Please Disagree With Me

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Please disagree with me, but please be nice about it. I continue to be surprised by what I read in the news and on Facebook these days. It seems like so many people are hurt and angry and everybody who disagrees with them is [fill-in-the-blank hateful, derogatory remarks.] Has everyone stopped caring about people over ideals? Has everyone gotten so convinced that they are right that anybody who disagrees with them is not only wrong, but are [more hateful statements?] Continue reading “Please Disagree With Me”

Secrets of Empathic Leadership

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It’s late in the day on a Thursday. You’re already running late for your umpteenth meeting of the day and your employee walks into your door with another problem. Great. Just what you need and don’t have time for. You try and brush your assistant off by telling him you have another meeting but he hesitates. So you ask “what is it?” He tells you he has a problem with the copy vendor. You say, “well, deal with it!” and storm out. As similar encounters happen, you continue to blow him off getting frustrated that he doesn’t know how to problem solve these issues. After a few months you notice his performance is slipping, and he’s reserved and hesitant around you. You get more frustrated wondering whether he’s going to get with it or if you’re going to have to let him go. Maybe. Or maybe Continue reading “Secrets of Empathic Leadership”

Sometimes a Bite of Humble Pie is Better Than Being Right

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“Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t.” ― Tom Hiddleston

There are many times I catch myself in the vice of being right. I know I am right about something, so how can I tolerate the words of someone who is clearly wrong? Continue reading “Sometimes a Bite of Humble Pie is Better Than Being Right”

Kill an Argument With Three Simple Words

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Photo Credit: Ken Whytock via Compfight cc

We’ve all been there. He says something, so she says something back. Then he says something back, to which she yells something back, then he says, “Why are you yelling?” To which she yells, “Because you’re impossible!”

Sound familiar? What’s some of the most common advice for not fighting with someone? Continue reading “Kill an Argument With Three Simple Words”