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Communicate Your Backstory to Connect

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

If you intend to influence others, consider the backstory as the context -- and the gateway -- for your communication and connection.

Leader, Take a Walk for a Difficult Talk

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.19.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Walking loosens the tongue. Think back to your childhood. Do you remember any long walks with grandparents, aunts, or uncles when you bonded as you bounded through the neighborhood or countryside?

3 Risky Ways to Fall Deeply in Love

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 02.13.2015 | Women
Christine Carter, PhD

So what actions lead to love? Here are three in honor of Valentine's Day, all based on fostering vulnerability. Before you run for the woods, hear me out.

3 Ways to Disagree Without Sounding Disagreeable

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Good leaders can develop bad habits. With careless phrasing, they can give the impression that others' opinions are invalid. The result? This poor communication may harden into habit, causing good employees to exit, feeling as though their contribution no longer matters.

10 Ways to Become a Better Negotiator Next Year

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

As I've coached senior leaders in communication skills for the past three decades, I've had opportunity to observe 10 habits that set successful negotiators apart from their less-successful colleagues.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

Want to Be More Memorable? Create Your Own Personal Connection Story

John Corcoran | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
John Corcoran

If you were at a cocktail party and you had just met Amanda Marko, the conversation might go something like this. At Christmastime last year, Amand...

A Purchased World of Distractions

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter | Posted 11.12.2014 | College
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter

It is my responsibility as a president to remind our students that our portable devices should never derail building relationships or limit the experiences that are the hallmarks of an in-person, on-campus higher education experience.

Dunbar's Number: Why Celebrity Train Wrecks Grab Your Attention

Peter Diamandis | Posted 09.04.2014 | Good News
Peter Diamandis

Millions of years ago, our brains became wired to remember about 150 people as "close friends". This is probably because early hominid tribes gathered in communities of that size. Today, this explains why an infantry company organizes around that size, and why smaller companies do better per-person than larger ones.

The View From Inside Out

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

As the day begins, the dim light slowly exposes the wondrous nature that surrounds me. A little later, the sun will peek over the mountain range and a...

The Way Up

Patricia Rust | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Patricia Rust

What's next after you realize a goal, a dream, or a long-standing hope? I recently realized a cherished dream and noticed that it seems like books an...

The 5 Things Black Women Must Do in 2014 to Live Happier, Healthier, Healed Lives

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

We look so good on the outside. But some of us are badly broken on the inside. And we are killing other black women with our venom.

How to Build an Awesome Professional Network

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

For better or for worse, it's not just what you know or what you can do, it's who you know. In fact, who you know can sometimes be more important than...

Influencing Your Team's Culture

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

As a leader, you shape the culture of your team. You have the opportunity - and responsibility - to transform a collection of individuals into a high-performing group.

Feelings Getting Out of Hand? 4 Tips on How Not to Sweat the Small Stuff

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

The next time you are in an awkward or unpleasant situation with someone who matters, don't stew about it. If you decide it's best to deal with the situation yourself by moving beyond your feelings, use these four tips and stop sweating the small stuff!

The Spiral Of Forgiveness

Peter Occhiogrosso | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Peter Occhiogrosso

Before forgiving others we have to forgive ourselves, as self-hate and guilt are often at the root of our antagonisms. The spiral of forgiveness, encompassing real and perceived harm we've done to ourselves and others, expands to relieve both people of self-imposed guilt.

What Is the Best (e.g. Most Efficient) Way To Spend Time With Someone?

Quora | Posted 01.28.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Leo Polovets, Early LinkedIn engineer, ex-Googler, currently an engineer at Factual This was...

Does Technology Make Us Afraid Of Intimacy?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 11.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Malkin

We're all a little anxious about intimacy, aren't we? After all, letting people in is inherently risky. Which means that even though we won't all go to extremes, everyone's at risk for the occasional retreat -- and technology offers plenty of places to hide.

In Defense of Face Time

Karen Sternheimer | Posted 10.09.2012 | College
Karen Sternheimer

Each semester on my syllabus I let students know that some questions or concerns can't be resolved via email. And yet I have noticed that my office visiting hours, and those of my colleagues, go mostly unfilled except for right before or after a major assignment.

Why Cancer Doesn't Always Suck

Meredith McNerney | Posted 06.13.2012 | DC
Meredith McNerney

In many ways, cancer does suck. I know. I received that dreaded phone call on my birthday, of all days, and that day sucked. But the benefit of the journey is experiencing the human spirit like never before.

The Cyber Generation's Addiction to Detachment

Bethany St. James | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home
Bethany St. James

When we speak of educating people about sex, shouldn't we also take into consideration the importance of connecting with people outside the online realm?

Measuring The 'Social' In Social Networking

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Facebook is a social lubricant for many of its 500 million users, facilitating fast and effortless and widespread connection. But does this innovative technology actually change the quality and texture of relationships?

Hello, I Find You Perfectly Toxic

Mark Morford | Posted 10.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Morford

This is the test. This is how you know. This is how you can tell if someone is toxic or replenishing to you and your life, and it's failsafe, bulletproof and you should hereby use it the rest of your life.

Choosing The People In Your Life

Alex Pattakos | Posted 07.20.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Whether at work, in your family or in your personal relations, it's up to you to decide how much time and effort you will spend with those who are a positive influence in your life and those are (or may be) a negative influence.

The Partner Paradox: 'Outsourcing' Self-Discipline

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that having a supportive partner might have the opposite and paradoxical effect, actually undermining effort and commitment to health and fitness goals over the long haul?