Face-to-face or Email?

In case you missed it: A few lines from this article were quoted by Marguerite Ward of CNBC in her post “6 Mistakes You Should Never Make in a Work Email.” Are you an email person, a phone person, or an in-person person? (That’s a lot of “persons.”) I prefer sending and receiving email: I read more…

The Price of Beauty

Lying there on the table, I felt utterly helpless. Bandages pulled tightly at the corners of my eyes, forcing them almost completely shut. Paralyzed with fear, I could faintly make out the outline of a sharp instrument passing dangerously close to my eyes.  Now before you start to worry that I had been kidnapped by a gang of organ thieves, let me assure you that this psychological torture read more…

Three Traps that Can Demoralize Any Team

Last week, almost our entire FORTE staff (Joe didn’t come – lame-o!) convened in Portland at our downtown office. None of us actually live in Portland anymore. Sari, Kevin, Stacey and I all live in the suburbs (Beaverton and Vancouver), Sirpa and Joe live in southern California, and Sabrina moved to Colorado (but she’s coming read more…

Beyond a Firm Handshake: John’s Story

 John* came in for a coaching session at the behest of his wife, who was, ironically, a career coach. He had run a construction business for ten years until the economy tanked in 2009, forcing him to close his company. He had done contract work off and on ever since, but had now been unemployed read more…

Power Poses: Science or Snake Oil?

Have you heard of “power poses”? Between Amy Cuddy’s TED talk (one of the top 20 viewed TED talks of all time), her book called Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, numerous parodies and all the articles, chances are you have. And if you’ve been following us at FORTE, you almost certainly read more…

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