Category: Modifying

LLKA (Life Lane Keep Assist)

(Icon Created by Richard Nixon from the Noun Project) Our cars have become technology powerhouses. Cars remind you where they parked, describe alternative routes to upcoming traffic, make noise when you get too close to the curb, brake to prevent collision, and my new favorite: keep…

Affirmation or Revelation

“I didn’t need it, they don’t need it!” Usually said loudly and with passion. Usually said with a negative and sometimes angry tone. Usually as a response to the idea of coaching, encouraging, or recognizing employees. Usually while being critical and perhaps judgmental of…

Hating Salmon and Lemon Squares

“He hates Salmon.” “He hates Lemon Squares.” “He is grumpy if he doesn’t eat.” “He is grumpy if woken from a nap.” “He [insert event, either one time or a repeated event that happened, and form a hard-wired rule about the person despite the…

Wired for Problems

Understanding our own behavioral styles is essential to our long-term success. Knowing that you have a tendency to follow the rules, or that you can connect with others helps you leverage those strengths in your style (maybe you have a passion for finance or you…

What is Stopping You?

The meeting concluded. Papers and seats moved and the rustling and sliding began. Then came the questions. “When can you schedule another meeting?” “How about you get us back together again at the 6, 12, and 18 month mark?” “Can you arrange for this to…

Savoring the Quirks

Everyone has quirks. Some quirks are endearing. Some quirks are irritating. Why don’t they replace that roll? Why do they wait until the recycling is overflowing? Why do they always bring up that thing when you visit? Why do they [insert our issue, pet peeve,…

Homework, Frustration, and Emotional Intelligence

While having lunch the other day with a friend, the conversation moved from simply catching up on the details of our lives to deeper places. We started to talk about emotional intelligence and the role it plays in our success. To provide an example,…

The Two Teams

When working with teams about their collective behavioral styles, I have noticed that in the long run there are only Two Teams. As I check in with various teams’ progress at certain intervals the Two Teams have two distinct results. Team One is doing well. Team Two is…

I Will Be There Someday

(Image Courtesy of Angryjogger.com) Coaching someone is an interesting adventure. You are trying to help someone develop themselves, establish and accomplish their goals, and encourage them when the journey becomes difficult. A typical coaching session includes checking in and checking up on any progress…

I Stink at Positivity

When you listen to people, you can hear the funniest things. We were connecting with a friend the other night and were talking about being positive. “I stink at positivity!” They blurted out. We all laughed. For the remainder of our time together I kept…

Iodine on Eczema

(Image Courtesy of http://www.misopocky.com) A few weeks back, I was asked for some advice about how to address the media about a recent story where a news outlet really got the story wrong. The reporter got a hold of some facts, but out of…

The Relationship Reset Button

(Image Courtesy of Acceleraction.com) So often in relationships, whether at home or work, with family or friends or loved ones, the past can overly shape the present. You had a disagreement with that person. Now every interaction is awkward. You lost your cool. Now others walk…

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