Archives 2012


Listening - Two Ears and a Mouth -

Demonstrating good listening skills can result in us securing successful business deals and solidifying healthy relationships. Yet, how many times have we found ourselves talking to people only to discover they hadn’t really heard us at all? Or looking back and realizing we’d talked too much ourselves without bothering to find out how the other person was feeling?

For centuries, wise people have understood the importance of minimizing the noise we make in order to listen to and learn from those around us. “We have two ears and one mouth,” philosopher Epictetus said, “so we may listen twice ...

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If you were a brainiac in school but weren’t one of the popular kids, you may think you had the last laugh when you went on to land that high-paying job. But what good is having lots of money if you have no friends?

The truth is, almost anyone can be smart and have a decent social life - you just need to realize it takes a little work to be in any worthwhile relationship. The trick is not to alienate people with a know-it-all attitude, but rather to master some basic social skills.

Follow these guidelines to stop being ...

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Do you ever wonder how other people see you? When it comes to our own self-knowledge, we all have blind spots. We simply can’t see ourselves the way others do.

Know Yourself -

To gain this insight you need peer review; input from your friends, colleagues, teachers, clients or bosses. When we better understand ourselves we can zero in on traits or habits that we can improve upon.

We have mentioned a tool used by psychologists to help individuals increase self-knowledge.

The “Johari Window” is a four-paneled grid that can help us organize areas of perception

1.      What is known about us ...

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Change Moody Behavior -

We’ve all experienced a moody day or temperamental period in our lives. We may feel upbeat for a time, but then descend and become sad or even grouchy. If the moodiness persists it can negatively affect our relationships with co-workers and loved ones.

Short-term moodiness can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, exhaustion and difficulties in your private life or with finances. Long-term mood swings often are attributed to hormonal or physiological imbalances, psychological disorders, or other issues that may need to be addressed by medical professionals.

Regardless of the duration or severity, an uneven temperament ...

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What personality trait did Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Teresa share? Each of them was born with a naturally timid disposition, yet they all found the courage to stand up for their beliefs in a very public way that made significant advances for human rights.

A Timid Nature -

We’ve all experienced moments of timidity, but there are many of us who experience it on a daily basis. Some have made their peace with what they deem something they were “born with”. They have learned to appreciate the positive things about being introverted, such as being careful, approachable and having a calming effect ...

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There must be a breaking point for each one of us.

Eventually you must sleep, bathe or use both hands at the same time for some purpose other than the all-encompassing thrill of “the world in a click”.

So when is that time?

Leadership today needs to get outside the bounds of the current pace, have a deeper than typical series of thoughts on a single subject and to figure out how we can best fit into the plans.

I’ve seen two references recently that touch on this point: Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together”, a book on digital dependency ...

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Sometimes It's OK to Change Our Minds -

Many times, especially right before elections, we hear accusations of a candidate being a “flip-flopper” or being “wishy-washy”, which basically means someone held a certain position on an issue and then changed his or her position later. This is typically perceived as a weakness or flaw in character.  There are times, however, when it’s all right to change our minds.

This is not to say that it’s a good thing to be consistently indecisive, but there are benefits to being open-minded enough to admit when we’ve made a mistake or have discovered information that has a direct ...

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This I encourage. Take ample time for the things that seem simple. Check out the edges for those salient details, imperfections, observations that are sure to make your sentiments bloom. Fly below the clouds. Peer deep through the center and keep an ear for the sound of beauty.

Despite what you’ve been told, life is a miracle.

Ask the protozoa that inhabit our thoughts.

Admire, for instance, the tambourine-type quality held in the slick and durable lining of our billionth vital cell.

Because of these things we might leave nothing to chance, yet our greatest fears become of it ...

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We’re ambitious, busy and overbooked…

And we all need time to relax. But who can figure out how to unwind?

It’s typical for our day to be a to-do list, and it demands a lot from us. If we don’t take the time…  oh, and for goodness sake, calm down… this stress surely could be unbearable.

So pay attention to the connection between mind and body.

This awareness will tell you when it’s time to take a break.

The key lies in learning what techniques work best for each of us. Use those techniques against ...

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Charisma – we’re either born with it or we’re not. So if we are born with a charismatic personality, what can we do with it?

Charismatic leaders have the ability to inspire people, groups, even nations to think in new, powerful ways. They can motivate others to be more productive, creative and open to innovative ideas. And they can inspire people to be loyal to their leadership, a company and entire movements.

There are several different styles of leadership, but charismatic leadership may be one of the most exciting because people are often naturally attracted to leaders who have ...

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