One of the most difficult things for any of us to do is to enter into relationship in our personal or professional lives. No matter who we are, we are going to have to figure our way through the relationships of our lives. Several years ago, I attended a relationship keynote address which was delivered by a well-known psychologist.
No one wants to fire a client. In business we all know it is hard work attracting and retaining clients –so the last thing most of us want to do is lose a client we already have in our client pool. But then again, there are nightmare clients who actually do more harm to your business than good and its these types of clients every businessman and business woman should avoid at all costs – including firing them if need be.
A few weeks ago, in my weekly e-zine Inspiring Workplaces, I raised the issue of employees not speaking up in their workplaces. I was flooded with responses from subscribers adding to the list of reasons employees don’t feel comfortable speaking up to their senior managers. Some told stories of how they were fired for speaking up too often at work, while others had been demoted or reprimanded for speaking up. And one person shared how she was let go for not speaking up enoughat work!
Survey after survey suggests that one of the keys to a healthy, positive, successful, long-term relationship is humour.Couples, families, friends and work teammates that appreciate humour and share a lot of humour with one another report being more satisfied with their personal relationships. As long as the humour is positive, humour helps people come across as more trustworthy, likeable, authentic, and yes, even more physically attractive!
A few days ago I found myself waking up really annoyed. Nothing in particular but lots of little things combined just left me really annoyed. It’s been over a month now that I have been trying to get a form signed by my mother’s doctor and submitted to Medicare to get approval for a lift-chair. One piece of paper, signed by a doctor, sent to the medical supply company.
Over the years, one of the unique relationships that has grown in my own life is the relationship that has formed with my wife’s parents, Stu and Gail Patterson. Although distance and circumstance hindered the nurturing and development of that relationship in the early years of our marriage, a move closer to Stu and Gail and a commitment by both couples to grow our relationship has led to the development of a remarkable and supportive friendship. The strength of that relationship, I believe, has helped Stu and Gail, and Kathy and I, overcome life’s obstacles and celebrate far more than we may have otherwise.
In this short video, parenting expert, Lina Acosta-Sandaal answers the question: "Can having a baby save my marriage?"
Jobs, kids, extended family challenges, friends, traffic, and every day life drama are all part of busying up our lives and sucking the romance out of our relationships. Whatever happened to the intense pizzazz and the crazy attraction of life with your spouse? Many couples say “It’s just too much work”, but does it really have to be that way? Do we really have to allow life to suck out the intimacy between spouses?
I remember the day clearly. How couldn’t I? It was the day I had dreamt of as a child; my wedding day. It was even more memorable because there was a hurricane brewing in the Gulf, and, yes, it was raining! Luckily, every time I had to get out of the Rolls Royce it cleared up before the downpour ensued. Looking at our video today, you can see the fright in our faces when the lights went out in the church. Did that really happen? Oh yeah!