The Wearin’ of the Green

The Wearin’ of the Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Will you be wearin’ the green today? Will you down any shamrock shakes or green beer? Will you eat corned beef and cabbage? St. Patrick’s Day is a fun, festive holiday. I’ve come across people who don’t like Valentine’s Day. I’ve encountered...

Silly Canned Yoda

Silly Canned Yoda

My daughter and her friends were giggling and having fun in the backseat of our car. They’re tweens and listening to them being kids and enjoying life is one of my life’s greatest joys. As we cruised down the highway, my daughter shouted to the front of the car, “Dad,...

Six Phrases Used by Good Teammates

Six Phrases Used by Good Teammates

How we speak reflects how we think. Good teammates are especially effective at conveying their thoughts through their words. Here are six phrases good teammates use: 1.  Sincerely, thank you. Good teammates are appreciative of others. Projecting a clear “attitude of...

The Road Less Fair

The Road Less Fair

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler… I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. If you happen to not recognize those words, they are the opening and closing lines of Robert Frost’s...

Declining Reclining

Declining Reclining

Isn’t it entertaining when a viral video sparks an international debate? Was the dress gold or blue? Did it say Yanny or Laurel? Did he swing toward the building or away from it? A video of an airline passenger repeatedly hitting the reclined seatback of the passenger...

Trapped in Your Circle

Trapped in Your Circle

I picked up a trinket at an airport gift shop to use as a visual aid in a presentation I made to a group of at-risk youths—a group that traditionally struggles to understand the importance of being surrounded by the right people. Many of these individuals landed in...

Walking on Eggshells

Walking on Eggshells

I recently had a client tell me he was tired of “walking on eggshells” around the other members of his team. He felt hampered to express his thoughts and frustrated by what he referred to as his teammates’ “fragility.” Isn’t walking on eggshells a descriptive idiom?...

Paper Towel Problems

Paper Towel Problems

I have a love/hate relationship with the automatic paper towel dispensers found in public restrooms. I love their convenience. I love their simplicity. I love that there are no handles or levers to touch and therefore no germs to spread. A mere wave of my hand brings...

Life Themes

Life Themes

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Are you still committed to them? Or have they already gone by the wayside? If you’ve already abandoned your resolutions, you aren’t alone. Abandoned New Year’s resolutions are a cliché. I heard a statistic on the radio that 50...

Caroline the Compassionate

Caroline the Compassionate

Few of the blogs I write get a more positive response from readers than the features about exceptional service provided by teammates like Darnell the Mover, The Flying Lullaby, or Amy the Balloon Lady. I cross paths with these types of “good teammates” all the time,...

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