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What I learned from James Taylor about Employee Engagement

I had the privilege of seeing singer/song writer James Taylor in concert this week-end.  I anticipated to be entertained by this legend in the music industry with his classic hits such as "You've Got a Friend" and "Fire and Rain".  I got so much more as I watched how he...

Uninvited Guests at The Holiday Table

Many of us will be sitting around a dinner table over the next several weeks as we celebrate the Holidays - be it with family, coworkers, or a neighborhood cookie exchange.  The table represents a place of gathering, a time of connection, a place of replenishment - both in food...

The Choice To Choose

"In between stimulus and response there is a space, in that space lies our power to choose our response, in our response lies our freedom and our growth"  ~ Victor Frankl The above quote is the basis of why I selected "A Conscious Choice" as the name of my business....

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

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

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

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!

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

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?

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...