July 28, 2016

Why You Should Make Small Talk Everywhere You Go

The humidity hung in the air like a greenhouse. My volume-less hair was sticking to the nape of my neck. Waiting out the rain at a baseball game with over two thousand other baseball fans required that I continually hold my daughter and my back was starting to ache. I had just ran back up to the concourse for the third time in one inning because the fickle weather simply could not make up her […]
July 15, 2016

“Renegade Rules” for Coaching Employees

A while back, I attended a seminar featuring author Heather Shumaker. She shared many of her practical and yet, counter-intuitive, ideas from her best-selling book It’s OK NOT to Share…and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids. Since becoming a mother, I often find myself struck by the parallels I see between being a parent and being a leader, especially if the direct supervision/management of employees is part of the leader’s role. Sometimes, […]
May 18, 2016

Choosing Your Focus

It’s been said that whatever we focus on, expands. That’s certainly true in a broad sense, but it also applies directly to relationships. Watch today’s quick video to see what I mean… Whenever I find myself frustrated with a person in my life, if I’m being honest, I can admit that I’m focusing on all the things that drive me nuts about them. Isn’t that weird? How easy it is to fall into the trap […]
April 19, 2016

Accepting Constructive Criticism

On a scale of 1-10, how coachable are you? At first glance, it may seem this isn’t a question the average person would answer. And maybe if you have no desire to get better at what you do that’s true. If that’s the case, stop reading right now. This article is not meant for you. If you’re a person who strives to get better, who wants to hone your craft or become the best in […]