Productivity & Life Balance

How to Have Tough, Productive Conversations About Money at Home

Guest Column by Mary Kelly, PhD THIS is the year you are going to lose the weight, exercise 3 times a week, and get your finances in order.  You are going to create a budget, fully fund both your Roth IRA and your 401 (k) plans,  save 10% for your current asset fund (which is [...]

2019-01-14T17:55:50+00:00By |Comments Off on How to Have Tough, Productive Conversations About Money at Home

3 Things To Consider Before Agreeing To The Job, Deal, Or Partnership

(Forbes.com previously published my article here.) Early in my career, an international organization contacted me about licensing my intellectual property. Four of their executives and I talked for more than a year in negotiating and setting up a complex arrangement involving a third partner and multiple distributors. Those initial complex, detailed communications eventually led to [...]

2019-01-08T05:17:16+00:00By |Comments Off on 3 Things To Consider Before Agreeing To The Job, Deal, Or Partnership

4 Ways to Maximize Your Business Communication in the New Year

(This article first appeared on the Microsoft blog here.) The mantra for many every new year: Faster. Better. Cheaper. Applied to communication, that phrasing typically means email productivity. I knew we’d reached a tipping point on business communication when I heard my 87-year-old mom lean back from the dinner table and say with a heavy [...]

2018-12-31T23:45:17+00:00By |Comments Off on 4 Ways to Maximize Your Business Communication in the New Year

Top 10 Communication Blogs From 2018: Did You Miss These?

Thanks for being a reader in 2018. To wrap up the year, I’m re-running 10 of the most popular communication blogs in the last 12 months just in case you missed them.   Top 10 Booher Communication Blogs of the Year   How to Stop a Micromanaging Boss Far too many people have had a [...]

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How Strong Leaders Ask For Help

(This blog was previously published on Forbes here.) You don’t get bonus points for struggling. Only battle scars. When taking over a new job or project, or when the responsibilities or multiple deadlines push you to overload, it’s time to collaborate for the input you need. Weak leaders hesitate to ask for help, fearing others [...]

2018-12-11T05:06:46+00:00By |Comments Off on How Strong Leaders Ask For Help

The Best Kept Secret in Handling Emotional Conversations Well

Have you ever awakened at 3:00 a.m., rehashing a conversation from earlier in the day? Why didn’t I think to say X? Or if I had just commented that Bryan’s actions were “unusual” instead of calling them “irrational,” maybe he wouldn’t have exploded and walked out. What if . . . . On and on, [...]

2018-11-13T03:51:37+00:00By |Comments Off on The Best Kept Secret in Handling Emotional Conversations Well