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An Intentional Pursuit

I have always been a planner, and I’m usually pretty proactive in pursuing my plan.

By the time I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to live in another country, so I pursued a major I believed would allow me to function in that country – a major in Spanish with a minor in French.   430 more words


The Heart of the Matter - Adding Value

Have you experienced a time when someone went above and beyond the “call of duty”?  Perhaps it was a parent, a teacher, a mentor, or a friend. 503 more words

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The Journey from "Their There"

Have you ever felt like you just haven’t connected with someone and wondered why? I recently experienced a serious disconnect with a friend.

She was explaining something that she was very interested in, going into great detail about how her solution would benefit me, too. 385 more words

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Conflict Handling - The Compromising Style

“Come visit me in Korea”

“It’s too far; meet us half-way.”

“What do you mean, ‘half-way’?”

“Let’s meet in Hawaii!”

When I first moved to South Korea, of course I wanted my family to come visit me.  385 more words

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Handling Conflict - The Avoiding Style

Conflict can make or break a relationship, depending on how all parties involved react and/or respond to the situation.

The Avoiding Style

I have a friend who doesn’t usually communicate when there is a problem. 474 more words

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Handling Conflict - The Competitive Style

Conflict is a normal part of life.

I often tell my students that whenever you have two people in the same room, you will have some measure of conflict. 533 more words


The Four Barriers to Connection - The Habit Handicap

John Maxwell says that “connecting is the ability to identify with people and relate to them in a way that increases your influence with them.” 731 more words

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