3 Keys For Successful Professional Development

Did you ever start down a path of improving yourself and think, “Oh boy, what am I getting into here?” Did you turn back or did you keep going? Professional and personal development is not for the faint of heart. It is often a winding road with various twists and turns and sometimes even a few U-turns and caution lights. Inevitably, you will come face to face with some things that you may not want to know about yourself, things that are uncomfortable to acknowledge. And yet, the path forward is through that acknowledgment. How do you keep moving forward? Here are three keys  (more…)

How Do You Address the Trust Gap?

We hear a lot about trust these days, trust between Greece and the European Union, police and Trust wordcommunity members, Iran and the United States as well as organizations and employees.  A while back, a national news story received a lot of attention. The title of the news story was “More Americans Becoming Trust Wary” written by Connie Cass . The basis of the story is that Americans are less likely to trust one another now than 40 years ago when the question was first asked in the General Social Survey. The results of this poll caused me to think more deeply about how trust impacts success.

The question this poll asked was, (more…)

Looking Up!

Where are you placing your focus and how is it serving you? As the year winds down it is an excellent time to consider shifting your focus. I was fortunate to go to Florida recently to watch the launch of the Orion spacecraft. It was an exciting week, full of activities and my first visit to the Kennedy Space Center. The accomplishments in space spaceexploration are remarkable! What I was reminded of during this experience is how remarkable we are, as individuals and as a society. We are capable of such greatness! (more…)

The High Cost of Tension and Drama

Conflict…sometimes the very word can create tension in people.  Conflict in and of itself is not bad.  The negative connotations that are often associated with conflict are a result of how conflict is managed and how it makes us feel.  It tends to be a natural part of human interaction for many reasons.  We each approach situations in unique and different ways.  Understanding that about the people we work and live with can help minimize conflict.

What are the consequences of conflict?  Amazing results can be achieved by having to work through differing opinions of how situations or projects should be approached. (more…)