rachel

What I Learned from Sari’s Birth Experience (not gory, I promise)

(Note: This was written and privately published on June 1, 2015, five days after Sari had her baby. We are sharing it now with readers, almost three months later.) There’s nothing like a new baby to completely jack up your world. It doesn’t even have to be your baby! I’d been in bed an hour read more…

sari

Communication “Advice” Must Keep the Receiver in Mind

My sister forwarded me an article the other day titled, How to Give Tough Feedback That Helps People Grow. “What do you think?” she asked. Here’s what I think: the problem with -most- “how to” articles on communication is that they only take into consideration the person giving the feedback and not the person receiving the feedback. read more…

sari

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Other Leaders

This past week I had the honor of being asked, for the second time, to speak at the National Conference of State Legislatures. I hesitantly agreed, knowing I’d be in the midst of my maternity leave and prayed that “mommy brain” was a myth. Luckily my presentation went well, and we survived being away from our read more…

rachel

Why Nice Guys (and Gals) Finish Last

Over the years, we’ve written numerous posts on how being nice can backfire. When you’re dealing with someone who is focused on the issue or hasn’t yet chosen a relationship with you, being “nice” can actually decrease your permission. But in addition to dealing with specific people, there’s a whole other time when being nice read more…

rachel

From Talking to Speaking … to Presenting

Awhile back, I observed a man give a twenty-minute presentation at a formal event. He leaned one elbow on the podium, making occasional languid gestures, as he meandered his way through his points and finally closed. Luckily, his sense of humor was entertaining and he was presenting to a highly relationship-oriented group, so he managed to read more…

Copyright ©2015 FORTE. All rights reserved. 222 SW Harrison Street, #1A, Portland, OR 97201. (503) 894-8789