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The Destination of a Conversation

One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is to jump in the car with Tom and head out to explore an area without any particular destination in mind. I love stumbling upon quaint little towns with their specialty shops, unique restaurants, hidden history, and interesting conversations with proprietors or patrons. I instantly relax into the freedom of wandering …

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The Code of the West

By now, most of you know that I am a proud native Texan which means I have a strong affinity for anything to do with cowboys—art, history, ranching, rodeos, music, poetry, jewelry, and just Western culture in general.  Because of this, I’ve known about the Code of the West for a long time but was recently reminded of it by …

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Build It and They Will Come

One of the most famous movie lines in history is “Build it, and they will come” from the movie, Field of Dreams. The actual line is “Build it and he will come” which refers to the character, Ray and his deceased father, an avid baseball fan.  Regardless, the sentiment is that to attract what or who we want, we must …

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The Lesson of the Labyrinth

Last month, my work took me to Wimberley, Texas, which was immensely satisfying on multiple levels. I had the privilege of providing a Vision Calibration Retreat for a wonderful new client at an amazing event center. And my client insisted we stay in their incredible weekend retreat home situated right on the banks of the beautiful Blanco River. Afterwards, back …

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20 Seconds of Insane Courage

In 2011, I was thoroughly enjoying a new and growing relationship with my now-husband, Tom. My attention was so focused on this new love in my life that I completely missed some everyday things … like most of the movies, TV series, and news events of 2011.  Looking back, that experience taught me some important lessons about the value of …

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An Army of Champions

I recently watched a keynote address by master storyteller, Kindra Hall. In it, she related that her company, Stellar Collective, had interviewed thousands of employees in hundreds of companies and asked these questions: Do you know the story of how this company was started and why? Do you know what challenges or setbacks this company has faced and conquered? Do …

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The Three “R’s” of Feedback

Giving feedback to redirect a person’s behavior is an essential professional skill, especially when we need improvement and change. But, feedback is often given poorly and can subsequentially be more damaging than helpful. I have found that remembering the three “R’s” of feedback helps me to reel in my emotions, keep my eye on the prize, and deliver the feedback …

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Quick Decisions

There are moments when, right or wrong, we must act decisively and swiftly. No wiggle room. No time to ponder and kick around ideas. No vacillating. Only action. Two days ago, I was faced with a moment such as this:  A rattlesnake was in my laundry room. If my hands hadn’t been shaking so badly, I would have a picture …

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Course Corrections

In my career, my only professional jaunt outside of dentistry and communications coaching was working for a local winery in my early 30’s as a marketing manager.  The job was overall a great experience and one that broadened me professionally.  The winery was owned by a huge international liquor giant so this was my first and only “corporate” job. It …

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The “No Show” Epidemic

In December 2020, Futuredontics conducted a national survey to assess how no-shows and last-minute cancellations were impacting practices in dentistry. Here’s some of what they found: 88% of practices have at least one no-show every day and 57% experience at least four to ten no-shows every week. 60% said Mondays were the worst days, with Fridays coming in second. Most …