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Practical Applications of Influence

My guest today is Brian Ahearn, an expert in the field of psychology and persuasion. In this episode we talk about his new book “Influence PEOPLE: Powerful Everyday Opportunities to Persuade that are Lasting and Ethical ” and how we can apply the science of persuasion in conversations with our team. We cover how to be …

Author Hour Interview

I really enjoyed the opportunity to share insights from my new book on the podcast Author Hour. Here is a transcript of out conversation below. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/author-hour/id1219470250?i=1000440194600 Donald Meador: This was really an outpouring of the frustration that I felt as a middle manager in corporate America. Because the truth is you are 100% at the mercy …

Are You Spreading Negativity?

The truth of your job is that your results don’t matter. The perception of you and your results is actually what determines your career. Spreading negativity can have a massive impact on the perception others have. When you focus on other people’s faults you are actually doing more damage to your own career. 

How to have better Staff Meetings

Most staff meetings are terrible, but as the Manager, you can make a few small changes that will have a huge impact on the effectiveness of your meetings. In this episode we will talk about why having multiple short sync ups is more effective than one long meeting and why being able to look someone in …

How To Disagree With Your Boss

Disagreeing with your boss is easily one of the most precarious situations for a leader. Done wrong, it can derail your career. Done correctly it can set you up for a solid, candid relationship. Let’s setup a few ground rules. Never do it in front of other people. Honestly, it shocks me to even have …

How to Be More Persuasive

On today’s episode, I am with Brian Ahearn and he is going to teach you how to be more persuasive. This is an essential skill to have in your career and the best news is it CAN be learned. Learn: Liking – In order to be more persuasive you have to like the person your …

Book Excerpt: Surrounded by Insanity

Below is the introduction to my new book. Why You Are Here “You are trying to understand madness with logic. This is not unlike searching for darkness with a torch.” —The Mad Hatter I walked into the conference room not really knowing what to expect. I sat across the table from someone who had been …

Quick Tip: Setting Project Deadlines

Setting project deadlines is always a perilous task. In this short episode, I will give you a few quick tips that can help you navigate this difficult situation.  1. Never open your Mouth without all details.  2. Always have two timelines ready  3. Over-communicate like crazy  4. Don’t sweat it too much, all deadlines are made …