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The Great Baby Gender Reveal

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Last weekend, my daughter and her husband threw a party to let their friends and family be the first to know the gender of their little one. As we entered the room we were given a choice of wearing a pink or blue ribbon to display our baby gender prediction. I had been calling this baby a “she” from the moment I found out Kalli was pregnant and I was sure we there to simply confirm that.  Promptly at 7:15 (to allow for guests with small children to get done before bedtime), we all grabbed a disguised cupcake. The frosting was

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Improving Relationships: Just Ride the Wheel

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

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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Weekend Shadows: Babysitting Grandpups

My husband, Ken, and I spent 10 days on vacation away from home, and from our two very high maintenance dogs, Penny and Ruben. They have special routines – food, pills, shots… and to make it worse, they can tell time. If you are late with a morning snack or, heaven forbid, dinner, you will hear about it. So, a break was good. We sort of started missing them toward the end of our trip. Just about the time when the texts started coming from our adult kids: “ Can you dog-sit this weekend?” We rolled our eyes, and said

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Authentic Communication Starts With an Authentic Self

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I met with an organization to talk about delivering a staff training on communicating with difficult constituents.  At some point in the conversation the person organizing the event looked at my necklace and said,  “We are a very liberal organization.  Wearing a cross could make some of our employees uncomfortable.”  My immediate, without thinking, response was, “I don’t always wear my cross.” I’ve thought about that exchange a lot. Why didn’t I ask her what she meant? Or explain that my cross represents a part of who I am? I’m a believer.  I’m all in.  I hope I demonstrate my Christian

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Train Your Brain: It’s All in a Name

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

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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Authentic Communication: Walking the Walk

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

This month I gave a presentation at a Women in Leadership Symposium that was held at a waste water treatment plant, which sounds weirder than it was. On site was a open trail area and a beautiful conference and learning center with the appropriate name  of “Brightwater.”  My presentation was titled “Performance Coaching: Bringing out the Best in Others.” We learned and practiced some basic authentic communication skills to better provide direction, regular and timely feedback, and encouragement to enhance work groups. We learned what can get in the way of communicating clearly and we talked about walking the walk. Walking the

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Communication Quiz: Do you need some Training?

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Did you know? 97.7% of Fortune 500 vice presidents surveyed believe that communication skills had affected their career advancement. A survey of employers found that the most highly desired trait in new recruits were communication skills. When CEO’s from 5000 US companies were asked: What are the three most important things you have learned in order to perform your role as an executive? They ranked communication as number one. In a recent survey of MBA graduates, the ability to communicate effectively with another person is the single most useful skill in their career. So what does this tell us? You

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Test Your Listening Skills

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

A Quick Self-Rated Listening Quiz Here is a quick quiz I use in some of my workshops designed to show you what skills are necessary to be a good listener. Answer these questions by grading your Listening Behaviors. Read the question and think about whether the statements are true of you. If the statement is always true of you, note the answer as “Always”. If the statement is not always true of you, note the answer “Sometimes”. “Rarely” would indicate that you would rarely or never listen that way. 1. I allow speakers to complete sentences before I speak. 2.

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