Dealing with Meetings You Can't Stand, Meet Less and Do More

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The solutions to all your meeting issues has arrived.  From McGraw-Hill and Dr. Rick Brinkman the coauthor of the multi-million international bestseller (25 languages) Dealing with People You Can't Stand, How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst.

Why Do People Act the Way They Do

Dr. Rick Brinkman explains why people act the way they do and what you can do about it, to employees of ITV London, UK at their December Lunch & Learn.  

Saying "No" is Your Most Important Time Management Tool

Steve Jobs said, "Focus is about saying 'no' to 1000 things. I am as proud of the things we have said 'no' to as those we have said 'yes'". Here is a great article on "no".

Have you ever come back to work after a holiday with firm intentions that this time you will manage your commitments better? Yet, a few weeks back at work and that resolution seems a distant dream.

It seems that nearly everyone wrestles with this issue and none more than the people who like to be busy, involved and contributory in their daily activities - and I include myself in that group.

It was useful to remind myself the other day about the first of the 8 Top Time Tips on the back of my business card. (Almost every attendee of a conference or workshop gets one):

The No. 1 Tip: 'No is your most powerful time management tool.' .... read more here

How to Eat Make Healthier Choices While Enjoying the Holidays

A Place For Mom ( - How to Make Healthier Choices While Enjoying the Holidays - By APMM Admin - (Friday, December 16, 2014) For most, the holiday season begins at Thanksgiving and ends in the New Year. The season is a time of joy, nostalgia, giving, shopping, traveling, social events and of eating many festive foods and treats.

In addition to the many foods and treats we eat, the stress from holidays can also be brought on by unwanted guests such as family tension, loneliness, depression and stress. Read More...

Polish is the 25th Language of Dealing with People You Can't Stand

I am proud to announce that our book Dealing with People You Can't Stand, How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst (Brinkman & Kirschner, McGraw-Hill 2004, 2003, 2012) is now in it's 25th language. The companion book which we affectionately call "the Cliff Notes" version: 24 Lessons for Managers: Dealing with Difficult People has also come out in Polish.

Dr. Rick on Patricia Terrel Show: Conscious Communication to Bring Out the Best in People, Part 1


1.       What is Conscious Communication? 2.       What are the top ten difficult behaviors plus 3? 3.       The behaviors are not “personality typing” 4.       Strategies for specific behaviors. The “Whining” Example 5.       Can we really change someone’s behavior? 6.       The four choices for dealing with the difficult people 7.       Addressed a question involving a condescending boss (Sniper) 8.       Closing remarks about options, zillions of opportunities to practice each day, etc.

Awake within a dream: Lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life


University of Lincoln


People who are aware they are asleep when they are dreaming have better than average problem-solving abilities, new research has discovered. Experts say that those who experience ‘lucid dreaming’ -- a phenomenon where someone who is asleep can recognize that they are dreaming -- can solve problems in the waking world better than those who remain unaware of the dream until they wake up.

Parasites Killing Their Hosts - The Food Industry's Solution to Obesity

NY Times:

You can buy food from farmers — directly, through markets, any way you can find — and I hope you do. But unless you’re radically different from most of us, much of what you eat comes from corporations that process, market, deliver and sell “food,” a majority of which is processed beyond recognition.

The problem is that real food isn’t real profitable. “It’s hard to market fruit and vegetables without adding value,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “If you turn a potato into a potato chip you not only make more money — you create a product with a long shelf life.” Potatoes into chips and frozen fries; wheat into soft, “enriched” bread; soybeans into oil and meat; corn into meat and a staggering variety of junk.

How do we break this cycle?  ..... READ MORE RECOMMENDED

Having a Sense of Purpose Adds Years to Your Life

Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, regardless of what the purpose is, research suggests.

Not only does it contribute to healthy aging, but it may also stave off early death, according to a study of 7,000 Americans.

The research, published in Psychological Science, applies across adult life, says a US-Canadian team.

It may be because purposeful people look after their health better and are physically fitter, they believe.

The study tracked the physical and mental health of more than 7,000 US adults aged 20 to 75 years.  READ MORE

Want to clarify your purpose, check out Life by Design.

Failure is Not an Option

When ever I am faced with adversity or doubt, this is the sign I look at in my office,  (and then I "Spring into Action").

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Manifesting Your Dreams by Clarifying Values


This time of year we tend to put our attention on manifesting the future. I have found the #1 reason people set goals and don't achieve them is either they haven't clarified values or don't have a specific enough plan. Here is a gift to you from the book Life by Design, (Brinkman & Kirschner, McGraw-Hill) and my audio Life by Design (Brinkman, CareerTrack), the chapters on clarifying values.

I would consider this the single most important thing you can do to create self motivation.

Download a compressed archive here: