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Simply Be

The Art of Being Human was the name of a course I took many years ago during my freshman year in college. Since my last post was about the busyness of life and how we can find that to be an excuse, this post is about simply being and enjoying where we are on life’s Read More

Busy Is Not An Excuse

How often are you busy? Busy, according to Dictionary.com, is an adjective meaning: actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime As a verb, the meaning is: to keep occupied What I notice about this word, is how often people use it as an excuse for not getting something finished. “I was just too Read More

Choose Your Words Wisely

“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.” –John Dryden (English poet and playwright) Do you pay attention to your language? The specific words you use to describe yourself, your actions, your goals, your plans, etc. Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to invite you to pay attention to the words you choose to Read More

How Do You Make a Change?

Several times a week, I have the opportunity to present on a variety of topics to our client companies. Typically, I invite participants to identify one change they’d like to make as the result of my talk, write it down and share it with another person.  Lately, a lot of people are asking a question Read More

Do You Follow Through?

I recently attended a networking event and ran into someone I had met a couple of years ago. In chatting, I learned he had started his own business. We exchanged business cards, and I told him I’d send him an e-mail when I returned to my office with some dates to meet for coffee, so Read More

People Can Change

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now, you may know my husband and I are fans of old western TV shows. The other night, we watched an episode of Death Valley Days, which are said to be true stories of the old west.  The episode we watched was the story of a woman Read More

Why?

Lately, people seem to be asking, why. Why did this happen? Why am I here? Why are they acting that way? Why, why, why? We may never know the answer to that question while we are here on Earth.  I believe we each have a purpose and it’s up to each of us to try Read More

Three Cultures at Work: Hostile, Helpless, and Hearty Appreciation

We all experience different cultures at work. Often, those cultures are a cause of frustration.  Every time we face frustration, the way we think about it, not the event itself, determines how frustrated we feel and how effectively we respond. Most people are unaware that they continuously and unconsciously answer the question, “Why am I frustrated?” You Read More

LISTEN: Improve Your Communication Skills

In my last blog post, I promised actionable steps on how you can take personal responsibility for improving your own communication behavior.  A good start is by following the acronym, LISTEN. Look interested – Get interested. Give your full attention to the speaker. Look them in their eyes (don’t stare) and truly listen to what Read More

Top 6 Communication Annoyances

Did you know that of all workplace problems, communication is the most frequently cited as a complaint among workers–employees and managers alike? How many on the following list apply to you? 1. While communicating with others, you appear distracted by texting, picking up and straightening your office, or fiddling with other duties and responsibilities. (The Read More