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Fidget Spinners give fidgeting a bad name!

Fidget Spinners give fidgeting a bad name!

This past March, 2017, my 13 year-old son told me that we should add these "cool fidget spinners" to our product line. [caption id="attachment_3404" align="alignright" width="194"] How to Pick the... read more

What makes a good icebreaker question?

What makes a good icebreaker question?

As a designer of conversation starter tools, which I'm proud to say have been wonderfully received, I have some strong feelings about what makes a good icebreaker question and what simply fails to ins... read more

No gift of the gab? No Worries!

No gift of the gab? No Worries!

Some people have the gift of the gab . . . and some us just don't.  Sometimes I wish I did. When it comes to conversation, I suppose I'd say that I'm comfortable with silences and that I prefer quali... read more

The Pillar of Trust

The Pillar of Trust

Conflict is a part of life. It's part of sibling, family, and spousal relationships. It rears its ugly head at work when colleagues have different ideas about how to achieve a goal, when they discuss ... read more

Top Tips for Onboarding New Employees

Top Tips for Onboarding New Employees

Every week, Kim Marshall summarizes great articles in his Marshall Memo. Some time ago, he found Keith Rollag's Harvard Business Review article, "Managing Yourself: Success in New Situations,... read more

Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

Energize Mini-Trainings at Work

On a recent LinkedIN Conversation in the Effective and Fun Training Techniques group, Jason Hughes asked for some recommended icebreakers, energizers, tips or tools for the face-to-face training of hi... read more

Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

Making New Friends: Building relationships through communication

When opposing parties get to the negotiating table, they too often dive into the meat of the deal, and begin arguing for their perspective. We see that in how our government operates today and in how ... read more