Entries by Louise Dancet

Your circle of influence

Have you got a clear mental picture of your circle of influence? Or do you just as often address issues that are out of your control? By learning to distinguish between your circle of influence and circle of concern you will prevent entering into conflicts that don’t serve your interests.

A cure to the end of the year madness

Short days with scarce daylight followed by a short night after christmas functions, mails that need answering before the festive break and targets I still want to meet. It is a dangerous mix that adds up to a short temper and a mean tongue. Although I know: When in a hurry, there is all the more reason to take a break and reflect.

Your best alternative

Many aspects of life are a negotiation in some form. To deal with these successfully it is crucial to consider your walk away alternative. Exploring your alternative allows you to consider how necessary it is for you to reach agreement. You might be positively surprised.

The (mis)use of subtext

Subtext are cryptic comments. People in long-term relationships, such as long-term business partners, use it a lot. This is partially functional. Over the years they have learned about each others’ allergies and sensitivities and they know that certain matters should not be dealt with directly. Subtext is a way of saying something without really saying it, but it’s not harmless.

10 best practices

Are you caught up in a troubling situation or a tiresome collaboration? Not to worry, from where you are, you can turn the tide. At least if you use the right de-escalation techniques. They needn’t be complicated. These 10 best practices will do the trick.

Ring the alarm

An effective way to avoid the escalation of conflict is to detect any problem in an early stage. It sounds fairly easy and yet many companies and organisations fail to do so. Does that sound familiar? The next examples might encourage you to immediately call on a problem next time one arises before your eyes.