The dangerous truth about business today that no one is discussing

  • Another female real estate agent disappeared this week, but police don't suspect foul play.
  • Often, people don't know what to say to colleagues or loved ones who they suspect might be considering suicide.
  • Don't tell someone who's depressed "it gets better." Do ask them specific questions about their emotions and their potential plans.

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Earlier this week, my Facebook news feed exploded with a story about a missing real estate agent in Connecticut. Her name was Christine McGugan. She was 48 years old, married, a mother of three girls. It's absolutely not surprising that most people concluded McGugan was kidnapped -- especially this week, with news feeds also showcasing pretrial hearings for the man suspected of murdering Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter. Those pretrial hearings included secret police recordings made of the suspect, Arron Michael Lewis, wherein he told police officers he would cooperate only if they would guarantee that he was charged in federal court and not state court. (Lewis apparently wanted to avoid Arkansas prisons.) McGugan's story has an unhappy ending, too, but for different reasons. When the danger lies within McGugan left a counseling session at a hospital without signing out about a week ago. Her car was found unattended on Tuesday night in a parking lot at a health ...