Listen Up!

My clients are successful people who've got intellect, talent and a host of admirable skills, yet most admit, " I need to be a better listener." Heck, I'm a coach and I need to be a better listener! With that goal in mind, I've signed up for the Listen Up! Listening Bootcamp hosted by the team at Only Human, a production of WYNC. To start, I took their Listening Quiz and tested my hearing age using the Mime Test app. Starting November 16 I'll receive 5 daily tips from five "master listeners". It’s not easy to improve our hearing. But [...]

3 Things They Don’t Teach in College (but should)

Last month our daughter graduated from high school.  It’s been an emotional ride filled with pride, excitement for what’s ahead and a touch of sadness when I contemplate her goodbye. When she heads off to college in the fall, it will be a big transition for us all. I find myself thinking about my own college experience.  What I learned in and out of the classroom, lasting friendships as well as the recognition that I could make a difference in the world. My small, private liberal arts school engrained in me their motto,  “ Not unto ourselves alone are we born” and for that I’m grateful. There are a few things, [...]

Excuse Me, Your Red is Leaking on my Blue

My apologies if you were expecting a political post.  I am discussing a somewhat related topic… conflict. A study by AtTask found that U.S. employees spend an average of 2 1/2 hours per week resolving workplace conflict, which aggregates to $359B in lost productivity.  When I share this statistic in a workshop, participants often smirk and say, “only 2 1/2 hours?”  Top reasons cited in the study include mismatched priorities, miscommunication and differing expectations regarding deadlines. What the surveyors miss is conflict based on the personality factor… the clashes that occur due to our individual ways of relating, pursuing goals or trying to solve a problem. In the vernacular [...]