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Giving People the Benefit of the Doubt

Do you dismiss opinions that do not jibe with you view of the world?  Do you consider that they may be seeing things from a different perspective?   I find seeing the others point of view when is not alignned with mine very difficult.   I just heard a story that one

Meetings on the Phone

So many meeting these days are held on the phone rather than in person around a table.  How to manage effective meetings?  In person meeting are challenge enough and often are not done well.  Adding the complexity of a phone meeting, adds significant challenge for al

Curiousity – A Key To Listening

Why do we all have such difficulty listening to others?   For me I often distracted by my thinking about what I am going to say next.  I am thinking "How can I share my ideas" rather than find out what the other person thinks.   How can I make myself more c

Importance for Relating to Others

Many people have criticized business and engineering schools for not teaching any courses on how to wins friends and influence people.  Tom Peters and Dale Carnegie come to mind. However the key success factor for people to be successful in taking a leadership role is their abil

Bias For Action

When Dan Pink asked Tom Peters what was the most important principle from his book 'In Search of Excellence', he said without hesitation "A Bias for Action."  Dan Pink thens asked what was the second of the eight and after a long pause he said "A Bias for

Career Choices – Careful Who You Talk to

When I was in high school and considering careers, I seriously considered going into medicine.  I had a really good friend whose father was a doctor so I asked if I could talk to him.  If I recall correctly one of the first things he said to me was that I would have to acc

Steps to Write Better

 Some ideas from a writing coach's blog I follow.  see http://www.publicationcoach.com/blog/ 1. Always start early. One of the best ways to make writing less onerous is to begin it as quickly as possible. As soon as I have an assignment from a client

7 ways to tame your email monster

Here are some suggestions from a newsletter I read.  It has to do with dealing with email while writing a report, proposal, requirements document or memo. 1. Never try to write when you might receive ANY alert (either audio or visual) about emails lurking. Turn off your no

Questions You Wished You Asked Your Grandparents

As I got older, I have become more interested in my genealogy.   However I have learned that the dates are less important than the family stories.  I really did not learn many from my grandparents but wish I had asked more. A friend of mine had the same idea and aske