Midwesterners are known for their pleasant attitude and friendly demeanor. Here in Indiana—where people are referred to using the folksy term “hoosiers”—you might expect workplace conversations to always be straightforward. But that isn’t always the case. Here are some “tricks” for influencing behavior.
Maybe it’s the Midwest culture, but it seems like a lot of people at companies in Central Indiana have a relaxed style of speaking but a busy style of working. There’s an advantage to looking busy: you’re less likely to be detained and better able get things done. So how do you make sure others […]
During a job interview, you’re taught over and over again to do certain things: Wear professional clothes, don’t wear too much make up, don’t slouch, make direct eye contact, enunciate, have a firm handshake, etc. Work behavior, however, appears to be more relationship-based. You’ve likely heard professional advice like: don’t talk back to a superior, […]
Avoiding them doesn’t work. Scolding them doesn’t work. But you can fight fire with fire.
Most schools around here in Central Indiana are back in session at this point. Finding balance in life may seem like a pipe dream for many. I see the harried expressions of moms as they drive their kids here, there, and everywhere. My foot was the victim of a grocery cart incident as a mother […]
Over the weekend, a new commercial caught my eye. It was a PSA about mental health. Directed by Ron Howard, it depicts the impact and pervasiveness of mental health in an elegant way: