l I hate starting new jobs.  Hate it.  Though by the looks of my resume you’d think it was a hobby of mine. During my career, there are two things I fear most: being hired and being fired.  In some cases,  you can’t have one without the other but both are mentally and emotionally draining. Being hired can be so exciting.  After you’ve been unhappy in a job, it feels like a God-send to ...
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  In the days of digital music, downloadable tunes and streaming options, today’s savvy listener no longer has to fiddle with the dials on stereos to find the right station or sound quality. Today’s astute listener has an ear for well-mixed tracks and sophisticated audio beds. Taking the Oscar this year for best sound mixing was the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Regardless of your taste in music, the appreciation of the effort, talent, and genius of ...
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  Recently, I was asked,  “What are the essential ingredients that make a successful team?"   Whether it was the word “ingredients” or the fact that my stomach was growling, the analogy to making the perfect dish seemed obvious. Start Strong's Recipe for a 5 Star Team: Talent = meat. This is our main course. The lack of talent is like the absence of meat in the main dish. (I don’t know how you vegetarians do it!) Just ...
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The boomerang effect is always at play. What you give to others will always come back to you. If you are serving, mentoring and sponsoring others, you will elevate your station and those good deeds will come back to you in new blessings. Consider a time when you put your effort and time into someone else, with no strings attached or reciprocal expectation desired. What happened? If you give it some thought you may recall ...
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  We all could hear Jerry Jones utter these words around October. All of us, at one time or another, has. Once you realize you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it they say. I’ve found that when I’m not intentional about who and what I need to help solve a problem, I’m not very good at fixing it. Analyzing the situation and taking stock of what’s around you could go further ...
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  It has always been illusive to me – “love what you do and do what you love”. I love having a job. I love being around fun, smart people. I love helping my organizations and team members grow; seeing the positive results from days and months of hard work and effort come to pass. But, I’ve yet to experience all of these in one place.  I would see glimpses of promise, but rarely did ...
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  These days when we hear the word “yokes” we think of those bright yellow circles (a.k.a yolks) packed with protein as a healthy way to start the day. But, just 200 years ago, the other "yoke" was a part of life – and not just the edible ones. Before there were high-powered machines, weather reports, distribution centers and the FDA, there were just farmers. Farmers used oxen to plow fields and produce as much ...
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  Spin classes are tough. The varying speeds and resistance coupled with a heart rate of 160 BPM and screaming muscles all tell you to stop – and, you’re not even going anywhere. It’s all stationary. Seriously. We are working this hard and literally going nowhere. What is also equally interesting is there is a brand of stationary bikes called “Life Cycle” used at YMCA’s spin classes I’ve attended. Which, as the name implies, you ...
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  There are millions of articles and lots of smart people who promote the importance of employee training. Often, it takes the form of checklists, binders, lectures, power points and the like when it comes to onboarding a new hire. Unfortunately, often employee training doesn't occur at all. Training for anything worthwhile takes quite a bit of effort. An investment of time and from my experience, a whole lot of grit, discipline and pain points. ...
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  When I first started my career, in 2000, the tide was just starting to change. Women were taking more leadership positions, the workplace was starting to fully embrace technology and Gen X was rising in the ranks. Just recently I noticed how my degree at my alma mater has changed since the time I earned it. It now has incorporated human resources, entrepreneurship and e-commerce classes that were not part of the curriculum in ...
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