Are You Successfully Navigating Interpersonal Rabbit Holes?

How often do you experience behavior in someone else that you cannot understand?  What do you typically do to make sense of that behavior? Part of the human condition is to jump to conclusions based on assumptions about people and that is like diving down a rabbit hole. When that happens, we plunge into murkiness, unclear of where we are heading only to run into a dead end or an alternative reality. As defined by Oxford, “an assumption is a thing that is accepted as true, or certain to happen, without proof.”  These assumptions are often negative as are the attributions ascribed to people regarding their actions and behavior. When we come to believe these assumptions and attributions (more…)

Looking Up!

Where are you placing your focus and how is it serving you? As the year winds down it is an excellent time to consider shifting your focus. I was fortunate to go to Florida recently to watch the launch of the Orion spacecraft. It was an exciting week, full of activities and my first visit to the Kennedy Space Center. The accomplishments in space spaceexploration are remarkable! What I was reminded of during this experience is how remarkable we are, as individuals and as a society. We are capable of such greatness! (more…)

How Is Your Reliance on Technology Impacting Your Results?

Few can dispute the influence technology has had and continues to have to improve our lives and our businesses. Who would have ever thought these changes would occur with such lightning speed. The funny thing about change is that it is sometimes hard to anticipate the additional adjustments we may need to make to fully capitalize on the benefits of technological advancements. How are you responding to those additional adjustments and are you getting the results you desire?

Technique

If you have been around for any length of time you have probably noticed the influence technology is having on our ability to communicate. (more…)

Are You Trying to Thrive While Stuck in a Box?

A natural tendency of  human behavior is that we tend to see things and people from our perspective.  How often do we test that perspective and compare it to reality? When it comes to people, how often do we put them in a box?

What I mean by putting people in a box is slapping a label, stereotype, or judgment on people when they do not show up as we would.  When someone behaves in ways that are different from how we would behave, we define them and their behavior, and generally in ways that have more to do with our perspective than reality.  Once we label someone, it can be very difficult for us to see him or her as he or she actually is.  (more…)

How You Can Get More Profitable Results As A Leader

Most aspects of our lives require us to interface with people.  Our ability to manage these interactions effectively and productively is critical to the results we get as individuals and organizations.  This ability is reflective of our leadership and versatility.  Versatility is defined as embracing a variety of skills and refers to our adaptability.  Versatility leads to more (more…)