All of us at Change Masters wish you a very happy 2015!
I am grateful for all the support from our customers and friends. 2014 was a challenging year in many ways. The blessings far outweighed the challenges. Two successful back surgeries in 2014, which has helped me feel 20 years younger, are near the top of my blessings list. Our business has continued to be very strong. Our excitement about new opportunities for the Change Masters Academy is higher than ever.
Some people have told us we can never retire from our work. We love what we are doing and our biggest reward is hearing how we have dramatically helped people improve their lives. I cannot think of much in life that would be more rewarding for Carol and me. No retirement plans are on the horizon.
January is always a great time to look back and look forward. Going forward, we will be spending more of our energy on building the Academy. The Academy is already having great results as a cost effective impact on a global level. We plan to expand that impact in 2015. Our customers are our greatest source of inspiration as they ask us to help them meet their global needs. We want to hear from you any time.
Here are some abstracts of our blog entries for the past month with links to the full blog entries. I hope you find them helpful.
There are always three speeches + one
– Dale Carnegie
Most of us can relate to Carnegie’s three speeches. I would add a fourth speech … the one we [More]
Coffee tastes differently based on the color of the cup — perception is reality
The Journal for Sensory Studies (July 2012) reported the color of the cup matters in terms of how we perceive the taste. In interviews with Roberto A. Ferdman, Washington Post, the authors of the study said:
“Coffee-drinkers tended to experience the same cup of coffee differently depending on the color of the glassware [more]
IPhone Subject Lines
Subject lines for text messages can be as helpful as they are for emails. When using the iMessage on your iPhone you can use subject lines. To turn this function on, go to SETTINGS > MESSAGES and turn on “Show Subject Field”. When you send a message, you will have the option to insert a subject line. It will make your messages easier to understand and easier to find if you need to go back to prior text messages. [more..]
Confidentiality and Trustworthiness
This is one of the biggest challenges to the confidentiality principle; especially when there is important uncertainty or perceived injustice. Grapevines of information naturally form when the official information is not available.
Reorganizations and divestitures are of high importance for individuals. They also necessitate confidentiality as a part of the decision process. Most people understand the importance of confidentiality but many would like to be an exception (to be “in on” the confidential information). In the case of perceived individual injustice in a corporate environment, only one side (the complainer) story can be told in most cases.
One response you can use when asked about confidential information is, “I’m sorry, if knew or didn’t know the answer, I would need to respect the confidentiality of the situation.” [more …]
Have a wonderful 2015!
We wish you the very best for 2015. We hope we can help you make it a great year!