interpersonal intelligence

Boundaries Elevate Relationships and Enhance Quality of Life: How To Get Yours in Order

Over at Women 2.0, my latest piece on boundaries: When deciding who and what get your attention, you need hard stances on what you value most, what you’ll prioritize above all else, and what you’ll get to if time and availability allow. Stipulating what behaviors you’ll tolerate from yourself and others; that’s a prerequisite for …

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Old Lessons are Allies for New Experiences

Now that we’re past the “New Year” euphoria that hits every time we flip the calendar, some tried-and-true lessons for making the most of the rest of the year…

Smart Gift Givers Earn More Cash and Enjoy Better Relationships: Here’s How You Can Become One (without spending a penny)

My latest piece, over at tech influencer Women 2.0…. The (Smart) Person’s Guide to Giving Better Gifts: Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but “empathy” remains the name of the game. The average gift is like a free sample at Costco; they’re good, we’ll accept them, but they leave us wanting more.  Be a value-add …

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The Game Within The Game: Tricks of The Trade For Conflict Resolution in Basketball

One of the main talking points in the 2016 NBA Playoffs has been the impact of officiating on game outcomes. Officials will forever be a focal point of post-game criticism because of technology’s growing role in sports—shining an ever-brightening spotlight on human error— and the allure of counterfactual thinking. It brought to mind an article …

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On Prince, Chyna, Moral Cowardice, and The Importance of Being Earnest

The deaths of celebrities Chyna (WWE) and Prince earlier this week touched off a series of conversations. The slaughterhouse that is professional wrestling, (especially during the 20th century, when 300+ days on the road was the norm); The “Prince vs. Michael Jackson” argument; Life’s inherent fragility. The concept of “Witnessing”, the act of sharing one’s …

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The Importance of Pointed Questions and Clear Directions

Note: This is an excerpt from my book, “No” Doesn’t Always Mean No. One of the biggest reasons teams falter is poor communication. When giving orders or directions to other people, one of the worst things you can do is be ambiguous. Do yourself a favor–devise clear and specific tasks and requests for others to follow.

Begin With The End in Mind: Facebook, Instagram, and Violating Expectations

  Read a fascinating article earlier this month: Go to any VFW hall, even today, and you’ll get the same story: During World War II, the Red Cross had comfort stations for soldiers overseas, with free coffee and free doughnuts. Then, in 1942, the Red Cross started charging for the doughnuts. Soldiers have held a …

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