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Before You Fire Someone, Read This

If you’ve been a manager for long, you’ve probably had to fire someone. Or, perhaps you are considering or preparing to fire someone now.

3 soldiers in front of a German firing squad

Just because you’re not the focus doesn’t mean you don’t feel anxious about the situation. Gain some perspective by looking at the situation from the other person’s point of view and remember to acknowledge and accept your feelings and take care of your needs.

If so, you may well be experiencing some anxiety about it, the way a couple of people I spoke with recently were.

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You Can Stop People from Deceiving You

You can’t stop someone from intentionally lying to you, but you can stop them from deceiving you.

 We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The first step is to choose to be aware that some people in your life are less than honest about their accomplishments and experiences. What they say may have elements of truth, but they marshal those facts in a way to give you a wholly false understanding of themselves. Your misunderstanding is not accidental, and it is up to you to uncover the deceptions if you want your relationship to be built on honesty.   Continue reading

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The Funny Thing About Hell

Winston Churchill said, “When going through hell, keep going,” and he was right. Despair can be that hell – the feeling that life will always be as awful as it is right now,

Brad W Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Funny Thing about Hell Cast bronze of five men in overcoats and hats, lined up outside a brick building about to enter the door.

Especially in our darkest, most bleak moments, we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other; it’s the only way to move through hell to where better times wait.

that nothing will ever change, and perhaps even that you don’t deserve any other kind of life. That’s the funny thing about hell, you can’t tell how big it is or how long the journey through it until that day when you can look back and realize it is now behind you.

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