Photo: "Inspiring Bold" by Laura Kempf I first learned about the Change Curve in Lean training. Lean events were about "change" - bringing people together to reinvent the process. This meant letting go of silos. Letting go of bias. And letting go of what employees were currently doing. Change, in short. And "change" is hard.… Continue reading The Valley of Despair: what my class taught me about change
I have a confession. I had lost a little steam with writing. Not sure why. Maybe because the book didn't fly off shelves like I thought it might. Maybe because I even had a hard time getting reviews on Amazon. Or maybe because life is just so plain busy. And even more now with… Continue reading Maybe I Just Need to Ask?
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!
Adam Sandler absolutely rocked it in Detroit, MI with “100% Fresher”. All new material and more than just jokes. It included stories, songs, fun with the audience and even a sing-a-long! Completely fresh material as promised. While I thoroughly enjoyed the show, I couldn’t help but be reminded of key leadership traits to share: Authenticity:… Continue reading What can comedian Adam Sandler teach us about leadership? A lot, actually!
I thought long and hard about you. Busy. Overwhelmed with information. I even did a little Design Thinking persona on what you might be thinking and feeling. With that in mind, I came up with three reasons why you might consider purchasing my book, and guess what? They are about you! Reason Number Three: Stories… Continue reading It’s not me. It’s you!
Transformation is hard work. It’s change and people are creatures of habit. Think of any routine people strive to break. Losing weight. Biting Nails. Exercise more routinely. Heck, we highlight these changes in the annual ritual of New Years' Resolutions. Resolutions that barely turn around and sustain. This might seem daunting, dismal and sometimes just… Continue reading What Drives You?
I remember participating in my first huddle. In the true sense of “practicing what we preach,” our lean team decided to huddle around certain metrics for our work. At the time, we chose to track event preparation and agreed on a stretch goal. This is what we always did in lean events. Shoot for the… Continue reading “Red” is beautiful
If you had asked me a year ago that I would be requesting a proof of my book, I would have told you, “you’re crazy!” And yet here I am, staring at the laptop with a picture of my book, Inspiring Bold, staring back at me. My finger presses the “enter” button and… Continue reading “Proof” That Dreams Come True