In 2013, David Marquet’s book Turn the Ship Around (https://amzn.to/3bbE2nk) was published, introducing intent based leadership to people all over the world. Since then David has worked with thousands of companies, teams, and individuals and helped them transform the way they think about and engage with others. His new book Leadership Is Language (https://amzn.to/3b6H3p7 ) digs even deeper into intent based leadership by focusing on the subtle ways in which the words we choose impact the message we are trying to send—how it is received and acted upon by others.
In this interview, David and I talk about the new book and some of the key ideas he introduces in Leadership is Language. One of the concepts we focus on in the interview is blue work vs. red work, or, the thinking work we do that embraces variability and the execution work we do where we want to limit variability.
As an added bonus, David shares a tip towards the end of the interview that is absolutely going to transform your ability to get people to arrive on time for events.
Leadership is Language
If you’d like to reach David or learn more about Intent Based Leadership here are some links to get you started:
In addition to the book, David posts his “Leadership Nudges” on YouTube each week:
And if you’d like to see David in person, here are some of his upcoming events:
Nic Sementa is man of many skills. He’s an Agilist, a Marketing Consultant, an Entrepreneur… he does Business Development, he’s a sales ninja, and he’s someone who spends a lot of time honing his skills in listening and communicating.
This podcast began at the 2019 Scrum Gathering in Austin. Nic and I were talking and ended up on the topic of nonviolent communication. The conversation we had in Austin and Nic’s take on NVC and other communication practices was so compelling that I asked if we could pick up the topic during a podcast.
For anyone who makes their living as a traditional PM or is involved with Agile and helping to support, motivate, and lead teams, studying different communication patterns and language techniques is a survival tactic. In this conversation with Nic Sementa, you’ll gain insights into several new communication tools, how and why they work, and how you can practice a language technique like NVC from a place that is both vulnerable and strong at the same time.
Nonviolent Communication Links
Nic’s Contact Info:
What we say matters.
One of they keys to being a successful ScrumMaster is language. It’s not enough to just put the message out, you need to encode it in a way that allows it to be received and decoded in a way that will deliver the message you intended.
Tyler Grant is a ScrumMaster who is concerned with how buzzwords and jargon can create divisions within teams, and is generally less precise than other, more technical language. These words often lead to poor communication habits, misunderstanding, team members feeling alienated, not to mention the myriad of ways it can impact the deliverable.
During this podcast, Tyler and I talk through why this topic is so important, how to become more aware of it, what to do if you find yourself communicating using less than precise language and what to do if you are on the receiving end of it.
If you’d like to contact Tyler, you can reach him in the following ways:
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