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Stories by Trevor E. S. Smith

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

As another year draws to a close, what have we done with it? The inevitable stocktaking and concerns about where time has gone, is about to hit us. This happens at the personal and organisational levels...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

"I can't deal with these young people!" an exasperated friend shared in a brief parking lot encounter recently."Millennials refuse to buy into anything that is not their initiative," fumed an executive who is...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Volunteerism is on the decline. We seem to be consumed and focused on what is mine, and putting self first seems to be working out just fine.And yet, there is an increasing number of professionals who are swimming...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

What is the impact of our socialisation on interpersonal relations - supportive or destructive?The discussion is inspired by another 'The way we are' conversation with participants in a leadership...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

While change is our constant companion, some people seem to adjust to it more readily than others. How do you match up with the approaches outlined below? Get a better appreciation of how you and others...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Elon Musk is driven by a plan to colonise Mars as a safety net against mankind's extinction. According to the Washington Post, he is arguably the world's most important entrepreneur, the driving force behind PayPal (sold...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

As an advocate of DISCerning communication principles, Donald Trump is an intriguing case study. On the surface, we see dominance.On deeper analysis, another factor is at play that explains a lot about his behaviour....

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Even with the best will in the world, we sometimes end up being misunderstood. Communication goes wrong without reason. An innocent comment causes a flare-up. Or, recognising the sensitive nature of a situation,...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Lack of intimacy in a relationship is an issue that resonates with many people.Today, we go deep into the issue. We apply the body of knowledge that underpins our 'DISCerning Communication' principles, to the issue of intimacy....

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Your relationship has navigated dangerous curves, hit bumps, and fallen into a few pot holes, but the wheels are in tact, and there is a commitment to ride out the journey together.There is nothing fundamentally...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Some people struggle with being misunderstood by their peers, colleagues and even family members. It can get to the point of exasperation. The situation might not solely be the fault of the person being misunderstood,...

Published:Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Many will accept that growth is desirable. However, some fail to appreciate that they need to create the space to accommodate growth. Growth requires effort.Personal growth may be stifled as aspects of our lives are so fully...

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Work-life balance and employee motivationThe issue of low employee motivation continues to challenge human resources departments and heads of organisations.We recently completed an employee satisfaction survey for a high-profile organisation, and it...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

It's the start of a new year, and many look at it as a 'do over'. A time to right all our past wrongs, not repeating the mistakes of the past year, and achieving bigger and better things in 2017. Here is...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Take actionIt is useful to start by accepting the fact that there is a problem and that inaction is not going to bring about a resolution.There is a tendency for individuals to continue from one frustrating encounter to...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Politics has taken centre stage as campaigns rage, and questionable statements are made on platforms, in interviews, via social media, and even in advertisements.Some of these assertions catch on like wild fire, and are...

Published:Sunday | July 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

How we process and file incoming information, influences how we relate to others and how we respond to events. Some of the upset and hurt that we experience can be avoided by making one fundamental adjustment.The critical change...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMTrevor E. S. Smith

Conflict is inevitable. Whenever there is an unmet need, conflict arises. Some conflicts are hidden or suppressed while others actually produce positive results.But what about those frustrating, energy-sapping...

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