How to hold those difficult conversations

Yelling is not an effective way to deal with the issue and will only make things worse

How to hold those difficult conversationsFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life.  Have you ever had to…

How we deal with conflict is all a matter of perspective

Change the context in which a behaviour occurs and the behaviour itself will be transformed

How we deal with conflict is all a matter of perspectiveFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. How we deal with objections…

New research dispels ‘happy wife, happy life’ stereotype

Men’s and women’s satisfaction in relationships is equally important to predicting happiness

New research dispels ‘happy wife, happy life’ stereotypeKeeping a romantic relationship healthy takes work – and the burden doesn’t just rest on women, according to a new University of Alberta study. When mixed-gender couples were asked about their relationships, men’s satisfaction levels were found to be just as significant as those of their female partners in predicting their future happiness together, the…

The expansive power of positive words

While criticism may sometimes be necessary, it is much more important to feed each other’s need for love and appreciation

The expansive power of positive wordsSaint Teresa of Calcutta said, “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” No matter who we are, we like to be appreciated. And being complimented can inspire us to greatness. As a teacher, I know how important it is to compliment students. Criticism quickly loses its effectiveness and…

Communication by device is not really communication

It has dulled our ability to have face to face relationships

Communication by device is not really communicationSomething is happening to human communication because of our reliance on technology. Technology is a mediating force – getting in between actual humans and their interaction. Technology also affects us physically and mentally. If you work on a computer all day, you are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome and a stiff neck. Use a hand-held…

Conflict Coach: Can you fix a toxic friendship?

I feel like her unpaid counsellor. She vents on me but never does anything to fix her problems

Conflict Coach: Can you fix a toxic friendship?Faith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith uses her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life. Her Conflict Coach column appears regularly.…

Four ways toxic relationships harm you

Work on letting them go. After all, you deserve better

Four ways toxic relationships harm youFaith Wood knows how to resolve conflict. Her years in front-line law enforcement taught her how to effectively de-escalate any situation to a successful conclusion. Faith will use her knowledge of conflict management to guide you through the often stressful experiences you may encounter in your personal or professional life.  Toxic relationships can be difficult…

More support options needed for couples considering divorce

With few couples seeking traditional therapy, lower-key approaches could help

More support options needed for couples considering divorceA survey of 745 troubled couples who were thinking about divorce showed that 80 per cent of them weren’t seeking professional help but turning instead to friends, books and websites for advice, according to a recent University of Alberta study. That combination of ambiguity and lack of professional guidance can prevent people from effectively sorting through…

Battle scars of business the cost of excellence

Leadership isn’t always as glamorous as it seems and the wounds suffered in the pursuit of dreams don’t always heal

Battle scars of business the cost of excellenceI froze during my speech as I looked out at the faces of the members of that chamber of commerce. It was a temporary block that hopefully went unnoticed by my audience. Yet clearly, I was unfocused for a second. I had been asked to be the guest speaker at their awards celebration. I had…

Six simple steps to living on your own terms

Too much time spent worrying about what other people do takes away from your life. You lose authenticity

Six simple steps to living on your own termsWhose life is this anyway? We spend way too much time worrying about other people. We want to fit in. We want what the other person has. There are plenty of reasons to toe the line, but is it good for us? Too much time spent worrying about what other people are thinking or doing…
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