30 Day Challenge: 1+ Personalized Appreciation/day

I have recently gotten back to a habit I formed years ago: sharing a personalized appreciation at least once per day.  In most cases, I think of someone in my life and reach out. This is done at random and with no selective process. Some days I think of my college roommate (hi Suz!), some...

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Can People Change?

When I first started studying business psychology I was a naive 17-year-old with a vision of everyone loving their work.  I truly believed that it was possible to shift organizations into places people felt comfortable enough to bring their best selves while feeling rewarded, recognized, and fulfilled. I soon learned that in order to shift...

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What most surprised me in PyeongChang

I absolutely love watching and/or being in the presence of people doing what they are great at.  In February of 2018, my husband and I traveled to South Korea to support a friend of ours that was competing in the Olympics.  I grew up watching both the summer and winter Olympics on television every two...

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Waking Up in a Lion’s Cage

The first dream I ever remember having was when I was 5 or 6 years old.  And to this day, the dream is still incredibly vivid. I can feel the little hairs on my arm stand up as I think about it now. In this dream, I woke up in a lion’s cage. The lion...

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What are you hoping the future will hold?

What are you longing for? Take a moment and allow yourself to dive into optimism about your future (while remembering the constraints of physics and other realities of the planet Earth). Focusing on the positive only, how do you hope you will be able to finish these sentence-stems a year from now? — Physically, I am…...

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How to Start a Difficult Conversation

I find many of my clients are unsure of how to start a potentially awkward or difficult conversation. For a particularly important or sensitive conversation, I typically recommend investing about 10x the time the conversation will take in your preparation.  After going through that prep, isolating what is most important to get across and what...

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  • June 25, 2017
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Organizational Culture

I have studied organizational culture for decades.  It is one of my favorite subjects as I believe bottom-line success, customer satisfaction, employee retention and personal fulfillment all stem from culture.  It was an honor to share a taste of my research on the subject in this talk.  Specifically, I am addressing the need to maintain...

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