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VOICE is the Virginia Tech Office of Interactive Communication & Empowerment; also known as the Ombu

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Your Expectations Determine How You Experience Conflict: “Must” versus “Shoulds” 14/05/2024

If you want to be triggered less by people have more "should" rules about them.

Your Expectations Determine How You Experience Conflict: “Must” versus “Shoulds” Challenges are part of the human condition. What creates conflict is in direct relation to your expectations. A critical factor that determines how we experience conflict is the distinction between “must” rules and “should” rules that we have for ourselves, and others. Read to learn more!

Knowing the road ahead – learning how to prepare for change 18/04/2024

Jay- Z was right when he said in anticipation for precipitation, stack chips for a rainy day.

Change is inevitable. Perhaps the #1 skill organizations and individuals need is the ability to adapt to our exponentially changing world.

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/stories/business-mastery/knowing-the-road-ahead/

Knowing the road ahead – learning how to prepare for change Preparing for change can be crucial for your business and helps keep you ahead of your competition. As Tony says, “Leaders anticipate and losers react.” Learn about 7 business triggers to be aware of.

15/01/2024

To shape the future we need to understand where we've been and are now.

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When Grief Hits During the Holidays 08/01/2024

During times of joy it's not always so for others.

We just finished the calendar year and many of us celebrated the past couple of months with a variety of traditions, observations and celebrations.

Many of us look forward to this new year full of opportunities and potential. For some though they may be grieving the unexpected passings of loved ones.

I just read about the passing of a student over the Winter Break (I believe that's the second one in so many weeks). For those touched by tragedy, the unexpected, or just life, we have resources here on campus: , , and other offices and Individuals available to be a resource (including the office.

When Grief Hits During the Holidays Grief often hits the hardest during holidays and special events. Although the pain is unavoidable, we can support ourselves by making space for it, finding connection, and being kind to ourselves.

How to train your brain to become more curious 05/11/2023

Curiouser and curiouser.
One of the commitments that often helps us manage conflict is simple curiosity.

Here are some excellent tips on how to develop that strategy:

How to train your brain to become more curious Curiosity is a superpower, but too often we're discouraged from pursing it. Here's how to regain your inner curiosity.

New research explains why returning to the office will be a struggle for our brains 06/09/2023

Distractions. I see this all the time with some teams where individuals work in cubicles and have very little privacy. Not everyone (for a number of reasons) but some people work better from home.

New research explains why returning to the office will be a struggle for our brains As we become more accustomed to the quiet of home, our ability to filter out the louder, more varied noises of the office environment weakens.

30/08/2023

Did you know? Since its inception 4 years ago an estimated 1740 total individuals have participated in one of the 77 keynotes, workshops & trainings the University VT Ombuds has presented.

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Regularly Use 2 Words to Eliminate Meeting Anxiety and Put Their Team at Ease 29/08/2023

wisdom of the day the is just passing on because this happens all the time: A manager sets up a meeting and doesn't specify what the conversation is about.

It makes others worry and be unprepared. It's an old strategy some used in the past (and still do today, even if unintentional) to indirectly indicate who has the power in the relationship (think of an employee being disciplined and not knowing until they show up and see HR in the room).

2 simple words can make you more effective as a leader # and not create anxiety, confusion & unpreparedness unnecessarily:

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Regularly Use 2 Words to Eliminate Meeting Anxiety and Put Their Team at Ease Such a small thing, such a huge difference.

University leaders cultivate community with restorative justice 18/08/2023

Conflict is sometimes not just between 2 people.
Quite often, conflict impacts a community.
And in those moments the solutions will come from the community.
https://news.vt.edu/articles/2023/07/oea-restorativejustice.html #:~:text=“Introducing%20our%20leaders%20to%20restorative,or%20aggression%2C”%20he%20said


University leaders cultivate community with restorative justice The Foundations of Restorative Justice, a three-day educational session, introduced participants to restorative justice principles and practices, equipping the group with tools to engage in difficult conversations that arise in the workplace and the university setting.

7 Small Changes to Go From Quiet Quitting to Quiet Thriving 21/07/2023

Don't let words define you. Take "quiet quitting". Would you rather succumb to quiet quitting or practice "quiet thriving"?

Here are some tips so you can thrive, not just survive, in today's workforce:

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/7-small-changes-to-go-from-quiet-quitting-to-quiet-thriving.html?utm_source=newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inc%20-%20this%20morning%20newsletter.newsletter%20-%20inc%20-%20this%20morning%207-21-23&leadid=84128&mkt_tok=njewluxfrs04nziaaagnfzcn6xwbur7nmlkzculajbxploqlaqch88qxf3lnwnxcr_avonb8egmqp0cy8krkzh2v_ry11yp6riqkay1y5ndkix9gm2hud3fh-q

7 Small Changes to Go From Quiet Quitting to Quiet Thriving Nearly 60 percent of us are disengaged at work. Experts say small shifts can help you thrive.

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