Having Difficult Conversations…

How to Manage Conflicts and Negotiations

As a manager, there will always be times when you will inevitably be faced with having difficult conversations.    These conversation could be with other managers, superiors or with subordinates.   But, it doesn’t always have to be a dreaded encounter.   Your job as manager is to make sure that the interactions are smooth and both parties walk away feeling that there has been some resolve or at least a plan for resolution.  I can tell you first hand, nothing is worse than starting your day with a meeting that turns into a tug of war to express a point and ultimately you fall into a sour mood with the rest of the day being crappy.
I chose this topic to write about because I have not always been the best at having those difficult conversations.  Surprise!  In fact, someone was kind enough to point out to me how I always seemed combative and lacked the tolerance to work though issues.  I was stunned!  Of course I thought I was perfect and could do no wrong, (no, not really)!  The very next day I got myself a career coach and they helped me work through this very important defect.  I call it a “defect” because being a better communicator and taking a more systematic approach to colleague interactions is something that you can work on to mend or repair.  It only takes knowing the steps and implementing them and the outcome is being a better manager and co-worker.

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Ten Tips For Better Productivity

I like to think that I am highly productive with my time.   After-all I have the same amount of hours in my day as Beyonce (not as many personal assistants) but the point is, if she can do it so can you!

Here I have listed my ten commandments for productivity.  Follow these and you will certainly become a super-producer!

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Niki Takes On “Salt Lake City”

Utah!  So amazing and more beautiful than I could have ever envisioned.  Who knew a business trip could be so much fun.  I have a lot to cover here and I took a boat load of pictures and video.  I hope you enjoy Salt Lake City, Utah through my eyes and book yourself a visit to this beautiful city.

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Dinner With Ben Franklin

Brain, franklin institute, museum, philadelphia

Sometimes there will be fun!
Last night I went to a work dinner at the Franklin Institute.  It was an unexpected,  enjoyable evening!
Tonight was all about the brain!   In fact,  you had to make your way through the neurons to have dessert.  Your brain is the command center of your entire body and arguably the most important organ in the body. The Franklin Institute did a really great job of making learning about the brain fun for everyone!

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Sex Talk

Sexologist or sex doctor is a term that most people use interchangeably, but do you really know what a sex doctor does?  Dr. Heather Richards is a sexologist based out of Philadelphia.  She currently has a series on YouTube called Kinky Kitchen.  If you are looking for the “real sex talk” and good cooking, you will find it there.


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12 Ways I Conquer Thrift Store Shopping

It takes a very special person to be able to sift through tons of worn clothing and really find something thats absolutely amazing.  To be honest, there are times I don’t find anything in the thrift store or i get completely overwhelmed and I just leave.  You have to have a certain mindset that is for sure!  So I actually wrote these 12 tips for myself and I’m going to share them with you.

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Cooking with Namaste Nourish

Recently I have noticed I spend way too much on eating out and fast foods.  I sat down and did the math for how much I was spending a week, a month, a year!  The number really shocked me!  Let me tell you, the money I spend on coffee is easily a car payment.  No wonder I never have money for gas!  I had to make a change.  I decided I was going to start meal prepping.  I should say though, more than deciding I officially made the commitment.  You know its more than just noticing there needs to be a change, you have to be whole heartedly ready to make the commitment.  Thankfully, I know people…

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