Author Archives: Deborah Pearce

Conversation and Connection

Many years ago I was a participant in a diversity training session, and the facilitators introduced an activity called “We Connect®.”  Each of us was given a set of colored plastic links with cards that led to self-disclosing discussions.  If … Continue reading

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What I do is who I am.

    I’m getting ready to conduct a communication session with a group of high school women. During our time together we will explore the statement, “What I do is who I am.”  This is a tough concept.  As I reflect … Continue reading

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Confident Parents Confident Kids

  Happy New Year! I hope 2013 has started out well for you. I want to share with you a new blog that I think is terrific! Jenn Miller is an educator to schools and parents.  In light of today’s current events, … Continue reading

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“I want people to like me!”

      When I have the privilege of working one-on-one with an employee, I frequently ask, “How do you want to be seen by the people who report to you?” In essence, I’m asking about their identity needs. On more … Continue reading

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Beyond Civility

  The elections are upon us, and now, more than ever, we need honest communication to move our country, our states, our counties, cities and communities in a positive direction. For the past several months, I’ve been involved in a joint … Continue reading

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Repair and Return

   I’m getting ready to participate in a communications session that addresses the topic of conversational tones. In short, we will ask the question, “How can we navigate difficult conversations where there are divergent views on an issue? How can … Continue reading

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Communication Rituals

   Many books have been written on the benefits of rituals. Healthy family rituals can offer stability; meaningful love rituals may enhance trust; well-managed company rituals can serve as motivators and morale boosters. Communication choices also can become ritualized; i.e. we … Continue reading

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Consider the Process

  I recently admitted to colleagues that I’m becoming quite a “process person.” Translation: I’m paying more attention these days to HOW issues get discussed and HOW decisions are made.  For most of my life I was (and perhaps still am … Continue reading

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“I’m just a…”

    “I’m just a…” Years ago my mother-in-law (a career educator) came for a visit.  We strolled the neighborhood one evening, and I was able to introduce her to one of our neighbors, Susan.  During the course of our … Continue reading

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One Challenge of the ‘Job Description’

A friend of mine sent me a posted job description for my review and opinion. She was considering applying for the position, and she wanted to know my thoughts: “Do you think this looks like a good fit?”  Job descriptions … Continue reading

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