Put Some ZIP Into Your Relationships

By Chris Widener

Relationships are really what makes the world go ’round, aren’t they? I mean, good, positive, healthy and meaningful relationships provide us with the richest experiences we have here on this old earth of ours. Your loving spouse who shares everything with you; that best friend who connects with you like few others do; the people at work who appreciate you and help you to become the best that you can be; This is what brings joy to life!

But… relationships can also be the bane of our existence! What really brings more pain in this life than a broken relationship, especially when it isn’t just broken but downright ugly!

So, it behooves us to do all that we can to keep our relationships zipping right along, doesn’t it? If we put our very best into our relationships we can almost guarantee getting the very best out of our relationships!  Through the years I have spent hundreds of hours working with people in their relationships: Marriages, friendships, working relationships and social relationships. Through it all I have seen some wonderful things and some terrible things. It truly is the good, the bad and the ugly!

But I have been able to find three core elements of successful relationships. These are things that, when done over time, begin to create for you the kinds of relationships that you truly desire. They are the kinds of relationships you have always dreamed of.

The key to remembering these three items is the acronym Z.I.P. Z.I.P. stands for three things you can do – and begin to do immediately – to improve any and all of your relationships. They are:

  • Put some ZEST into your relationships.
  • Cultivate more INTIMACY in your relationships.
  • Develop a PURPOSE in your relationships.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these three: Learn More »

Controlling the Contract

By Mark Jankowski

Imagine this: you reach an agreement in a negotiation and the other side says: “I will send you the contract.” You gladly accept as it means less work for you. Unfortunately many times the language in the contract may differ slightly from your understanding of the prior agreement. You suggest several changes and the other side acts startled that you are changing what had already been agreed to and now they claim that since you are making changes, they are allowed to re-open issues as well.

When two parties reach an agreement, many times it is codified within a written contract. Many people feel that the process is completed when the handshake occurs, but some people use the tactic of Controlling the Contract to gain extra advantage after the other side thinks that the deal is done.

To manage Controlling the Contact tactics, try to: Learn More »

“Moving from Threat to Opportunity”

By Lakecia Carter, PMP

unlocking doorWhat is the difference between those who embrace innovation and those who don’t? Perspective. Innovation can be perceived as an opportunity or a threat. The opportunity perspective inspires collaboration, creativity and positive energy. The threat perspective creates internal conflict, disengagement and negative energy. In this article, I want to deal with the latter of the two. Although it may not be revealed, sometimes we can view innovation as a threat rather than an opportunity. Here are three things that can help us change our perspective:


Perception is reality, but when it comes to innovation, it is important to separate the two. We must acknowledge the truth about our feelings, but we can’t allow feelings to rule. Change is not always easy and there are risks and concerns that need to be addressed. Let’s bring solutions along with the concerns.


Sometimes the root of our perspective may be fear of failure or fear of losing our security because it’ is unknown territory. Learn More »

Do You Haiku?

By Tricia Molloy

Reminding People
How Wise They Are So They Can
Enjoy Work and Life

Since I was a child writing for my elementary school newspaper, I’ve always been fascinated by the simplicity and power of haiku. I recently reconnected with this five-seven-five syllable poetry in a conversation with my clever colleague and conscious connector Emile Paradis of RPM Advisors and The Referral Institute. That inspired me to write the Working with Wisdom haiku above.

Here’s what Emile shared about haiku in his blog. I hope you’ll read this and be inspired to write your own about who you are and what you do. Simplicity is often the best path to clarity.


Haiku and the Art of Business Planning

I was thinking this morning that what the world needs is more haiku. It’s just hard to find places where you can get a good dose of haiku when you need it. So, to help fill a glaring void, I’d like to talk about the benefits of haiku and, hopefully, encourage you to access your inner self enough to express your thoughts and stimulate contemplation.

Actually, what set this all off was “Mission Haiku: the Poetry of Mission Statements,” an article by Chris Finney in The Nonprofit Quarterly. Before you check off the ‘net, please stay with me a little longer. Learn More »

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