Who do you believe?

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 From time to time, we all encounter difficult problems. When we’re weighing choices that will significantly impact our future, you’d think that we’d seek out and follow the best advice available. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen; there are a couple of traps that often snag us. The first pitfall is overestimating our own abilities. To illustrate, let me tell you about a study conducted in 1997 by U.S. …
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Life lessons from Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again. Nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is one of the best known nursery rhymes in the English language. I can still remember when I learned that Humpty was an egg. But only recently did I get a much better appreciation of the lesson contained in the rhyme. Dr. Glenn Livingston’s first profession was that of a clinical psychologist. Later, he used his insights into human behavior to become a very successful marketing consultant. His blog, glennlivingston.com, …
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What’s your communication style?

The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 In the book 6 Secrets to Startup Success, author John Bradberry discusses his consulting role with new ventures. Part of his job is to assess the management team’s ability to solve problems and make decisions. One technique he uses is to determine their communication styles. He does his assessment by observing each person’s conversational style and classifying it into one of two categories: advocacy or inquiry. When a person converses with an advocacy mindset, they assert, claim or push their point of view. …
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