Juicy Conversation (Issue 433)

In which we marvel at the connection created by a story. Wednesday night, I sat with a friend for dinner. Sitting outside, a pink-sunsetted, warm, summer evening gently accented by shifting light breeze. A few folks around at other tables, a quiet night. We ordered food (mine was the “turkey, black bean, and cilantro burger … Read more »

How Was Your Day? (Issue 432)

In which we’re guided to ask opening questions that penetrate more deeply. When I return to the house after my vigorous “cutlass in teeth” romp at the office, my family members ask about my day. One typically asks, “How was your day?” The other, ” What did you work on today?” Would you answer those … Read more »

Your Signature Brand (Issue 431)

In which we are reminded that we can control and modify our personal brands. At the end of a dinner, I watched my companions sign their credit card slips. Read more »

Better Slow Down (Issue 430)

In which we remind ourselves that sales people are (usually) not competing against the clock during sales conversations. While channel surfing the other night I came to a rodeo tie-down roping contest, a.k.a. calf roping. Very exciting! At a given signal the calf bolts from its pen, dashing straight down the middle of the ring. Read more »

Domination (Issue 429)

In which we propose collaborating as an alternative to overcoming. Teenager standing in kitchen. 9:00 pm. Car keys in hand. Preparing to go out with friends. Parent: “No, it’ll keep you out too late.” Teenager: “No, it won’t. I don’t have to be at work tomorrow until 9:00; I can sleep later in the morning.” Read more »