Entries by Austin Hodge

Transforming Team Communication Case Study: Pain Points (Part 2)

Transforming team communication is a difficult task. Just look around your office and think about how many different thought processes, leadership approaches, and communication styles are represented. Most days, fostering seamless communication between so many different people while working hard to raise up good leaders feels more like herding cats than it does leading a […]

Why Communication Matters: A Case Study (Part 1)

Communication. One of those “soft science” buzzwords. You can hear it now, can’t you? The impassioned HR director energetically extolling the cure-all virtues of “open dialogue,” “honest communication,” and “high performing teams” who learn how to “understand” their teammates and “bring out the best” in every “unique voice.”

The Dangers of Unintentional Living

Can you imagine a world where people are unintentional with their lives? A world where you don’t aspire to grow or learn or dream? Can you imagine living in a place where your time is dictated by television schedules and your dreams inspired by ads showing a fake world of fantasy? Yes, I actually can.

20 Things to Stop Assuming

Assumptions. The silent underminers of influence. They take us to a dangerous precipice of misattribution and blinded action. On the surface, they seem solid and reliable. After all, the very definition indicates a certain level of certainty about a conclusion, whether based on past experience or ignorance of additional facts and perspectives. Assumptions Undermine Influence […]

The Humblebrag vs. True Humility

“I just did something very selfless. But more importantly, it was genuine & I know it means a lot to the person in the longrun #soworthit” If you’re like most people, you might be scratching your head after reading the above statement. Unfortunately, as self-congratulatory as it sounds, that’s a real quote from a twitter […]

Leadership Secrets: Leveraging Your Rest

Sometimes the best investment you can make at work is to step away from it for a while. To get out of the daily grind and make time for rest, peace, and recharging with family, friends, and reflection. In fact, we would all love even just an hour of this time every day. When we […]