Thoughts and Insights by Michael Gregory


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November 29th, 2021

Combat negative thoughts for better collaboration and overcoming conflict

Research varies on how many thoughts we have each day considering how many are original and how many are repeats. However, about 95% are negative thoughts. Wow! What can you do to combat this and what is one question you can ask to help overcome this perspective? Knowing this information can have a major impact on addressing conflict and on promoting collaboration.

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November 15th, 2021

Success in business and appreciation

Have you ever volunteered at an activity, and come away with a positive feeling for what you have done? You feel good about yourself and for having made a positive difference in someone else’s life. Have you noticed that the leadership was extremely appreciative and gave you many kudos at the beginning, during the activity, and at the end? Learn from this and treat your employees as volunteers. Provide authentic appreciation at work on a timely and regular basis for something specific. This will enhance collaboration, engagement, and a sense of belonging. Side benefits are better productivity, more revenue, and more profit. These are not the goals, but these are the tangible benefits by taking these proactive, positive, engaging, appreciating actions when genuinely and authentically applied.

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November 7th, 2021

Apply generational and appropriate types of appreciation for enhanced collaboration

As a successful management mantra the following has been found to be very useful. Catch your employees doing something right at least once a week and thank them for it Thank them for something specific. Get your employees the resources they need from their perspective and don’t micromanage. Give your employees a chance to shine in leadership and achievement. This commentary is going to focus on how to show appreciation from the first of the three points from above.

November 1st, 2021

Suggestions to live by for collaboration

Recently I was struck by comments made by a friend of mine with four points he made about how he had taught his children to get along with others. I was so impressed with these four suggestions that as I consider how to collaborate with others, I wanted to share them with you. You can think how you may apply these suggestions to promote understanding and collaboration at work and at home.  Perhaps you may want to share these with others. Let me know what you think. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

October 22nd, 2021

How do you make uncomfortable situations comfortable?

We all must deal with people and stressful situations at work, home, and life.

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October 17th, 2021

These are the top ten skills for 2025

What do you think? What are the top ten skills for 2025?

Key elements associated with a negotiation
October 10th, 2021

To avoid conflict in negotiations here are four ways to offer concessions

In a negotiation it is important to know your own position, your interests, and what you may be w

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October 4th, 2021

The best way to thank someone and promote authentic appreciation

What do you think? To promote listening, empathy, collaboration, and your own leadership what are the keys to providing an appropriate thank you with authentic appreciation? Sharing a study from neuroscientists you may be surprised at their findings. Knowing the results of the study, what can you do to promote even better collaboration. Read on.

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September 27th, 2021

Be authentic to connect better with others

Being authentic means being true to oneself.

September 20th, 2021

Here are six advantages of alternative dispute resolution

Do you want closure, an acceptable resolution, a chance to be heard and understood without having to go court? Consider alternative dispute resolution. This alternative provides you with what is often a better option and can save you money, time, and emotional toil. You could elect arbitration and have a third party make the decision, or what may be even better you could have a professional mediator mediate between the parties and help the parties come up an alternative the works for both parties. Alternative dispute resolution in the form of mediation is the focus of this article providing you with six advantages for you to think about.


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