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101. Influencing in Tricky Situations

The last couple of weeks in politics have been both disturbing and fascinating. We have all watched the horrific scenes following the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the debates between the biggest powers in the world on what to do about it. So far no decisions have been made. If you're the premier of a country, wanting to persuade the others of the merits of your arguments, what do you do, and what can we learn from watching? Do not depend on the hope of results - in the end it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.' Thomas Merton There's little that we like better than a surprise in politics. So often the same decisions are made by the same peop

100. How to Improve a Relationship

This is the one hundredth email that I have sent out and what better subject for a centenary than relationships, the thing that, above all else, makes life worth living, and causes us the most difficulty? Notwithstanding that having a relationship is about the most challenging and complex endeavour that a human being will ever attempt, a simple approach to improving a relationship can sometimes be refreshingly effective. Picture Jo, she goes, from her city job and busy life, to see her mother and step-father once a month. She gets on well with her step-father but has always had a loving but testy relationship with her mother. With her step-father she happily talks about work, his ga