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The Gift of Feedback

One of the pleasures of getting older is the joy of having grandchildren. I’ve been blessed (so far) with seven inherited Grand Delights (as we refer to them) from Tom’s children with an 8th baby girl on the way in April. The current youngest, 10-month-old Jake, lives close enough that on most Tuesdays we get the privilege of caring for him while his …

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How Much Are You Worth?

How much should you be paid? How much are you worth? What should that pay be based on? Longevity in your position? Years in the industry? Your level of education? The ability to demonstrate your skills with measurable results? Here’s an important, alternative question: How much are you worth on the open employment market right now? If you went out today and interviewed for a new …

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Practice Makes Permanent

Tom and I recently picked up pickleball as our new physical activity of choice. The rules are easy. The pace is moderate and the equipment minimal.  And even beginners can get a great workout. After just a few rounds, I felt I was getting pretty good until… I saw them. The four young men who took the court next to me. They were clearly experts. They made …

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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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You Gotta Mean It

The words, “I’m sorry,” can sometimes feel like a true apology or just a great big brush-off. I’m reminded of a time when, long after its due date, a cushion I’d ordered from Pier One hadn’t arrived. For a week the tracking section of the UPS website stated it was “scheduled for delivery today.” After several attempts to track the package online, …