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Signs of Stress and Imbalance

How To Break Through Fear in Turbulent Times

What is Stress?

Solving Problems in a High-Stress Environment

Break Through Self-Doubt & Fear

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The Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves about Change

The Top Ten Ways to Manage People through Change

Understanding Change

The Challenge of Change

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Be Heard. Be Strong. Be Effective. How to Deliver Impressive Presentations

Getting Started in the Speaking Business: Answers to Burning Questions

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know to be Successful

How to Create and Maintain Culture as You Grow

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Candidates

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A Passion for Diversity

Traits of a Diverse Organization

Simma's Holiday Diversity Q and A

How to Go from Eggshell Walking to Multicultural Festivity Making

Are You Wasting Your Money on Diversity Training?

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Understanding Dialogue: A Q&A on the benefits of dialogue

Dialogue as a Communication Tool

Communication with Concern

Helping Others Deal with Loss

10 PC Tips for Communicating with a Diverse Audience

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Differences in Male and Female Communication Styles

Gender Communications Differences and Strategies

Wage and Position Disparity across Gender

Tips for Better Communication between Men and Women in the Workplace

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Life/Work Balance in the Real World

New Year's Resolutions: A New Approach?

Working with Loved Ones: Leverage Potential and Avoid Pitfalls

Modern Day Stressors: What Stress Looks Like in the 21st Century

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All in the Family

Are You Truly Successful?

How to Create and Maintain the Culture of Your Restaurants

Let's Get Physical

Meditate Stress Away

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Break Through Self-Doubt & Fear

Substance Abuse

The Courage to Feel Bad

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Tips for Better Communication Between Men and Women in the Workplace

Typical Complaints Women Have About Men

  • Addressing women as "girls," "gals," "honey," "babyyoung," "lady," "darlin'"
  • A lot of women don’t want to be called “ladies” at work
  • Making women into objects... “I have a car, a boat, a dog, and a wife.”
  • Using expressions that only use sports, violence or sexual connotations... “We murdered the competition.” “More bang for the buck”
  • Making decisions about work with each other and not including women. Then telling women, “Last night we got together and decided...”

Typical Complaints Men Have About Women

  • Not getting down to business soon enough
  • Taking things too seriously
  • Trying to be "one of the boys" (Using profanity, telling sexist jokes, etc.)

Gender Communication Tip Sheet

Women Men
Share experiences to show commonality Focus on statistics
Build off of each others’ discussion points Relate by sharing stories to “one up” each other

Strategy: Women, get to bottom line quickly and succinctly. Men, understand that when women tell a story, they are building common ground with you.


Want to talk about the  problem and solve it  collaboratively Move to solutions and problem solving right away
Emphasis on feelings and communications Value placed on ability to achieve results
Processing is a way to include others and build relationships.

Strategy: Women, don’t try to get men to talk if they’re not ready. Observe and listen rather than process out loud. Men, understand that processing is a way for women to include others and build relationships.


Offer help and advice as a sign of caring To ask for help reflects an inability to achieve on one’s own merit.

Strategy: Women, understand that offering help may be inferred as a lack of trust in another’s ability. Don’t be so quick to offer advice. Men, ask what you can do to help. It may be an opportunity to show support and caring.


Strengths Associated with Women at Work

Harmony Balance Nurturance, serenity, creativity and vision

Teamwork and collaboration

Detail oriented

Strengths Associated with Men at Work

Goal orientation

Tangible accomplishments

Problem solving

Singleness of purpose

Responsiveness to challenge

Simma Lieberman works with people and organizations to create environments where people can do their best work. She specializes in diversity, gender communications, life-work balance and stress, and acquiring and retaining new customers.

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