Saturday, January 31, 2004

Powered by Constant Contact

I added a link to Constant Contact today. Yes, it's in my own self-interest. I get $2 every time someone tries them out, and a bit more if they actually open an account. I'll never get rich, but , I'd like to learn something about affiliate programs. Since I've been recommending Constant Contact to people anyway, what better place to start?

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Monday, January 19, 2004

Crucial Conversations

This week, I picked up a book called Crucial Conversations – Tools for talking when stakes are high – authors: Patterson, Grenny, McMillan. & Switzler. It speaks directly to how we (and organizations) can make it safe to have, and be honest in, crucial conversations.

The book provides a framework and, best of all, specific tools. Their website, , has discussion guides, role playing scripts, audio tapes...a plethora of resources. It’s all very well done, and it's based on many years of research and workshops teaching the tools.

I'm personally and professionally excited about the potential impact of this book for my life. What could be better than improving the quality of our dialogue -- especially when the topic is one that gets the adrenalin flowing, the blood boiling, and the blood pressure escalating!

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Expressing my gratitude

Here's a web site that may enrich your life. I've been passing it on to all my friends and family. I especially like lighting a candle. Pausing to reflect on what I'm grateful for brings me a sense of peace. Visit the site. See what appeals to you.

The new year is well underway. Time flies by. I'm blessed to have work that I enjoy and good friends to share the holidays. Now, if I can just get back on a healthy diet -- break that sugar addiction that re-emerged with a vengence. But what's worse than a blog that rattles on about me.