Category: Communication

Head Spinning and Speaking in Tongues. Fluently.

  Sometimes as a parent, I find myself with my head spinning and speaking in tongues.  I really do wonder if I have the right to be so frustrated and annoyed by some of the things that my children do.  Particularly the older children.  You know, things like half do a chore, and then move…
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The Rules Are Made To Be Broken

     ~by Haley Lynn Gray~ I spent the first few years of my career under the misapprehension that if I worked hard and followed the rules, then I would do well in my career and rise through the ranks. What I didn’t know is that I had made a bunch of those rules for…
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Career Tip: Keep Your Manager Plugged In

  I’m pretty sure that this will come as a shock to most people, but managers- they are people too.  This means that they can’t read your mind.  They also are unlikely to be unable to guess what you’ve done lately, unless the effects are evident.  It may also be that they have a different…
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Living With Scars

Last year, in November, I was diagnosed with Melanoma.  I had surgery on Dec 5. 2012.  I had a freckle that was a couple millimeters across that had turned into melanoma.  It was 0.4 mm thick.  It wasn’t even the thickness of paper.  They took a huge chunk out of my neck, which when healed…
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5 Reasons Revenge Doesn’t Work

I work with a lot of different types of personalities, and one of the ones that really is interesting to me are people who want to make someone else “pay”.  Whether it’s for revenge, to right a “wrong” or some other reason, there are no end of reasons for it.  I’m sure that there are…
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Career Tip: Never Leave Something for Someone Else to Figure Out

~by Haley Lynn Gray~   One huge mistake I’ve seen frequently from employees is that they will do a task, and throw it over the wall, assuming that there is someone else standing on the other side, ready to catch. Furthermore, they simply assume that the person on the other side will be able to…
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The Weirdest Things Come Out of My Mouth Sometimes

It is truly amazing what things I hear myself saying some days.  I’m not sure if it is weird, amazing, or frightening, really.  Let’s talk about some of the things that I’ve heard myself say this week. “Daughter, you will Not slide down the banister and land face first by the cat.”  (She was sliding…
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The Secret to Getting People to Adore You | LinkedIn

I recently picked up a friend at the airport, and he enthusiastically told me, “I just met the nicest woman on the planet on my plane!” “Awesome”, I responded. “What was her name?” “You know, I’m not sure,” he told me. “Ok, then,” I continued. “What did she do for a living?” “I don’t recall,”…
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17 Things The Boss Should Never Say | LinkedIn

  17 Things The Boss Should Never Say | LinkedIn.   I love this list.  It’s a great list of ways to kill motivation and drive in your company and employees. 1. That Client Drives me Nuts 2. “I’m the Boss” 3. “I’m too busy” 4. “What’s the latest Gossip?” 5. “What’s wrong with you?”…
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5 Ways To Say ‘No’ Effectively | CAREEREALISM

5 Ways To Say ‘No’ Effectively | CAREEREALISM. Learning to say “no” is a great skill.  Here are some easy ways to say “no” “No” or “No thanks” “I have a policy” “I have plans” “Not Now” “I prefer to Decline rather than to a poor job”. One of my personal favorites is “That doesn’t…
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