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Exercising Good Judgment

Everyone has heard the word “judgment” and for most of us this word has a negative connotation related to the inevitable unfairness we associate with judging others. What does that really mean? Judgment can be exercised for good, especially in delicate or stressful situations, and in this context it is often referred to as a…

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What is Succession Planning, and Who Needs to Think About It?

In today’s business world, things aren’t quite as cut and dried as they used to be. Right up until recent times, small or family-run businesses were usually kept within the family. As one family member retired, another took their place. But nowadays, people are more frequently encouraged to follow their own paths, even if that…

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Emotional Intelligence: What Is It, and How Can You Achieve It?

The popular magazine Psychology Today defines emotional intelligence as: “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which…

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Who’s in Your Fab Five?

I believe we are the average or sum total of the five people we associate with most often. I once heard that your income is actually the average of your five closest friends. And while financial results are one way of measuring our well-being – although not the best – I am intrigued by this…

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Back to School

This time of year is one of my favorites; the weather is cooler, the leaves start to fall, and pumpkins are decorating the neighborhood. And of course, the kids head back to school to tackle new challenges and learn new things. Even more than spring, it is a time of beginnings. My daughter started high…

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Integrated

What does it mean to be integrated? In our sense, it means we are unified, coordinated, cohesive. Businesses all rely on each member – on integration – to get work accomplished, and even families depend on each of their individual gifts to make the home and family run smoothly. I’ve recently realized that I feel…

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Everything you need to build resilient relationships. . .

. . . you learned in kindergarten! I love the phrase “common sense is not always common practice.” It is so true! I believe if we thought logically about how we would like to act or show up in our relationships, our actions and interactions would be different. Our relationships would be positively impacted by those logical beliefs…

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Does being grateful necessarily mean being satisfied?

I work with several clients who, immediately after discussing an area of their lives they feel is somehow lacking, delve right into all the things they are grateful for – healthy children, their job, etc. It’s almost as if they feel guilty for wanting more, when in fact it was that very “wanting” which brought…

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Connectedness in your relationships

Recently I have been intrigued with the concept of connectedness. The online definition intrigued me further:united, joined, or linked. joined together in sequence; linked coherently: connected ideas. We are all connected in our relationships and interactions. Everything we do – every action or reaction – has an effect on all the people around us, even…

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Do you trust?

From the first time we’re tossed in the air as a baby – and caught – to the first time our own babies are tossed in the air – and caught – we are learning about trust … the trust we have in others, and the trust others have in us. Beginning with that relationship…

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