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Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 08.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Arjuna Ardagh

Michelangelo perfectly captures that moment. David is holding his rock, knowing that he has the skill to take down the giant. He has an expression of calm equanimity and confidence. His whole being is saying, "I can do this. I've got it."

The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want

Pam Nochlin | Posted 08.03.2016 | Books
Pam Nochlin

Dave Kerpen, Founder & CEO of Likeable Local, a social media agency and NY Times best-selling author recently published; "The Art of People: 11 Simple People Skills That Will Get You Everything You Want."

Organizations Are Serious About The 'No Jerks' Policy When Hiring

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 08.01.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

One bad apple can disrupt a work environment and wreak havoc on communication, trust, and collegial relationships -- not to mention productivity. Protecting your team with a "No Jerks" hiring policy is smart and goes a long way to cultivating and preserving a harmonious and high functioning workplace.


Heather Wagoner | Posted 08.07.2016 | Women
Heather Wagoner

Being listened to is so close to being loved that sometimes your brain can't tell the difference. There is so much about being human that is associat...

The Courage Workout: 5 Ways To Flex Your Brave Muscles at Work

Valerie Berset-Price | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business
Valerie Berset-Price

As a cross-cultural strategist, I predominantly work with multinational corporations, providing their global teams with tools and training to help them optimize the collaboration they must have across cultures. While some of what I do lies in cross-cultural awareness, a large part of my job is dedicated to helping develop employee and leadership courage.

5 Ways to Improve Your Social Skills at Work and Elsewhere

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

Whether it is social anxiety, or not knowing how to correctly read other people, there are ways that we can learn and push ourselves that can greatly benefit our interactions with other people. If we can improve these interactions, we can further our social life, our work life, and our relationships.

I am a bad, BAD listener. How about you?

Greg Savage | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Greg Savage

I like to think I am a solid communicator, and it's true I can write a pithy paragraph, and contrive a sound argument. I can communicate ideas from a ...

Active Listening to Improve... Everything

Susie Wolbe | Posted 04.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

How often do you listen to the woes of a friend of family member, and do only that: just listen? While many of us want to try to offer a solution and help solve problems for others, active listening may just be the biggest gift you can offer to someone else.

How Improvising Fatherhood Made Me A Better Dad

Nate B. Smith | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Nate B. Smith

A very important part of improv is listening. I was reminded of this a while ago when my second child was only two years old. He was being fussy while I was changing his diaper. I asked him, “Is it hard being a little kid sometimes?” He said, “Yeah.” I asked, “What’s hard about being a little kid?” What he said stopped me in my tracks.

Why You Need a Coaching Habit: Say Less and Ask More Questions

Shawn Vanderhoven | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Shawn Vanderhoven

Coaching people is like cooking: recipes take us only so far. To figure things out, we have to chuck a few noodles against the wall to see what sticks.

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

Why Asking Is Better Than Telling

Living Room Conversations | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations

If you have listened to any of the US Presidential debates, it is clear we live in a culture of "telling." Our American culture is based upon rugged ...

3 Ways Listening Can Make Your Life Better

Matt Fore | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Matt Fore

This idea of hearing what other people say is brilliant. I wish I had come up with it myself. On my final day in the cruise ship diner I pointed to the menu and asked if I could have the roller skate salad with a rubber squeegee on the side. My waiter gave me a big smile. "Yes." That was nice. This time I smiled back. I'm still waiting.

You Don't Need Your Dad's Connections

Garrett Mintz | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Garrett Mintz

After you know the right people, who those people are, and have taken the time to listen to them, you can then easily transition to being understood. The key to being understood is to clearly and concisely convey what you are interested in doing.

Do You Listen to Convince or Learn?

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

When you disagree with someone about something you feel strongly about, do you promptly move into high persuasion gear to try to get the person to see it your way? Doing this both creates emotional distance between the two people. It also closes off the possibility of learning something new.

12 Quick and Effective Tips to Resolve Work Place Conflict

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

View conflict as an opportunity to expand and grow your thinking and business. Can you think of a time when conflict actually grew your business once it was productively discussed and resolved?

How Mindfulness Lets Us Listen to Our Hearts

Steve Kane | Posted 09.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Steve Kane

If you were to have told me six months ago that I would start an Instagram account spreading love, originality and positive energy, I would have thoug...

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

The High Price You Pay for This 'Lost' Skill

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 08.13.2016 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

As a business owner or entrepreneur, you can have an enviable product or service -- but if you are not actively listening to your clients, it won't be too long before you are disconnected from them and you will be out of business.

In the Interest of Listening

Graeme Blackman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Graeme Blackman

The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.

Four Ways to Amp Up Your Emotional Intelligence Today

Anne Loehr | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Anne Loehr

You can improve your EQ by practicing active listening, empathy, responding rather than reacting and listening to your body. But it's important to remember that developing Emotional Intelligence is a lifelong practice, and there is always room for improvement.

Why Emotional Intelligence Affects the Bottom Line

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Anne Loehr

There are five parts of communication -- what's said, what's not said, words, tone of voice, and body language. Active listening is the process of fully attending to all parts of someone's communication.

Leadership Lessons from the Kitchen: What Mother's Day Brunch Can Teach Us About Teamwork

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.07.2016 | Business
Anne Loehr

Today, I'd like you to join me at brunch, my favorite meal. Before you start salivating over the idea of a Croque Monsieur, I should tell you that you'll be joining me in the kitchen. Not just any kitchen--the kitchen of a busy restaurant.

I Can't Hear You -- You're Yelling Too Loud

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

Many people hold an erroneous belief: If I yell at you, then you will hear me. This, of course, often is not the case. In fact, most people shut down and stop listening when they are being yelled at.

Secrets of a Successful Divorce Mediation

Alison Patton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Alison Patton

Sometimes spouses still can't hear or relate to one another's perspective, even after mediation, but as long as the mediator listens and can honor each spouse's feelings, that can be enough to get the parties to a resolution.