Having Difficulty Getting a Word in Edgewise?

Conversation involves taking turns. The challenge comes from the fact that we don’t follow the same pace in taking turns. Something as seemingly simple as taking turns in talk involves a number of subtle signals, indicating that one person has finished — or is nearly finished — and so another person’s turn may begin. How long each of us waits or pauses between turns is affected by our culture, family patterns, ethnicity, the social context, and other factors. So, is it any wonder that most of us, at times, find it difficult to edge into conversations?

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What It Takes To Change a Rotten Organizational Culture

How do corporations that have perpetuated dysfunctional, despicable, and illegal cultures turn those around? Is it even possible?

 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced this week that five major banks have agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and will pay $2.5 billion in fines. Those that do not change their corporate cultures will be further penalized, which leads to the question: How do corporations that have perpetuated dysfunctional, despicable, and illegal cultures turn those around? Is it even possible?

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Got a Great Idea? Think Again!

Whether right or wrong, eloquent or simple, if your ideas are not phrased in ways that encourage others to listen and learn, they won’t do either. Even Robert Redford, actor, producer, director and founder of the Sundance Institute, doesn’t rely on his fame to achieve his goals. Some years back, he shared this advice in the Harvard Business Review:

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Did You Know That Meanness Is Contagious?

Meanness is not exactly ebola, but it chips away at our quality of life. When we're the recipients, there are comeback options to halt its spread.

Speaking with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour this week, former U.S. President Bill Clinton joked that his granddaughter has made him “almost totally ineffective in politics.” Why? One reason: Politics can be mean. Clinton argues that we need to embrace our common humanity, to realize that we are all over 99 percent alike and that our less-than-1 percent difference is wreaking a good deal of havoc.

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