), identifying the problem (you will need a job when the program ends), or fostering a “what’s in it” attitude for the individual and perhaps also their CSS group, I can motivate them to work together and spur each other on toward success in their future employment.
Stories : Finally, stories. I know that the CSS have heard stories that our organization will always come through for them . This may have been true in the past; however, we are financially unable to provide forty CSS participants with jobs in the organization due to severe downsizing over the past year. We need to collect stories that will inspire our CSS’s to transition successfully into the job market. A good connection plot would be effective in reiterating the power of our Workforce Development program, our corporate reputation and the uniqueness of our CSS apprenticeship program.
In conclusion, I hope to share the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) with the CSS participants and allow the necessary ideas to stick with them so that they may move forward, feel confident and reflect on their time in the program with pride in their accomplishments.
Reflection: Challenging Communication Opportunity
Written Assignment #2 Reflections:
This assignment allowed me to fully explore the use of the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) in my professional life. I was able to correlate each component of the model with a direct challenge that is currently faced in our Computer Support Specialist (CSS) program.
In addition, an analysis using Heath’s SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) has been highly effective in allowing me to allocate the necessary time to reflect upon the areas of improvement within our CSS program.
The processes of transitioning participants to clear a path for new CSS’s as well as our job development plan have been fine tuned to transmit the necessary message – the CSS program is limited in duration however, we will assist in facilitating a smooth transition to employment elsewhere.
After one in class discussion, I was gently reminded by Professor DeLarge that individuals (the CSS’s) may want to do what is being asked of them, however, they may not have the available tools needed in order to comply with the request. This reminder allowed me to re-think my communication method’s with the CSS’s and to formulate a new plan to make the integral ideas stick with the CSS participants.
I feel that this newly acquired knowledge is a great first step in moving toward becoming a more effective, clear and concise communicator.
Winning Others Over (WOO): How I effectively use WOO styles in my professional communications.
The most effective and natural WOO persuasion style that I employ is referred to as the “Door in the Face” technique". (Shell)
I ask for much more than necessary in my day-to-day negotiations to achieve the bottom-line commitment required to complete my tasks and to move forward in my projects at work.
Since I tend to be the “Driver” (Shell) and initiate an idea, this technique helps to diffuse my request for both the implementation of a new idea and my asking for too much help in achieving the desired results.
The combined use of these technique’s work by initiating an idea and making a grand request that will surely be rejected by the other parties involved. The initial request is then significantly reduced to allow the other parties to comply to the second, much more reasonable request , quickly and easily. (Shell) I have used this technique effectively and with great success in difficult group environments and mandatory committees.
Winning Others Over (WOO): How I effectively use WOO styles in my professional communications continued…
Another strength in my use of the WOO styles is in my implementation of credibility . My consistent past performance has created a credible character that now speaks for itself. I have developed the reputation of “covering every base” as recently expressed by my Deputy Chief.
During a salary negotiation one overly ambitious candidate suggested that he received a more lucrative offer from my department. He mentioned a telephone conversation with me in which this “verbal offer” occurred . The Deputy’s response was to stand firm in the written offer provided. She later contacted me and said that she believed that I would never make a verbal offer without her consent and that any offer of employment would always be properly addressed and well documented . I “covered all of the basis” so she knew that the imagined verbal offer was a ploy used by the candidate to negotiate a larger compensation package. Her confidence in my credibility led to a successful negotiation.
Although I was not there at the time to confirm her belief, my credibility in character was present.
I use the SUCCES’s (Heath, 16-18) model with the WOO (Shell) style in the following ways:
Making a case – by using Simple (Heath, 16-18) concepts in my initial presentation of the information at a negotiation, I am able to make a case that is clearly conveyed to the receiver.
Negotiation above the perceived conflict – U nexpected (Heath, 16-18) redirect toward commonality is a technique that I have used and that has allowed the group to rise above the perceived conflict and look towards the shared goals . This is very effective when negotiations become heated at my organization.
Credibility is present in both models. I have created personal credibility in my workplace. This is due to my known character and past performance as well as the facts and figures that I present to back up shared data during negotiation’s. I am well prepared for negotiations and bring the added element of using my persuasive abilities for the greater good.
