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Expensive $50 Words = Bad Communication

Why use $50 words when $5 words will do? For example, let’s say I have this to communicate: My colleague made himself the cynosure of the meeting when he pontificated about how parsimonious his department was with their budget.  Frankly, listening to him was like listening to a cacophony of screaming children. What?  For real? 

Ghosting a Coworker: Not Recommended

Are you ghosting a coworker? Let’s talk about this thing called “ghosting”.  (Thank you to my niece Jessi by the way for the idea this week.)  Have you heard of it?  If you haven’t heard of ghosting, let me explain.  Ghosting is when two people are dating and suddenly one of them ends all communication

Don’t Assume When Communicating

The tip this week is DON’T ASSUME when you are communicating. Click here (Connecting with Communication: Don't Assume) to watch the video and then keep reading for more communicating practice. Now, we have probably all heard the adage “When you assume, it makes an A@@ out of U and ME.”  Let’s not take it that far. 

Conflict and Perfection: Get it right

Conflict and Perfection: what's it all about?  It's certainly not about the hokey pokey! Welcome back to our final week on conflict using this book …. We end the series with the person whose intent is to get it right because they need perfection.  For these people it is easy to be thrown off when

Conflict and Approval: Getting Along

Conflict and Approval: who needs it?  The answer to that question is ... a lot of people!  Some people, when feeling threatened, are going to try to get along at almost any cost because they really want to feel your approval.  They are wonderful people who really prefer it when things are peaceful in the

G Factor: Gumption (2 in a 7-part series)

  Used with permission. Copyright Rick Cooper. How often do you try new things?  Do you persevere when things don’t go as you planned or hoped?  If you didn't answer YES! with conviction and without hesitation you might be falling short on Gumption. Wait, wait, wait. When I was a young girl, I was told

Muted Motivation: End of Summer Misery

  Image used with permission. copyright Vic hang-in-there 2011 As the weather cools, the days become shorter, and we head toward fall, motivation seems to slither away for many of us.  I admit it – I suffer from it too.  Our trigger response to someone’s remark about the beautiful weather might be, “Too