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Building Your Mediation Practice

I’ll never forget the first conflict management event I attended. I walked into the venue, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, found my name tag, and not knowing where to turn, walked over

There’s Never Been A More Important Time To Learn About Effect

This blog is a part of a series about the communication model – Intent, Action and Effect. Today we’re tackling effect, to see the others visit here. Years ago I

Intent Demystified

This blog is a part of a series about the communication model – Intent, Action and Effect. Today we’re tackling intent, to see the others visit here. A friend of

Why We Have Different Experiences

This post is part of a series around the communication model Intent, Action and Effect. See the other posts here. An uncle and his nephew went to a parade in

Intent…Action….Effect!

This is a repost of a blog from a few years ago that was recently brought to my attention.  I received a message from a reader that asked if I

When did asking questions become a sign of weakness?

The other day I heard a story about a mom that had decided to go back to school to get her Masters Degree to further her career. She was in

5 Ways to Ruin Your Relationships

Ugh…relationships…who needs them? They are so needy!  Your coworker always wants to go out for a beer after work, your partner wants to spend time with you, your friend keeps

Finding Success in Leadership

As some of you may know, I’ve been doing my Masters Degree in Leadership.  A little while ago I came across this quote from Kouzes and Posner’s book “The Leadership

Rewriting Your Conflict Story

During recess in elementary school, I was playing pickle with some friends at the side of a baseball diamond.  We were in our own little world; trapping people between the

A Review of Spin Sucks

If you’ve been a reader here for a bit, you’ve likely heard me mention the name of Gini Dietrich, the CEO of Arment Dietrich and founder of the blog Spin