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Sneaky Thoughts

It can be hard to separate our thoughts from our feelings about a situation, especially an emotionally charged conflict situation. We can be quick to feel, quick take offense, and quick to respond. All feelings and emotions are reactions to things that we think. The graphic below illustrates how we typically respond to stimuli, and… Continue reading Sneaky Thoughts

Conflict: The Emotional Component

The workplace is a blending of cultures, minds, ambitions, and understanding. As people with various backgrounds and opinions try to reach mutual goals, there are bound to be times when “blending” will get difficult and opinions will turn into disagreements and inter-office conflict. Daniel Dana, president of Dana Mediation Institute, is an internationally renowned conflict… Continue reading Conflict: The Emotional Component

Your Words Say Yes, But Your Actions…

In today’s world of Skype, texting, and rapid-fire emails, we often forget ourselves in personal conversations. When we speak indirectly through technology, we don’t have to worry about our posture, our body language, or that we are thumb-fiddlers. But when faced with a physical run-in, we must remember that communication isn’t only about words. Our… Continue reading Your Words Say Yes, But Your Actions…

Strategy: Meet Monkey Wrench

Humans. We’re always getting in the way of our own success.  Even after defining your unique and successful strategy, human variables frequently enter into the equation and can derail strategy in three major circumstances: 1) When you compete to be “the best.” Competing to be the best is not nearly as effective as aiming to… Continue reading Strategy: Meet Monkey Wrench

10 Tips to Open the Communication Window

We often think of ‘communication’ as an intangible and ungovernable variable that is beyond our control. That is nonsense. Just as we can control numbers and satisfaction, so can we control communication.  We must simply determine the rules and elements that lead to successful communication, and use them as tools to share information and manage… Continue reading 10 Tips to Open the Communication Window

OPEN SESAME: Secrets of Effective Communication

Communication can be tricky. Many of us believe that if we ask lots of questions, we are communicating well and connecting with the other person. This may or may not be the case. To communicate effectively, we must ask the right questions at the right time to get the information we truly need. When asking… Continue reading OPEN SESAME: Secrets of Effective Communication