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Calm Amidst Chaos

Calm Amidst Chaos

When I speak to professional organizations about integrating mindfulness as a resource for leaders to be calm and focused as they lead, I am often met with comments such as....   "I don't have time to meditate" "That's a soft skill, I need more tangible ways to be more productive...I...
4 Tips to create a psychologically safe work culture

4 Tips to create a psychologically safe work culture

What was intended to be a short, positive meeting turned sour quickly.   The staff had gathered to discuss how changes in the department were going.  All feedback up to this point from various staff members was positive.  As the Trainer I anticipated the good vibes to continue and celebrating...
Three Assumptions For The Good

Three Assumptions For The Good

You could feel the tension when you walked into the room.  The staff had heard negative rumors about the new manager and their guard was up.  They were skeptical and suspicious about change being positive. They had a great respect for their previous boss.  To say they weren't happy about the new...
Perspective

Perspective

I love looking out the window when I am washing dishes.  Looking at the flowers in the yard, the lilac tree when in bloom, and seeing what the birds are up to at the birdfeeder.   At our new home we don't have a kitchen window.  I told this to...
How I lost 27 pounds in 15 minutes!

How I lost 27 pounds in 15 minutes!

The first week I lost 27 pounds.  The second week 32 pounds, and  this week I hit my all time weight loss of 35 pounds in a week! Have I got your attention? No, it isn't a weight loss diet or the latest supplement that accelerates fat burning calories.  It's...
Accepting Change

Accepting Change

In anticipation to a move later this summer to a smaller home, I am in the midst sorting through "stuff".  Files, pictures, furniture are contemplated with the questions: "What do I really need?" "When was the last time I used this?" "Where will I put it?" I find myself being torn between...
How Do Baking and Conflict Management Mix?

How Do Baking and Conflict Management Mix?

I have always had a love/hate relationship with baking and cooking.  Though I come from a long line of amazing bakers and cooks, I did not inherit that gene!  Case in point I was raised in the Midwest where I was involved with 4H, a youth organization that promotes responsibility...
Present, But Not There

Present, But Not There

Presenteeism.  This one word costs U.S. employers between $150-260 billion a year.  It's a concept that is identified as a contributing factor to lower productivity and higher costs to employers.  By definition presenteeism is usually associated with employees coming to work who are medically ill, have an injury, or have...
Peace Gives Power

Peace Gives Power

It started out as a typical day for Antoinette Tuff at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy Elementary School.  When suddenly a gunman entered the school stating "We are all going to die today". During this unexpected moment of crisis, she had a choice to react with panic or to...
Teen Teaches Adults About Focus with Tag Words

Teen Teaches Adults About Focus with Tag Words

Much has been written about teenagers' difficulty with focus. Most often, it is cited as a sign of immaturity. The Psychiatric and medical community even have a diagnostic code Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) that justifies the use of mediation for such a condition.  A 15-year-old Somali boy has recently shown...