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Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 16, 2020

You Don’t Know if You Don’t Ask

5 Steps for Seeking Feedback

In last week’s blog, we shared some tips on preparing for and sharing feedback, ultimately helping us treat feedback more like a gift. As we continue to seek a more open dialog of feedback in the new year, I encourage each of us, in our relentless pursuit of even better, to ask others for their feedback, perspectives, insights, or other wisdom they could share to...

Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 14, 2020

Navigating Through Tough Moments

4 Things To Make Difficult Conversations Less...Difficult

We found these tips in an article for delivering feedback, and we think they can be used for just about any difficult conversation or tough moment, so we wanted to add a few of our own and pass them along!

General Business / Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh January 9, 2020

One More Gift

7 Questions to Ask Before Giving the Gift of Feedback

For years you’ve heard us talk about feedback being a gift. When someone gives me feedback I realize that they are saying, “Sinikka, you’re awesome, and you could be even more awesome!” Sometimes when people give us feedback, though, it doesn’t feel very ‘gifty’. Instead it feels ‘judgey’ or even critical and corrective rather than...

Communication / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh December 24, 2019

2 Personality Traits that Impact Your Present

3 reminders about how your perception of the world impacts your personal reality

What's the secret to happiness? Is it different depending on whether you're at work or at home? What about happiness in a relationship?

Leadership / General Business / Communication / Project Management / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh December 3, 2019

Oops, we did it again!

Keys to Recovering from (and Preventing) Mistakes

Communication / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh November 28, 2019

Think Before You Speak

Three Tests for Thinking Before You Speak

If you’ve been with us for any length of time, you know that communication is one of our highest priority topics. This week, we’re focusing in on the ability to think before we speak. It is communication, yes, but it is also self-management and the ability to curb our instincts before making a sound.

General Business / Communication / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh November 19, 2019

3 Tips for Doing What Is Right During the Busy Season

We are 19 days into November, and some would argue, it is officially the Holiday Season. This means many things, but for most of us, it means busy. These next few weeks will bring a lot of hurry and hustle. During times like these it is easy to fall into the trap of doing what is easy, instead of what is right. Keep reading for a few tips about doing what is right for your relationships, your...

Communication / Sinikka Waugh November 14, 2019

Follow The Signs

Demonstrating Good Emotional Intelligence with Road Signs

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve talked about emotional intelligence and its parallels with driving. First, we talked about demonstrating good emotional intelligence by turning on your headlights when your windshield wipers are on. During rainy or stressful times, we need to be aware of all the things around us, and alert others of...

Leadership / Communication November 13, 2019

Gratitude at Work

Since Thanksgiving is this month, I have been thinking a lot about being thankful. One of the things that is important to me about Thanksgiving is that thankfulness shouldn’t be confined to a single day. I think a lot of people would agree with this perspective. In fact, around Thanksgiving every year, I hear people say that your thanks shouldn’t be limited to Thanksgiving. However, I doubt...

Leadership / Communication / Change / YP / Collaboration / Sinikka Waugh November 12, 2019

Breaking into Business Analysis

3 Tips for Practicing Business Analysis Where You Are