Election 2016 – Heartbreak and Grace in Defeat

 

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"The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart."
~ Robert Green Ingersoll


Defeat is heartbreaking and painful whether you lose a horse race, an election, a job, a lover or miss a great opportunity. For those who supported and volunteered for Hillary Clinton over the past year and a half as I did, last Tuesday's loss was just that. So what do you do when your dream turns into a nightmare?

College Campus “Etiquette”: Yes Means Yes, No Means No

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"Enough is enough.
It’s time to stop sexual assaults on our college campuses."
Whoopi Goldberg

To continue my series this month on women's issues to commemorate National Women's History Month in the U.S. and International Women's Day on March 8, I am focusing on a situation that young women are facing on today's college campuses: rape and sexual assault.

How to Deal with the Silent Treatment

By John Daly of The Key Class
Reprinted with permission 
of the author. View the original article.

Let me set the scene. A good friend doesn’t return your voice or text messages. Your emails go unanswered. You get no response whatsoever. This comes out of the blue. You scratch your head and try to figure out what’s happened.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, what did you do? Did the relationship fall by the wayside? What can you do if it happens in the future?

Coping With The Workplace Bully – Part 2

Bullies want to abuse you.
Instead of allowing that, you can use them as your personal motivators. 
Power up and let the bully eat your dust. ~ Nick Vujicic

The last two entries, Scoping Out the Political Landscape and Coping With The Workplace Bully - Part 1 of 2, addressed the related topics of workplace politics and bullying and focused on background and statistics on bullying as well as current efforts to eliminate bullying.  According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, here are a few more insights:

Scoping Out the Political Landscape

 "Chess, insanity and politics have always been inextricably
connected." ~ Sarah Hurst

Political dynamics begin in infancy and continue to pre-school. They intensify in elementary, middle and high school (for students and faculty/staff), and flourish on the college campus (for students as well as faculty and staff), and in the workplace. Politics are an integral part of our civilization. Thus, it's the wise person who recognizes and deals with the various political landscapes of his or her life. And very often navigating political situations can resemble a Chess game. To be clear, I am not an expert Chess player, having only tried my hand at it once or twice in my youth; but I am an expert on office politics, having played that game for several decades! And, having watched a few Chess games in my time I do see the similarities between it and the game of politics.

How Schmoozing and Boozing Can Affect Your Job and Career

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink,
then the drink takes you.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Imbibing in alcoholic drinks has been a time-honored tradition in business, industry and the professions. I began my career back in the “Mad Men” epoch of the 1960s in the television broadcasting industry in which opportunities to drink proliferated. Although none of the offices in which I worked had a bar such as the one Don Draper had in his office, there were plenty of assignments that involved the champagne and spirits flowing. Continuing into 1970s, I added the publishing and public relations industries to my resume; and if you think the ‘60s were mad with drink, the following decade saw the escalation of the three-martini lunch and drinking after work with colleagues become de rigueur. I don’t know how any of us who worked back then survived the era of the on-the-job alcohol-soaked brain!

Black Friday Etiquette

"If you get up early to go Christmas shopping today,
you can save a ton of money.
Of course, if you roll over and say, 'Screw shopping this year,'
you can save even more.”
~ Maxine

Maxine may be on to something. Black Friday is a day that has become infamous in the annals of consumer shopping, so maybe it's better if everyone just turned off their alarm clocks, went back to sleep and skipped the madness.

Summer Vacation Etiquette – Part 2: The Queue

Lining Up With Etiquette

Historical sites, natural wonders and theme parks are popular vacation destinations.  Such vacations often include standing in long lines – or queues as they’re called in some regions – or waiting along crowded parade routes.  Few people enjoy them, but lines are a reality of the vacation experience, whether you’re waiting for admission to an attraction, ride, exhibit or restaurant table.  Depending on where you are while waiting in line, you could strike up some interesting conversations and learn something about the place you’re visiting, or have some visiting time with your friends and family members. 

Following are some guidelines to make standing in line – or lining up -- more tolerable and pleasant for everyone:  

Introductions Deconstructed (Rules and Exceptions) – Part 3: Awkward and Special Situations

The Rules
(And their Exceptions)
Part Three of Three Entries


This three-part series winds up by focusing on those awkward, unusual, new and special situations.

Who’s that lady?

You’re on vacation with your parents and you see your basketball coach and his wife in your hotel courtyard.  Oh, how cute, they’re holding hands!  Your parents want to meet them, so you walk over only to discover that the woman with your coach is not his wife, to whom you were introduced at your school’s sports banquet last year. 

You say: