Archive for December, 2014

Three Steps to a More Candid Culture

December 29, 2014

Cperky's Blog

Leaders often try to create an open culture, where people feel comfortable speaking up and challenging one another, by saying they’re listening.

But you can go further to demonstrate that your company is a safe place for people to raise issues.

  • Praise publicly.  Create a safe forum for people to raise questions and concerns, and then laud those who ask them. Public acknowledgment is more about influencing those who hear it than those who receive it.
  • Model behavior.  You can show that it is safe to speak up by saying the hard things yourself. Raise difficult issues to show they’re not taboo and encourage people to contribute to the conversation.
  • Teach communication skills.  Don’t just encourage openness. Teach people how to have difficult conversations that involve diffusing tensions, speaking candidly without provoking resistance, and quickly building rapport. These new skills will leave people more confident…

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First Advance Review of THE HEALER

December 28, 2014

First Advance Review of THE HEALER.

First Advance Review of THE HEALER

December 28, 2014


healer cover for kindleSo the first review for THE HEALER  is out – from an early Advance Review Copy, and althought it is another month before the book is out, this is too good to keep to myself. Thanks Paulette Mahurin for this excellent write-up and the 5 stars:

“The story opens with Erica, a pancreatic cancer patient, having just finished a bout of radiation. She is out in the Wales’ countryside in search of a Guru healer, Arpan. The lush countryside descriptions and crisp dialogue instantly drew me into the story, as well as my instant liking and empathy for the protagonist Erica, who’s desperate to find a cure to her illness. Arpan is her answer and when she is immediately rejected by him, his icy voice (coming from inside his humble dwelling) jumps off the page as she begs, “I’m very ill. You are my only hope,” he responds, “You’ve come…

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Happy holidays to my readers, friends, family and fellow authors.

December 26, 2014

Step by step

December 23, 2014

stillness of heart


Slowly but surely, I’m building a full and rich life.

I have to believe that. Maybe happiness comes later.

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Break Time!

December 23, 2014

Mary J Melange

christmas-tree-decoratedAs of December 23, 2014, at approximately 1 pm, I will be on vacation from work. I don’t have to go back until January 5th. Much like a five year old child on Christmas Eve, I can hardly wait. Instead of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” this will be the Twelve Days of Vacation. WooHoo!

To honor and respect this time off, I will be holding myself to as little blogging as possible. You won’t hear a peep from me the remainder of this week. I have friends and family to attend to and I don’t need thoughts of “OhmygoshIhaven’tbloggedintwodaysandeveryonewillthinkIdiedsoIbetterwritesomething!” swimming around in my head.

Yeah, those thoughts. I am putting them in a box and burying them out in the field.

This week, I will spend Christmas Eve with good friends, food, wine and a Hobbit movie. On Christmas Day, my brother and his girlfriend come to town for four…

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Bucket List Publications Needs Your Submissions

December 23, 2014

Late Sunrise

December 20, 2014

Christmas in full swing

December 20, 2014

Indie Author – Melissa Barker-Simpson

December 20, 2014

Mama Bear Musings


On Day 9, (December 20th), Indie Author, Melissa Barker-Simpson, will take over our Facebook page, ‘12 Days of Christmas’. Melissa will provide us with a day of fun and a giveaway of her new novel, The Fifth Watcher, Worlds Apart Series, Book OneMelissa's 3 Book Giveaway

Melissa Barker-Simpson fills her days with language and words so she doesn’t get lost among the clouds. She is an interpreter by day and a pen-wielding conjurer by night. Of course, the only thing she conjures belongs between the pages of a book, but it doesn’t make them any less compelling.

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Read more about Indie Author, Melissa Barker-Simpson, read excerpts from The Fifth Watcher and more of her wonderful books, and register to win at:

Check out Melissa’s Morgan and Fairchild Series, Gifted Series, and Worlds Apart Series. Watch her Book Trailer’s, read reviews of her books, and more at:

Melissa wishes…

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