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Stop Boring Me!

Katherine is spending some time with family at her summer cabin this week so we are recycling this “oldie but goodie” from the past. Enjoy! It’s 2:30 p.m., but it feels like 6:00. You’ve been in this seminar since sometime this morning and, while it’s been full of good information, you’re on overload and squirming in your seat. Can you …

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The Little Book Club in the Corner

One of the first and best things I did when I found myself single at age fifty was to join a book club. It was a “meet-up” of diverse women who shared very little in common other than a big love for reading books, female comradery, and the musty smell of a well-stocked bookstore. Out of thirty total members, fifteen or …

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Positive Conflict

“I hate conflict, and I avoid it at all costs. It’s just how I’m wired. So I guess I just have to put up with it.” This was a statement made to me recently by a team member who was struggling in her job with someone who, in her opinion, was an overbearing supervisor. I believe this statement and belief …

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Meraki

When I discovered the word “meraki,” I could not stop saying it. “My food may not be 5-star, but I always cook with meraki!” I love the way it sounds, but even more I love what it means. It loosely translates as “doing something with such passion and care that you leave a piece of you behind in your work.” It’s …

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Understanding vs. Empathy

There are few customer service experiences that I dread more than getting a new phone from a cell phone provider. But, I had to recently and, as always seems to be the case, I had issues and needed to call the provider afterward for questions, clarifications, and general assistance to get this “latest and greatest” device to simply make a …

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When they go up, we come down

There have been countless moments in my life when someone or something triggered a big emotion within me. And that emotion always spawned an even bigger, often immediate, reaction from me. Most of those, I have later regretted. We are currently living in one of the most collectively stressful times in the last 50 years, and everywhere people’s reactions are demonstrating the …

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Love Labor

Most of us associate Labor Day with the official end of summer, but Labor Day was actually a holiday created in 1894 to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers. A creation of the labor movement, it constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. And …

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Jump!

Do you remember the experiment where a scientist studying the conditioning of animal behavior put a bunch of fleas in a jar and sealed it with a lid? I hadn’t thought about it in years but was recently reminded of it and its inherent lessons for us in a brilliantly written blog by my friend and colleague, Joan Garbo (https://joangarbo.com/,) where …

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Everything Changes

Every parent remembers that moment when a tiny pink or blue bundle in which your newborn baby has been carefully swaddled is laid tenderly into your waiting, anxious arms. In that moment, as you gaze into the eyes of your future, you somehow know that your life has been forever changed. Mine did at 11:50 a.m. June 26, 1983, when …

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Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my 61st birthday.  Do I feel old?  Sometimes.  And sometimes I still feel so young it seems virtually impossible that I’m celebrating this many years on the planet.  My mother used to tell me that after sixty she was often surprised to see the face that was looking back at her in the mirror because inside, she still …