One Common Ground

Writer Kern Carter shares how the research for his latest novel helped him to discover a road to common ground by listening to the stories of others.

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The Safe Spaces I Have, But Didn’t Know I Needed

The United States of America just wrapped up a long and tiresome election season. No matter what side you’re on, it ended with a bang. I didn’t vote for the winner. I spent the days leading up to the election praying and meditating that the person who inevitably won, wouldn’t. I was so nervous and…

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When Labels Lie

It is not a good time to be a pollster. Up until Tuesday, November 8, the presidential election felt less like an expression of democracy and more like a sporting event, complete with quarter by quarter updates on who was “up” and by how much. We even had a probability percentage on the likelihood of…

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A Rant on Agreeing to Disagree (and Learning from Each Other)

“We’re right. You’re wrong.” It’s a dangerous mindset that impacts our lives every day. Whether we actually say it out loud or only think it subconsciously, the belief that our ideas and opinions are right, and the other side is wrong has drawn countless proverbial lines in the sand of our society: Democrats and Republicans,…

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4 Tips for Young Leaders

Guest Post by Aaron Armour I walked through the doors as a new manager with confidence, excitement and a notebook full of ideas. I expected some challenges, of course, but I knew the team would rally and fight through anything. I knew the business was underperforming, customer traffic was declining and employee turnover was high….

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Are You Still Listening? A Leadership Lesson from Pandora

Guest Post by Sheri Nasim I concentrate better with music playing in the background. I especially enjoy dropping in the name of a song or artist on Pandora Radio and letting it find music with interesting similarities. Pandora happily plays whatever I’m in the mood for while I work away, until . . . I…

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The Trouble with Distractions

Have you spent much time alone in your life? Have you ever lived by yourself? Have you traveled without company? I grew up in a busy home with two siblings and a revolving door welcoming family and friends any time – the house was never quiet! When I moved away from my parents home at…

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7 Ways You’re Missing Opportunities with Millennials

Guest Post by Ryan Currie Working with millennials can be a challenge but you’re just making things harder on yourself by missing valuable opportunities in your interactions. Millennials aren’t as selfish, as tuned-out, or as idealistic as they’re pegged to be and they actually provide a lot of valuable tools you can use to grow…

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Creating An Intergenerational Mindset

Guest Post by Dan Oestreich Many years ago I listened to the late Santiago Rodriguez, then Director of Multicultural Programs at Apple Computer. He was discussing trends at the time in training programs to broaden diversity awareness in organizations. He recounted how many organizations had developed sessions to elaborate the primary characteristics of various races…

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How to Handle Negative Feedback at Work

Getting feedback is a part of work. Some may be negative feedback. We need to be prepared to handle it, and here five ways to handle negative feedback.

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Empathy: Making the Connection

To have empathy, we first need to make the human connection. Our call to action is two-fold: Reach out and open up.

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There Are Four Types of Talkers

There are four types of talkers: Those who talk a lot and say little Those who talk little and say a lot Those who talk a lot and hear little Those who talk little and hear a lot Which are you? It may be an unfair question in that we cannot really answer it alone….

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