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“The Greatest Commencement Speech ever Given”

This has been attributed to Kurt Vonnegut but was really a column written by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune.  Nevertheless, at this time of year when we are all going about reinventing ourselves, it’s good advice. Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been …

This New Year focus less on what you want to DO and more on who do you resolve to BE from here on.

It’s a question Coaching clients of mine hear fairly often when we’re doing a coaching call…”Who are you BEING in this situation?” Like one coaching  client  who chronically sabotaged his success. Every time this particular fellow experienced a big win (and in his case we’re speaking literally because he is a professional athlete) he would find a way to lose …

When Conflict Can Upgrade Our Mental Maps

To orient ourselves in life we use mental maps. And when we bump into some conflict it is often because we interact with one or more people who are using a different mental map. The notion of mental map, that is central to the NLP approach, can also be very useful if you are involved in a conflict and you …

The Power of Positive Purpose

In my conflict resolution work around the world, I came soon to realize that for lasting change to be possible, finding an agreement around interests was not enough. Especially in the most seemingly intractable conflicts, fundamental shifts at a personal level had to happen. That’s when I realized that NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis were powerful tools that would help me …

If Everything is “Awesome,” Then What?

Using Language as if it means something. A moment of Awe… A few years ago I was visiting the red-rock buttes and deep canyons of Sedona, Arizona. It might sound silly to some of you but I was particularly drawn to exploring certain formations that were said to be “power vortexes.” These are kind of like acu-pressure points for the …

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