Oh, what a beautiful day. It’s Friday and TGIF – Trust, Gratitude, Inspiration, & Fun!
This week I’m trusting in what I preach.
I train in conflict resolution and constructive communication skills and carefully design curricula around neuroscience-inspired group activities. These generate Aha! moments, (“Yikes. I sound like THAT! It’s demotivating!”) and participants then open to learning new ways to interact.
Not the group I led this week. Some of the participants were assigned (they did not choose) to attend and they tested the limits.
The two people that created havoc in work relationships were at it in our group too. They were on the phone and then interrupted the group to catch up. They crossed their arms and refrained from partaking in the group activities. Yes, these were adults!
Yet such resistance also creates the opportunity to practice what I preach. All eyes were on me to see how I would handle the situation. Through this challenge, everyone realized that one can still respect people while correcting unhelpful behavior.
(Find out more about these trainings here.)
I am trusting in applying respectful communication tools and to staying respectful even especially when it’s tough.
Calm reigned in France and the US this past September 11. It remains a somber date. It’s the day we remember what we were doing when we heard the news of the Twin Towers ablaze.
Even in a world with strife, we can still be thankful for the countries that are at peace.
We welcome a gorgeous Swiss woman in one of my classes. Here was her training take-away which is today’s inspiration.
“I feel like a Swiss cow.”
The men (who had been ogling her) and the women (who had been envying her beauty and charm) looked at her even more avidly.
“Yes, I need to chew on this stuff. And then some more. And afterwards, just as a cow produces creamy and delicious milk, I will help create a fruitful and engaging work environment.”
I have a new liking for cream!
Have you too heard that “great” parents spend one-on-one time with each child?
We have four boys. Do the math. More kids renders individual attention more challenging…and more rare.
We created the ritual of Two-on-One time. For his 5 year birthdays (10, 15, 20 years…), Mom and Dad take the child out to dinner. For one evening, each kid benefits from the full attention of BOTH parents.
“Every five years! Can’t they do better?” you may wonder.
We created a ritual that we could fulfill with our finite energy, time, and budget.
Tonight, we are on our 16th Two-on-One dinner. Looking forward to this opportunity to learning more about and from my grown and growing son…and having fun with a night on the town!
Check our birthday rituals below.
It is good to be back. Wishing you a great week.
A bientôt (next week), Denise
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