TEDxDes Moines: Through a Different Lens

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.- Robert Louis Stevenson Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 was a great day. I was honored to be selected as one of the TEDxDes Moines speakers. The theme was “Through a Different Lens” so every talk integrated looking at an idea from a different perspective. The …

Keep Going and Growing

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During COVID, there have been highs and lows. Silver linings and things and people we miss. Many of us have pivoted in a variety of ways. In my recent podcast with Miriam Arond, she describes ways to pivot and makes it easy for us to understand. If you missed it, I invite you to listen. She is a wise Sage. …

Are you growing or learning or both?

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I’ve been thinking about the difference between learning and growing. Is there a difference? As I said in my last post, I am taking two online courses and it is keeping me busy–maybe too busy.  I know that continuing to learn and getting out of our comfort zones is good for us. It keeps us interested, relevant, and able to …

Now is the Time to Drop Your Tools!

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It is tough to make change of any kind.  We are creatures of habit and we have our routines both personally and professionally.  We have been taught to respond in predictable and rational ways.  But we are living and working in unprecedented times.  It is time to “drop our tools.”  In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; In …

Andrew Luck: Control Your Destiny or Leave it to Luck?

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Definition of LUCK:  success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. Full disclosure: While I may watch football once in a while, I am not a big fan.  After years of being a football and basketball cheerleader in both high school and college, I preferred basketball because I understood it better and it is less …

Why Purpose is Powerful

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One of my main conclusions from writing Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts, is that it is hard to be a good leader if you are not a good person. And being a good person just does not happen.  We have to continue to work at it or the ego will control us instead of us controlling the …

Learn the Trends in HR!

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On September 26th (5:30om-8:30pm), DisruptHR is taking place and I am fortunate to be one of the speakers.  I am excited to participate and my topic is titled:  Thinking Beyond the Money.  According to the website: DisruptHR DSM is a night of short, focused talks designed to energize, inform, and empower HR leaders, business professionals, and community leaders who are …

Advice for Graduates and for YOU and ME!

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This post is full of great advice for people of all ages.  It contains thought provoking wisdom we all can benefit from at least reading and thinking about now and for the future. NOTE:  My next monthly podcast will be posted this Friday the 13th!  If you take the time to listen to the wisdom of this Sage, please let …

Ever Wish To Be A Bird?

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It has taken a long time for spring to arrive in Iowa.  But the birds are returning which is nice to see and to hear. This post is to remind you of the wonders of the world.  Stay curious.  Being interested is interesting.  Have you ever wondered how birds can fly? For some reason, watching this video clip reminded me …