HABIT #5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

This is the fifth post in our 7 Habits for Highly Successful Communication Managers. As we work to be less reactionary (Habit #1 – Be Proactive), have a clear strategy (Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind), and work to prioritize tasks (Habit #3 – Putting First Things First), we must have an overarching goal for everyone to win (Habit #4 – Think Win-Win). From Habit #4, Think Win-Win, we move to Habit #5, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. According to Steven R. Covey, “Communication is the most important skill in life.” You spend years learning
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When Voicemail to Email Goes Wrong

I had to laugh when one of my friends sent me a copy of a voicemail to email she received. She was on vacation but she knew that she received a voicemail because it’s showing up on her phone as an email. In these days of Universal Communication, there are lots of ways for people to get in touch with you and for you to reply to them. There’s email, desk phone, soft phone, cell phone, voicemail, IM, text and more. But sometimes that technology doesn’t work as expected. She said she “thinks” this is from a colleague who is
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Habit 4 Think Win Win

This is Habit 4 Think Win Win, the 4th post in our 7 Habits for Highly Successful Communication Managers. As we work to be less reactionary (Habit #1 – Be Proactive) and have a clear strategy (Habit #2 – Begin with the End in Mind) and work to prioritize tasks (Habit #3 – Putting First Things First),we must have an overarching gold for everyone to win. Habit #4 says Think Win-Win. Think Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Technology for the masses is fascinating. Most of
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The Revolution of Mobility – part 3

Continued from Part 1 and Part 2 which can be found here. At this moment, the evolutionary convergence of cell phone, pager and pocket PC had reached fruition and the smartphone stepped onto the empty plane of possibilities. Customers now carried with them, at all times, a portable mini-pc with twenty-four hour network connectivity. The advent of the app made it possible to deliver products and services directly to the user, wherever they were and whenever they wanted. Information from the world-wide web, coupled with social media, which forever altered the way we communicate, was made all the more potent
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The Revolution of Mobility – Part 2

Over time the beeper I carried grew in size and functionality, but I still could not use it to make a call. For that I had a cell phone, and for organizational data I maintained a palm pilot. Overall, I had three devices serving three entirely different functions that made my belt something Batman would have been impressed with, but overall, communication at the workplace leaned on the same two work horses, email and the desk phone. Yet, something was shifting and shifting seismically. There was a steady convergence of technologies… the pager, cell phone and pocket PC were all
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Revolution of Mobility – part I

The warmth is sweltering and embracing.  It is the summer of 1996 on Wall Street in New York City and I just departed the cool comfort of the office to wade in the sauna of a City summer decked out in the standard garb of the stock broking district, a suit and tie.  Its lunch time and my colleagues and I merge seamlessly in the crowd of suits.  A unified mass of discomfort lunging forward in wave upon wave of humanity with but one singular purpose, sustenance. In a New York minute we are planted at a table, food at
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BYOD: Bring Your Own Disaster

BYOD is an acronym that is common in the technology industry.  This term has bled over to the business world.  You may be a user of the acronym even if you’re not certain of the word’s meaning.  Do you use your personal mobile phone for work?  Are you reimbursed for a portion of your mobile bill?  Do you wish you were reimbursed?  That’s a conversation we cannot solve in this column.  If you answered yes, then you are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) user.  A recent Gartner report predicts that 50% of the workforce will be required to supply
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My Silent Week

I can’t talk. I had vocal cord surgery last week, July 3rd to be exact, and have not been allowed to speak for a week. No whispering, no talking, nothing. All through the 4th of July weekend. This would be fine if I was a shy, quiet wallflower, but if you know me you’re laughing right now because I am not any of those things. I love to talk – a LOT! But for the last 7 days I have been silent. It’s been hard – almost impossible – since I have a husband and 11 year-old son and I
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VXSuite exited to present 4 sessions at IAUG, Booth 400

Sunday starts the Annual IAUG CONVERGE2013 (Avaya) conference in Orlando and VXSuite is both speaking and exhibiting. Come see us in booth 400 in the Solutions Expo. VXSuite Hosted Sessions: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Communication Managers Session 904 Presenter: Doug Tolley Date: Monday, June 3rd Time: 4:45-5:45 PM Room: Naples 1 & 2 VXSuite – Quality of End-user Experience (QoE) Management Overcoming the Barriers to Funding Session 405 Presenters: Amy Bailey & Roger Blohm Date: Tuesday, June 4th Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Room: Sun 1 & 2 Effective Use of Telecom & IT Tools Increases Your Value Session 909
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Is there ever Privacy with Social Media?

On September 27, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a regulation that prohibits employers from requiring applicants and employees to allow them access to social media sites where, presumably, the employers might find information that would affect employment decisions.  So the question is, does this mean people will go crazy again in their postings, or have we learned the lesson and will refrain from posting those damaging photos? As the mother of an eleven year-old son, I worry that he will post something that could haunt him forever. I personally, plan to keep the scare tactic going with him – be
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