Practice Micro-Connections Every Day

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on January 13, 2019

Rebecca Morgan micro-connections quotePhoto: Rebecca Morgan, Gualala, CA

You may have heard the term “microaggression”—a form of bullying defined as brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to individuals because of their group membership. I believe we can broaden the definition to any subtle bullying—eye-rolling after someone’s comment, verbal digs and zings, ignoring someone’s suggestions in a meeting, and other disparagements. These can happen even when both parties are part of the same group.

We’ve all received these kind of disrespectful behaviors. They are designed to dismiss us, to put us down, to signal we don’t have value. Some of us have even perpetrated these, perhaps when younger and not conscious of the effect they have on others.

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Same-o, Same-o is Lame-o, Lame-o. Embrace Your Uniqueness!

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on January 11, 2019

Rebecca Morgan Uniqueness quote

Photo: From the Mermaid Academy, Boracay, Philippines

Odd. Different. Weird.

Have you been called one (or more) of these? If so, you’re far from alone.

This may be a key to your success.

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Dependability Is a Superpower

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on December 26, 2018

Photo: Rebecca Morgan with 5-year-old Luca in Kayseri, Turkey

  • My contractor said he was coming to fix my dishwasher Thursday afternoon. He never arrived. Nor did he call or text he wasn’t coming. So I waited.
  • The salesperson said she would call at 10 am. She didn’t. Nor did she email to alert me. So I waited.
  • The client asked me to hold a date for a speech to her team. He said he’d get back to me by Friday. He didn’t. I waited.

These are a few of the dozens of examples this year of people promising something then not following through.

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Cultivate Many Mini-Mentors

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on December 2, 2018

Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Taj Mahal, Agra, India

What is a mini-mentor? Someone who advises you in one area of their expertise.

Cultivate many of them. Why?

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Eschew Frivolous Talk. Seek Meaningful Conversation

by Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC on November 8, 2018

Morgan quote Frivilous Talk Photo: Rebecca Morgan, atop one of the 3000+ temples in Bagan, Myanmar

 

Frivolous: unworthy of serious attention; trivial; of little value.

“And then he said…then she said…and then…and then…” and on and on. Have you been on the listening end of frivolous talk? You know it when you hear it, when someone prattles on and on about people you don’t know, will never meet, and don’t care about. Or when someone keeps talking and talking, saying little, perhaps even repeating themselves. A friend has a saying for this: “I’m just talking here — not saying anything.”

Have you found yourself spending time involved in — or listening to — more frivolous talk than you’d care to? I know I have. But I also had an experience that made me realize how much I contribute to frivolous talk.
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Practice Micro-Connections Every Day

November 6, 2018

Tweet Photo: Rebecca Morgan, Gualala, CA You may have heard the term “microaggression”—a form of bullying defined as brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to individuals because of their group membership. I believe we can broaden the definition to any subtle bullying—eye-rolling after someone’s comment, verbal digs and zings, ignoring someone’s suggestions in a meeting, and […]

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A Formula for Growth

October 18, 2018

Tweet “Why stay we on the earth except to grow?” —Robert Browning Most people would agree with Browning. Unfortunately, growth doesn’t always come easily; often we feel “stuck.” If you’re feeling stuck, here’s a formula to help you get unstuck:

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Couple Candor with Kindness

October 10, 2018

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Don’t Make Decisions for Me Without Consulting Me

September 20, 2018

Tweet It happens at work: “She won’t want to be on the committee. She’s too busy.” “He wouldn’t like this new project. He likes what he’s doing now.” “He has a family at home so won’t want to take the trip to visit the new customer.” “She doesn’t like public speaking so we shouldn’t ask […]

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Why Venting is Toxic

August 30, 2018

Tweet “I need to vent” is an oft-heard expression when one is frustrated. Great that the person is clear on what they need. However, they often vent indiscriminately to whomever is within earshot. I’ve had strangers express their frustration to me, even though the cause of their angst had nothing to do with me. Venters […]

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