"There’s a reason they call it a “power struggle”; because it is a hassle, typically for both parties, unless one of you is a masochist, of course." Author: Unknown
The next installment of our "Would You Rather" series:
At one time or another you’re going to end up in a situation (professionally or personally) where conflict ensues. On this planet, with over 7 billion lives, there’s just no way to avoid…
Take just a moment to reflect upon a few of your relationships. Now, ask yourself,"How often does the 'I'm right, you're wrong' scenario come into play in my day-to-day interactions?" Are you surprised by the answer? I know I was.
It’s amazing how in the midst of fairly mundane conversations I would find myself jumping right into proving, correcting, and instructing in order to maintain my “reputation” and image as a leader and advisor.
Believe it or not, the majority of us regularly feel (whether…Read more
Recently, during the reading of a highly controversial article, I was struck with people’s impulses to believe and rally on the side of things simply because someone tells them to; or because someone says “it’s a scientific fact”. This made me think of all the ways that I interact with information and how easy it is for me to almost always find supporting evidence for anything that I wish to believe is true.
Wanting to understand more about how I come to trust information as false or correct, I decided to…
There's a fantastic article in this month's issue of Training Magazine that not only builds a strong argument for in-person instructor led training, but tells you why it's so important! After all training can only succeed "if people are motivated to adopt newly approved business processes." The key word here is motivated. People have to want to make a change before any lasting change can happen:
I thought today would be a great day to answer a common question I hear from my clients;
Can (or will) my Core Values change over time?
My response: Absolutely! It’s how you know you’re moving into a new phase of life.
When I was younger, “family” and “responsibility” were two of my top five Core Values. I was raising kids and spent a lot of time with my direct and extended family. We even took all of our vacations together. I could not imagine not putting my family first, nor did I want to.
But, now in my…
“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls
One of the things I don’t miss about working in an office setting is the gossip mill. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that conversation that starts with people politely sharing about their weekend, or their kids that quickly degrades into negative talk about the unlucky person or persons who happen to be absent at the moment. I remember getting…
I don’t know about you, but I’m celebrating all day today!
Why? Because it’s leap year.
This one day, every four years, we are gifted with 24 extra potential-filled hours. What will you do with yours? Some possibilities:
Fold the laundry you left in the dryer yesterday.
Bake a cake.
Fall in love.
Paint a bedroom.
Start preparing your tax return.
Attend a few extra business meetings.
Can you hear the needle screeching across the vinyl disc on that last one? Yeah, I don’t think anyone really wants to attend more…
What do tomatoes and productivity have in common? More than you’d think.
In fact, there’s a wonderful method called the Pomodoro Technique™ that you can use to help you power through distractions and get things done. And, the best part is that it’s really easy!
The Pomodoro Technique was invented in the early 90s by developer, entrepreneur, and author Francesco Cirillo. He named the system "Pomodoro" after the tomato-shaped timer he used to track his work as a university student. The approach is quite…
How’s the year treating you so far?
Is everything turning out the way you thought it would?
If not, don’t beat yourself up. I’d say that’s probably the case for many of us.
Who or what’s to blame? Chalk it up to the “C” word. Of course, I’m talking about change. You knew that…right?
Change will throw a crimp into the best-laid plans and sap the wind from the sails of any well-charted voyage. Change can be downright uncomfortable. But, it doesn’t have to be.
I have a theory: It’s not change that is so…