A Special Thank You Offer

After the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the New World 395 years ago, they celebrated with a three-day feast of prayer and thanksgiving. The Pilgrims shared the bounty of a successful growing season with the Native Americans and gave thanks for their abundant harvest and good health. Over the years, traditions have changed and evolved, but the underlying[…]

Hurricanes, Power Outages, Flooding, Oh My!

  Let’s talk gratitude. Having survived Hurricane Matthew with minimal damage, gratitude is top of mind. Before, during, and after the hurricane, I watched people come together to help prepare, weather the storm, cleanup after, and deal with the widespread power outages. Watching our small community pull together to help each was beautiful to see.[…]

Take a Hike and Discover the Secrets to Hiring the Right People

Let’s talk about hiking. I grew up in the mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania where we did a lot of walking, hiking, and wandering in the great outdoors. I think that’s why my heart still goes to the mountains, even though I live near the beach. It’s also why I like to hike and explore when[…]

Reflections on 9/11: Fifteen Years Later

  Today is the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. It’s a pivotal moment in our nation’s history; one that continues to have a significant impact on our lives. Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on that day when they heard the planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York City.[…]

3 Lessons from a Demolition Project

On a Saturday morning in July, with a heat index close to 100 degrees at 7:00 a.m., a group of seven men, three young boys, and one women (me) came together to demolish a burned out mobile home. The county was pressuring the owner to demolish the home and the owner had no insurance or[…]

The Top 7 Business Building Lessons I Learned From Dad

  Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? I was so excited to finally get those training wheels removed and join the older kids. Once those wheels came off, there was no turning back; I would be a big kid. And yet, a part of me was still afraid. You know, that little voice[…]

How You Can Avoid My Ten Rookie Hiring Mistakes

Although it’s been a couple of decades, I still remember my first hire. In those days, I was definitely not an expert. When I think back to those days, I have to smile because I was so naïve about the hiring process. Fortunately, I had a mentor who patiently taught me, and I learned the[…]

Why You Need to Wear Your Bathrobe in Public

My bathrobe is soft, warm, and best suited for a cold winter day and a hot cup of coffee. Yet it was over 90 degrees, and I wore my bathrobe in public. Not Walmart-public, but more public than the privacy of my home. You’re probably thinking I’ve gone off the deep end, but I assure[…]

The Lost Art of Listening

You’re not listening. How many times do we hear that phrase every day? We think we’re listening, but what we’re really doing is trying to solve the problem, fix the person, or move on to the next thing on our long list of things to do. I participated in a leadership challenge last week and[…]

Have Fun at Work in Unexpected Ways

Work doesn’t have to be so serious. I love adding fun in unexpected places like this little rhyme to remind managers complete their employee performance reviews. It gets the point across, don’t you think? Where is that review you said was done? Here’s a little poem for you To remind you that a review is[…]

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