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Choosing Joy Is Not Easy During Stressful Times

I grew up attending church, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School from preschool to eighth grade. It truly gave me a foundation that I am still using today. One of my favorite songs we would sing in elementary school was “I Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy (Down in My Heart)”. It was a fun and catchy song for the kids and adults. We would get louder as we sang the lyrics “Down in...

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A Recipe For Empathy & That Time I Got Staples In My Head

You can’t have safety without trust. You can’t have vulnerability without safety. You can’t have empathy without vulnerability.

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Strengthen Your Team’s Communication With DISC

Imagine this situation, a meeting is called to discuss goals for the next quarter. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9am in the main conference room. The first person to arrive 10 minutes early is Dwight. He proudly says out loud to himself “Time is money! If you aren’t 10 minutes early, then you are late!” Next to arrive is Jan who is 5 minutes early. She looks at ...

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Surprise Your Team & Bring The Joy!

I love making people smile with surprises! Over the years I have found that I can do the same thing with my employees at work. When is it a good time to do a surprise for your team? ANYTIME! 😊 I am writing this blog because I think this is a perfect time to bring a surprise to your people. Most people are coming back after the holidays with a little hesitation. It’s not because t...

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Pick A Word For 2023 & Stick With It

It was several years ago when Steve Scherer introduced the concept of picking a word for the new year. This word would be something you could reference throughout the year. I was shocked how much it meant to me that first year and every year since. You can create goals that help make this word be a success throughout the year. It has encouraged me to see progress made monthly in many areas of m...

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Casting Your 3 Year Vision Plan

Recently, I was asked by our executive business coach to cast a 3-year vision plan for the company. It sounded like an easy task till I realized the deadline for this plan was coming up fast. There were so many questions and doubts in my mind on how to do this well. I started out by doing research on where “the experts” felt the direction of the next 3 years would be going. As I was...

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Tis The Season To Give Hope

My parents started a tradition many years ago where they gave each employee a hundred dollars at the CCB Christmas party. This gift was the way my parents wanted to show value and appreciation to the team. Employees could use the money to buy themselves a special gift or use it towards others. I know a hundred dollars doesn’t stretch as it once did. Last year I was told by an empl...

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5 Rules For Successful Meetings

How many times have you been in meetings where you show up because your name was on the invite but you have no idea what the meeting was going to be about? More than I want to admit. How many times did you try to do research or ask someone about the meeting details before showing up? Depending if I feel comfortable shooting from the hip so let's say 50% of the time. I wish!!! I bet ...

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Happy Thanksgiving! I know it was four days ago but it’s one of my favorite holidays so I’m extending it a little longer in this blog. I hope your holiday was shared with loved ones and friends. In my house it’s a special day to have a fire, drink coffee, watch parades, eat donuts, turkey/ham and tons of sides. We are sharing laughter, hugs, playing and watching foo...

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Fighting Burnout: Unplug, Untangle

“It FEELS like this thing we’ve built will come to a screeching halt if I step back.” Not true. The house won’t fall if I go for a walk.  

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