The concept of starting from who we are and working out correlates with the SUCCES’s (Heath, 16-18)) elements of Concreteness, Emotional and Stories. (Heath, 16-18) The use of these elements allow me to share my idea’s, to care about them and finally, to act on them. Because I am true to my inner self the information that I share rings true to others and is often more persuasive than not.
The combination of the SUCCES’s model (Heath, 16-18) and WOO (Shell) styles is highly powerful and effective stuff!
By connecting the consumer with well-liked celebrities of every ilk, such as, actors, musicians, athletes, etc…, the (RED) campaign associates the cause with the celebrity persona. (The main danger in this is if the celebrity receives bad publicity during the campaign.)
The consumer pays more attention to a story that is presented by their favorite celebrity. This creates the ability for a “Connection Plot” (Heath, 16-18) to occur between the celebrity and the audience.
The Connection plot is about bridging a gap consisting of “racial, class, ethnic, religious, demographic, or otherwise.” (Heath, 16-18)
This type of story creates a common ground for the (RED) campaign appeal to take place.
The consumer first identifies with Oprah, for example, listens to her story about the (RED) campaign to provide much needed medicine for people in Africa suffering with AIDS, then personally connects with overcoming the challenge that was presented.
Heath says that what matters to people most is their own self-interest. (Heath)
By wearing and displaying (RED) consumer products, the consumer may display their goodness and charity while applying the WIIFM mentality of self-identity.
According to James March, people ask themselves three identity questions when making a decision. They are, “Who am I? What kind of situation is this? And what do people like me do in this situation?” (Heath, 16-18)
By connecting the individual consumer with the larger group of (RED) consumers, the (RED) campaign was ingenious in it’s model. No matter which product is selected by the consumer, if it is (RED) they may identify with charity and be identified as a charitable person.
This emotional appeal is something that feeds every human desire for Esteem and Belonging, according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Heath, 149)
I selected the (RED) campaign because it used emotional appeals and stories (Heath) very effectively. The emotional appeals were given by celebrities and associated the consumer with doing something that they would do in any case , purchase needed or desired products, but that would allow the (RED) sponsoring company to give some of its profits to finance and to distribute anti-retroviral medicine to “our brothers and sisters dying of AIDS in Africa”. ((RED) Manifesto) The (RED) Manifesto states, “We believe that when consumers are offered this choice, and the products meet their needs, they will choose (RED).”
This campaign combined the consumers self-interest, self-identity, stories and an emotional appeal, as discussed in Heath’s book (help our brothers and sisters in Africa, you will buy the product anyway), and allowed the consumers to take part in a connection plot (Heath) which, in turn, fed their human desire for esteem and belonging according to Maslow (Heath).
The (RED) campaign helped to reinforce my feelings of trust, loyalty and positive interactions (Dawson) with the companies who chose to participate and create (RED) products.
Reflection: Selected Brand. Emotional Appeals and Stories
Written Assignment #4 Reflections:
I was unaware to what extent a “Connection Plot” (Heath, 16-18) occurred between the brand and the audience until I began my research for this assignment.
The illusion of positive interactions is so beautifully presented by my favorite brands that I often experience feelings of loyalty, credibility, authenticity and trust that are based on the message communicated by the brand for the sole purpose of financial gain.
Although some brands are altruistic in their practices, many are presenting the SUCCES’s (Heath, 16-18, 149) model and its many elements flawlessly.
As a conductor directs a symphony toward the desired performance, many brands use Heath’s elements of SUCCES’s to direct the consumer to respond to their tune , so to speak.
My thought’s and feeling’s about a particular product did not come under much scrutiny until I realized that I was being manipulated to see, think and feel what the brand wanted me to on a deeper level than I first believed.
It is eye-opening to fully comprehend that my brand of choice is determined by a pre-fabricated concept in many instances and that I am choosing to believe the information that my brand presents , in many cases, without question.
I appreciate the opportunity to look a little deeper into why I make the choices that I make. This assignment helped me to see that I need to delve deeper into my decisions as a consumer.
Technology has influenced and assisted my communication methods over the last decade in many unexpected ways.
My ability to communicate, both personally and professionally, is enhanced by text messaging, email, social and professional networking, locating family and friends on sites like Facebook and also by using the software, research and communication tools that are available to me through current technologies from multiple resources around the globe.
