"Valley of Despair." That's what I called it in my book ("Inspiring Bold"). I first learned about the change curve when facilitating Lean events. A Lean event would bring together a team of 10-12 employees that would focus on break through change. The change curve used to describe the mood of the team as they worked… Continue reading How Mindfulness Leads to Meaningful Change
There is so much focus today on employees. What do they want? How do we help them be healthy? How do we connect them with the company mission? How do we give them purpose, such that they bring their best self to the job? Countless articles like " Show Me The Money. The ROI of… Continue reading Design Thinking Makes It Safe for Employees
There is always so much to do. Every once in awhile someone asks me, "why bother writing? A lot of work and you don't have huge following? " or " It's an interview no one really reads. Why do it?" I don't know. Sometimes I write because I am thinking like a child. Just… Continue reading “Why write?”
"Don't crack up. Bend your brain. See both sides. Throw off your mental chains!" Everyone has those points in life where it's hard. That voice in the back of your head that casts doubt especially when working through challenges in your life. The feeling that you are not where you should be or that you… Continue reading Don’t Crack Up!
I have been reflecting on various buying experiences with a common theme. When service is not quite right, I don't mention it. Even if asked directly, I sometimes gloss over the "bad" experience. It struck me when I was getting my oil changed at our regular car dealer. It seemed like a typical experience. The… Continue reading Would You Send the Steak Back?
I have been to every Dave Matthews concert for the last twenty some years (at least one per year, that is). In past, I have had revelations like just loving to watch this guy do what he truly loves. It's an incredible thing to admire. Someone in the moment of what they love to do… Continue reading Where Do You Learn?
Part of practicing mindfulness is just noticing what's around you. Sometimes it can be appreciating a conversation. Sometimes it can be remembering to say "thank you". Sometimes it can be stopping to listen to the sounds around us. And sometimes it can be seeing the world. Mother Nature at its best. I was taking a… Continue reading Weeding Out Human Bias?
An interview? Really? NFReads featured guests have included a multi-award winning SF author who was a programmer for an early Cold War air defense system, a two-time Cannes official selected film director with a best-selling memoir about his 500-mile hike across Spain, a best-selling Oprah Winfrey Network nutritionist and a Pennsylvania state representative who advocates… Continue reading Interview on Inspiring Bold – why buy “this” book?
(Artifacts recovered from former Philbrick Tavern in Farmington Township, MI) The Michigan Chapter of the National Speakers' Association put on another great workshop with Jess Pettitt taking us through hands-on activities on recharging and adjusting one's self to just "Do You!" Such a simple message right? But the workshop highlighted how much sometimes we are… Continue reading Great Workshop, Great Takeaways and Gratitude for Good People!
You might think, "Sure, Laura! You're headed to the book fair at the Plymouth Library this Saturday because you have a book to sell. " "Well, kind of." But I don't think about it that way since my journey to Servant Leadership. Mindfulness allowed me to slow down and look at moments in life like these and… Continue reading Why I am attending a library book fair and it’s not what you think!