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A powerful way to start 2018!

To me, there is nothing more exciting than the beginning of a New Year. A clean slate with the possibility of a major DO-OVER from the previous year. Yet there is also nothing so disheartening as to watch the months go by without much changing in your life. So years ago, I created a ritual to start the new year powerfully by “cleaning up” some of my regrets and distractions from the previous year, acknowledging all that I did accomplish and setting my intentions for the year to come. To me, it’s the perfect way to start each New Year. Here is how I do it if you think you’d like to give it a try. Get a journal or notebook that you can keep handy throughout the year (you will want to look at this often) and capture:   Top 25 Accomplishments from the Previous Year.    Sometimes... Read More

[Tips] DISC Gift Giving Guide

One of the tenets of all major religions is a version of the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as YOU would have them do unto YOU.” This may be a fine principle to follow with general acts of kindness, but it can be the kiss-of-death when it comes to gift giving.  Why? Because it’s all about you!  Getting your significant other the brand new iGadget that you’ve been dying for is likely to be met with that said gadget being used to look for future significant others when you are no longer around. So when it comes to giving the perfect gift, follow the Titanium Rule, “Do unto others as THEY would have done unto THEM.” Best way to do this?  Use their DISC Style as a guide.     If you aren’t sure the DISC style of your recipient, here are some style-proof gifts that just about anybody... Read More

[Self-Assessment] 16 Questions to Determine Your Shopping Style (and some tips to keep your sanity)

[Self-Assessment] 16 Questions to Determine Your Shopping Style (and some tips to keep your sanity) “How we do anything is how we do everything…” Behavioral research shows that behavior is predictable upwards of 90% of the time.  Meaning, that without a lot of thought and consideration, we usually do what we have always done.  Let’s see if how we shop is consistent with our DISC style. For each of the following statements, select the letter A, B, C or D if that statement describes the way you prefer to shop. Don’t think too long about a question; go with your first reaction.  Scoring is at the end. 1)    I tend to buy for everyone else before myself. (C) 2)    I power shop.  (A) 3)    I like things that come with a warranty or guarantee of some sort. (D) 4)    I love fun clothes. (B) 5)    I know what I want when I walk in and I don’t need help.  (A) 6)    I find I... Read More

[DISC Wizard Q&A] How to keep everyone happy during the holidays

Dear DISC Wizard, The holidays are coming up and as you know, that means time spent with family who we may not have a lot in common with.  I find myself getting anxious just thinking about how to keep everyone busy and happy. ~ Sharon B. Dear Sharon, It was Ram Dass who said, “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” To his point, family are some of the most dynamic relationships we have to deal with and the holidays give us ample opportunity to experience this first hand. So while I would first like to mention that it is not your sole responsibility to keep everyone happy (that really is an inside job, no? 😉 I will say that because different styles prefer different things, there is a way to mix it up so everyone gets a little of what they want at... Read More

How to actually survive the holidays…

How to actually survive the holidays… This time of year, everyone encourages us to be thankful for the good in our lives.  Holidays, by their very definition, should be a time of reflection and gratitude. So how is it that this time of year sometimes becomes the most stressful of all?  Relatives to go see, parties to attend, extra meals to make, visitors, and let’s not forget – THE GIFTS! I grew up not celebrating the holidays for religious reasons.  That’s right, no holidays!  So I was in an interesting position – I had all this time off but no added work or obligations. My co-workers who knew this used to tell me how lucky I was.  I remember thinking, “How sad is that?”  Here they wait all year for this time of year and yet when it arrives, the stress outweighs the joy. As I left that religion, I wondered how my old beliefs... Read More

[DISC Wizard Q&A] What to do when a direct report doesn’t trust you

[DISC Wizard Q&A] What to do when a direct report doesn’t trust you   Recently, I had a very tense conversation with a direct report of mine.  He seemed very shut down, defiant almost.  I decided to ask him straight out if he trusted me and what I was saying.  Though he seemed a bit taken back by my question, he answered honestly, “No.”  When I probed a little deeper, he said that even though I say I’m open to his feedback, I’m really not.  I really think I am!  Now what?  ~ James R.    Dear James, I can only imagine how frustrating that was for you.  Like it or not, sometimes there is a disconnect between what we say and what we think.  And when there is a disconnect between what we say and what we think, what we think always wins out! That’s because body language and tone of voice outweigh the words we use almost 2 to 1.  So if the leader... Read More

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