15 Feb 2021

Cultural Diversity and Mastery
What if each month we chose a different culture to educate ourselves about and to celebrate? We may ask ourselves, “why is this important?” Well, we learn more about ourselves while we learn about other cultures and communities. It helps us develop soft skills, like understanding, inclusion, open-mindedness, empathy, compassion, while we learn about the history and cultures of others. Le...

13 Jan 2021

Change in 2021
Here we are at the beginning of another new year. Typically, if you are like me, you start January thinking that things will be different, creating resolutions with promises to do better and be better. In some ways the beginning of a new year is exciting . . . like the first day of school. It’s a clean, fresh start, like a shiny, new notebook. Hopefully we have gained some experienc...

30 Dec 2020

Leadership is Action
Leadership is like an airplane mask: you need to focus on yourself first. Effective leadership starts with expanding our own knowledge, learning about the world around us, the people we work with, and being willing to learn about ourselves. “I need you to help Susan.” Translation: “I need you to fix Susan so she fits in with how I think our company should run.” These are thoughts fr...

04 Nov 2020

Email Management
When I was in my twenties, in my second job out of college, I took a course to help me get organized. The focus was to learn and incorporate new practices to help manage priorities, time, and paper! Of course, we had email (I’m not THAT old) but not to the extent that it rules our life today. The practices and “tricks” I learned in that course many years ago can be applied and updated...

21 Oct 2020

Microaggression may seem like a trendy buzzword, but for many people it’s a reality being endured on a regular basis, in and out of the workplace. As stated by Gina Torino et al in Microaggression Theory, “Microaggressions are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to certain individuals because of their group membership (e.g., race, gender, culture, religion, social cl...

09 Sep 2020

In my meditation today I received a prompt, “What do I need to take a stand for?” Over the years I’ve taken a stand for my kids – advocating for the specialized instructional style to help my younger daughter thrive, taking a stand for my son after several sports injuries presented potential lasting effects, and taking a stand for all three of my children as we navigated a new design to ...

25 Aug 2020

We seem to be in this “new paradigm” with the world feeling upside down this year – and for much longer than any of us expected! In previous discussions we have looked at resilience as an attribute that must be practiced, building it like a muscle. In our current situation, however, much more is required than just short spurts of energy that resilience suggests. While some may use the...

23 Jul 2020

There are two types of attitudes: fixed and growth mindsets, as described by Dr. Carol Dweck’s, Mindset, The Psychology of Success. Fixed mindset believes a person’s level of talent or intelligence is set in stone – that we are born with a certain set of characteristics – that we either “have it” or we don’t. People with a fixed mindset measure success by inherent intelligence. They ofte...

26 May 2020

Perspecitve
How does your perspective shape your reality and impact your business? There are a couple of ways to look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and life. What we know for sure and the perspective we bring to our circumstances are not always the same thing. What we know for sure: COVID-19 has had an impact on the world at large People are getting sick, some ...

18 Apr 2020

The Power of Positive Leadership
“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction, that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt There is a lot of fear in the world right now and as a leader, it's crucial to embrace the power of positive leadership. We must lead with positivity for our teams, our clients, our vendors, our colleagues, our community, and for ourse...

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