Want to Love Work and Life? Stop Using This Word.

Recently Hubbie and I were in search of a new apartment, and before long we stumbled on an amazing option.  We high-fived each other for finding this residential gem…with its beautiful garden and unbreakable new appliances. What a find!...we said…it’s our dream home! In our minds it was like our own little doll house... ...until it wasn't. In our case o...
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The Best Ever Leadership Lesson from Traffic School

I’m writing this through some bleary eyes, thanks to the fact that I was up until the wee hours of the morning finishing up traffic school. I did it on-line, in one sitting. Let’s just say I was near the deadline. Many won’t be surprised to hear this isn’t my first time at the traffic school rodeo. (To those who want to comment and berate me, please know I’...
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3 Words to Beat Your Doubting Brain

A few months ago I facilitated a multi-day planning session for a group of scientists in Michigan. I’d worked hard to get the project…and worked even harder once I'd landed it. Many hours were spent on planning with the CEO, who was waiting for me when I arrived on the big day. “Ready?” she asked, a bit expectantly. I smiled at her, looked her square in t...
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What We Can All Learn from My Monthly Freak-Out

I’m about to allow myself a moment of vulnerability with you. Brace yourself. There’s a certain day about once each month that I dread more than any other day. It’s the day I go into my accounting software and take a good, hard look at the numbers. I look at what I brought in. I look at what I spent. I compare them to what I think they should be. And then...
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Face this Fact – Have a Better Year

I bet you’re ready to kick a bad habit or two…perhaps add a healthy one for good measure. ‘Tis the season after all. As the new year officially gets underway many look ahead with a promise, a vow to make their lives better. Perhaps you’ve committed to manage your time better, to focus on the projects that matter, to arrive at meetings five minutes earlier...
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The Two Words That Get You What You Want

The first time I looked for a job I did it like everyone else. I perfected my resume, scoured the classifieds every day, followed up with HR. Regularly. I did it over and over again. It took almost a year, but I finally got a job in my field of broadcast news. My pay? $5/hour. My hours? 2am – 8am. The work? Typing reporter names on the screen. About 18 mo...
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