Archive | Life Outside of Work

Help people

I have received a lot of help from people over the years, mostly from my two “big” brothers. As the only daughter of my parents and one considerably younger than my two dear brothers, I have turned to each of them on countless occasions for all kinds of help, including financial, advice on how to […]

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I grew up with parents who were always willing to help others.  They would quickly invite my friends to visit, or come to dinner, including a near ritual Sunday night pizza feast that usually included several friends.  In an open and non judgmental way, they were always willing to include an array of friends.  My […]

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Either you are wrong or I am right. Part 1: Business Partners

One of the songs from David Gilmour’s 1984 Album About Face was titled “You Know I’m Right.” I enjoyed the entire album by Pink Floyd’s vocalist and (extraordinary) guitarist, starting with the album title which seemed so clever in its dual meanings. But, the lyrics of this song were particularly compelling to think about how […]

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I am not sure whether this statement, “Either you are wrong or I am right” was aimed at a particular person, nor do I know whether it was intended to be interpreted in a tongue in cheek manner.  I am certain, however, that it made a lasting impression on David because he frequently quotes it […]

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Adventures

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On December 8, 2015

Category: Business Travel, Careers, Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

There are all kinds of adventures in life. Some adventures require travel to faraway places; others take us nearby, to places that are sometimes easily overlooked; while others happen in our back yard. I love adventures and I enjoy planning them, as well as reminiscing about them years afterward. One of the most exciting adventures […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On December 8, 2015

Category: Business Travel, Careers, Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Travel, Work-Life

Starting with the premise that life is an adventure, the question is how adventurous do you want to be?  The boating adventure taught us a lesson in planning (and, in our boating skills which were not very strong at the time causing delays in getting underway).  But the lessons from being adventurous are a big […]

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My mother

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On December 1, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

Given that my last post was about my dad, it is logical for this one to be about my mother. The first thing the astute reader will note is my reference to each parent, the informal “dad” and the formal “mother.” Mother was, at most times, a formal person. She considered herself to be a […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On December 1, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

While I never met Melissa’s father, I met her mother, Leola, very soon after meeting Melissa.  And, Melissa’s description of her as formal was certainly on display then.  She not only considered herself a “lady,” but a “southern lady” whose routines included daily naps and never wearing pants.  Closer in age to my grandparents than […]

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My dad, my hero

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 24, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

I am a fortunate person who had the benefit of having a wonderful father who was in my life until I was 14. Although I have spent a lot of time wondering why I was unfortunate to have lost my dad unexpectedly when both he and I were too young for his untimely passing, I […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 24, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

I never had the pleasure of meeting Park Pigott, Sr., but I’ve heard so many stories, from a variety of sources, so I have come to understand his status as personal hero for Melissa, and her family, and a local hero in Ft. Myers.  I mean, there is a baseball stadium named for him, so […]

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Have a hero

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 17, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

A hero is usually defined as a person who has performed an act of bravery or is greatly admired for his/her achievements. People vary in whether or not they have one or more heroes. I have several heroes, all of whom serve an important function in my life. Some of them are people actually known […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 17, 2015

Category: Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

Readers of our blog probably know the scheme.  Each post was envisioned by whomever is identified as the first author, meaning, for this one, Melissa.  She picked the topic and wrote her content leaving it for me to write a commentary. And, this is one, “Have a hero” that I’ve found difficult to write because […]

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Be inspired

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 10, 2015

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

Some people rarely get inspired. These people are difficult to impress, they often go through life with a “so what?” attitude, and they are not going to be people with whom I am comfortable. I receive inspiration from many things. I thrive on diversity, in people, experiences, and places, and I am constantly amazed by […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 10, 2015

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

The world around us, both natural and human made, is an inspiring place. And there are different parts of that world which touch most of us. For me, I find inspiring subjects most often through a lens (usually a Canon). Photography has helped me focus (pun intended) on the beauty of nature. And, I’ve focused […]

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Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne

A Point of View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 5, 2015

Category: Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

The person about whom this blog is written has been an important part of my life since I started college at Jacksonville University in 1979. Her name is Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne. As a clueless college freshman, registering for classes, I first met her when she was working the registration lines which were hung up […]

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Another View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 5, 2015

Category: Careers, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

Some time ago, I wrote a post about two people I have met whom I believe to be self actualized.  One of these people is Dr. Fran Kinne.  At the time of this writing, although women have come a long way in terms of gender equality, it is still a “man’s world.”  This recognition makes […]

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Life goes on within you and without you

A Point of View

Melissa Pigott, Ph.D.

On November 3, 2015

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

One of my favorite songs of all time is a song by George Harrison called, “Within You Without You.” For those who are not huge fans of The Beatles, this song is on side 2 of the groundbreaking album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which was released on June 1, 1967. Although this song, […]

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Another View

David H. Fauss, M.S.M.

On November 3, 2015

Category: Business personalities, Careers, Getting the Job Done, Getting Through Life and Work, Life Outside of Work, Work-Life

My take on this topic is similar to Melissa’s, in trying to keep a focus on where we fit as individuals in the world. We have certainly observed some clients, and occasionally employees, whose sense of self importance did not appear to match their other characteristics, including their contributions to the world. That is, they […]

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Listen – really listen

As a psychologist, I am a paid listener. I listen more than I talk. I learn far more from listening than from talking. Most people, in my opinion, talk far more than they listen (and rarely do they have anything of great importance to say!). If one listens, really listens, there are many details that […]

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It is interesting to be an observer both of people (like our mock jurors) and of people’s listening skills (like our attorney clients). Attorneys are paid to talk, to argue, to persuade. But, when they come to us and we do mock jury or mock arbitration research, they have to utilize their listening skills when […]

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