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Top 10 tips to resolve work conflicts.

Vital Germaine

Conflicts in the workplace are inevitable. They can become costly to your organization's efficiency and productivity. At the heart of most conflicts  is miscommunication and lack of understanding. 

The key is to resolve them quickly and effectively. Here's how.


1.  MAINTAIN a positive outlook.

2.  PRACTICE Empathetic listening.

3.  ASK the other person to suggest a solution.

4.  SEEK to understand. 

5.  CONSIDER your role in the conflict and adapt accordingly.

6.  ACKNOWLEDGE the opinions and perspective of others.

7.  STATE your case tactfully.

8.  “ATTACK" the problem, not the person.

9.  AVOID the blame game. 

10.                ORGANIZE a necessary and concise staff meeting to openly discuss, with the focus on resolve.

Successful companies invest in their employees  through actionable trainings that are designed to optimize employee engagement, leadership and establish a collaborative culture.

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My company, ENGAGE, specializes in transformational leadership. Our process is fun, relevant, actionable and memorable. We'd love to engage your team and initiate a cultural paradigm shift. Results include, revitalized employees, elevated Customer Experiences, happier and optimized cultures that strengthen your brand by driving customer loyalty.

Vital is Las Vegas' most engaging keynote speaker, and a highly impactful senior trainer.  He delivers relevant, actionable and engaging content in a FUN and memorable way. 

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Two must-have habits you’ll need to elevate your value.

Vital Germaine

It's common knowledge to say that company culture is at the heart of the success of every organization. The way in which your team interacts within itself heavily influences and determines how they will interact with your customers. However, as individuals we have the responsibility to not sit back and wait for leadership to spoon feed us on how to behave. 

As individuals we must have integrity and personal accountability in regards to our behaviors and standards if we want to succeed and elevate our value. 

Choose to "show up" for your own personal dignity and sense of integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing when no-one is watching. Doing and giving your best is always the right thing to do. 

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Habit 1

Your personal accountability and integrity will create positive ripples, making you a leader by example and setting the tone for others to be inspired by. Behaviors and attitudes are contagious regardless of how high or low we find ourselves on the social food chain. We can elevate or deflate. It's a choice regardless of circumstance.

I once had what most might consider a bottom of the pyramid kind of job. I washed dishes!
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Habit 2

Washing dishes neither held me back nor allowed me to lower my standards. I was neither ashamed nor did I lose motivation or belief. I still held myself accountable to deliver results with pride and dignity. I set a personal challenge and goal to be the best dish washer in town despite hating the job. Accountability is not always easy. Integrity is easily compromised. 

Make it a habit to always deliver the best of you. Commit to being extraordinary. Always choose to SHOW UP. Elevate your value.

Consistency transforms action into habits and habits determine who you will or won't become. Stay focused and committed because that approach will influence, overlap and benefit you in all aspects of your life, empowering you to spread your wings and fly without a net. 

Vital Germaine

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Cultural Diversity, are we doing it right?

Vital Germaine


I recently experienced cultural diversity at its finest during an awards event. It was an authentic, warm form of diversity with love and respect at its core. 

It completely illustrated what it should look, taste and feel like. If only the world could replicate this harmonious coming together of differences. 

The event was for the 2017 Celebrating Our Leaders event for a company called Lifestyle Galaxy. They had attendees from an assortment of nations; Zimbabwe, Australia, South Africa, The Netherlands, Malaysia, The Philippines, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. I had the wonderful opportunity and honor to share to launch the awards with a short keynote and also be the emcee for the two-day gala.

Everybody seemed to on the same page with a common goal, a common purpose, and a collective desire that brought them together regardless of their color, creed, socio-economic background or gender. Their commonalities made it a United Nations in harmony. All the while, attendees from Zimbabwe were safe from an emerging "Military Coup" back home.

Throughout the event, and in particular, at the close, I optimized the opportunity to talk to people from varied religious persuasions, different cultural backgrounds, different political opinions and a variety of languages spoken.I optimized the chance to mingle and interact with attendees and absorb the beauty and poetry of a Utopian existence within which everybody actually did get along Mr. Rodney King. 

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The situation made me realize that diversity is not a corporate program, a politically correct implementation strategy. The truest and most authentic form of diversity is an organic, natural event based on individual open-mindedness, understanding, empathy, respect and consideration of differences. It's a personal responsibility. A choice to be culturally, socially, ethnically and religiously encompassing.

Humans innately know right from wrong without the need for corporate programs and government regulations. We are smart enough to know that not everybody can have their wishes granted. All good humans understand the value of equality, respect, recognition and appreciation. The true "program" begins in our homes with our children and ourselves. 

