Turning Confrontation Into Conversation

Turning Confrontation Into Conversation

First and foremost, I’m not talking about those crazy reality television / social media over-the-top scenarios with the hair pulling, dish throwing, obscenity screaming, people getting dragged off the airplane type of situations. The truth of the matter is that most of us don’t live those lives. Most of us don’t particularly like confrontation, and…

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Lessons From Katie Couric

Lessons From Katie Couric

The other day Katie Couric taught us all a lesson in having seemingly impossible conversations. She taught us that not everything has to be a confrontation; that not everything has to be escalated higher and higher with each back and forth. And she taught us that everyone needs to take a breath and remember that…

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Violence as a Response to Free Speech

Violence as a Response to Free Speech

The fact that almost 20 percent of current college students recently surveyed feel that it is fully acceptable to respond with violence to people making statements that they disagree with (http://bit.do/dRZKo) is bound to have a profound effect on our country’s future as these students grow up and bring this opinion with them as they…

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Big Decisions Require Big Conversations

  Who are you letting make the decisions about what happens to you? About what happens to your family? About what happens to your business? I’m not talking about the 226.7 decisions Cornell University says that adults make daily just about food (Wansink & Sobal, 2007). By the way, I wonder how they count it…

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What Happens To Your Business When You Care For An Aging Parent?

Most entrepreneurs and business owners I know are pretty much juggling 18 balls in the air at once – fulfilling many different roles and implementing several plans to keep their businesses moving forward. Businesses often start with a detailed plan to grow and good entrepreneurs know that these plans need to be reviewed and adjusted…

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Me and Dear Abby

I know that I know what I am talking about. I’ve been involved with families and the financial or physical or emotional difficulties they face when experiencing the challenges that arise with aging loved ones for more than 15  years. That being said, it’s always nice….and in this case feels kinda cool….when one of my…

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Advice For Your Aging Parents From Dwight D. Eisenhower

I talk a lot about the importance of planning for the future of your aging parents. About steeling yourself for an uncomfortable conversation that you may not want to have – or that they may not want to have. I give tips on how to have these difficult conversations and hopefully provide enough motivation that…

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Everyone Turns Into an 8-Year Old When Their Mother is Involved

The advantages of neutral third party assistance I have watched a CFO throw a temper tantrum and storm out of his mother’s house. I have watched a woman who owns her own million dollar business roll her eyes behind her father’s head and make the “blah blah blah” action with her fingers as he talked.…

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Making Hard Conversations Easy – Part 1

I love the title of this article. Mostly because of the hope it implies. As if there were some magical approach that would make something hard to do into something easy to do. But let’s face it; there are just certain things in life that are difficult. Sometimes you get lucky and they’re a little…

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Making Hard Conversations Easy – Part 2

In my last post about making hard conversations easy (or at least easier), I talked about using humor and telling stories as two approaches that can help when discussing challenging subjects; here are two more tips for you! Check Your Intentions This is a big one. And actually one that is very difficult to master…

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