Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

That time when you connect with individuals on your team and find out that connection is high on their list of must-haves at work... Fall 2018 Check-In’s At Pizzeria Lola by Nick Smith, Assistant General Manager at Pizzeria Lola, 11/8/18 Starting in early September, our leadership team here at Lola set out on a project … Continue reading Fall Check-In’s at Pizzeria Lola

What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations

"Yes, and..." By nature all collaborations are creative - they describe the act of people coming together to produce something that doesn't already exist.  A collaboration will result in greater success if everyone participating in it feels comfortable contributing their ideas (however wild or off the established path) and there is willingness from everyone to … Continue reading What “Yes, and…” Can Do For Collaborations

Crafting Invitations to Gain Commitment

Welcome back to another peek into the wide world of conversation!  Recently we've examined dialogues and feedback, today we're checking out invitations. You're in conversations involving invitations all of the time.  Knowing how to craft a great one is a fantastic skill to have and can have a huge impact on how your invitation is … Continue reading Crafting Invitations to Gain Commitment

Setting the Stage for Sharing Feedback That Feels Hard To Give

It's still March, and we're still exploring different types of conversations that pop up a lot in our day-to-day at Vestalia (and, let's face it, in all parts of our lives).  Turning the spotlight on feedback this week. Initiating conversations where you need to share feedback with a person to get them back on track … Continue reading Setting the Stage for Sharing Feedback That Feels Hard To Give

How Dialogues Get Us To Where We Need to Go, Together

A few weeks back I started a conversation with you about conversations - I'm picking it back up again with a specific focus on dialogue.  This one type of conversation is a supertool, sometimes it feels like there is nothing it can't do.  While it's not the only conversation out there, and there are a … Continue reading How Dialogues Get Us To Where We Need to Go, Together

The Next Time You Want to Complain at Work, Do This Instead

Many of you have heard me talk about "Backwards Conversations" (or monologues, or judgements, or stories), and that when you are in one, you are always seeking to confirm your story and will stay stuck in it until you jump out of it, speak your truth, and get into dialogue with whomever caused you to … Continue reading The Next Time You Want to Complain at Work, Do This Instead