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Why saying “Calm Down” is the worst thing you can do

Let’s count. When faced with an angry or emotional individual, when has it helped to say, “Calm down.”? Have you finished counting? I predict your answer is approximately ZERO. It’s such a common response to anger, frustration, and sadness, yet has absolutely no benefit. Why? Emotional responses serve both a cathartic and communicative purpose. They are an
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 22, 2019

Cookies for change (or, Easy ways to help people move towards a goal)

Sometimes cookies are the solution. At a recent family get together Theresa was talking about her study habits as she prepared for medical exams. “It’s hard to say focused. Sometimes I put a cookie in the textbook every 10 pages. No cookie until I finish studying each part!” Certain activities excite and awaken our passions
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 15, 2019

Want to win them over? Follow the Tony’s Chocolonely Method

Headed home after a conference, I found myself browsing my way through the LA airport. A dangerous past-time. LAX has lots of goodies to absorb your hard-earned cash and my eyes were drawn to the chocolate bars. Brightly packaged bars grabbed my attention. “What the heck is ‘Chocolonely’? Baloney-flavoured chocolate with anti-depressant flavour crystals?” Being
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 08, 2019

How losing top people can enhance your team’s success

Nightmare scenario: You’re 30 days away from implementation of a major strategy and your lead designer / architect / financial guru gives notice. Short notice. On the brink of panic, what do you do? Well, it’s likely not nearly as bad as you think. Here’s what I’ve learned from seeing this up close: 1. Superstars often
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Oct 01, 2019

3 Ways to Reduce Stress by Making Change Predictable. Drop an anchor!

When the hurricane is coming people look for a place that will weather the storm; A strong structure that will not be moved. Without something stable to hold on to, fear takes center stage. Your brain is tuned to notice change (bouncing balls, flying squirrels, etc.) to determine whether a change will be a threat.
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Sep 24, 2019