LEARNING FROM GIRAFFES: Vision (and mission) (Part 3 of 5)

Giraffes can see close, far, and wide thanks to their large, bulging eyes. Their amazing eyesight allows them to see what is in front of them AND what is in the distance and around them. (Did you know giraffes can see their feet when they look straight ahead?) Imagine having giraffe-like vision in your personal

BECOME A BETTER COWORKER: Define and Communicate Boundaries (Part 4 of 4)

What boundaries are we taught to respect throughout our lives?  A quick brainstorm produced this list: Drive on this side of the dotted line. Obey the speed limit. Stay in your yard. Listen to your parents. Don’t swear at work. Don’t take what isn’t yours. Do what you were hired to do. and right now,

BECOME A BETTER COWORKER: Don’t Be Annoying (Part 3 of 4)

Let’s call her Lucy.  She walked around work like she was everyone’s best friend. She took every opportunity to publicly let others know how exceptional she was at her job. She presented herself as the most creative, most productive, most energetic person in the office. She answered her phone, “It’s a great day in [insert

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The Importance of Asking Questions: Show Interest (Part 6 of 6)

As the last article in this series of The Importance of Asking Questions, I want to get back to basics. The basics of healthy, helpful conversation. I have become acutely aware of the number of conversations I have that are one-way conversations. The type of conversation that are primarily about the other person. The kind

The Importance of Asking Questions: Empowering Questions (Part 5 of 6)

Without knowing it, we disempower ourselves by placing limitations on our thinking. Our thinking reflects what we know AND what we don’t know.  Inherently, our thinking is then limited.  Imagine it like this.  You are on a scenic drive through the mountains and everything you can see is directly in front of you. You see

THE HUNGRY BRAIN OF THE EXTROVERT

Two weeks ago I wrote about how to communicate better with introverts.  Now it’s time to give the extroverts the love and the attention they desire … because extroverts have communication needs too. Take a look at these descriptions: Attention seeking Easily distracted Noisy Exhausting Talks too much Impulsive Sociable Outgoing Friendly Enthusiastic Life of

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A CALL FOR MORE EMPATHY

Communication is extremely difficult right now. Honestly, the word difficult fails to capture the charged emotions being expressed following the murder* of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I am seeing, hearing, and experiencing interaction after interaction filled with blame, finger-pointing, name calling, accusations, and assumptions. There are people who want to be heard. They

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Give an Introvert Some Space, Would You!?!

How do I communicate with an introvert? This is a question I’ve been frequently asked the past couple of weeks. I’m hearing others talk about it to. And as an extrovert, I think it is a most interesting question and worth exploring. If you do too, read on! Often the difference between introverts and extroverts

The Story and Communication Style of the Expressive

Don't stop at the video ... keep reading for Expressive Tips. Meet Nancy. Nancy likes excitement. She loves to spend time chit-chatting with coworkers and is known for being highly energetic. When Nancy arrives at work it takes a little time for her to focus on the tasks of the day. Others she works with

The Story and Communication Style of the Analytical

DON'T STOP AT THE VIDEO ... KEEP READING FOR TIPS. Meet Marissa. Marissa is a thinker.  She is the type of person who understands the value of good, solid preparation.  For example, Marissa shuts her office door and doesn’t leave work until her to-do list for the next day is complete and ready to go.