The Power of a Smile

I refused to smile for my high school senior portrait. I thought it would make me look “cool” to deny my natural inclination to smile. And for a 17-year-old, it’s all about looking cool. News flash: a stern demeanor doesn’t make you look cool [professional] [smart] [serious]. It makes you look stern. The Power of […]

The Great Eight of Effective Leaders

As a speaker at the Society of Human Resource Professionals Florida State Conference this week, I had the privilege to meet Dan Rather. He delivered the keynote address on The Great Eight of Effective Leaders and admittedly, it was an aspect of the conference I looked forward to with great anticipation. In my mind, Rather is […]

The Synergy of a Multi-generational Team

One generation can make a big difference in how people view the world. Cultural values shift and the events that shape our lives vary dramatically in the span of several decades. Consider world events that are indelibly printed in your memory. Where were you when you heard the news of the planes crashing into the […]

What Happens in an Internet Minute?

At a recent training with Human Resource professionals on Social Media Guidelines for the Workplace, the audience had some laughs over the statistic that worldwide, more people own cell phones than toothbrushes. Seriously. There are over 7.4 billion people in the world and an estimated 7 billion mobile phones, but only 3.5 billion own toothbrushes. […]

Manifesto for Effective Leaders

Effective Leaders Never Quit Effective Leaders Put Others First Effective Leaders Engage in Courageous Communication Effective Leaders Have a Positive Attitude Effective Leaders Have a Thankful Spirit Effective Leaders Live Life with Passion Effective Leaders Stay Cool Under Pressure Effective Leaders Love to Be Part of a Team Effective Leaders Can Laugh at Themselves Effective […]

Seven Guidelines for Leading Well

What characteristics do heroes and role models have? Your answers reveal a lot about your core values. Clearly, leadership has a universal quality; it can be observed from the sandbox to the boardroom. It is not a title or a position. It is more accurately depicted as an action rather than a characteristic – a […]

Blogging 101: Fundamentals & Facts [Infographic]

Why Blog? Most posts about blogging focus on the marketing benefits of maintaining a blog. Undoubtedly, it facilitates your content being seen by more people. If you are establishing or expanding your online presence, blogging makes sense on many levels.  It helps establish your expertise, builds trust with your audience, and functions as a tool for […]

Anger Doesn’t Have to Bite

Anger can be like fire; it can burn your house down or you can cook dinner with it. The difference is in whether the heat is controlled and directed. Everybody gets angry. Some personalities tend to run hotter than others but we all deal with anger. When it becomes a daily state of mind, it’s time […]

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

Courageous communication is a key to successful relationships. Whether working with a team to create a healthy business culture or applying it personally to boldly address hard subjects, it describes honest, clearly articulated conversations about issues that matter. It is a proven way to build an atmosphere of trust. Since my natural personality tendency sets […]

When Things Go Wrong: Iphone iOS9 Update Advice

Ever had a simple project you allotted an hour for that turned into something like eight hours? That’s what happened this weekend when I tried to update to the latest operating system for my iPhone: iOS9. Rather than walking you through a blow by blow account of what I went through in trying to get […]