Marie Kondo, Work, and Letting Go 

I’d been absent from the air waves for a couple months. Why? Mainly because of one key decision in 2018: to take the Portland Underground Graduate School class, Financial Freedom 101 (FF101). FF101 blew so many things out of the water for us in terms of what we “thought” we had to do in order to retire. It taught us…Continue Reading

Lessons from the Shark Tank About Work

Several years ago while visiting my mom, I stopped by to find her watching “Shark Tank,” a TV show where entrepreneurs seek investments from wealthy “sharks” to help them take their business to a new, and sometimes substantial level. Back then, my mom was a little old lady in Indiana with no illusions of starting a business. I asked her why…Continue Reading

Truths About Organizational Change

Raise your hand (or drop me an email) if you love being told what to do! I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of hands raised out there nor will I get a lot of emails from most of you.   Whether you’re a teenager being told to pick up your socks or professional going through a…Continue Reading

Our One-Year Experiment with Agile

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to apply agile to our life. If you’ve been following the newsletter for a while, you might remember. In fact, you might have been convinced that, like many resolutions made in January, this one would drop off by Valentine’s Day. To be fair, I wondered about that, too. We set…Continue Reading

Fast Lane to High Performing Teams

It seems like it would be great to be from the south, and not just for the biscuits. Why? Mainly because of people like Dr. Phil. When he says something like, “You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge,” we all just shake our heads in agreement, “Yup, he’s right.” “Foundations are built, they don’t just…Continue Reading

Listening: The Secret Sauce to Great Results

Listening: The Secret Sauce to Great Results “When one person is doing most of the talking, no one is listening – not even the person talking.”  – Kim LaFever It’s the Meeting from Hell (MTH) and we’ve all been there.  You know, the one where someone, or maybe two people, dominate the air time. Meanwhile, the…Continue Reading

What to Do When Your Work Looks Nothing Like the Ad?

What to Do When Your Work Looks Nothing Like the Ad? You know those “lifestyle brand” ads you see where all the people look healthy, vibrant, and radiantly blissful while doing yoga on the beach?  The ones where the people always look so fit and happy?  The ones you might envy and hate all at…Continue Reading

Happiness At Work

Happiness at Work Wouldn’t it great to feel happy at work most of the time and not just because it’s somebody’s birthday and there are cupcakes?  I’m working on a class for the Portland Underground Graduate School (PUGS) about happiness at work which has me pouring through literature on happiness, authenticity, team work, longevity and more.…Continue Reading

Culture Change is an Inside Job

Culture Change is an Inside Job Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring back the company culture you used to love? What can you do if the leadership books you’ve been reading aren’t making much of a difference? Do you ever feel stressed and exhausted a few days after your vacation and not know why? Would…Continue Reading

Do Unto Others – It Works!

8 AM.  The Lyft driver stops a few houses away.  There is momentary confusion as I wave him up to my house.  He jumps out and grabs my bag with apology.  I hop in the backseat and immediately have that moment of awkwardness: where are you expected to sit in a Lyft when you are on your own? As we…Continue Reading

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