September 16, 2014The 30-Second Test
This is fun, and powerfully instructive at the same time.
Ask your boss to extend a forefinger and draw a capital E on his or her forehead.
There is extensive scientific research behind this.
There is no right or wrong way to do it either.
Does s/he draw the E so that it faces his/her own face -- backwards to you, looking at him/her -- or does s/he draw the E so that you, standing in front of him/her, can read it?
This is actually a proven scientific way to measure perspective-taking, the ability to step outside of one's own experience and see the world from another person's viewpoint.
People who write the E so that it's backwards to themselves, but readable to the person in front of them, have taken the other person's perspective.
September 9, 2014Shelter From The Storm
Radio has been so traumatized for so long that it's easy to focus only on our own anxieties. I have friends and clients in many countries around our world and the common thread is stress and worry. Money is tight. Jobs are scarce. Uncertainty reigns. Even the weather, ...
September 2, 2014My Uncle Frank
Jimmy Kimmel's a funny guy. His reputation for being crude, insensitive and funny makes watching his authentic grief even more powerful. Watch THIS. Don't be afraid to show real feelings when they come. Even if you're as funny as Jimmy, don't be afraid to be real, to ...
August 26, 2014I'm Steve Jobs
There are many lessons to take away from his remarkable impact on our lives, but for those of us in radio, the one I want to remind you of today is this: He believed in advertising. Yes, he designed wonderful, artistic products. Yes, he anticipated what we would want ...
August 19, 2014Who Pushes You?
Is there someone in your professional life who pushes you? I don't mean the VP/Programming, or anyone else you report to. Those relationships are power-based, and being pushed by someone you fear doesn't lead to introspection and growth. It leads to anxiety and ...
August 12, 2014The Test
There was nothing about his early life that gave any hint of strength or character. Every business idea he tried failed. Every single one. When he died at the age of 47, far from his home and family, he owed his creditors almost $2.5 million, an enormous sum of money ...
August 5, 2014The Kitchen Sisters
The sound of silence. While commercial radio in America continues to try to cut its way to growth, Public Radio is actually growing, without smoke and mirrors, by producing a better product. Public Radio in most major American cities is thriving, and I couldn't be ...
July 29, 2014A Different Kind Of Leader
Turning weakness into strength There was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required, but this link may work) entitled "Depression In Command." Based on the book, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental ...
July 22, 2014The Skill Of Listening
Five Tips To Help You Right Now Our jobs are dependent upon listening. That may seem obvious, but in truth, our deepest personal relationships are dependent upon listening as well. With so much riding on listening, I'm always a bit surprised how few of us have ever ...
July 15, 2014Your Online Community
Your station has a website. Your morning show has a Facebook page. Your company even has its own web design team and a separate "digital media" department. Woooo hooooo! Does your station do anything, anything at all, to encourage a real community online? Is there a ...