Category: Communication

Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy.

I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal (7/8/2016). From a young age on we’re taught to master impulse control. It’s what grown-ups do, right? We manage our emotions. Avoid distraction. Aim for a zen-like focus, a sense of control. (more…)

I was in Europe last Friday when Brexit results were announced.

I’m not here to pass judgment on whether the Brits got it right or wrong. The EU is an exquisite political dream. Yet many things are wrong with the present-state EU.

Watching Europe’s political leaders react? Now that was excruciatingly wrong in so many more ways.
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Successful people know how to mirror. They mirror consciously. They mirror well.

The power of mirroring has been keenly on my mind in the aftermath of the Orlando shootings. Of all the responses to the nightclub attack, here is the one that stirred me the most. It is a sublime tale of mirroring. It took place on a JetBlue flight that carried the grandmother of Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, one of the club-goers that got killed in the shootings, to Orlando to attend Luis’ funeral. (more…)

Sometimes inclement weather does the trick. I jot down these words on a rain-drenched Saturday morning in South Florida.

No desire to run about. No temptation to roam the beach. I settle in. Exhale. Pause.

It is Memorial Day week-end in the US. An extra day to not work. To reflect perhaps and celebrate what truly matters in our lives. To pause. (more…)

Personal Influence. Most folks like the notion of having some. My professional practice is predicated on the benefits of getting it.

The right position in the right firm gets us a modicum of influence. Knowing other influential people gets us some more.  (more…)

First Moments.

They set the stage for everything that ensues.  They disproportionately influence the outcome of a conversation. 

When it comes to meeting someone, we think in terms of first impressions. A First Moment is more.  (more…)

AND. Simple little word, isn’t it?

We don’t like it in sentence construction. It signals run-on-sentence hell. We like it everywhere else. In the canon of powerful words, AND ranks right up there with YES, NO. As a form of thought construction,  (more…)

Trust is ephemeral. Hard to describe, harder to quantify.

It is also not easy to talk about. And yet, every relationship – professional and personal – is enhanced when trust becomes an elemental force in that relationship. (more…)

The psychological establishment vilified him.

Wilhelm Reich, the psychiatry-enfant-terrible of the mid-20th century, based his framework for understanding human behavior on the notion of blocked energy.  (more…)

I have always loved the notion of a Third Eye.

According to chakra symbology, the Third Eye sits right in the center of our forehead. Smack above our eyebrows. It is the place in our body that links to our intuition.  (more…)