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Changing Vocabulary To Avoid Judgment

Make a good first impression. Like a mantra, this thought gets chiselled into our minds from a young age. So when we don’t land the job, don’t seal the deal or don’t get the date,... 



A Call To Meaning

Recently it was put to me by the president that I was unable to build relationships. It might be true. Never the less, this sweeping accusation was pitched without notice over the phone... 



Beyond the Utopian World of Consensus

Synergy is a word that means a great deal to me. But there are times when it just can’t be achieved by goodwill alone. Three years ago my husband and I moved into a co-housing community.... 



Fixing Family Dynamics

It is interesting how the process of trying to fix family dynamics usually backfires. Here’s my most recent example. An aged member of my family has profound hearing loss and a tendency,... 



Listening To Spaces

Ramblings of an Old Flower Child 80% of effective communication is active listening. Another way to say that is, “Seek to understand before being understood.” It’s what we taught... 



Selling With True Colours

Have you ever had someone try to sell you something and you were left feeling completely annoyed and frustrated? Chances are your “buying style” did not match their “selling style”.... 



Book Review: The Circle Way

“The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair” by Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. ISBN  978-1-60509-256-0 There is a simple methodology for sharing... 



Compassionate Communication

“Compassionate Communication”, also known as “Nonviolent Communication” or “NVC”, is a process for understanding ourselves and others through connecting beneath our thoughts,... 



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