November 2017: Deepening Communication

Graines de Rêves

At the Pregame Clubhouse, a recurring topic of discussion in our huddles is how we balance our communication and interaction with the world. Since most of us are self-employed or business owners, we have the “freedom” to be alone and shut out the world whenever we wish. Of course, it’s a mixed blessing. Thanks to our phones and computers, even if we’re huddled up at home working or writing, we’re always connected… but are we really? And is working from home or working by yourself leave something missing from your sense of being “in it” with a team? Usually, people become part of […]

Your CFO: How to Keep Your Remodel on Budget

Remodel Budget Tips

Whether you’re updating your kitchen, giving your office a facelift, or designing your business’s new location, remodeling is an exciting process. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to spend more than you budgeted before you realize it. Here are some simple tips to keep your remodel on budget. Set a realistic budget Before you go nuts and start buying materials or hiring a contractor, you need to sit down and set a realistic budget. What funds do you have available for the project? What’s the average cost of the improvements you’d like to make? Get detailed estimates from […]

Am I My Greatest Obstacle?

Sunia Gibbs Art - Nothing is Static

For reasons too complicated to explain here, I held down two “part-time” jobs this year. One on Long Island and one in Manhattan, all the while living in the Bronx. If you are already thinking I am crazy, you are right. It was a year riddled with obstacles, long commutes, crazy hours (thus the “part-time” status), and chronic stress. Thankfully, this part-time arrangement is coming to an end in just a week and I have been promoted to full time at my job in Manhattan. There are days when I feel this year was a total failure because I didn’t […]

Book Brief: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen 2000, Penguin Books The Idea The hardest conversations are typically the most important ones (and the easiest to screw up). Thankfully, three smart souls from the Harvard Negotiation project have hooked us up with this gem, a book that helps us navigate the challenging meta-conversations that underlie any hairy discussion and become better communicators. Recommended For Anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. Anyone who’s ever had difficulty communicating, personally or professionally. Anyone who’s wanted to better understand themselves or other people. (At this point, I […]