Happy Independence Day! As we spend time with friends and family celebrating our nation, I thought I would share just a few fun facts surrounding July 4th:
- The Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th. In fact, July 4th is only the date on the document. ... Read More
Did you know that the average American adult spends over 11 hours a day in front of a screen? That includes, computers, TVs, smart phones and other electronic devices. In fact, I’ll bet you are at a loss if you leave your smart phone at home by mistake. The diagnosis? ... Read More
If you are a solopreneur or a small business owner, you know how difficult it is to pull yourself away from the office for any length of time, let alone for a vacation. Here are five tips to help you plan that much-needed time away from the office:
- Choose a time when... Read More
When I left the bucolic countryside of my high school years behind, I enrolled at Russell Sage College in urban Troy, New York which was, and until this year, a women’s college.During the late 70’s, I learned about and embraced “Feminism” which shaped my state of mind and body.I... Read More
We’ve all been in a situation where the tension in the air is palpable. Colleagues are not getting along. Both sides think they are right, and everyone is walking on eggshells, waiting for the whole thing to explode.
The problem is that if this conflict isn’t addressed, it will not only affect... Read More
One of the biggest reasons that it’s difficult to resolve conflicts is that there is no plan. Yes, we may try to solve the problem, but we all come to the table with our own biases and agendas, and, if things don’t go our way, we’ll usually dig... Read More
In a previous blog post, we talked about the importance of asking questions in order to get to the bottom of a conflict and start looking for resolutions. While it’s great to ask questions, the key is to ask the right questions.
Your goal is not to solidify your point of... Read More
Every year Memorial Day touches my heart in a way few other holidays do. Both of my brothers served in the United States Military and after their service both returned home. My family and I will always be grateful... Read More
Whether you are a lawyer, a negotiator or anyone trying to build better relationships – one of the most underrated communication skills is the ability to ask questions. Let me explain.
In elementary school, we all learned about the 5 “Ws and an H” or Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. ... Read More
In our previous blog post, Think You’re a Good Listener?, we talked about three key benefits one gains by really listening to what the other person has to say during a negotiation or other attempt to resolve conflict. The question is, though: how do you listen effectively?
We’ve all been... Read More