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Want a happy family gathering over the holidays?

By Nancy Radford | December 16, 2015

If you want a happy family gathering, start by deciding what is most important. If asked what is most important about Christmas, many of us will say getting together with people we love–“a happy family gathering”.  Whether we mean relations or friends or work colleagues that form our “family”, when we do get together, life…

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Breaking through the brick wall

By Nancy Radford | December 4, 2015

  It’s hard breaking through the brick wall of misunderstanding or silence. Hitting a brick wall when networking? A common complaint heard about networking is getting no response from people. What can I do to make them care? What can I do to make them listen? At a networking event recently, I overheard a conversation I…

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How to handle complaints

By Nancy Radford | November 25, 2015

Even if a complaint is unjustified, it still hurts. If you’re in business, it hurts the business. We may have a complaints procedure, and probably know how we should handle complaints. But do we always do it? Do we know how to handle our own hurt or the feelings of others involved? As well as procedures…

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Speak your mind don't be herded

How to speak your mind despite peer pressure

By Nancy Radford | September 28, 2015

Can’t speak your mind because of the herd? If everyone else is going along with it, how do you speak your mind? We were at Beamish watching nineteen geese being herded by one nearsighted dog. What would the dog do if two of the geese flew in different directions? Or even if the geese just all sat down?…

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What are you missing by keeping your eyes on your phone?

By Nancy Radford | September 11, 2015

What are you missing? Going to a new place is much less worrying now that one has maps on the phone. But the other day, I learned a lesson about what you can miss if you focus on the phone instead of what’s around you… I was going to a course in Birmingham, and staying…

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Shadows or shade

Shadows Part 2: Shadows or Shade

By Nancy Radford | August 25, 2015

  Part 2 Shadows or Shade? English weather means we don’t often get the choice between shadows or shade. A bit of sunshine in an English summer and we are all out there, exposing ourselves to the glorious rays. When we talk about shadows, we usually mean it negatively. However, growing up in a hot country and recently…

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Shadows Part I: Walk Towards the Sunshine

By Nancy Radford | August 18, 2015

Walk Towards the Sunshine This is a great motto for life. You can’t prevent shadows, but if you walk towards the sunshine, they fall behind you. Trying to take a photo of my shadow to illustrate the theme of “walk towards the sunshine” proved harder than expected. I’m sure the dog walkers on the Ponderosa must have…

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Longing for the Sea and Yet Afraid

By Nancy Radford | August 5, 2015

Do you have a “Someday Isle” in your life? Are you longing for the sea and yet afraid to set sail? Do you say “Some day I’ll…” but never quite get round to it?  If so, join the majority of people who stand on the shore, wanting the reward but frightened of the risks. We…

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What’s stopping you?

By Nancy Radford | August 5, 2015

What is stopping you getting what you want? Money, time, commitments, energy, other people, fear, lack of skills or knowledge? Or are you not sure what you want, just something different from what you have? Have you been told that all it takes is to send out your desire to the universe with enough passion…

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How to Keep the Peace on Holiday

By Nancy Radford | July 30, 2015

“Let’s go on holiday together!” Dreaming of a lovely time with all your loved ones, harmony all round? For a great time, you need to be able to keep the peace. It might be–or it might be a disaster setting off a major family feud. Or perhaps just frosty glares, hasty hurtful words and unsaid apologies. So how can you…

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