Saving Personnel During Budget Cuts 

In many large business organizations, internal teams and departments can either “hire” other departments in-house for work needed, often getting the best possible price for those contracts, or they can outsource the work, if there’s a good reason to do so. It all depends on the discretion of the budgeting department, who acts as the … Continue reading Saving Personnel During Budget Cuts 

Creating Peace and Change: A Multi-Level Approach

If you’re attempting to communicate with someone who doesn't speak or sign the same language as you, and you don’t have an interpreter, no matter how clear or connected your communication, you may not be heard or understood. There are external or structural issues at play. Your empathic intention---communicated via your facial expressions and body … Continue reading Creating Peace and Change: A Multi-Level Approach

NVC Conversations About Privilege and “Power-Over”

This year Mary MacKenzie of the NVC Academy (NVCA) organized an online symposium Removing Our Blinders: Seeing the Impact of Power and Privilege that I consider courageous and visionary. The symposium offered an opportunity for those of European background, men, women, and people of color to share their experiences and for others to empathically listen. … Continue reading NVC Conversations About Privilege and “Power-Over”

What Do You Deserve? And Do You Really Want to Deserve Anything?

I recently got into a discussion about the concept of “deserve” thanks to the person who sends out emails for me, who dropped the “D” word in a recent subject line about a program I’m leading next week in North Carolina. If you missed it, the subject line read:  “You Deserve Your Best Life.”   … Continue reading What Do You Deserve? And Do You Really Want to Deserve Anything?

Enjoying Difficult People, Including Yourself: Special Holiday Edition!

I know that "enjoying" sounds like a high bar. If someone's difficult I find often we don't want anything to do with them we want them out of our hair and out of our lives. What's amazing to me and impressive, over and over again, when I practice NVC and I practice self-empathy I get … Continue reading Enjoying Difficult People, Including Yourself: Special Holiday Edition!