Technology and SUCCESs (Heath) My ability to communicate effectively by using technology may be expressed by using Heath’s SUCCESs model as described below:
S imple — find the core of any idea and create a prioritized yet, profound single statement. (Heath, 16-18)
Technology has allowed me to express myself, in both words and pictures , in an instant. I am able to easily communicate a message, invitation or report and send it to my mass contact list virtually, within moments and easily attach a flow chart, document or memorandum, when required.
The simplicity of communicating my message to many friends or colleagues is astounding and correlates to the “ S imple” in Heath’s SUCCESs model.
I can simply communicate my core idea and eradicate the majority of potential “noise” associated with my message, in many cases. This does, however, take some practice as the written word may be interpreted in many ways.
Over the last decade, I have witnessed technology gain momentum. Technology has become, in some respects, all encompassing and heavily relied upon in many areas of my personal and professional life.
U nexpected — grab people's attention by creating interest and curiosity gaps that can only be filled by exploring further. (Heath , 16-18)
One aspect of technology that is both unexpected and priceless is its ability to be used to create endless “curiosity gaps”. (Heath, 16-18)
The internet has changed my communication methods through the availability of easily accessible professional resources or .edu websites that provide best practices and well researched answers to my professional, and sometimes personal, challenges. I can always share more information, simply because more information is always readily available for me to share.
One factor in creating Unexpected (Heath, 16-18) communications lies in my use of these resources effectively to design communications that invariably pique my listener’s interest and leave them wanting more information.
Technology constantly reinvent’s itself. This aspect of my personal and professional experience's with technology has been both exciting and, at times, a bit daunting.
C oncrete — make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later by using images that mean the same thing to each person in our audience.
Technology has enabled me to rely less on the spoken or written word . I am able to visually illustrate my message in a much more C oncrete manner (Heath, 16-18) using multiple media formats. I can add clip art, content – both audio and video, and express information entirely in picture or other non-verbal (Heath, 16-18) methods.
The ease of expression of concrete notions is available to me know more than ever. Academically and professionally, I use presentations to display my message using signs and symbols that are universally agreed upon and understood.
The ideas that I need to share are quickly grasped using technology and in many cases, no further explanation is needed to convey the concrete message that I intended to share.
C redible — give an idea believability that relates to the individual’s sensibilities and experiences.
The Credibility (Heath, 16-18) of my message is reinforced with facts, figures and statistics that have been well researched and established by resources unavailable to me without the use of current technologies.
I can share credible information that is cited, referenced and easily located for further scrutiny by the listener.
My credibility as a communicator is seen as stronger and more reliable . The reinforced belief in the factual content of the information that I communicate to my audience allows them to hear my message more easily.
In addition, they may confirm that the foundation that I am providing is accurate.
The advent of credible websites , often distinguished by the .edu domain name, has allowed me to communicate most effectively and in a SUCCESs-ful (Heath) manner by offering C oncrete and C redible (Heath) information and resources that have been properly researched and well cited.
This technology offers an unlimited number of options for communication in both my personal and professional life. I am able to easily locate white pages, research, professional “best practices”, templates and almost any necessary information to SUCCES-fully (Heath) work in a fast-paced environment that demands the most current information and knowledge of applicable standards .
E motional — help people see the importance of an idea by feeling something relevant to the situation as well as themselves.
I have used technology to search for Emotional (Heath, 16-18) images personally in my volunteer work as the Vice President of Fundraising for Unite, Inc. Bereavement Support. The images that I can search and share seem unlimited and they are very helpful in creating and emotional appeal or connection when combined with our monthly or annual fundraising efforts.
Technology has assisted my efforts in creating relevance through emotions in this area more than any other to date.
S tories – allow us to rehash information or connect to the situation through sensory elements.
Technology has allowed me to connect S tories (Heath, 16-18) to my own communication needs by correlating the information shared within the story to my message.
A professional example of my use of stories is in our campaign for drop-out prevention. I have searched our organizations local and international stories for successful outcomes that may be shared in my communications with funders and internal staff members alike.
The use of S tories (Heath, 16-18) to rehash information and to connect my listener to other program participants has been SUCCESs-ful (Heath, 16-18) in building morale and creating momentum in many of our programs.
