Relate Intelligently


Setting the Stage for Healthy Conflict

It is a fact that if you combine people, a common environment, and enough time there will be conflict. It is not a possibility, but an inevitability. We must then learn to plan, prepare, and manage this conflict in a healthy manner. We can start this process by understanding and extolling the benefits of having and mining for conflict.

How to Deal with Difficult People

Identifying difficult people...that's the easy part. Dealing with them? Well, that's a different story. Hoping and wishing that things will somehow get better hasn't worked. You need tools and strategies to deal with the stressful, emotional, and difficult interactions that occur. Keep your cool. Take a deep breath. (And maybe even bring a mirror to take a look at yourself.) This presentation will give you practical, everyday skills to deal with difficult people.

Do You Know What I Know About You? (Only 20% Do!) - Why Understanding Your Personality is Crucial to Your Success

Do you think it's possible for someone upon meeting you for the first time, after just five minutes, to know more about you than you know about yourself? They may not know specifics about where you were born, number of siblings, or your favorite vacation, but five minutes (or 6-8 minutes in the speed dating world) is plenty of time for one to get a "sense" of who you are. They may pick up on your posture, ego, insecurities, intelligence, compatibility, maturity, leadership, and interpersonal skills - some or all of which you may not be aware of yourself. That's why any personal and professional success begins with self-awareness and a keen understanding of your personality.


Personality and Building Relationships - How Your Personality Can Hinder or Help Your Personal Effectiveness

Most of us would agree that connecting with others is largely about speaking their language. The problem is that because of our personalities and how we are hard-wired, we are often communicating in different languages. In this session, we will explore the foundational personality principles based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and how we can apply that understanding to our everyday interactions with others. The first step is understanding our own preferences of communicating and interacting in the world. Once we recognize that, we then can begin to look for clues on how others prefer to communicate and interact and adjust our influence accordingly. But it begins with a solid foundation of self-awareness of who you are and how you come across to others. This interactive, information-packed session will get you talking (or mulling- depending on your personality) about your relationships in a way you've never done before.

Personality and Parenting

We are all born with a distinct personality. Most of us know that. But what may take awhile to figure out is the fact that we expect the world to "get us" and to adhere to our expectations. It's true. It affects every aspect of our lives. Our work life, our relationships, our leisure...and our parenting. We tend to get along very well with those who are wired like we are, but what happens when we have a child who has some preferences that our opposite of us? Life gets interesting. But any solution begins with a thorough understanding of your personality and preferences and how to identify those preferences in your children.


Can I be honest with you? I can't be honest with you.

Organizational cultures don't always support truthtellers. Recent high-profile examples in the energy and finance business demonstrate the crippling effects a culture can have when it does not embrace authenticity. Does your organizational culture embrace honest questions, tough conversations, authentic inquiries? Tolerate them? Shun them? Punish them? Change is possible, but it often begins with you.