Janet Brady, PhD

Organisational Linguist

Lost Art of Managerial Communication Skills

Lost Art of Managerial Communication Skills

How can managerial communication skills be a lost art? Don’t leadership development programs help managers develop communication skills? You don’t have to have a business degree or be accredited by a professional association to work as a manager. But as any subordinate knows, effective managers have developed the art of management. Unfortunately, many large organisations… Continue Reading

Giving Feedback: Is Trust the Key?

Giving Feedback: Is Trust the Key?

We all know that giving negative feedback to a subordinate is likely to be an uncomfortable experience for both. But as the supervising manager has the advantage of greater positional power, the nature of the activity suggests it holds greater risk for the less-powerful subordinate. The capacity and willingness of the recipient to absorb and… Continue Reading

5 Top Management Books for Christmas

5 Top Management Books for Christmas

I’ll be honest about these management books I have selected. None of them are quick fix-it type books. Instead, they offer readers an opportunity to explore new ways of thinking about commonly accepted practices (see my tips for selecting business books). But be warned. If you think these books look interesting, you are likely to… Continue Reading

3 Tips for Choosing Business Books

3 Tips for Choosing Business Books

When you buy business books, do you feel overwhelmed by the overflowing book shelves? According to Bloomberg Businessweek, 11,000 plus business books are published each year, buyer behaviour suggesting that: Purchasing choices are made based on brand, not content. Length does matter, brevity chosen ahead of authoritative analysis. Seduction is preferred to substance, catchy titles… Continue Reading

Revisiting Communication Competency in Trainers at the AITD

Revisiting Communication Competency in Trainers at the AITD

I am facilitating the following full-day Pre-Conference Workshop on Friday, 1st August 2014 at the Australian Institute of Training and Development. Evaluating Trainers: Revisiting Communication Competency – Workshop Overview What is communication competency in training and facilitating? How do we recognise it? How do we evaluate it? How do we formulate our feedback? This workshop… Continue Reading

How can linguistics help managers?

How can linguistics help managers?

Surprise is usually the response when people discover I use linguistics to help managers and other professionals. “Linguistics?” they say. “Not psychology?” Someone has even asked me how I handle psychopaths. I remind them that the work of managers involves a lot of talking such as briefing others, giving feedback, and managing teams of diverse… Continue Reading

Entering the Leadership Pipeline: AITD 2014 National Conference

Entering the Leadership Pipeline: AITD 2014 National Conference

I am presenting the following concurrent workshop at the Australian Institute of Training and Development’s 2014 National Conference, May 14-15, 2014. Hope to see you there. Learning at the coalface: Entering the leadership pipeline -Workshop Overview Recent discussions on workplace learning suggest that the L&D community is increasingly interested in informal learning. Until now, there… Continue Reading

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