Fifty-One

51 A critical life skill (often underestimated) 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:  1) the know-it-all 2) the tool 3) the dick 4) the huff and puffer 5) the crock star 6) the loud talker 7) the avoider 8) the assumer, […]

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 and […]

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: 1. MANAGE your emotions. Pleeeeaaaasssseeee keep your emotions in-check and under control. I know […]

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: 1. Consider if alternatives to your way […]

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.” […]