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March 7, 2013

How Much Does Employee Conflict Really Cost?

You see it everyday. People milling around, whispering to each other—complaining about some slight that happened—whether from another employee or from management. It seems harmless, even petty, but these incidences are actually affecting your company’s bottom line. As every manager knows, office conflict not only affects productivity, costing the company in man-hours (approximately 2.8 hours per week per employee), but according to an article published on entrepreneur.com (www.entrepreneur.com/article/207196) , “nearly 10 percent [of employees polled] reported that workplace con

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March 4, 2013

White Day, Color Code Style

Did all you Whites out there know that every March there is a holiday called White Day? It’s true. According to Wikipedia, White Day is celebrated in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China on March 14--one month after Valentine's Day. White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan when the National Confectionery Industry Association started it as an “answer day” to Valentine's Day (their version of our Hallmark Holidays). It was “designed” to give men the opportunity to pay back the women who gave them gifts on Valentine's Day. Naturally, the National Confectionery Industry Association wanted all the gifts to be chocolate, but

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February 12, 2013

Excerpts from The Heart in Forgiveness

The 4 “F’s” – How the 4 Colors Avoid Facing the Truth and Avoid Conflicts - Rosalie D. Gibbons, MFT and Gloria Manchester, CTACC “The Heart in Forgiveness” is a process designed by the writers to support you in releasing childhood hurts or other disappointments, regrets, or failures so that you can move forward in your life. As Oprah Winfrey has said, “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” When someone offends, betrays, or deceives us, it is natural to feel frustrated, angry, hurt, and resentful. Our attention and focus zeroes in on the source of our injury, and we rapidly begin

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February 12, 2013

Confessions of a Red—The Science of Love

Today my son Chris and I had an interesting conversation about love. He is a White and therefore very introspective when it comes to observing human nature. I, on the other hand, am a Red so tend to discount emotions that seem to inflict the lovelorn. Still, even though I am missing the romance chip, I found the conversation interesting. It seems that Chris’s Yellow friend is addicted to falling in love. OK, addicted might be too strong a word, but he is strongly attracted to the high that one gets when the whole falling in love process begins. So, we will throw out the word addiction, but make no mistake…there are powerful chemicals i

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