This does not detract from the noble attempts of corporate America to improve the concept of cultural diversity. I believe that diversity programs are having a positive influence and that it should be continued, promoted and pushed.  However, it is best not implemented in the form of policy. Diversity should be organically and subconsciously filtered into a culture as a default setting. 

How do we achieve this utopian objective?

One of the most powerful lessons I've learned about diversity is when i Naturalized and became a US Citizen in 1999. During the ceremony, the judge declared that becoming American did not mean you were no longer your previous nationality. It wasn't a question of "you're either with us or against us." Your old culture can co-exist with your new nationality (on paper) in this wonderful country.

In regards to the workplace. It starts at the executive level. The diversity platform is based on the philosophical behavioral foundations that leadership acts out and lives by.  C-suite executives are still too monochromatic and one dimensional in appearance and philosophy. When change is implemented from the top, then everybody who falls under that influence, will organically follow because it feels right and is indeed the right way to behave. Changing that lob-sided dynamic would have an exponential ripple effect. It's a massive challenge for the old-guard to relinquish the power of status quo. Until they do, change will be incremental and painfully ineffective. 

The notion of "equal but different" must have a pulse fueled by loving hearts that have at their core the blood of compassion and empathetic desire for a better world.

Perhaps I have a diversity "advantage" over many and the concept comes easy to me because of my eclectic background. I am a Belgian National, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who got to live the American dream by way of a French-Canadien circus (Cirque du Soleil). My parents are bi-racial and i have lived on 3 separate continents and in 5 different countries. Nonetheless, it remains a choice to live with an open and non-judgmental attitude.

We musn't wait until our species encounters a common enemy for us to realize the power of unity woven together by cultural variety.

Thank you, dankie, terimah kashi, merci, asante, kosonomon, bayerla, danke schoen, shye shye, grazie, spacibo, gracias, Ngiyabonga, bedankt.

Vital Germaine is the top-selling author of FLYING WITHOUT A NET and motivational speaker. For more in Vital


Happiness: some shocking stats!

Vital Germaine


1. Happiness in the workplace.

Gallup did a survey to measure employee engagement and happiness. They polled 25 million employees (part time and full time) in 189 different countries and concluded that 1 in 2 employees are not happy at work. That’s a very sad statistic. People quit their bosses more than the job itself because their boss makes them unhappy. I think we can all relate to a bad boss????

2. General happiness.

Source: TIME

  • In a survey of 2,345 U.S. adults conducted online between April 10 and 15, 2013, only a third of Americans (33 percent) reported being very happy.
  • People whose annual income is between $50,000 and $74,999 are happier than people who earn between $75,000 and $99,999.
  • People with a college degree are happier than those without.
  • The South is the happiest region. 
  • 65+ is the happiest age group.
  • Married people are happier than unmarried.
  • Having a child under the age of 18 in one's household makes no difference at all.
  • People who are registered to vote are happier than average.
  • People who live in the suburbs are generally happier than inner city dwellers.

3. Happiness by gender.

According to TIME magazine, women are happier than men.

Source: WikiGender

"Women report greater levels of unhappiness later in life compared to men, according to a new study conducted at the University of Cambridge and University of Southern California. (Published in the Journal of Happiness Studies 2008)."

4. Happiness by age.

Source: WikiGender

The same study showed that, "Men were the most melancholic at the age of 20, a period when they are most likely to be single. In contrast, greater life satisfaction for men is obtained through increasing purchasing power and the ability to acquire long-desired and coveted items, such as a car. These items might not be within their financial reach until later in life, explaining the increase in happiness."

"It was discovered that women are, on average, happier than men in early adulthood. The age of 48 seems to be an important turning point in women’s sense of happiness, this is when there is a reversal in the fortunes and life satisfaction of the genders."

At the age of

  •      34: Men’s general satisfaction exceeds women’s general satisfaction with life
  •      41: Men’s financial satisfaction exceeds women’s financial satisfaction 
  •      48: Men’s overall happiness exceeds women’s overall happiness 
  •      64: Men’s satisfaction with family life exceeds women’s satisfaction

5. Happiness by race.

Source: Huffington Post

  • 28% of Hispanic Americans say they are happy.
  • 36% of African Americans qualify as very happy.
  • 34% of White Americans claim to be happy.


Find a sense of purpose that is bigger than yourself. Be of a giving disposition that brings value to the lives of others. Get a dog or a cat. Travel and create memories rather than collect things. Spend time by the ocean, in forests and nature in general. Exercise and enjoy the endorphins. Eat lots of dark Belgian chocolate (phenylethylamine). Do something new and exciting regularly. Share more love. Do right by your fellow man. Smile, kiss and hold hands whenever possible. Meditate. Do random acts of kindness. Hang out with people that love and get you. Have the intention of making others happy and feel good about themselves... these should elevate your joy levels spiritually and scientifically. If none of these work, may I suggest a good glass or red wine.


