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2015…What a Year of Learning, Growing, and Resilience!
This month seems like a good month to write about the last year, 2015.  There surely have been some changes and some of them were definitely for the better.  Some, I’m not sure why they happened the way they did, and I’m still scratching my head.  Patience and resilience are...
How in an instant, your life can change!
It's not often that I feel like writing my thoughts down for others to read. The last time I wrote down my thoughts was when my dad was sick and he passed away. It makes sense that I'm writing again now that my mom is sick and, I know that...
Summer Landscaping
Last year when we were getting our southeast-side deck ready for summer, we decided to ask Zach of Cape Landscapes to build us a rock wall and it really turned out to be the best thing we could have invested in. In winter, we were able to decorate with some cool winter...
Taking The Fear Out Of Feedback
Lately, there have been lots of discussions about giving (and not giving) feedback. For some of us, it's relatively easy to just say what needs to be said. For more of us, there's a certain amount of fear about just saying what needs to be said. Even positive feedback is...
Mentor Leadership Part 6: R is for Relate
If you have been following along in previous articles, I have been using MENTOR as an acronym and applying each letter to an element important to the success of the mentor/protégée relationship. This month I want to share the letter R and if you want to look back at the...
Mentor Leadership Part 5: O for Opportunity
If you have been following along in previous articles, I have been using MENTOR as an acronym and applying each letter to an element important to the success of the mentor/protégée relationship. This month I want to share the letter O and if you want to look back at the...
Mentor Leadership Part 4: T is for Talent
When thinking of a better word for Teacher as the T in MENTOR, I thought that the word Talent may work better. Mentoring is also about helping to bring out the talent in people...isn't that what all of us have - Talent? Sure, teaching is always welcome and should...
Mentor Leadership Part 3
Choosing an N word within the word Mentor was a bit hard at first. For those of you who have not read past articles, I've been writing about being a Mentor Leader. Mentor leadership is just another style of leadership to consider and is a great skill to learn...
Mentor Leadership Part 2
Recently, I joined a group of terrific executive leaders and we are attending a series of workshops that promote forums for great leadership while discussing the latest leadership theories, ideas, and challenges. There's a combination of leadership personality styles and great discussions over case studies and new forums are...
Mentor Leadership
How mentors can develop great leaders both in work and life Mentoring others does not always come naturally to many of us and I would like to share some experiences that have helped me to focus and become better as a coach...
Transformation as a Way of Life
Lately, it seems that everyone is talking about transformations. Transforming the economy, transforming state government, transforming graduating seniors and even transforming the ways we think about life, health, fear and relationships. When you think about it, transformation seems to be part of why we are here. If we don't transform,...
Entrepreneurship from a Partner's Perspective
Being married to a natural entrepreneur has been very interesting, educational, exciting, stressful and prosperous. I actually come from a family of entrepreneurs, so owning a business wasn't a stretch for me. Since Ralph's been writing about entrepreneurship in his last articles, I thought it may be a good idea...
Book Review: Stephen R. Covey's The 3rd Alternative
This is a good book about synergy and people getting together to think of other ways to solve their conflicts or problems. I've always liked that word synergy, because it symbolizes the need to work together to solve stressful problems, such as conflicts with friends, neighbors, and school disputes,...
Collaborative Decision Making
Introduction to decision making… If you read Ralph's or Craig's article already, you will notice that they took the first two styles (directive and consultative) to write about this month.  The style I'm writing about takes the most time to process, and...
Letting Go
Years ago when my son was in high school I learned how smart a trait it is to simply let go of things that are out of my control. You may wonder what I mean by that so I'll tell you a quick story about how that worked out. My son...
Creating a Professional Image
Last month I wrote about the many ways leaders behave that turn people off from following them or believing in them. Listed in last month's article were the behavior segments, along with examples of what doesn't work and what does. As I pondered on a topic to write about this...
Behaviors That Keep Leaders From Becoming Great
Behaviors That Keep Leaders From Becoming Great There are many traits that we as human beings have learned since childhood. Some we learned from our parents, siblings, and other models in our young lives and some we learned at current or previous...
Emotional Transformations
Since coming home from Florida the latter part of September, I've had some adjustments to make. Even though I couldn't wait to come home and get back to my normal life as it was, there's been some differences in my emotions that I never experienced before. For the first time...
Knowledge Versus Good Behavior
During the last six months, particularly, I've noticed that there are lots of people who are very knowledgeable, educated, and have life-long experiences to "bank on." Some people's knowledge banks are filled with good intentions and ideas, and have skills to bring them forward in their business world with ease...
