Preaching Under Pressure: Why We Do It & 3 Better Ways To Manage Stress

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You know those meetings where you feel like all you do is listen? You’d love to get a word in edgewise, but there’s one colleague who just…won’t stop? Maybe their monologue is about “the only way to do something right…” Or a never-ending speech about what will happen “…if we don’t use this exact software…” […]

Why We Refuse To Listen When We’re Stressed Out

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“You just don’t get it!”  “I’m not looking for your opinion…” Have you ever encountered these responses when you’re (just) trying to give helpful feedback? Defensiveness is an almost universal way in which we respond to stress. But here’s the tricky part—while we’re often quick to notice it in others, it’s even harder to notice […]

Are You Mr or Ms “Right All The Time?”

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Have you ever found yourself stuck in a conversation where the other person just won’t give up? You know the drill:  We’ve all been in situations where someone simply must prove their expertise or worth. They rarely end well, leading mostly to arguments, disagreements, and other unpleasant conflicts in the workplace.  And let’s face it: […]

Holding Grudges Is Stressful: 3 Ways To Foster Forgiveness

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We’ve all done things that hurt others, and we’ve all been wronged before. But while some painful experiences are over and done with, others stick with us for the long haul and cause a lot more stress than they need to. Perhaps it was a workplace disagreement where a colleague took credit for your work.  […]

What You Didn’t Know About Complaining & How To Stop

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Does your partner leave the dishes to ‘soak,’ never to finish the job? Is the council deliberately turning a blind eye to those potholes? Is your Wifi spotty all the time, and especially when you need it most? If you’re like the average person, a little grumbling is often all it takes to feel better […]

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