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Please Just Listen

01

Dec 2016

Please Just Listen

As I look around in our modern ever fast paced world, I wonder whether people still listen. Of course, we hear each other, yet what about the act of listening. Listening to understand, listening to show empathy, listening to connect. Now I am not saying it is easy. As someone whose life work revolves around listening, I have learned to listen in a way that…

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Showing We Care

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Sep 2016

Showing We Care

The yearly calendar is not without a day of some sort. Be it Daffodil Day, Bandaged Bear day or other. The day that recently caught my attention is that of R U OK day. And while the focus is on the prevention of suicide, I like to think of it as slowing down from our task driven way to looking around and see who might…

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The Conversational Spectrum

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Jul 2016

The Conversational Spectrum

Conversations are part of our everyday interactions. The quality of the conversations will dictate the quality of the output or result as well as the quality of the relationship. The words we use, how we listen, the questions we ask can create connection or disconnection in our relationships and subsequent impact on outcomes. This applies whether it be a strategic planning session, a conversation with…

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Blind Spots – How Do They Impact Your Conversations?

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May 2016

Blind Spots – How Do They Impact Your Conversations?

Words are not just words. They create worlds and emotions as well as causing neurochemicals in the brain that lay the foundation for trust or distrust. Quite powerful really! Our words can facilitate healthy, trusting conversations — or cause others to shut down with fear, caution and worry. While there are many elements to improving our communications, one way is to raise our awareness and…

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Mining for Gold

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Mar 2016

Mining for Gold

A common scenario – we are having a discussion with another – be it stakeholders, staff, clients, significant other or even children. Throughout the conversation, we are listening and often nodding believing we understand their meaning. Neuroscience has shown that we have 86 billion neurons in each of our head brains. And no two brains are alike. Our map of the world if influenced by…

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Brain Based Meetings

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Jan 2016

Brain Based Meetings

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings – it would seem that our working and even personal lives are driven by meetings. Some of us literally spend all day in meetings! Consider the quality of your meetings – do you enjoy them or do I hear a groan of exhaustion at the thought? So given that meetings have becomes such a prominent part of our world, let’s consider how…

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Digital Detox

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Nov 2015

Digital Detox

Our brain is malleable and impacted by our behaviour and environment. There is no doubt our world of ever expanding technology is having an impact. The question is how much? Results from the few studies that have been done are troubling. The attached link provides an infographic which provides a perspective based on the research of the impact of technology and the benefits of a…

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The Neuroscience Behind Sleep

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Sep 2015

The Neuroscience Behind Sleep

Sleep is an activity where you spend 1/3 of your life. So it must be important! Sufficient sleep allows us to be at our best. Each of us is different and hence the amount of sleep we need is unique to each of us. Let’s understand some details regarding the benefits of sleep and the brain. The attached link provides an infographic which provides the…

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Brain Based Time Management

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Jun 2015

Brain Based Time Management

The amount of time we have does not change. It’s how we use that time that is important in being able to get the most out of every day and in the achievement of our goals – personal and professional. Effective time management is individual to each of us and how we best operate. There is no one size fits all. In addition considering how…

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Boost that Willpower

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Jan 2015

Boost that Willpower

This past month many of you have most likely taken time from work to go on holiday, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. In addition, you may have reflected on what you would like to do differently in 2015 and set your New Year’s Resolution. Setting a resolution is one thing, holding it is another. The statistics tell us…

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