Category: professional

'The Game of Life' now includes pets & more

During our 2019 Chicago Polar Vortex, we busted out our eight-year-old’s new ‘The Game of Life’. He read the directions and started each contestant with a car, a ‘spin to win’ token, a child via either pink or blue peg, and one pet, cat or dog, and $200,000. Similar to the old school game, characters may... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »

Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance

Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance
Many adults self-identify as exhausted and busy. If you plan and practice simple routines, that may help conserve mental energy during mundane tasks. We try to pause and reflect for perspective. Lists help our family and professional teams function best — almost in autopilot for the recurring action items. We still need to review everything... Read more »
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Smiley faces in work emails undermine professionalism

Smiley faces in work emails undermine professionalism
Thanks to TheSkimm for flagging smiley face emojis “decrease perceptions of competence.” They link to more context from a recent Time magazine about this study with 549 people from 29 countries. Does that surprise you? It seems obvious. I cringe since I’m guilty of overusing the smiley face. They advise to avoid them in initial... Read more »

A grateful Chicago mom's morning routine

I spring out of bed at 4:55 a.m. I smile at our high energy boys sweetly cuddled in our youngest boy’s bottom bunk as I quietly shut their door. I gulp down warm lemon water. Despite how I try to sip, my French press blonde coffee goes down fast. Hopefully, all our loved ones focus and... Read more »

Let Toastmasters help you conquer public speaking anxiety

It’s your turn to speak and you freeze. You feel everyone staring at you. You forget how to use your words until you can’t stop saying the wrong thing. Sound familiar? As many as 75% of people experience public speaking anxiety also known as glassophobia. Famous orators in history such as Aristotle, Winston Churchill, Samuel L.... Read more »
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7 leadership lessons from the Alexander Hamilton story

7 leadership lessons from the Alexander Hamilton story
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton book, which inspired the popular musical, portrays our founding fathers. Each page illustrates examples in leadership, good and bad. Not in order, these leadership lessons stand out. Act honorably. Ethical leaders should do the right thing. Unfortunately, Alexander Hamilton was the first American politician publicly associated with a sex scandal. That poor judgement... Read more »

10 things Doctor Martin Luther King might think today

Almost 50 years ago, civil rights leader and activist Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated. Our country has celebrated many firsts in the history of African Americans and all people since then. This week, we prepare for the peaceful transition of power of our incumbent President of the United States to the president-elect. Since the historic... Read more »

FBI Agent tips to grow relationships with trust

Thanks to a mutual friend, I had the opportunity to interview FBI Agent Robin Dreeke. I’ve read a lot about him over the years. His U.S. Naval Academy education, Marine Corp Officer training and almost twenty years in the FBI helped teach him to build relationships in the face of challenges. This post does not represent the U.S. government, Agent... Read more »
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This is what 38 looks like

This is what 38 looks like
37 truths and a lie… Any guesses? My husband and I go to church almost every Sunday with our boys. It’s mostly OK when people call me “mam” and a pleasant surprise when I hear “young lady”. The title I like most is “Mom.” I was terrified I’d die at 35 thanks to a childhood... Read more »