The key to happiness is to be aware of your most important needs and expectations. Build a life that accommodates or fulfills those needs and expectations. Then be grateful that you have those fundamental needs in place, and enjoy vibrating at a high frequency and attract even more happiness. Jim Rohn summed it best when he said that happiness is designed.


Thank you for reading.

If this blog was of value or made you think what happiness means to you and what you need to become that emotion, then please share or comment.

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The Power of Optimism

Vital Germaine


People often times begin a venture, such as applying for a job, approaching a romantic prospect, starting a business, wanting promotion or a pay increase and fall prey to 3 main behavioral pillars.  As long as these three traits reside in your psyche,  success is almost impossible.

# ONE: In 1993, I auditioned for Cirque du Soleil while living in Manhattan on the most meager of budgets. Prior to the Cirque audition, professional rejection had become common-place. Fate tempted me to give up on my dream and head home to the small town of Blankenberge on the coast of Belgium. 

At the end of almost 2 years of struggle in Manhattan, I had lost belief in my ability to ever achieve my American dream. Without hope and confidence, aspirations die before they ever had the chance to breathe and live. 

My life changed when my attitude changed! When I believed that I could and deserved to fly, my wings appeared.

At the time I'd never heard of Cirque du Soleil. I thought it a silly idea to audition for a circus.  I had not sacrificed everything in Belgium to run away with a circus, wear over-sized shoes, a red nose and clean up elephant dung. During the audition I initially felt our of my league and intimidated. When i reminded myself that I had as good a chance as anyone here, everything changed. I forgot about my insecurities and doubts.  I felt free and hopeful. I lived in the moment with childlike vigor and performed with the utmost enthusiasm and confidence. 

Believing in your potential and that you deserve what's on the other side of doubt, risk and fear will set you free. Believing makes you confident and gives you wings. As long as I didn't believe in me, my subconscious would only attract, disappointment and failure.  

What separates achievers from those who never live their dreams is the belief they can and will, even when tempted to give up. They simply can't let go of their dream because their conviction compels them to keep going. they know success will be theirs. They remain optimistic midst the rejection, the "no's" and the failures. The pursuit is relentless. A positive outlook is the constant. It helps them get back up at each standing count, when life has knocked them down. The first character trait that kills dreams is, "lack of belief."


# TWO: During the entire first couple of years of Manhattan life, I was constantly pre-occupied with what others thought about my abilities, what they thought about my "foolish" American dream and what they'd say if I failed. 

Being pre-occupied with what other's think or say is kryptonite to the dreaming and ambitious mind. 

The more we worry about the opinions of others, the more we are shackled, the harder it is to become our best self and succeed. Our purpose is not based on what other's think. Our purpose is based on what compels us to do what we do; your why? We must not allow our reason for being to be distracted by the values and expectations that others place upon us. 

Never feel the need to validate or explain your values, dreams and desires to others. Most won't understand. Others don't care. Not to mention, many are secretly hoping you fail. Deny the naysayers and doubters. It's your dream. The second character trait that kills dreams is, "worrying what others' think or say."


# THREE: When I moved to Manhattan to pursue my goals, it was not on blind whim. I had invested almost four years at a performing arts academy in Brugge, Belgium to hone  my talent and skills as a dancer. I spend hours, days, weeks and months envisioning what the dream looked and tasted like. I could smell it. 

In order to navigate any journey, a person must have the right tools, a plan or strategy, and the right attitude. At the onset of a pursuit, we usually don't even know which tools to buy, create ourselves and bring along. The more experience and knowledge we accumulate, the smoother the sailing.

As your skills and wisdom develop, you will need to keep your tools sharp and updated. Times change. Darwin and life teaches as the value of adaptability. Leverage your creative genius to overcome obstacles, problem solve and understand which new tools you will need and where to obtain them. Have the attitude of a constant learner. Even the master learns new lessons every day. Growth, development and improvement are never-ending. If you allow your skills and knowledge to plateau, you are inviting stagnation and decay.  It's the same as never updating software. In time you will find yourself left behind unable to remain effective or relevant. The third character trait that kills dreams is "outdated software."

When we're equipped with an effective roadmap and a positive mindset focused on ourselves and our destination, we are empowered. Empowered people are energized. Optimism doesn't guarantee success or achievement. It does, nonetheless, increase the odds exponentially. If you are filled with optimism, your approach to life will change, more doors will open and you will experience the power of flying without a net. 

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