Politics, Oh My!

Wow, after a brief social media post about DACA, I had a hailstorm of comments. Mostly folks who want to engage in the conversation, but two key thoughts about why we’ve become an apathetic country when it comes to politics arose from that thread. Here they are: 1) Americans don’t engage in political conversation because […]

Going the Extra Mile

This week I’ve thought a lot about going the extra mile. Do I have to do as much for people as I do? Probably not. Does it make me stand out from the crowd? Absolutely. Now, I don’t go the extra mile to be recognized or to gain favor from a potential client. I do […]

You Aren’t Alone In This Journey

Ever have those moments when something hits you between the eyes? It was one of those mornings for me as I spent some quiet time reflecting on why I do what I do, is this the right path, am I doing what God wants me to do? Big, life questions we all ask at some […]

The Reading List

A few years back one of my business coaches challenged me to read more business books and articles. Honestly, I could think of nothing less exciting than that, equating these types of books with heavily academic, above-my-head language and style. However, it was a good challenge. One I thought about and initially did out of […]

Millennials Made Us Do It – and Other Blame Games

I had a great conversation with my Millennial nieces this past week. We talked about the perception of how Millennials were ruining the world as we knew it. Specifically, we were talking about how big shopping malls were changing because of online shopping and the trends toward smaller boutiques. I’m pretty sure Millennials are not […]

Why Trust Matters

I worked with a group recently that had a lot of conflict on their team. There were a lot of reasons for the continuing conflict – lack of direction, multiple communication styles, multi-generational organization, remote office locations, employees who felt unappreciated etc., the list could go on forever. In an attempt to remedy some of […]

Taking Action

All summer I’ve been thinking about how I need to start doing some simple strength training exercises. The more I read about muscle loss during your 40s, 50s and 60s, the more I realize it’s my actions now that set me up for success later. (And in an interesting side note, recent research has shown […]

Perception is Reality

Wow, this is so true! Something may not be true in anyway, but if the perception is it’s true, then the impact of that perception is reality. Let me explain. I worked with a team recently who had the perception if anyone spoke up against the boss, that person would get fired. True and factual? […]

Just What We Don’t Expect

Today I’m working from our local swimming hole, a sweet little place called Troll Beach. It’s a sandy bottom pool filled with aquatic water slides and obstacle courses for the kids to burn energy. I get to sit in the lovely little pavilion on my laptop while my son and his friend swim. As I’ve […]

When Too Many Good Things Collide

I spent the past five days at an intense, amazing National Speakers Association conference called Influence 17. While there, we had 15-16 hour days of absorbing knowledge from experts and people one step farther down the path from where we are. It was the perfect collision of too many good things, all competing for my […]