1. Why We Shouldn’t Be Giving Advice

    June 20, 2016 by Elaine Suess

    The ability to communicate well impacts everything we do at work. Expertise in what I call Conversational Leadership extends even beyond work.

    “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” James Humes

    A critical element of Conversational Leadership is whether you’re most often asking questions or giving advice.

    Advice As Pain

    While I don’t have the research reference to share with you, a friend who studies the brain recently shared with me that giving advice lights up the same area of the brain that pain does. Ouch!

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  2. Where Leadership Lives

    November 14, 2011 by Elaine Suess

    Last month, I met for the second time with a group called the “Sista Circle.” It’s a group of women brought together by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the purpose of providing encouragement and support in various ways.

    The women of the Sista Circle live in an expansive group of apartment complexes where drug dealing and the sounds of gunshots are not uncommon. I had exposure to some of these women last year through the Leadership Cincinnati program, and was touched by their honesty and open hearts.

    Strengths and Leadership

    Why am I writing about these women? Well, because I’ve found a tremendous strength in these women and clear signs of leadership (more…)


  3. Stick Your Head Under Water

    June 30, 2011 by Elaine Suess

    I was at Spring Grove cemetery the other day – a common stopping point for me. It’s beautiful, quiet and my character strength of curiosity is always in full swing there.

    I had just finished a short run, and as I was standing by the water, a couple of ducks snuck up behind me. There was no clucking or quacking, but the white duck started looking for something to eat in the green muck. As it searched, (more…)


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