Interpersonally Competent People Walk Their Talk

This is Friday, so this post is on interpersonal competence.

Eric Harvey is a good friend of mine.  Several years ago, he coauthored the book Walk the Talk and Get the Results You Want.  He and I became friends as a result of that book.  Walk the Talk the book, is aimed at leaders.  It focuses on how leaders can make the most of their organizations’ values simply by conducting themselves in a manner consistent with them, or — walking their talk. 

At that time, I had just written a book called using Values To Turn Vision Into Reality.  Instead of treating me like a competitor and assuming that the organizational values market was a fixed pie, Eric welcomed me as a collaborator.  His company even published a handbook I had written called Leading With Values.

Eric is the embodiment of interpersonal competence.  He walks his talk.  He is clear about what he values, and he conducts himself accordingly.  He looks to build long term mutually beneficial relationships with the people in his life.

Recently, Eric and Steve Ventura have released a new video that urges all of us, not just leaders, to walk our talk.  You can see it by clicking on this link:

I like the message.  It does take commitment, honesty, accountability, respect, courage, ethics and integrity to walk your talk.  These seven also are hallmarks of interpersonally competent people.

The common sense message for today is simple.  Go to  Watch the movie. Think about its message.  Find a way to put it to work in your life everyday.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website for more common sense.  Check out my other blog: for common sense advice on leading people and running a small business, and to get an electronic copy of my book 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations.

I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


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