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Foster Positive Relationships

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Everyday we are faced with emails, text messages, billboards, television, radio, Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Thousands of words are coming at us from everywhere! At the same time we have messages we want to send to others. Experts say most people speak about sixteen thousand words a day. So how can we make the words count and really communicate with others?

Effective communication is about connecting with others. If we can genuinely connect with individuals we will have:

  • Stronger relationships
  • Better sense of community
  • More teamwork
  • Increased productivity

Foster Positive Relationships Resources

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When Your Colleague is Now Your Manager

Your colleague—maybe even your lunch buddy—is now your manager. How can you navigate this shifting dynamic gracefully?

You have the power to make this transition a career-limiting or career-enhancing experience through your actions. Here are four ways to make the most of the situation.

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Getting the Most Out of Your 1-1's

Have you met with your manager lately? The 1:1 meeting, or as some say the check-in meeting, is an important tool for managers and employees.  Regular check-ins between managers and employees are the perfect opportunity to build connection, share perspective and provide feedback.

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Become a Better Listener

Listening is the ability to listen to more than just the words that are being spoken. Listening allows you to find out what people actually know and don’t know, what has and hasn’t been accomplished, where the concerns and misunderstandings are as well as the eunthusiasm and clarity.

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Listening Tips

Avoid these common listening pitfalls. These practical tips will help you hone your listening skills.

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The Secret to Success - Be Kind

What is Self-Compassion?