The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

Owning Your Own Social Media

Maybe it was just January's resolution season, but it seems like I heard a lot of "I'm quitting Facebook" or "I'm done with Twitter" in the past month. When I asked why, people had some good reasons, FaceBook's privacy and data collection issues among them. But other I found less credible: "I am just so tired of seeing all of the political stuff" or "The people I want to hear from least are the ones I see most." And my favorite "I like it seeing posts from my friends, but whenever I look at my feed, it's all just so nasty and negative."

My 2018 Game Changers

OK, OK, I swear, this is the last round-up post from 2018.  However, it's been my tradition to share a few things that were real game changers for me in the past year.  No surprise they often involve food and drink, and yes, I realize I'm late to the party on many of them. Forgive... Continue Reading →

5 Leadership Habits to Leave in 2018

As we close the old year and look forward to a new one, it's time to look at a few habits that seem to have made a comeback in 2018.  Whether you are new to the workforce or have a wealth of experience, sometimes, old habits need to go.  Times change and as we develop... Continue Reading →

Quotes for 2018

Years ago I picked up the habit of writing down a quote each week in my planner.  It might be something I read, or heard, or that spoke to me on the internet.  Sometimes, it's related to the news of the day or a project.  In past years, I've shared these with a great group... Continue Reading →

Bringing Your Whole Self

Recently, on my way to a lunch meeting, I caught a FarmHer minute on RFDTV. RFDTV for those not in the Ag world is the rural television news station with everything from weather reports to rodeo standings.  I listen to it on Sirius/XM to keep up with the daily market reports.  (Yes, I am a... Continue Reading →

Updated: My Latest Favorite Leadership Reads

As a long-time business book editor, I am the first to notice that there is truly not much new in the world of leadership. I’m also usually the first to call BS on concepts that are, well, not my cup of leadership tea.  Looking for some great resources for NFP that pass my personal muster,... Continue Reading →

Paying for the Magic

Recently, a friend was complaining about an upcoming business trip.  Between meetings, and presentations, manning a trade show booth, and group dinners, she was already exhausted.  It didn't sound like her company gave staff much room for variation on a set schedule. I suggested my favorite recipe for self-care on a business trip especially when... Continue Reading →

Four Days in Mexico City: A CDMX Itinerary

We spent four days in Mexico City last January and many of you have asked for our itinerary.   Five of us met there for several days of food, culture, and history (and a fair number of cocktails and bottles of Champagne.)  We left more undone than done, but it gave us lots of reasons to... Continue Reading →

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