4 Lessons that Build a Bridge to Better Days

Nature speaks and I am listening. A decade ago, when I studied in Central America with the Rainforest Business Institute, I was fascinated by the opportunity to apply lessons from nature found within the world’s most productive ecosystem to principles of business. Because of my educational background in horticulture, concepts such as biodiversity, symbiotic relationships, […]

How to Attract & Retain Top Talent

Chick-fil-A might bring to mind your favorite sandwich, but at the first Emerald Coast Chick-fil-A Leadership Summit, Mark Miller, Vice-President of High Performance Leadership made a memorable statement: “You might think we’re in the chicken business, but we are actually in the people business – and we serve them chicken. This emphasis is foundational to […]

Leaders are Listeners

As a school child, I was constantly reprimanded for talking too much. Mrs. Bissell, my 5th grade teacher, told me she saw the back of my head more than she did my face. (Apparently, I was always turned around in my desk talking to someone.) More recently, while in the gym, a trainer commented that […]

Lead with Laughter

I laugh a lot. I was unaware of how distinctive my laugh is until I was on a cruise with a bunch of friends. They informed me they could stand in the stairwell and listen for my laugh to locate what deck I was on. I would like to think it’s more musical than loud. […]

Survive or Thrive?

Today marked 3 months since Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City. Our community paused to take a look at how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. Thirty percent of our school children have not returned to schools that are doubled up and sharing campuses. Many have relocated permanently. In an […]