8 Tips to Fully Optimize the ‘new’ YOU Economy

Quite often I am asked what it is that I like most about being an entrepreneur and a portfolio business owner AND why I chose this path when my corporate career was successful and had a very bright trajectory. Well, the reasons are varied. Yet, in a nutshell, I embrace three truisms, in particular, which … Continue Reading

What are the Distinctions between Leading and Managing?

There have been literally hundreds of articles written about the distinctions between being a LEADER and being a MANAGER. My intention in weighing in on this discussion is to dispel the myth that one is better than the other AND that the need for BOTH skill sets is ever present….more now than ever before. There … Continue Reading

4 Ways to Learn, Grow, and Protect Ourselves from Toxic People

I venture to say, that there are few people in the world who have not been exposed or perhaps even victimized, by toxic people. These individuals may be wolves in sheep’s clothing, or ‘devout spiritual followers’ sitting in pious judgment supposedly supported by their religion, or passive aggressive individuals with deep demons which manifest in … Continue Reading

The “YOU” Economy – What and How to Join? 3 Provocative Thoughts

There have been many articles written about the ‘new world order’ and the new ‘you’ economy. We can muse about how this has come to be, and why it is now becoming the pervasive business model. Jobs being moved overseas, companies looking for a ‘better way’ to take their products to market, an aging workforce, and … Continue Reading

5 Tips to Strengthen our “Mind Over Matter” Muscle

We have all heard the adage ‘mind over matter’. In fact, this was a staple on which I was reared. When a final exam or a sports ‘try-out’ or any other challenge presented itself when we were growing up – one of the first things my parents offered as advice was ‘mind over matter’. This … Continue Reading

What’s Next? In our Careers and Life…..

As we embark on the 2nd quarter of 2017, many of my clients are facing decisions relative to their professional  and personal journeys – some by choice and others by situations being thrust upon them. Some are victims of downsizing, others are actually ‘not fitting in’ culturally and thus are being forced out, and still … Continue Reading

Nothing On This Plane is Permanent

Many of you who know me well, know that the past 3 weeks have been the most challenging of my life. Our daddy passed away suddenly and tragically due to a senseless accident which led to a chain of events over the next two weeks leading to his passing last week. Untimely. Sudden. Unexpected and … Continue Reading

New Year by the Numbers

As we enter into Month #2 for the 2017 new year, this is the time when our ‘new year’s goals’ often fall by the wayside. It can be really hard to break bad habits and embrace newer, more constructive ones. A few of my friends and I are holding one another accountable….and we are finding … Continue Reading

The New Year….what, if anything, will be Different?

As we start the new year, most of us have grand and exciting plans to make this new year the best year yet. And yet, many times we have already broken our resolutions by the second week of January! (Yes…..that is true:)! So, as we embark on 2017, I was intrigued by a few articles … Continue Reading

What can we Learn from the Angels Among Us?

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, my family had a ‘first time’ family experience. Our life-long family friends, of over 60+ years, were celebrating a family wedding on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Auburn, Alabama; we have participated as an extension of this dear family and their special celebrations for literally 60 years. Thus, for the first … Continue Reading