Posts by Tom Esch

Be Brave: Speak Up!

We can model the courage to speak up, or to reach out, before things get to the quitting or firing point. Catch it earlier. The first time you have that unhappy feeling in your gut, or see someone suffering, explore what is happening.

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Post-Election Communication Support

This election process was so polarized, so split on values and so full of the less-than-beautiful that the aftermath is challenging. What can we do to make sure we are not letting our feelings rule our interactions?

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Trump and Clinton: Less to Hide More to Give?

I’ve decided to stop judging Trump and Clinton. I see them as foils who represent parts of us all. And by their not so virtuous qualities, unintentionally inviting us all to begin or continue a journey where at the end we will have less to hide and more to give.

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Making the Most of Cultural Differences

These are things we are doing, with companies like yours, to help workers find ways to communicate effectively and respectfully in the midst of significant, interpersonal, racial, ethnic and gender-based differences. It is making a difference.

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Release Your Inner-Viking

You can learn to be more direct and also still the completely nice person you are at your core. It is possible. It can be extra challenging when you work with people whose relatives come from countries other than Norway, Sweden and Germany, but the same basic principles apply.

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Before “The Bigga” Conversation

So you are not getting along very well with that other person and your stress level is high. You have decided it is time for “The Bigga” conversation.  It takes incredible courage to even seriously consider it especially in conflict-reticent cultures.

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Happy Brave Thanksgiving

I challenge you to make space for a variety of perspectives and to modulate the tendency to fight, flee, freeze or appease. I invite you to engage and not let your reptilian brain run the show. How do you do that?

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