That’s not normal…

I can't tell you how many times I have sat with two people and one looked at the other and made the statement "that's not normal!" Usually, the context is that one doesn't understand or doesn't like what the other person does or says and pulls out that little phrase to express their frustration. There … Continue reading That’s not normal…

Managing Me… Listen Well

No one ever promised that managing self would be easy. This is definitely no exception. We have heard it said many times, "God gave you one mouth and two ears so you can listen twice as much as you talk." That was one my grandmother liked to say. While I'm not sure that was actually … Continue reading Managing Me… Listen Well


This seven letter word is so important. It will make or break relationships, conversations, partnerships, teams, work environments, families, and any other human interaction we could classify. Too many people approach others with one of two mindsets: I'll respect you if you respect me. You have to earn my respect. Both of these have a … Continue reading R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Head Conflict Off At The Pass

Much has been written about response vs. reaction. Much has also been written about learning to listen well. The reason is simple, these two things can head a lot of conflict off at the pass and avoid much of the tension we face in our relationships and interactions with others. I have a problem. I … Continue reading Head Conflict Off At The Pass

You’re Right, but You Are Wrong

I have a right to be right and a right to demand my right to be right. Except, I'm wrong.¬†And, so are you. The problem with being right and demanding the right to be right is it leads to arrogance, or maybe that is where it stems from. Either way, arrogance is destructive in relationships. … Continue reading You’re Right, but You Are Wrong