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December 19, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas is far and away my all-time favorite Christmas classic. The show opens with Charlie Brown not feeling any holiday cheer. He thinks Christmas has become too commercialized and focused on all the wrong things. He speaks with his friend/psychiatrist, Lucy, about it and she suggests he take over directing the local […]

December 18, 2017

I love Christmas movies. The joy of the simple, feel-good stories and the sweet nostalgia of watching the same shows and movies year after year just can’t be beat. For the few years on this blog, I dedicated several posts in December to Christmas classic movies.  Each posts was full of fun, practical inspiration from […]

December 13, 2017

If your desk is anything like my desk and your calendar is anything like my calendar, you probably feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start to get it all done. Once upon a time, my advice was to start with the “low-hanging fruit.” Knocking out the mindless, easy stuff gives you as sense of […]

December 7, 2017

Coach. Coaching. Coached … It has quickly become one of the most over-used words in our workplace lexicons. As in, “I coached him on XYZ-thing and he got better” or “All she needs is some additional coaching.” It’s been used so much that now “coaching” has become synonymous with “telling someone what to do” or […]

December 5, 2017

One of the best things about the organizations I’ve worked for is the constant feedback. Monthly, quarterly, annual … Feedback. Every project, every committee, every major meeting … Feedback. Report, metrics, trends … Feedback. There was and is never an excuse not to know where your performance stands. Yet there has always been one piece […]

April 11, 2017

Productivity has become a huge focus for me in 2017. Juggling multiple priorities for me is nothing new. However, as my responsibilities and team continues to grow, I have to be more organized in order to remain effective. I also have to be more aware of how I invest my time and energy. I have […]

March 9, 2017

Words matter. As someone who loves writing and spent decades in nerdy activities like theater and debate club, I know words matter. And I know verbal fillers are often a hindrance to us and our messages being taken seriously. A couple times a year, I reflect on the words I use frequently and eliminate phrases […]

January 24, 2017

Maxine Waters has brought me out of my indefinite blogging hiatus. The urban dictionary defines a “savage” as one badass muthafugger who does or says things no one else has the balls to do or say; a person or event that is brutal, yet awesome. Maxine Waters is a savage. Her pure, unadulterated savagery in […]

March 1, 2016

Transparent. It’s one of the biggest buzzwords used to describe management style and workplace culture today. Like all buzzwords, the definition of what “transparent” means in the world of work varies … For me, it is a management style and/or culture approach where parties are consistently forthcoming and clear about expectations and goals in order to achieve desired-outcomes. […]

February 11, 2016

Just after the start of the new year, I came across this story in my Facebook timeline about a school in North Carolina where teachers were discouraged from using “please” and “thank you” in communication with students. Coined as No-NonSense Nurturing, the idea behind the initiative is the teachers shouldn’t say “Please” or “Thank you” […]