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Published: Jun 04 , 2018
Author: Ananda Laberge

“Mom! Why can’t I have the keys to the truck?!” My 16 year was a little exasperated with me when I told her she couldn’t drive our new truck while her car was in the shop. Instead of storming off when I said “no” or just letting me drive her, my independent teenager went into high gear and surprised me with what she did next…

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Published: Mar 15 , 2018
Author: Alan Smith

“Remember to look at the stars not down at your feet” I was hugely saddened by the sad demise of Stephen Hawking this week but massively uplifted by, not only his life, but his wonderful approach to it and his ability to live it to the full in what most…

Published: May 01 , 2014
Author: Stephen White

During the Pistorius trial I happened to spend some time with a friend who is a judge. I asked him if over his 30 years of experience he had developed a sense of who was telling the truth, particularly important when the outcome of a court case between a plaintiff and a defendant at war depended on which version of events the judge believed because there were no witnesses. Yes, he said, you do get a feel for it; it’s not infallible but you usually know who is telling the truth.

Published: May 16 , 2013
Author: Alan Smith

Asking good questions that are tough, direct and specific is one of the key things we can do to improve the quality of our negotiation behavior and resulting outcomes. A study in the US tried to identify the best kind of questions to ask in a classic buyer seller relationship...

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Karma Wins!

They say good fences makes good neighbors. It should also say, “be kind to your neighbor or karma will thump you!” I’m watching karma in action as the battle with my neighbors continues over the height of my hedges. It’s a competitive negotiation that should have saw coming…

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