Testing our Humanity


This event is testing our strength as individuals and as a society.  It is also testing our humanity.  We see indications of both strength and weakness in this respect.  Neighbors are checking on and helping each other: volunteers are telling up to serve their communities in any and every way they can; manufacturers are retooling their operations to produce urgently needed supplies and equipment; and […]

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What to Do with Time on Our Hands


Pandemic…crisis…emergency…disaster…every word used to describe COVID-19 raises images of doom, gloom and apocalypse. That’s why I am doing my best to avoid using those words. My attitude (which earned me the nickname “Pollyanna”) is one of a glass half full and there’s always a bright side to look on – even in a situation such as this. Do I experience moments of depression and worry? […]

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Happiness is a choice


Happiness is a choice.  Here are some ideas to get you moving in the right direction towards being a “Happier You”: 1. If you don’t like your life, change it.  Take control. There is really nobody holding you back but you. 2. Be generous. Happy people are giving of both their time and resources. Volunteer and be part of something bigger. Make a difference! 3. […]

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Resolve to Be Better in 2020


As we end one year and begin both a new year and a new decade, let’s all resolve to be more positive on social media in 2020. The world is filled with enough contention and negativity without multiplying it on social media. These serve only to magnify and expand the effects on even more people. It can also affect our personal, supporter and client relationships. […]

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What do you do when you’re done? – Part 1


You have built a business from the ground up or built your career by climbing the ladder from the bottom up.  You have put your blood, sweat and tears into it.  You have sacrificed time that you could have spent with your family and friends.  You have set aside things you enjoy, like hobbies and volunteering for local organizations.  But your sacrifices were not without […]

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Elements of Success


What does it take to be successful – as a business, as an employer, as an employee? There are two essential elements: 1) constantly strive to be better at what you do and 2) be “present”. The most successful people are open to opportunities for growth, are consistent and reliable, and focus on their goals and objectives. A business succeeds when it is driven by […]

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Reflect on Your Business Personality


What is your business culture? It’s the personality of your company (whether that’s online, providing a service, or in a storefront) and part of your brand. What do your employees and customers experience with your business? How does it feel to be a part of what you do? Are you more formal or creative? Are you specialized or eclectic? Is your business fast-paced or relaxed? […]

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Volunteer: Do it for you. Do it for your community.


The greatest gift you can give yourself is to help someone else. In lifting others, we lift ourselves and become part of a better, stronger, healthier community. When you volunteer, you connect with others who have a giving spirit. Collectively, you are helping to build something better. Anyone who has volunteered for a cause will tell you it changed them. It heightens your awareness of the struggles of […]

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Make an Appointment With Yourself


Achieving newly laid business or marketing goals in the new year often either gets “put on the back burner” or gets pushed to the top of your list despite a desk piled high with things to be done.  How do you make sure you take care of business while making time to move forward with your plans?  Make an appointment with yourself. We are all […]

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The Employee Life Cycle…It’s not a Straight Line


In developing career pathways to meet organizational needs, Human Resource Professionals often talk about the “employee life cycle.” In simple terms, that can be described by the following illustration:       While the employee life cycle is often viewed as a straight line, I ask employers to consider how they manage the part of the employee journey that is not in a straight line. […]

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