Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Race

Michaela Ayers creates community by bringing a taboo topic to the dinner table. Pull up a chair and see how she invokes curiosity to help strangers build meaningful connections.

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Asking Great Questions to Gain Insight and Wisdom

When it comes to gaining wisdom or insight — asking great questions is essential. Here are a few to get you started on your quest for knowledge.

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Six Story-Sharing Questions for this Holiday Season

How well do we really know each other – our past struggles, fears, hopes and dreams? These six story-sharing questions will spark meaningful conversations and help us connect to friends and family more deeply.

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Be Informed: Essential Business, Financial, and Economic Sites

Be informed. An important responsibility for business leaders and good citizenship. A few business, financial, and economic sites to begin.

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Resist the Urge to Have the Last Word

Having the last word can be intoxicating. How to do we resist the urge to focus on “winning” and instead fight to find common ground?

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What Jugglers Can Teach Us About Dealing with Difficult People

We’ve all struggled when dealing with difficult people at work. What if the key to success is focusing on improving our end of the communication?

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The Rare Skill of Disarming

When you find yourself in an explosive situation involving potentially destructive conversations with difficult people the smart move is to be disarming.

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Working With and Learning From Difficult People

When a co-worker is challenging, complex, or selfish it’s challenging. Rather than letting it frustrate us, we can celebrate learning from difficult people.

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When Listening Isn’t Enough

The journey toward common ground is one of many, many steps. Listening carefully is important, but what happens when our biases and filters muck up the process? Here’s how to move forward when listening isn’t enough.

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Small Details for Big Picture People

Digging into the minutia can be a struggle for folks prone to big visions. But there’s hope. Eric Torrence shares a great way to stomach the small details for big picture people.

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Reducing Tension: The Power of “Help Me Understand”

Things are tense. It shouldn’t surprise us. In a pluralistic society, there will be pressure points. However, starting with “Help me understand” is sure to be a tension-reducer.

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The Best Apologies

With apologies dominating the headlines, we’re getting plenty of examples of bad ones. The best apologies have these things in common.

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