Technology impact’s on my personal communication…
Verbal cue's (Shell) may be reinforced with readily available resources found on the internet that may offer credibility to the speaker.
Speaking guides and language assistance software and internet sites offering everything from pronunciation to translation assistance.
Lack of full attention such as eye contact, “active listening”, (Shell) appropriate response to verbal and non-verbal cue’s.
Assistance offered from software which helps to provide direction in written communications (i.e. – spell check, word count, formatting, MLA style guides, etc…)
Augmented Reality Augmented Reality (reality augmented by technology with communication tools built on the web and displayed through a “window”…in this case, the window being an iPhone). (Jarvis)
“ Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or an indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input, such as sound or graphics.
It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality , in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer.
As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality . By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real-world with a simulated one.” (Chen)
Other Assistance Provided by Technology… Websites like MediaBuzz have assisted me in locating much needed resources to pursue my education. This information is communicated to me with no effort on my part other than my initial acceptance to receive regular email updates and notifications.
“ Education is more affordable when seeking financial resources that are easily located using simple search engine websites like the one listed below:
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Other Assistance Provided by Technology continued…
I have been able to complete classes online at both Villanova University and Philadelphia University. This method of communication is welcomed by me due to a busy professional and personal schedule.
Overall, the courses make good use of many elements of Heath’s SUCCESs model.
Virtually (no pun intended) every area of my communication has been impacted in some form or fashion by the use of technology .
Technology has allowed me to express myself , in both words and pictures and has made my “core” message (Heath, 16-18) both S imple (Heath, 16-18) to convey as well as C redible (Heath, 16-18) to others due to my ability to provide factual, well documented information within a given message.
I can easily provide pictures, search for relevant statistics or support and create multi-media presentations to visually convey my mental images to others.
Technology has been irreplaceable in many of my professional interactions due to its effectiveness in removing communication barriers through the use of a multifaceted approach to share information within our non-profit organization.
Finally, new doors have been opened to me this semester within the realm of technology that I was unaware of. Professor DeLarge shared multiple resources, “how-to” guides for sites such as LinkedIn, and expressed the advantage that technology may offer in creating, fine-tuning and marketing my personal brand.
This information , perhaps more than everything else combined within our course materials this semester, has given me the edge and helped me to take the initiative to use technology to my professional advantage.
I have been introduced to sites such as, SildeShare ( http://www.slideshare.net/) , LinkedIn ( http://www.linkedin.com/ ) and delicious (http://www.delicious.com/) among others, that have truly spurred me forward in my professional use of technology.
I am grateful for this new knowledge and plan to continue to discover new ways to make technology work to my advantage professionally as well as personally.
"Cultural behavior is the end product of collected wisdom, filtered and passed down through hundreds of generations as shared core beliefs, values assumptions, notions and persistent action patterns.
In other words, culture is a collective programming of the mind, that distinguishes the members of one human group from another." Richard Lewis
The above illustration is a wonderful example of the unclear and diluted communication that is, unfortunately, encountered at my workplace on almost a daily basis. Verbal and non-verbal cue’s play a large impact on how challenges are identified and ultimately resolved.
A lack of understanding is common among both cultures . The workplace culture is sometimes divisive and the collected patterns that arise among small groups within the larger group are often negative and counter-productive.
The culture of my workplace is vastly different from my home culture and although I may be tempted to repeat the message that needs to be communicated, I have found that one “Simple” message will often “stick”. (Heath 16-18)
While my workplace is wrought with competition, chaos and confusion , my home culture is team-oriented, orderly and peaceful .
The “core” ideas in both environments that must be conveyed are essential however, the workplace is the most challenging environment that I face in which to share S imple information. (Heath 16-18)
Both of the cultures have reaped the benefit’s of Heath’s Simple approach to sharing information . The result has often been an easier understanding of the core concept and desired course of action, when necessary.
Often, a lack of understanding amongst my peers at work leads to the need to present information in an U nexpected manner as described in Heath’s model. The use of unexpected presentation practices aids my ability to communicate a S imple “core” message in a clear and concise manner. (Heath 16-18)
The use of Unexpected (Heath 16-18) visual aids, props and, on occasion, guest presenter’s, has allowed the focus to shift from the messenger (me) to the message that I need to convey.
