Is It Possible to Mediate With Yourself?  (Three Minute Read)

Is It Possible to Mediate With Yourself? (Three Minute Read)

Remember when The Great Gazoo gave Fred Flintstone advice? I’ve tried to channel that inner voice and, for some reason, Gazoo has yet to appear  It’s not a bad thing, however,  because Gazoo usually gave Fred and Barney the kind of suggestions that got...
Starting a New Business Partnership?  (Three Minute Read)

Starting a New Business Partnership? (Three Minute Read)

You’ve had four dozen breakfast meetings, numerous enthusiastic phone conversations, and you know you’re both completely in sync about your plans, goals, and vision. Now is the time to actually start that business you’ve been talking about forever. Is the first step...
It’s So Annoying!  (Three Minute Read)

It’s So Annoying! (Three Minute Read)

If I made a list of the things that annoy me, I could be writing for days and days.  Well, maybe not days, but I’m certain that this post would be way longer than a three minute read. Do you feel the same way? I’ve been wondering whether I need some...
If You Don’t Say It, I Can’t Hear It (Three Minute Read)

If You Don’t Say It, I Can’t Hear It (Three Minute Read)

Raise your hand if you wish you had a magic crystal ball.  Newsflash: I’m not a mind reader. If you want me to start doing something, stop doing something, do it more often, or do it less often, you’re going to have to say something. Your...
Ask for Thinking Time (Three Minute Read)

Ask for Thinking Time (Three Minute Read)

Did you know that there are three answers to any request? They are: Yes, No, and I’ll Think About It. Yet for some reason, we tend to dismiss the third option and instantaneously go for either the yes or the no. I am usually quick to say yes, and then after...
Do You Toot Your Own Horn?  (Three Minute Read)

Do You Toot Your Own Horn? (Three Minute Read)

When my big brother was running for third grade class president against Ellen Freedlander, the vote was conducted by the heads-down, eyes-closed, raise-your-hand method. Afraid he’d be caught voting for himself, my brother cast his vote for Ellen and guess what?...
Are You The Controller or the Controlled?  (Three Minute Read)

Are You The Controller or the Controlled? (Three Minute Read)

Do you have possession of the remote?  What about the finances?  The calendar?  I believe that in most healthy relationships, the control winds up balanced — decided by aptitude or by enthusiasm. In my divorce mediation practice, it’s sometimes obvious...
Do You Need to Avoid These Words?  (Three Minute Read)

Do You Need to Avoid These Words? (Three Minute Read)

I recently posted an article devoted entirely to the use of the word “but.” Since that article was published, my colleagues, friends, relatives, and readers have steered me toward an ever-growing list of other words or expressions that cause angst,...
Handling Disappointment (Three Minute Read)

Handling Disappointment (Three Minute Read)

Last week was Valentine’s Day and I hope, at the end of the day, you weren’t disappointed.  I know that some of us are more romantic than others, some of us are not currently in a love relationship, and some of us think Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark...
Asking for Help (Three Minute Read)

Asking for Help (Three Minute Read)

I’m one of those people who finds it difficult to ask for help. As an independent woman, I don’t want to be perceived as needy or weak, so I tend to either do it myself, pay someone to help me, or simply forget about it. Does this sound like you? There are...
A Few Words About Buts (Three Minute Read)

A Few Words About Buts (Three Minute Read)

Aha! Admit it, that title caught your attention. I probably should apologize in advance if you thought I was talking about anatomy. I’m actually going to talk about the word, not the body part. So, if you’re game to read more, I’d like you to think...