Starting off on your communication journey or just looking for some new inspiration?  Here are four of my favourite resources:

  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Life, a book by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.  If you have time, you can get an introduction to the method through a 1 or 3-hour video of Dr. Rosenberg:
  • Getting More: How to Negotiate to Achieve Your Goals in the Real World by Stuart Diamond of the Wharton Business School.  This is my favourite book on negotiation to date.  The book describes compelling, goal-oriented negotiation strategies that leave your personal integrity intact.  It’s for anyone negotiating – in other words, for everyone.   
    I also like the series that begins with Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury, which has great principles like separating the people from the problem and focusing on interests rather than positions, inventing options for mutual gain and insisting on objective criteria.
  • Ted Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading. Ted Talks are leading edge, inspirational, potentially world-changing talks on all manner of topics.
  • Kolbe. Kolbe examines a person's instinctive approach to problem solving in order to achieve greater job fit.  Greater job fit reduces personal stress as well as employment-related costs for the organization.  How do your employees gather and share information?  Organize?  Deal with risks and uncertainty?  Handle space and tangibles?  Which problem solving style would best suit a specific job? There are Kolbe tests that analyze individual modes of operation, ideal instinctive modes for a particular job, and team dynamics.  A Kolbe Certified Consultant in my area (northern AB/BC) is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..