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Talk with Your Kids About What They Won’t Learn in School

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Note: This post was originally Published on the College Savings Plans Network Blog  School may be out for the summer, but it’s the perfect time to teach some financial literacy skills to help your students succeed. Recent research shows why kids need your help: • 62% of college graduates expect to complete school with an average of $27,236 in student debt (The Student Monitor). • More than 19% of American households have college debt (Pew Research Center). • Around 56% of adults don’t have a budget (Nation Foundation for Credit Counseling). • 76% of college students wish they had more

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Communication Tools: The Power of Micro-Connects

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I can live one or two months  on one good compliment – Mark Twain One of the deepest human needs is to feel appreciated.  It’s what makes us feel valued. It’s what makes us happy and it’s what motivates us.  We live in a culture that is appreciation deprived.  Studies show that up to 70% of workers feel they are not appreciated. But, the good news is that when you give appreciation to someone on a regular and informal basis, you will see a 40% increase in their performance. Wow! Why don’t we do more of that? Mostly it’s because we

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Sorry, I wasn’t listening: 5 ways to model better listening skills

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I have a confession to make.  I’m a serial interrupter. When I already know what someone is trying to say, or finish saying, isn’t it way more efficient to just cut right in so we can move on? I know I shouldn’t do it.  I know it’s rude.  It drives me crazy when other people do it, so why do I?   And, I know it drives others crazy as well.  My husband and I spend way too much time re-creating conversations that only got half heard due to distractions, interruptions or one of us simply not paying full attention.

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The Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”  – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh  When my kids were young we went around the table at Thanksgiving and shared what we were thankful for. The adults went with the family, friends and health theme but the kids – well, they kept it real. Some examples: “I’m thankful I found my lost lego man;” “I’m thankful that Christmas is coming next;” and one of my all time favorites “I’m thankful I’m not a Pilgrim.” Yes, Thanksgiving is  the one day of

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Employee engagement: How to have the best staff meetings ever

I used to dread having our monthly staff meetings. They were boring. I had trouble keeping people awake to share updates and announcements. And, they were a lot of work.  I never had enough time to make them very interesting, so they usually just ended up with announcements and a round table of updates. So, I did what every clever manager does when they don’t want to do something – I delegated it.  I asked my assistant to help me organize them with a goal of making them more interesting and engaging. And, boy did she ever! We brainstormed and tried new

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Improving Relationships: Just Ride the Wheel

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When my husband, Ken,  asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I new what I wanted – to spend the day in Seattle and take my first ride on the Big Wheel. So, the morning of my birthday he had compiled a fun itinerary for the day which included lunch at the market, dinner with my kids, and yes, a ride on the big Seattle Ferris wheel, also known as The Great Wheel, (though I prefer Big Wheel). What made this gift even more special is that Ken went with me.  He is afraid of heights and a bit

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The Great Connector: Goodbye Golden Frig

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When our son was a baby, we moved into a house that had an old refrigerator that was an awful retro golden color.  We immediately got a newer, more hip model and relegated the old refer to the garage. When we moved across town about 8 years later, we considered leaving it behind but had gotten used to a place to store extra drinks and big salads for a potluck, so it came with us. As our kids grew up, the old refer became the source of extra kid drinks and treats.  My son’s best friend dubbed it the “Golden

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Train Your Brain: It’s All in a Name

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This week I watched as a colleague painfully tried to avoid someone because they couldn’t remember their name. Then, she beat herself up over not remembering their name.  And, the worse part was that she didn’t get to connect with someone who she wanted to connect with. Has that ever happened to you?  Do you suffer from the bad name rememberer syndrome?  You are not alone. Most of us find that when we meet someone we quickly forget their name. Sometimes instantly. The power of knowing a name and using it is huge. Names are what makes a relationship personal.  It says:

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Seahawk Mania: Pursuing the Common Goal

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Seahawk mania is crazy here in Washington State and I fear it will get worse before it gets better, but I’m okay with that. With all the tragic news we see and hear everyday, it is a nice welcome to see the 12th man community come together. It reminds me how important it is to have common interests and goals. We all have a need to feel connected and to have something in common with the people around us.  Bringing the 12th Man together in our community has been something that has been amazing to watch. People that don’t always

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Breaking down silos one cup at a time

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When was the last time you used your coffee break at work to connect with someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or to simply say “thanks” to a friend or colleague? We all know all about “silos” – those divisions or groups that keep to themselves and rarely share information.  So what can you do to encourage the sharing of ideas and information with people you know? Here are three ways you can help to break down those communication silos: 1) Give away your knowledge. Share something you know that would be of value to someone else. That’s how

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