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Lessons in Communication from the Great Sailing Adventure

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

“If we aren’t careful, we’ll be home ahead of schedule.” ~ Captain Randy While sitting on a deck at a local restaurant, watching the sailboats pass by, I had to laugh.  It looks so simple, so carefree, so unstressful. Just sailing in wind and enjoying the view.  But, I know better.  I remember my first big sailing trip with my cousin “Captain Randy”, and it was anything but carefree.  In my experience, sailing really comes down to this: a lot of (preferrably skilled) work and really good communication. The adventure started when Randy announced at a family reunion that he

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Appreciating the Spiders in Our Lives

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Today, I went on a walk and found myself dodging spider webs.  One in particular was amazing. It was very complicated and had one small thread tying it from one branch, across my path, to the other side of my path.  I was tempted to step right through it, but instead decided to stop and admire the handiwork. To do that, I had to pay attention while juggling  two dogs insisting on going opposite directions.  It wasn’t easy.  It reminded me that it’s not always easy to appreciate the spider webs of our lives. If you are like most –

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Communication Lessons from Penny and Ruben

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Last week I had the privilege of speaking at an annual staff retreat for the Board of of Industrial Insurance Appeals on the topic: “Celebrate What’s Right with the World.” I shared an inspirational video, led some discussion and shared some tips and tools on sharing gratitude, and increasing the quality of your relationships by improving communication. At the very end of the presentation, sort of as an afterthought and because I was just a little ahead of schedule, I shared some parting thoughts from my resident philosophers (and really good listeners), Penny and Ruben. When I asked for feedback

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Operation Flat Surface: Change is Hard

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My husband has been on a house cleaning kick.  It started when he took an early retirement and realized that for the past 25 years or so, we have been so busy raising kids and working full time that keeping the house and grounds up had slipped seriously down on the priority list.  So far down  that there was some major catch-up to do. He recently started trying to not only clean the house but keep it clean.  Whoa.  He started a project he likes to call “Operation Flat Surface.”  He says it’s a game but it’s really a trick

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You did what? | Four rules for trying something new

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What would you do today if you were brave? If you’ve followed my blogs or Facebook posts,  you know I preach doing something out of your comfort zone regularly.  It’s how we get better at things. Do something new – you’ll be glad you did! I realize now that I should add a new disclosure: Try something new. But, be smart about it. On our recent trip to Alaska, I was fascinated with lots of new things – the wildlife, the landscape, and especially, the Reindeer Dogs. On just about every street corner there was a Reindeer Hot Dog stand. 

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Up, up and away

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Last month was full of ups and downs for me. The very same day that I went on my first hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, my sister-in-law passed away after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Life is like that. Just when you think you are on top of the world, life can smack you — hard. It’s that way with communicating too. Some days it goes well – you do everything right and things seem to be going well and then out of the blue, something you said gets taken wrong, you are misunderstood, or you

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Communications Lessons from Snowcropolis

Penny in the storm

We had heard a storm was coming a day before it hit.  Schools and businesses closed. The media prepared by naming the event Snowcropolis and giving minute by minute updates.   As it started to snow, we watched our city being transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. We ran out and played and took pictures of our small dogs fighting the snow drifts. It was all very fun and exciting….for a day. But it didn’t stop. It snowed some more, then rained, then froze. Then trees and branches started falling.  We watched in horror as a huge branch fell on my

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Lessons Learned from the Workshop Crasher

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Last week I held a communication skills workshop at the community center, a senior/youth center right in the heart downtown Olympia, filled with eclectic and unusual sights. As one of my participants noticed “it’s an interesting part of town”. One of the first people to arrive at the workshop was a young women, I’ll call her Terry. Terry announced that she was told she needed to take this course. I asked her if she was with ESD, an agency that I had several attending from and the only one that I thought might send someone at the last minute. She

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Communication Lessons and the Lamb Cake

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It was a great Easter weekend.  It met the great family weekend formula – Kids home. Time to spend together. Baking. Easter services together. Check! And, with all great family weekends, we learned a little something about communication! Here are the top three communication lessons we learned: 1)  Always check for understanding This little lesson had Jaron and I driving up to Seattle Saturday morning to retrieve his French Horn that he needed for church (130 miles round trip).  Seems he thought his girlfriend packed it and she thought he had it under control. The lesson learned: always check to

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