Simon says … ssssh, be the last to speak

  I saw Simon Sinek, author of ‘Start with why,’ speak at an event in New York City some time ago and found his messages incisive & compelling. Here’s one of his latest.  Check out the 1 1/2  minute video below & my notes from his video also below. ‘Here’s the problem & here’s what […]

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Intercultural communication- When up is down & down is up

Have you ever been in a situation where up seemed down & vice versa, where the ‘rules’ didn’t seem to apply? As I was waiting to upgrade my mobile phone chip recently I looked down at the ticket stub the agent had given me to indicate where I was in the queue – number 098. […]

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What do you do when you realize your kid’s spring break starts today & not in a week as you’ve planned?

Flashback to last week.  After a who’s on first type of conversation with a teacher, the air was sucked out of my gut faster than a cheetah chasing it’s prey & all the hairs on my arm stood at attention while I had a slight taste of bile in my mouth.   I had just […]

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Your team building results are in- check out the most common pitfalls for teams

We all need a little help from our team mates, as the video above so charmingly displays.  Yet high functioning teams, that work well together, & know & understand each other well, while critical to success in the workplace, are rare.   While Forbes says team building is ‘the most important investment you’ll make,’ by the time […]

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Need to assess your team’s assets & gaps? Here’s an easy, one question tool

As I write this from my hotel room there’s a cacophony of birds chirping outside, which is blending with the sweet sounds of Zap Mama (a Belgian, Congolese group) singing Brrrlak from my playlist.    The sun is streaming through a lush canopy of trees, with Mount Kenya shrouded in the mist in the background.  […]

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How ear worms get your point across

My kids, hubbie & me were driving down the highway & the song Mahna mahna da da da da da came up in conversation.   Say what?! If you grew up with Sesame Street & you know the Muppets then it’s likely you would recognize this song. (And if you don’t or you want to revisit it, […]

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It’s not about the nail (it’s about the process)

You simply won’t be able to watch this without laughing. Truly. This short video is not only laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a poignant reminder of the difference between Journey Life Lenses™ & Destination Life Lenses™. Journey Life Lenses™ are all about the process, how things unfold, the journey (e.g. let me talk & don’t try to […]

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How to tail a rhino (or the view from a rhino’s butt)

‘The secret to sneaking up on a 3,000-pound black rhino, should you ever need to know, is to walk in its footsteps.  Literally.  Rhinos, it tuns out, have incredible sharp hearing – and the best way to avoid any crackling or crunching during your approach is to step inside our hefty target’s tracks, where the […]

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How Mark Zuckerberg & Facebook Gave New Life To An Old Management Style (from Fast Company)

The following are excerpts from a Fast Company article by Katerina Walter (read the whole article here) – great examples of two very different perspectives working well together, each complimenting & filling in, the other’s shadows without diminishing their own bright spots. The first example is the yin yang pairing of Facebook’s founder Marc Zuckerberg […]

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Advice from a tree

If you’re a regular reader, you know this blog is all about perspective.  How what we see depends on what we look for.  How what we think & feel depends on our priorities, on what makes it through our lens of perspective & priority. A tool for becoming better communicators, conflict resolvers, creative collaborators & […]

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