Get Schooled in Intergenerational Communication

Dude, I got schooled in intergenerational communication last week. Three times. LOL. Painful. Like you, dear readers, I’m a super busy and important person. I don’t really have time to learn so many new things in one week. #TooFunny Lesson 1: Talking is passé. “I don’t have any free time to make calls but I can check my FB messenger frequently.”—busy niece in her 20s Priding myself on being the coolest Aunt on the planet, I often get to communicate with the young people in my life in ways their parents cannot. I love that. When my sister texted, asking me to communicate with her daughter about a particular, and particularly important issue, naturally I put on my cape and sprang into Aunt-action mode. Sis hoped a “new messenger” might do the trick. What might have been a 5-10 minute telephone conversation was instead 30+ minutes of typing. About half the time, I glared at the “typing, typing, typing” message, waiting for my niece’s next thoughts to emerge. The other half, I focused on making sure my messaging tone came across as hyper-supportive, loving. This necessitated hunting for just the right emoticons to include. I tried to breathe. I wanted to scream-type, “come … [Read more...]

Advice is Like Kissing: 7 Muahs

“Advice is like kissing, it costs nothing and it’s a pleasant thing to do.” -George Bernard Shaw There's no shortage of internet advice. Look up any issue you might have, and tens of millions you don't, you can find more lip-smacking than you could ever read or need within a couple of clicks. Who are all these advice-givers? What's behind their advice? Often its hard to tell. I trust George Bernard Shaw's advice, something I feel certain he'd find incredibly amusing. Shaw is unique, extraordinary, and hilarious. An Irish playwright, essayist, novelist, short story writer, he's the only person to receive both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925), and an Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for his play, Pygmalion (1938). Co-founder of the London School of Economics on his resume too, Shaw's words serve as today's catalytic kisses for reflection.  Big muahs out to you—seven Shaw quotes—that are sure to make you think and hopefully smile. The best part? They're wise and free:       “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” It can be oh so tempting to get involved with your critics, those "haters" at the ready to tear down anyone and anything to … [Read more...]

Teamwork in Glass Blowing, Work & Life

As a child, I wanted to make coloring books come alive. I dreamed of being an artist. As an adult, I have taken classes and made many attempts to create fine art. It wasn’t until this year that I found my medium – hot glass. And, little did I know that working with this magical hot liquid would be the experience that would bring teamwork vividly alive. Glass Blowing Teams Like business, glass blowing is filled with glorious inspiration and bitter setbacks. A glass blowing team can consist of two people or 11 people, depending on the design and size of the piece. The teamwork in glass blowing enables you to reach a creative potential that would have been literally impossible working alone. Glass blowing, as I’m sure you know, is about manipulating very hot, molten glass. Glass is gathered from a Glory Hole onto one end of a blowpipe and then inflated by blowing into the other end. Shaped with wood and metal tools, the hot glass is then placed in an Annealing Oven. Movements like gathering, centering, blocking and marvering are just a few of the terms in this challenging and demanding process that embodies endless creative possibilities and is oh so rewarding and … [Read more...]

The short-cut to getting to know your board

Straight out of undergrad I led a nonprofit and was mystified by my Board. I didn’t deeply know them and what made each of them tick. They didn’t really know one another (or me) either. This lack of deep ‘knowing’ impacted our relationship and sometimes led to: miscommunications, mistrust, and inaction.  Since then, I’ve sat on many Boards and worked as a consultant to help strengthen others. As Oprah would say, here’s what I know for sure… The short-cut to getting to know your board: 1. It’s all about the relationships! We all know this. How does one develop trusting Board relationships? Really, really get to know them and create the opportunity for them to really know one another: use a research-based behavioral/personality assessment process for Board development. Invest in deep individual personality/behavioral assessments and a fearless facilitator. I’ve found the Winslow Assessment System the most effective because it is designed by psychologists specifically for measuring workplace traits like trust, flexibility, endurance, conscientiousness and composure. Ask Board members to take the assessment in advance of your Board Retreat – they’ll thank you for giving them a … [Read more...]

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