Donating After a Disaster

Following news of a disaster you may want to help, but how? Do you donate money? Food? Clothes? Every disaster is different and relief organizations may reach out for different forms of aid depending on that disaster’s specific needs. But, I recently learned that – generally speaking – cash donations often provide the most benefit…

More Thoughts Gleaned from Living

I have another godson graduating from high school this spring and going off to college in the fall. I am working on another (see April 2014 blog) day-by-day calendar with thoughts that I’ve jotted down over the years. I hope he finds them useful. Here is a sampling: Confidence is cool. Some fake it through…

How to Manage a Negative Employee

Nearly every manager I have known or worked with throughout the years has had to deal with an employee who is consistently negative, complains excessively, and/or rarely looks at the silver lining in a bad situation. I have also consistently found that managers tend to shy away from potential workplace conflict situations and are uncomfortable…

Listen up!

Have you ever had the experience of another person truly listening to what you were saying? This means 100% focused listening – not glancing down at a phone, not mentally composing a grocery list and not simply waiting his/her turn to begin to talk? Sometimes we are so distracted by the moving world around us,…

A Rule for Avoiding Takers

Just recently I was talking with a younger man striving to make major changes in the way he lives. Because he had a hard start and got little support and guidance growing up, he’s a bit young for his age (early 30s). He hasn’t lived up to his potential, but he does have initiative and…

Confidence vs. Competence

Getting a late start on this week’s blog, I was not very confident that I would be able to string 500 words together coherently by my deadline. So I picked up a book titled Confidence (I recently started researching this topic). I am a third of the way through the book and it gives some…

EAP Services: More Than Just Counseling

If you are a manager or human resources professional, you may be aware of the numerous benefits of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the procedure for how someone can access services. The days when the EAP was only about drug and alcohol abuse are long gone. Nearly every concern your employees may have can…

Tunnel Vision

Standing at the entrance to a tunnel, you may be able to see the light at the other end. Whether you can or cannot depends on how long the tunnel is and whether there are any curves along the way, and whether it is level. If it’s a straight, short path it can be easy…

Don’t Worry, Be Active

Most of us, if asked to list our top ten worries, could go from zero to ten in a matter of minutes. Some of us overachieving worriers could probably even accomplish the task in mere seconds. Apprehensions about relationships, health, jobs, money, children and safety in the world around us might headline our lists of…

Failure as a Path to New Possibilities

I don’t like failure. Failure is not fun and the fear of it stops me from taking chances – too often. I take it personally. It hits how I value myself. There is a lot of good information out there about what we can learn from failure… that it doesn’t have to impact how we…