Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Chad Littlefield on Meaningful Conversations at Work

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Chad Littlefield


Topics Covered:

  • Creating relationships of trust
  • World in Conversation
  • The default questions we ask
  • Empathy
  • Creating dialog
  • Asking different questions to create deeper connections
  • For example, instead of asking, “How are you?” ask “What do you really care about?”
  • Another example, instead of asking, “How was your weekend?” ask, “What’s a moment worth remembering from your weekend?”
  • Incrementally building trust among people
  • Project Aristotle from Google
  • Psychological safety
  • What managers do is very viral
  • Foundational tool is intention
  • When you go into a conversation or meeting, share your intention about what’s going to happen
  • Create a workplace that’s worth showing up to
  • Positive social risk
  • Leading by design
  • Seeking feedback on iterative cycles
  • We! Connect Cards
  • Having conversations that matter
  • Creating a declaration for yourself “I am the possibility that…”

Photos Chad Mentioned Showing the “We! Connect Cards” in Use!




Questions Answered:

How do you teach empathy?

How did you build trust?

How do you build a culture of building a relationship of trust?

How do I change the conversation to build deeper connections at work?


Books & Product Recommended:

We! Connect Cards

Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections by Rod Lee and Chad Littlefield

Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter by Will Wise


More about Chad Littlefield:


Kelly Vandever is a leadership and communications expert who helps leaders and organizations thrive in today’s attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook world.   Connect with Kelly and discover how being professionally human can bring you better business results. 

Contact Kelly by phone at 770-597-1108, email her or tweet her @KellyVandever.

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