Backed Into A Confrontation Corner

About nine years ago, I wrote a four-part BLArticle® miniseries dedicated to dealing with how to handle difficult behavior without direct confrontations.  There are a handful of ways to professionally avoid confrontations… but that doesn’t mean there’s never a need...

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The Agony of Default

default: a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration.   I think we all have a love/hate relationship with the default settings within our computers.  In theory, these settings are designed to make our lives easier, and to help us do our jobs...

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The Danger Is At The End – Not The Beginning

A few years ago, I was invited to go on a Segway tour of Washington, D.C.  Having never been on a Segway before, I was a bit anxious, but I didn’t really have a choice.  I had auctioned off the ten-person tour for a charity, and part of the package was for me to...

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Moving On – Surviving Workplace Abuse

It’s a common experience.  You get a job that seems to promise great things.  You work for a manager who seems to have your best interest at heart.  You work with a team of like-minded individuals, and they all seem to be people you can really bond with.  It seems...

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The Can’t Miss Holiday

I’m a New Year’s Eve man.  No doubt about it, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  What can you say about New Years Day that isn’t positive?  Christmas is a wonderful holiday, but not everyone celebrates Christmas.  The same could be said for Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Hanukah,...

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The Bully In The Brain

“You’re just not good enough.” Have you ever heard those words rattling around in your brain?  Perhaps a better question would be this: Has anyone not heard those words rattling around in his or her brain?  It’s the same voice that challenges our expertise and...

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Planting a Seed for Commitment

Many years ago, I remember watching an old Woody Allen move called “Annie Hall.”  It wasn’t my favorite movie, but there was one particular scene I really connected with.  Woody Allen was on a first date with Diane Keaton, and he was nervous about the first kiss that...

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That’s EnterTrainment™!

Now, more than ever, it’s important to not just speak, but speak well, and that often means incorporating an element of entertainment.  After all, when our communications are not face-to-face, it’s a whole lot more difficult to hold the attention of those we are...

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Five Percent Moves

I purchased a new thermos the other day.  I was looking for something else, and I found it quite by accident.  It turned up on one of those pages on Amazon that says this: “If you liked that other thing you purchased, you might like this.”  At first, I dismissed the...

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A Path To Wisdom

When I was a kid, I remember begging my parents to buy me a journal. I really wanted that journal; I had dreams of capturing all sorts of private thoughts, and I wanted to be able to to lock it! I was relentless, deploying every trick in the book to convince my...

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