Collaboration is the KEY
Just finished reading a scientific magazine that captured my interest in my recent airport travels. There were lots of great articles about our brain and belief systems, the global warming concerns, and the physics of our brain’s intelligence. Each article had one theme in solving some of the challenges and...
Emotions Of Caregiving
There’s been some time to think about the last nine months while taking on the role of primary caregiver to my dad (and mom, at times) and I’m recalling many instances of emotional intelligence along the way. I believe sharing experiences about how emotionally intelligent people are is as awesome...
Parent's Health Care - How To Advocate
Often, we go through life with at least one purpose in mind at all times. That purpose could be as simple as brushing your teeth in the moment or as challenging as dealing or coping with difficult decisions throughout the day that are bound to come up because of...
The Art of Advocacy - When to Stand and Lead and When to Sit and Listen
Helping Care For Your Parents When The Time Comes (Part 2) Back in December I wrote about visiting my parents in Florida over the last five years to spend quality time. This...
Influence In The Leadership Arena
This month I’d like to write about the way leaders lead. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some inspiring leaders, some motivating leaders, and some competent leaders. Throughout my 60 years, however, I’ve known more controlling leaders than I care to talk about. When controlling leaders learn to let go...
Creatively Balanced Women in Today's Marketplace
In my travels from Maine to Florida and back again from the fall of 2010 to today, I noticed how creatively the women I've come across are combining raising children or helping their grandchildren and/or elderly parents and coming up with great ways to make money to bring more income...
Book Review: 1001 Ways to Reward Employees by Bob Nelson, PH.D.
While browsing and then reading this book, I learned that there are more than basic ways to reward employees. Of course, the basic ways have a section or two in the book and there are some great reminders in rewarding employees. In reading on, I found that there are many...
Helping Your Parents When The Time Comes
For the last five years, I have been making sure that I visit my parents, who live in Florida, at least three times a year. They are getting on in years and have had some serious health problems to overcome. I'm the oldest sibling in the family and I welcome...
Civility in the Workplace (part 3 of 3) The Benefits and Results of an organization who insists on Civility in the Workplace
The last newsletter I wrote about was what it looks like when companies insist that part of each employee's job is to be civil and respectful in the workplace. The following were the key points from in the abridged version from the last article: Insist as a...
Civility in the Workplace (part 2 of 3) - What It Looks Like When Companies Insist That Part Of Each Employee's Job Is To Be Civil And Respectful In The Workplace
Last month I talked about the overall cost of the "lack" of civility in the workplace and gave you the reasons for it and some possible overall solutions...click on this link if you missed it. This month I’d like to elaborate on some ideas that have helped others to be more...
Civility in the Workplace (part 1 of 3) - What all businesses and organizations should know about and how the bottom line is affected
There are some extraordinary percentages of US employees in the workplace who think incivility is on the rise. When you combine all the categories of incivility (from taking credit of others’ ideas and accomplishments to being physically abusive to others), you can image in this day of tightening belts...
What's New At Priority Learning
We have a new Facilitated Series starting on August 30th and ending on November 22nd.  We will be sending out information about how much folks have learned in the first series next week.  There've been five of eight sessions so far and the participants of this series have learned even...
Computer Stress - The Art of File Management
These last few months in 2010 have been the busiest that I can remember.  A major priority that recently popped into my life is traveling to visit my very senior parents, making sure to be a good advocate toward the many different obstacles of medical information and regular household chores. ...
Is Your Desk an Expert in Pile Management?
How many of you out there have desks that are filled with different piles (neat or messy)?  How about a priority pile or in-box pile? Do you have a look-at-it-later pile or a filing pile?  How many times do you look up and think, "I wonder what's in that new...
Transform Rut Stories into River Stories
As a coach in our organization I meet with a lot of people who need help with communications, getting along with co-workers, being more assertive, and becoming better leaders. Everyone I have met with wants more than anything to succeed in all areas of their work and life, and sometimes...
Speed and Volume Don't Generally Mean Quality
In my early 20s I often received positive feedback, such as, "You are doing the work of two people!" and "You are really good at multi tasking!" I prided myself in the fact that I could do more than one task or quickly and efficiently do things at the speed...
If You Believe, The Rest Will Come | Inspiring Believables
You know how you get these ideas in your head while doing your exercises or when you are getting ready for whatever the day brings you?  A couple weeks ago, I thought of a topic for this article that I felt should be written about and I had to quickly...
Team Learning and Developing, using Myers Briggs
Team Learning and Developing, using Myers Briggs While the whole world has been in the grip of the greatest recession of a lifetime, we have thought, "What kind of program can we...

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