Category: Communication

Tell Them

I got to connect with an old friend the other day. We drove, we talked, we got coffee, and we talked some more. We talked about new starts and changes. We talked about career paths and work. We talked about good times and bad….

Culture, Performance, and Employees

The Culture of an organization is important. Culture orients us to the organization, its purpose and goals. But Culture is not just what an organization says, Culture is what it does both internally and externally. How does the organization treat its customers, even the…

Moats, Distance, and Drawbridges

  (Caerlaverock Castle in Scotland courtesy of Wikipedia) On the call the other day, I was connecting and checking in with someone important to me. They were describing an old relationship that did not end well. They had been hurt. Words were exchanged. The relationship,…

Rusty Connections

(Image Courtesy of http://www.angiesroost.com) A friend recently reached out to make sure we were okay. Nothing specific happened, just a little time passed since we last connected. “Are we okay?” “Yes. Why, do you think something is wrong?” “No, just sometimes when time passes…

There is More to this NO than I can Explain

NO. Followed by a puzzled look and a little pushback. Sometimes there is more to this NO than I can Explain. Sometimes there is no time to give the explanation due to the circumstances. Sometimes there are others around who cannot hear the details….

Plan With, Not Around

During a conversation with some friends at a local juice shop, we were talking about making time for various things. Time to get together. Time to ourselves. Time to work on that book, project, or idea. Time to give to other organizations. Since the…

Glasses or Binoculars

Both of these tools have lenses, and are designed to help us see the world more clearly in their respective application. They are not competing with each other, but we may favor one over the other in our lives. When looking at a situation,…

Jumping to Offense

(Image Courtesy of http://www.aroundtheworldl.com) The other day during a conversation with someone close, I noticed something about our interaction. It was a simple conversation, nothing too deep or seemingly important, but a pattern revealed itself. The pattern was simple: I jump to offense. Let me explain. This…

Badfriend.com

Have you ever had that friend that just drifted away? You stopped calling. They stopped calling. Weeks pass and evolve into months. The next thing you know, years pass. When you reflect on the relationship, there were no major fights or arguments, but time…

Everything Requires a Conversation

A few days ago, I sat down with someone who began discussing a few issues that needed to be addressed in their workplace.  All were minor issues, but were getting in the way of getting goals accomplished and creating some minor disruptions or tension…

They

At times, our busy schedules, full plates, and drive to get things done can become excuses or justification for our lack of intentional communication.  Over time, how we communicate with others is more of a habit and we give it little thought or consideration….

My Cooked Finger is Weak…

The other day I was having this interesting conversation with someone about their voicemail message.  Essentially, they never set up their voice on their cell phone.  When you call them, you get the standard voice stating you reached their number and a beep.  I…

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