Fifty-One

51 An often underestimated critical life skill, personally and professionally, is to recognize when you’re being any one of the following types >> and then knocking it the hell off by making the necessary changes to improve: the know-it-all the tool the dick the huff and puffer the crock star the loud talker the avoider the assumer, or the pretender Quite a list… Just one shortContinue reading “Fifty-One”

Tool IQ

In the very popular Tool Time series (pats self on back), I call out the nine parts of the “RPM” approach to avoid being a “tool” most of the time. Here is a self-survey to assess your potential toolness. Answer YES or NO to each statement below based on if it rings true for you. honestly andContinue reading “Tool IQ”

Tool Time-Part 3

The Tool Time series embraces the RPM model of Communichology™ strategies. In the two previous Tool Time articles, I recommended embracing the 3R’s (Part 1) and the 3P’s (Part 2) to avoid being a “tool” much of the time. In this final installment, here now are the 3M’s: MANAGE your emotions. Pleeeeaaaasssseeee keep your emotions in-check and under control. I know youContinue reading “Tool Time-Part 3”

Tool Time-Part 2

In Tool Time-Part 1, I strongly recommended embracing the 3R’s to avoid being a “tool” much of the time. I was simply advocating doing what you say you will do, when you say you will do it. Here in Part 2, I’m proposing the 3P’s to lowering one’s “Tool-IQ” for effective communication: Consider if alternatives to your way ofContinue reading “Tool Time-Part 2”

Tool Time-Part 1

I see it and hear it everywhere, all of the time. Chronic, crappy communication happening between people offline and online via voice mail, email, text, tweet, nonverbal, and face-to-face interactions everyday, in every way. This is Tool Time… Most aren’t even aware that they are falling short and failing in these areas. These are the “Tools.”Continue reading “Tool Time-Part 1”