No one wants to admit to failing, but sometimes we do

There’s a huge difference between “I failed at that particular task,” and “I am a failure"

No one wants to admit to failing, but sometimes we doA colleague of mine is a private teacher and she teaches students from ages 11 through adult. Over the years, she's noticed an interesting trend – young people, for the most part, are resilient when they make mistakes. They typically don't brood about it, they don't get too bent out of shape, and they tend…

Are you an argumentative communicator?

How to make your point without alienating, angering or humiliating your audience

Are you an argumentative communicator?It’s that time of year when a lot of us take holidays with family and friends. As much as we enjoy getting together, conversations can be a bit prickly and leave loved ones feeling less supported than we might want. So we need some strategies for reducing potential misunderstandings when confronted with the argumentative communicator.…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

National Workaholics Day is no reason for celebration. By working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun.

How to put your inner workaholic to restJuly 5 is National Workaholics Day. But is this something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that…

A few tips to help you relieve your stress

There are many simple things you can do to ward off stress for any given situation

A few tips to help you relieve your stressThe next time you are stuck in traffic, fretting and fuming as the vehicles inch along, or you are standing in an incredibly long lineup at the bank listening to parents attempt to placate their whining child, whom they lovingly call 'incorrigible' and the rest of the people in the bank would term 'monstrous', take…

4 steps to make sure you too become part of the clique

Being excluded from a clique may actually be your fault

4 steps to make sure you too become part of the cliqueIf you have ever been part of the leadership of a board, you have no doubt heard the complaint that your group is too cliquey. A Clique is any small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them. This…

Why do women bully women?

Because they enjoy feeling powerful and they like it when their targets don’t stand up for themselves

Why do women bully women?I was once asked if it was true that 68 per cent of bullying is same-gender harassment. What a great question. I’ve always contended that girls can be more vicious than boys in many ways, especially when they are in middle school and high school. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the same when they leave the…

Tips to weaning yourself from technology dependency

You really don't need to be in contact with everyone 24-7

Tips to weaning yourself from technology dependencyMost of us have become almost totally dependent on technology – and in the process, many of us have lost the art of true communication. In many ways, being tech-connected in the 21st century means being disconnected from humanity. Certainly everyone has a story about how the digital world has let them down – the computer that…

What drives a successful relationship?

Intimacy requires constant nurturing

What drives a successful relationship?Is monogamy dead, or is it a question of what is acceptable in your own personal relationship? There are those who certainly believe in monogamy above all else – physical and emotional – and then there are those who believe a relationship is stronger when partners are encouraged to engage in “open relationships”. I have…

Clues your ego may be a bit inflated

An out of whack ego holds you back from becoming the strong, resilient and likeable person you can be

Clues your ego may be a bit inflatedDo you think that the world revolves around you? Do you feel that you, and only you, can fix problems? Do you believe — no, not believe . . . know — that you are always right? In other words, does your ego need Spanx? According to the Oxford Dictionary, “ego” is “a person’s sense…

When your child has problems at school

Regular open and honest communication with your child’s teachers is definitely the best policy

When your child has problems at schoolWhile your kids are at school, it may be a good idea to think about the important, even essential, relationship you and your child have with those people responsible for your child’s education: teachers. As a parent, you want nothing but the best for your child. When it comes to academics, you know for a…

Why some people lead while most choose to follow

10 recommendations for a modern leader-follower relationship

Why some people lead while most choose to followIf you don't have followers then, let's face it, you are not leading (regardless of your title). Naturally Selected: The Evolutionary Science of Leadership, first published in 2011. seeks to answer the question of not only why some people lead but why most choose to follow. Taking an anthropological view of leadership styles through modern…

What to do when the boss is a bully

6 strategies to use to make your workplace more livable

What to do when the boss is a bullyYour boss is a bully (read: manipulator, control freak, tyrant, power junkie, obnoxious jerk). No matter how hard you work, you always do something wrong. No matter how many hours unpaid OT you put in, it isn’t enough. Your boss demeans you in front of your colleagues and then laughs it off as a "joke".…

How to deal with unreasonable people, and win

It's difficult to deal with idiots, but once you recognize the types you can build strategies to minimize their impact on your life

How to deal with unreasonable people, and winLife is a learning process: what works and what doesn’t; how to behave in public, with family and in the workplace; and especially what sort of people we want to be around and who we’d rather see sent to Mars. Even if it hurts to admit, we’re all guilty of behaving like idiots at times…

Are you lying or is your eye just itchy?

These 7 facial gestures can denote deceit but also be the result of simple nervousness

Are you lying or is your eye just itchy?Have you ever wondered if someone really wants to be in a conversation with you? Could you be unknowingly undermining your rapport efforts with your body language (and theirs)? As soon as we come into contact with others, before we even exchange one word, we are communicating. For this reason, understanding your own body language and having…

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not always

Bad neighbours are a fact of life, but before you end up in a feud, there are a few things you can do to find peace

Love thy neighbour? Well, maybe not alwaysSome neighbours are great. You visit over the fence, call when you need help and pitch in when the hard work needs to get done. But not all our neighbours are so fabulous. My son has a frustrating renter and a messy neighbour. The renter’s dog barks constantly. There are truck parts in the alley and somehow this…
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