Reconciliation in its Time

Have you ever been hurt by someone close to you, someone that you didn’t expect it from? Of course you have, it happens to everyone, just as we all cause pain to loved ones without meaning to. Every one of us is at times insensitive, or we make decisions without knowing that we lack some…

A Better Way to Offer Support

The other day, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my kids about her disappointing day at school. She told me about friends who made plans without her, a test she had gotten a low grade on. Her general summary was that the day was a “total bummer”. I felt that familiar tug…

An Opportunity to Learn from the Past

Time heals all wounds. Doesn’t it? Well, I’m not so sure. Wouldn’t it be interesting to go back, say 20 to 25 years, to see what was going on, what we were dealing with, what we were thinking back then? Perhaps it is more true that time buries old wounds and if they are uncovered,…

Tips for New Employee Training

I was recently asked by a colleague to consult on a new employee who was joining her team. She wanted to discuss how to create a solid, outcome-based training/orientation program. When I was a manager for several years, I had success in hiring, and keeping, quality employees on a long-term basis. It’s no secret that…

Our Emotional Buttons

Is there anything more human than to take something personally? Doesn’t everyone do it? And haven’t we all been baffled when we said something we thought was innocuous or mild that caused great offense to someone else? It occurred to me one day just how often we get our buttons pushed. We’re natural mind readers.…

What’s So Funny?

Have you discovered something lighthearted today? Lately I have found that one of the surest ways to maintain sanity is to keep a sense of humor. Given the challenges in the world around us and the troubles we face personally, it often seems that lightheartedness and levity are as far away as the moon. Certainly…

A Different View on Stressors

How we look at the stressors and the unknowns in our lives plays a big part in how we are able to deal with them – how much time and energy they take, how much aggravation they cause us. www.dhalia.co.uk “The lake with the squishy bottom” is a phrase I used recently to describe these…

Are You a Good Leader?

While I’ve written about leadership in the past (see links under “Suggested Resources” to view previous posts) today’s post focuses on the kind of leader you want to be. In a sense, we are all leaders to some degree; however, those qualities may be more present in certain areas of your life, whether it may…

Are You Bored? Boring?

“When people are bored, it is primarily with themselves.” – Eric Hoffer “Only those who want everything done for them are bored.” – Billy Graham “The cure for boredom is curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker We all get bored at times. We all have the occasional tedious day when we can’t find anything fun or interesting…