The lowdown: 5 Voices summary based on Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram’s book will help you understand the inner voices of your workgroup or relatives.
Have you ever been stacked with a problem you can’t resolve and the only thing you needed to do to find the answer was discuss the problem with someone?
Don’t feel shocked, it happens to everyone. But have you ever wondered why?
The answer is pretty easy: Communication.
It is amazing how many things can be fixed by some solid and clear communication. However, our arrogance, pride, and stubbornness sometimes hold us back.
The book, 5 Voices, attempts to change all of that.
In order to improve our communication skills, Kubicek and Cockram teach us that the problem behind those terrible conversations is the fact that we all have ‘multiple voices’. These voices have advantages and disadvantages you’ll need to understand if you really want to become a great boss.
- Audible Audiobook
- Jeremie Kubicek (Author) – Tim Andres Pabon (Narrator)
- English (Publication Language)
- 01/27/2017 (Publication Date) – Gildan Media, LLC (Publisher)
The key lessons you’ll learn from 5 Voices are:
- Recognize every voice in your partners or employees.
- Helping others to develop other voices.
- How to be a great boss.
Lesson One: Recognize every voice in your partners or employees
First, you need to know there are 5 different voices that define five different persons: The nurturers, creatives, guardians, connectors, and pioneers.
Have you ever meet someone who always cares about everyone needs rather than their own? Well, you met a nurturer, and that’s a person you really must have in your business. Nurturers will make sure all the relationships and jobs they work for will succeeded in the future by working hard in the present.
Guardians and connectors have a few resemblances with nurturers.
Guardians are very conservative people who only protect the interest of a system and not of the people who live within. Thanks to their pragmatism and realism, guardians quickly identify the obstacles of new ideas. Connectors’ likeness with nurturers goes by their way of treating people. They are those who forge bonds between two persons very quickly. Their main trait is positivism, they always motivate others to succeed in their works, that’s why these kind of people are invaluable for every business.
Creatives and pioneers are almost the exact opposite of this. Creatives constantly live in the future creating and innovating ideas. Meanwhile, pioneers are those who go for their goals no matter what and never hesitate when a tough decision knocks their door.
Lesson Two: Helping others to develop other voices
Remember when you were a kid and your mother corrected something you did wrong?
Well, you will need to do the same if you want to make your business an excellent place to work.
All the positives we told about these voices also come with some disadvantages as well. For example, nurturers tend to be extremely shy when it comes to speaking up their ideas and creatives don’t know how to express their amazing ideas in a simple way.
People usually switch between voices depending on the situations we fall in, but in the end, we always go back into a single dominant voice. Because of this, every boss or leader must know how to treat every person.
You need to encourage nurturers and creatives to speak up and try to express themselves in a way everyone would understand. For guardians and pioneers, you need to make them understand that extreme stubbornness could be bad for teamwork and have to learn how to be more flexible at the moment to express themselves.
Lesson Three: How to be a great boss.
In addition to how to control your employees’ voices so you can have a better environment in the workplace, the authors will teach you how to control your voices as well.
You won’t help anyone if you can’t have dominant control of your main and secondary voices. And yes, we know it’s not easy to control them when you’re in a meeting where all the things that are being discussed bored you down. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to handle other voices which aren’t your main one. Only that you will become a great boss really beloved among employees.
My personal takeaway.
I found this book very interesting. It helped me to understand people moods.
Kubicek and Cockram really did a great job trying to explain that if you want to help others, you must feel comfortable with yourself.
Put into action.
Start identifying your partners’ voices and help them if you think they need help, but first if you’re happy with your own.
If you are a boss then you should start helping your employees so they can work in a better environment.
You should consider this book if…
If you’re starting a business and don’t have any idea of how to treat your employees, then this book is for you.
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