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Brunner & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations and individuals with strategic planning, coaching, and other organizational and management issues. We also provide facilitation services to organizations and groups, helping them to address issues and reach agreement on important matters.






Simple Wisdom Tip #120: A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath

I’ve been thinking a lot about our communication skills lately and, overall, I believe that we do a pretty poor job.  It’s amazing how our initial response to someone sends the conversation in a positive or, more likely, negative direction.  That leads me to one of my favorite proverbs (15:1), “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.”


How often do we respond to someone in less-than-ideal circumstances by saying – or writing – something that is not well thought out and lands on that that person the wrong way?  It usually gets worse from there.  My counsel, then, is for us to always strive to think before we speak and to give “gentle” answers rather than responding rashly.  It takes discipline but I believe it will pay significant dividends.  Why not give it a try?






Simple Wisdom Tip #119: Three Rules for the Future

From time to time, we think about the future.  What can we expect?  What will happen to us?  What should we do?  Will my life get better?


I really like what Brian Tracy says about the future.  He cites three succinct rules for the future:


  1. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, only where you’re going.
  2. Your life will only get better when you get better; there’s no limit to what you can do.
  3. You can learn anything you need to learn to accomplish what you want.


There is a lot of wisdom here.  Why don’t you give them some thought?