Conflict Management or Conflict Avoidance?

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Conflict management can reap many benefits. Conflict itself is often seen as a source of tension and stress and something to be feared and avoided, but it can be an opportunity for improved self-awareness, growth and understanding. In business, high-achievers will identify conflict management as the chance to draw on their creative resources and to set a new way of …

Dealing with criticism

Dealing with Criticism

Juliette Smith Advice, Communication, Conflict, Couples, Criticism, Individuals, Other Relationships 2 Comments

Dealing with criticism can be challenging. By making just a few adjustments to how you interact with it means you potentially create a substantial change – in any relationship. No-one is naturally critical. Judgements and criticism can surface when there is frustration and the quality of communication is deteriorating. Criticism is generally just a confused and often ineffective way of …

Valentine’s Day – how to do more than survive it

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Valentine’s Day and it’s origins are described in several legends. Although they’re all different, they have one thing in common: a focus on love. Not romantic love, but love for others, expressed through acts of generosity, kindness or selflessness. Be loving on Valentine’s Day This Valentine’s Day, my invitation to you is to express your loving in this way, so …

Communication skills – seven simple steps

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Improving communication skills is invaluable to all relationship success People often assume that if there is a mis-communication, the responsibility lies with the person speaking. But communication involves both the conveying and receiving of a message, so speaker and listener have a joint responsibility for making communication work. Here are seven steps you can take towards improving your communication skills …

Women Networking – How can we be more successful?

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Women networking – are we in a different league from men doing the same thing?  Does gender make any difference to how successful we are at it? A colleague sent me an article from The Times, entitled “Why women are such bad networkers”. The premise for the article was actually “Women are not natural networkers”. I would partially agree with …

Manage your emotions before they manage you

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Do you manage your emotions or do you let them take charge leaving you out of control and saying things you regret? Think about what happens to you, for instance, when you get really angry or frustrated? What’s in your mind? How dare they? They are so…?…or worse? What do you say? Something sarcastic, contemptuous…or worse? Is the situation helped …