The Taco Salad Principle

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There I was with an enormous serving of taco salad staring back at me. It was one BIG salad! No one seemed to notice, the family chatter continued around me like everything was normal. I suppose in some ways it was. This wasn’t the first time I’d faced an immense serving of taco salad. You see, my family is a diverse crew. Some eat dairy, some don’t. These two love tomatoes, the others prefer to skip them. Some eat more like bunnies, others more like carnivores. In order to appeal to the many preferences, I place all the taco salad … Read More

Navigating the Unknown

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My Thomas Guide was a lifesaver when I worked as a sales rep shortly after graduating from college. For those of you who are too young to know about maps of this variety, or didn’t live on the west coast, Thomas Guides were spiral bound street maps for specific areas. I had one for Santa Clara County and one for Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, and Ventura Counties to cover my sales territory. I heavily depended on my Thomas Guides to assist me in navigating my sales calls. The night before, I would map out the most efficient route, taking … Read More

How to Bring Out the Best in Your People

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It’s spring, so that means happy times in my yard. The weather’s been absolutely perfect for gardening! Watching the flowers in my yard bloom – that brings me joy! Even a trip to the mail box is an adventure because it’s a chance to see what new flowers have arrived on the scene. Flanking our front door, we have some lovely flower boxes. I love the idea of people being welcomed by a colorful profusion of blooms as they come to the door. My flower boxes don’t have the benefit of sprinklers like the rest of my yard. That means … Read More

Get Excited! Practical Ways to Boost Your Confidence

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Leading without confidence is like trying to drive a car without gas! It just doesn’t work! Confidence is a basic and necessary component of leadership, whether you are leading others or simply leading you! And it’s really a no brainer – you don’t want to fly in a plane with an unsure pilot, sit in the chair of a hesitant dentist, or surrender your locks to a tentative hairstylist! Last week I did something bold – you might even say rather crazy! I scheduled a haircut with someone brand new. No recommendations; not even an online review to guide my … Read More

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

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Hats look awesome on most people – I am just not so fond of how hats look on me. I am not quite sure why I chose to wear a hat when I got married, but that was a number of years ago! These days, I only wear hats out of necessity. I have a cute baseball cap with pearls on it that I wear to keep my hair from becoming a tangled mess when we are out on the lake having fun on the boat. I also have a knit hat or two with matching scarves  that I wear … Read More

You Think You’re Loving Your Team, But You’re NOT!

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Great leaders do two things: 1) They lead themselves well, modeling what they wish others would do. 2) They inspire others to achieve more than they ever imagined possible. Everyone has the opportunity to lead because leadership is much more than a title! If you’ve ever worked with children, you know that many of them can take over a class or persuade other children to follow their lead. Sometimes they even gain more followers than the adult in charge! That just goes to show you that leadership has nothing to do with a title. While there are some terrible leaders … Read More

12 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity – A Powerful Asset

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The old saying “Curiosity killed the cat” has given curiosity a bad rap! Originally intended to curb unnecessary investigation– think busybody types; people seeking information for the wrong reasons. Curiosity is actually a powerful asset when it comes to life and leadership! I promise it won’t kill you! Quite the opposite – curiosity has the potential to take your life and leadership to the next level! What makes curiosity beneficial? It encourages greater understanding, sparks growth, increases adaptability, and improves empathy. That’s not all! A little curiosity leads to discoveries and valuable conversations that result in significant breakthroughs, not to … Read More

Good News to Propel You Forward!

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I promise – the world is not falling apart! I know it can feel that way with the abundance of bad news! Honestly, I don’t think things are any worse than they’ve been in the past, but, thanks to social media, there are just more avenues for the bad news to travel. And with fewer people buying newspapers or tuning into the news on TV, the media often presents news stories in dramatic ways in an attempt to grab your attention and increase the number of viewers. Being bombarded with bad news does nothing good for you! In fact, it … Read More

4 Perspectives that Undermine Your Success

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It has been an exciting week for our family as my husband and I welcomed our third grandchild into the world – a beautiful baby girl. It is still a bit hard to believe that my daughter is now a mother and already making big decisions for her very own bundle of sweetness. Time certainly has a way of changing your perspective on everything from parenting to leadership, and when your perspective shifts, so does everything else. Like most new moms, my daughter is concerned about her little one eating enough, being exposed to germs, and is she still breathing? … Read More

The Secret to Weathering the Storms of Life

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Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria – the last couple of weeks have been tempestuous with a string of powerful hurricanes.  Even with ample warning, it is difficult to grasp the intensity that comes with such weather! You can prepare. You can evacuate. One thing you can’t do – you can’t control a storm. The recent hurricanes confirm that. My heart goes out to all who are attempting to put their lives back together after the destructive storms. Living in Georgia, and now Tennessee, pounding rain accompanied by wild thunder and lightning aren’t unusual. For a California girl like me, such storms … Read More