Friend or Friendly – Can you tell the difference?

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Guest, Angelica Holiday, shares her ideas on Friend or Friendly?

While chatting to Sara (my very young 70 neighbor), I blurted out “friend or friendly.” Sara paused and repeated my statement, “friend or friendly.” Before she could answer the question, I did so for her. “She’s not your friend Sara, she’s taking advantage of you.” I was trying to explain the difference between who is a friend and who is friendly.

Our conversation began when Sara complained that her friend had reneged on a financial promise, leaving her in the lurch. I said “…that’s not a friend,” that was someone trying to be friendly for her own gain.” Sara planned to ask her for half the financial amount she felt this friend owed her. I said don’t let her screw you Continue reading “Friend or Friendly – Can you tell the difference?”

Would you give a friend money? If you haven’t seen them in 5 years?

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My friend Brittany asked my opinion about an out-of-the-blue email she received from a former colleague and friend, Chris, who she hadn’t seen in more than 5 years. Chris was asking Brittany to give her $100. Would you give this friend money?

Chris’s story: She’s staying in a hotel, and about to go on a job interview. She’s one step away from being Continue reading “Would you give a friend money? If you haven’t seen them in 5 years?”

How Listening to Friends Empowers Your Career! QUIZ

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Over and over I’m reminded of the importance of listening to friends. This weekend I had the privilege to attend the graduation of my dear friend’s daughter. During one our many stimulating conversations – my friend’s been a teacher of the year – she discussed how she teaches her students listening skills. She cited a radio host who asked Google about their employment policy. One of the top qualities Google Continue reading “How Listening to Friends Empowers Your Career! QUIZ”