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How to Make Meetings Feel Less Like a Root Canal
7/26/2017
Man has his head down on the table during a business meeting.
By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute You’re moving along, getting work done, feeling productive, and then you have to stop for a meeting. Normally this wouldn’t bother you, but you’re not sure why you were invited to this meeting, or even what the purpose of the meeting...
What is a Counseling Session Like? Therapist John Lyon Explains
7/26/2017
Therapist John Lyon is pictured with the Village logo
Sometimes people know they need help, but they're apprehensive. They don't know what a counseling session is like, and that unfamiliarity can be scary. Will I have to lie on a couch? (No.) Are you going to make me do something I don't want to? (No.) If I start counseling,...
The Most Valuable Pieces of Real Estate in the World
7/7/2017
Vehicle with Realtor logo parked outside a cemetery.
By John E. Trombley The Village Business Institute Recently someone posted a picture of a real estate agent’s vehicle parked at the entrance to a cemetery and asked what the Realtor was trying to sell there. While it seemed to me to be a poor attempt at humor on this...
No Fish Tale: Aquarium in Lobby Can Help Calm Kids, Clients
7/26/2017
Fish swim in an aquarium located in the lobby of The Village's Fargo office.
The first face to greet clients of The Village Family Service Center’s Fargo office is often Joe, our front desk receptionist. Across the lobby, seven fishier faces wait to say hello. A focal point of the waiting area is a 50-gallon aquarium that houses African Cichlids, a popular freshwater fish...
The Challenges of Work-Life Balance (and Why We're Not Fruit on a Scale)
7/7/2017
Apple balancing on a scale
By John E. Trombley The Village Business Institute Work-life balance is an interesting concept. Many people have written about it, conducted research on it, and trained countless numbers of us in how to achieve it. You would think with all that focus we would all be well-balanced and happy by...