The Cubs and my Mom Share the Same Winning Approach We Can All Apply in Leadership

Author’s note: I received Tom Verducci’s book, The Cubs Way, as a birthday present last week.  I’m intentionally releasing this blog post, which I’ve been working on for months, before reading the book because I’m sure it covers a lot of the same bases. Though I cite the book once, I encourage you to read... Continue Reading →

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Put it There

For the past few weeks, not sure why, I’ve been thinking about my Dad’s hands. I’ve been waking up recently certain that I had touched or held his hand overnight, perhaps in my dreams - even though he passed away 12 years ago.  I can still feel them: a working man’s hands; a craftsmen’s hands;... Continue Reading →

How Queen Teaches Us About Workplace Relationship Best Practices While Live On-stage

Bombastic and larger than life, live rock and roll in the 1980s may have very little in common with management best practices in the workplace.  But through the lights, the leather and the loud music, I want to share with you one lesson in working relationships that came to life before my eyes as I... Continue Reading →

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Tomorrow’s Social Media Marketing: Like Something out of a Movie

Ya’ know those movies that make you think? I’m talking about the ones that, after the popcorn and soda settles, have you pondering, ‘Could that really happen?’ I distinctly remember, after watching Minority Report in 2002, wondering if that was really what the future would be like. Not Tom Cruise’s drama, but the tech. Steven... Continue Reading →

Going Back Home. And the 3 Surprises That Blew Me Away

I often stop and laugh when describing my childhood home. It sounds a little idyllic or surreal, even to me: a patchwork of houses scattered across acres of hilly land among stands of trees, a large common meadow, an adjacent pond, a grand log cabin at the edge of the pond, and trails after trails... Continue Reading →

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Differentiation / différenciation

As an English-speaking person who moved to Montréal last year, I have been fascinated by how the French and English cultures co-exist. People here speak both languages fluently and, in fact, will switch from one to the other within a conversation – sometimes in the same sentence. The day-to-day can be both fascinating and frustrating... Continue Reading →

All We Need (in Social Media) Is Love

Fingers are flying! You can almost feel the over-eager rush inside some brands and organizations that are sending out tweets so fast and so diverse that I get the feeling they simply want to be seen. A lot! As a content producer for digital communications, I follow groups that specialize in reporting on social media... Continue Reading →

Achieving New Heights Despite Great Fears

I’m panting so hard and hugging the tree so tightly that my cheek is pressed to the bark and my breath is flicking the strands peeling from this birch tree.  I am as afraid as I’ve been in my long life because I am more than 60 feet in the air. But everything is fine.... Continue Reading →

Who Lifts You Up? Who Will You Lift Up Today?

We had been looking forward to this vacation all year.  And we talked with friends about our vacation as we planned in the approaching days. The Drive was an especially interesting part to talk about with others because in past years the drive to this beach we were visiting had taken six or more hours. “How... Continue Reading →

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