I can easily share information using Heath’s model and I often share information through redirecting the focus of my group or creating a “curiosity gap”. (Heath 16-18)
This technique works well in both my work and home culture when the expectation during a communication conflict is to receive a defensive response . By re-focusing the group on the commonality of the message and the desired results, I can create an U nexpected arena for both my work and home communications.
Sharing unexpected insights , idea’s or visual’s pulls my workplace culture closer together and creates a common bond or, in the least a shared directive.
The idea’s that must be related in the workplace and in my home culture are more easily understood by my listener’s when I share a Concrete (Heath 16-18) example with them.
In the workplace, there is a common foundation that is shared among the staff. This foundation makes it possible to share C oncrete imagery among my peers because we share the same workplace cultural belief’s. We all hope to help kids to achieve in life and to graduate college. This commonality allows my workplace culture to begin at the same point of understanding in some necessary key areas.
In order to enhance this cultural belief system I often use concrete example’s from our affiliates that reinforce the idea’s or messages that I want to share.
My home culture, like my workplace culture, shares a common foundation of family values, moral’s and ethic’s. When I need to convey a message to my home culture, I often rely on past examples that have bonded the group and resulted in a certain remembered outcome.
These historical example’s provide a clear and focused message that is easily remembered by my home culture.
Credibility in my work culture is only as good as the information shared at any given time. Because of this constant need to re-establish credibility, I rely on shared information among the workplace culture that maintains significance and connections among my peers. If information comes from CIS National, for example, then it is automatically C redible (Heath 16-18) to my audience.
My credibility is not challenged so often in my home culture. Although my credibility depends on believability, my home culture is more apt to believe what I share due to our closely matched cultural commonalities and shared understandings.
“… inter-cultural communication competence can only be attained when self-reflective processes increase a person's awareness of her own culture, personality, identity in that particular situation and various other factors.” (Aleksandra)
It is interesting to see that there are common elements in my workplace culture and home culture.
The foundation set by my organization creates a common workplace culture or clearinghouse for our staff to build upon just as my home culture set certain foundation’s for my value's, ethic's and belief's to develop.
This being said, I am able to more fully appreciate the cultural connections that each environment has to offer and I hope to grow in my understanding and application of Heath’s SUCCESs model in my professional and personal life.
As I stated earlier in this assignment, it was very interesting to discover when and where the cultural paths crossed in my work and home cultures. Both had well established foundations that were, in essence, for the greater good.
This assignment, as well as those that have come before it, have only solidified my understanding of the many elements that come into play in my day-to-day communications overall.
I clearly see the foundations of communication that have been established in both my professional and home environments and can see that the “…awareness of her own culture, personality, identity in that particular situation and various other factors.” (Aleksandra) will, in fact, assist me in understanding others within various cultures and in responding to them appropriately and with some measure of patience.
Although my workplace culture has been, at times, challenging, I believe that with these tools at my disposal I will overcome the cultural obstacles that I may face more easily.
By using of E motional S tories from Heath’s SUCCESs model, I have developed my communication skill’s in order to create an emotional connection to our programmatic staff.
I believe that this connection is one of many steps that will bridge the divide in my cultural communications in the workplace.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that frightens us most.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
You are a child of the universe.
You were born to manifest the glory of the universe that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
it's in everyone.”
(Marianne Williamson (born 1952);author, lecturer)
I wanted to share the above quote because it reflects my take-away from this course with Professor DeLarge.
At our initial meeting Professor DeLarge expressed to us that we are all leaders . In addition, he stated that he would not accept negative self-talk . These two statements , along with many others pertaining to knowing how to play the long game and to understand the elements involved in progressing professionally, were invaluable to me .
I believe that Professor DeLarge is passionate about providing his students with the tools and insight that he has to offer and that, more specifically, have allowed me to progress to higher levels of leadership, both professionally and personally .
I hope to continue accumulating professional communication skills that will allow me to remain calm, use my power for the greater good and to encourage others to grow in their leadership development.
This course has impacted the way that I view myself (more positively) and others (with more grace) and I intend to see the leadership ability in each person that I encounter in the same way that Professor DeLarge demonstrated in class.