Building trust in challenging times

By Bruce MacAllister and Diana Mosonyi  Today’s global environment seems hectic and unpredictable. As we emerge from our self-imposed seclusion and re-enter the wider world, trust an essential element. Many recent events demonstrate that an essential element of social engagement is trust. For a society to function, trust at all levels, is essential. It is

Organizational Ombuds: An important resource in Turbulent Times

The organizational ombudsman model has been widely embraced for many years by colleges, universities, and progressive corporations as an important resource to ensure that students and employees have a neutral, confidential, informal resource available to assist when issues or conflict arise. In these times of crisis and change, the ombuds resource becomes an even more

The Tao of Communication?

Thoughts on the Tao of Communication Events in my daily life often inspire the focus of my blog posts. I apologize to those of you readers who like a linear structure to the topics.  Sometimes I wander afield for a post or two, based on something that inspires a slightly different focus. So, breaking from

Tips for Effective Communication – Tip Eight

Tip Eight – Appreciate the Power of Word Choice Combined with Non-Verbal Cues By now it should be clear to those of you who have been following the posts on the Tips for Effective Communication, that effective communication involves more than just clear speaking.  As my posts to this topic have illustrated, effective communication is

Failure and Gridlock in Washington – Lessons in Negotiation We Can Learn From the Current Situation

Failure and Gridlock in Washington – Lessons in Negotiation We Can Learn From the Current Situation As anyone who views our website’s home page will discover, our organization’s dedicated focus is on helping individuals and organizations thrive by helping to empower them to be more effective in communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution. The country is

Beyond Metaphor: Consciously Managing the Subconscious

Beyond Conscious Metaphor For the last several months we have been discussing tips for improving your effectiveness for important communications.  My March 18, 2013 post reviewed the first six of my twelve “tips” for effective communication.  Since that time, among other posts, I have posted three additional tips on my seventh, and perhaps most comprehensive

Tips for Effective Communication – Tip Seven – Congruence in Communication

Tip Seven: Seek to Bring Your Communication Style into Congruence With Others in the Dialogue Today’s post is a continuation of the communication tips that I have been posting over the last number of months. These tips focus on those important communications that you sometimes need so that you can clarify a situation, avoid confusion

Continuing our discussion on tips for effective communication…

Twelve Tips for Effective Communication – Tip Five: Communication is Not Just Speaking So far in our on-going discussion in which we will ultimately offer “Twelve Tips” for effective communication, we have discussed four ways to help you improve your communication skills when they may really matter.  The first point we discussed was to set

Continuing our series on tips for effective communication …

Twelve Tips for Communication Tip Four: Listen Comprehensively – the Many Levels of Listening Listening involves more than just hearing. In this post, our focus is on understanding comprehensive listening: listening in the broadest and most powerful sense.  This concept expanding listening from one of simply hearing another, to one of receiving information from another