Little by Little the Bird Builds its Nest

Haitian Proverb My daughter leaves for Haiti to give of herself, stripped of her car this mother’s gypsy soul surfaces nesting in a cocoon of word embraces, filtered noise in an unsettled world Today my fifth child departs for six months two duffle bags packed to the brim fifty plus Facebook friends waving her bon voyage thirteen-dollar Uber ride to Hartsfield Atlanta forty three years since her aunt and I brought her home. Until I hear of her safe arrival in that troubled land where weather stages havoc my soul recites psalms clings [...]

Courage

Actively teaching and promoting courage a writing prompt proffers yet reflection proclaims courage was not a formal topic in classrooms I attended but a lived experience by many models. not slinky runway models but my mother and aunts in full-length aprons working alongside in my immigrant Bubbe’s kitchen, where tzedakah boxes reminded us to be generous to others whose courage was tested at every meal in multi-family apartments, not high rises with elevators but walk-ups where families lived together, not across town made memories, where children shouted where elders encouraged “be nice”, [...]

Women in Technology: Insight from a Bold Strategist, Influencer

Sue Bergamo is proof that believing in oneself is the pathway to success. I asked two women in technology what they would like to ask of another technology leader and gain further insights of their experiences when running an IT department. As manager at Cathara Consulting, Joanne Church wanted to know, “As a leader, where are you finding renewal during such hard times? – think of the process of constant sacrifice and the renewal that leaders go through.” In response to this question, [...]

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Charting Your Course

In today’s uncertain business climate, services are being cut while transparency, the hallmark of organizations in recent years, dons a new veil. You aspire to transformation and alignment, yet do you have the time and ability to engage in conversations that open new opportunity? Are you concerned that you are experiencing a gap in your capacity? A survey analyzed in HBR’s "What Great Managers Do Daily" indicates, “Perhaps unsurprisingly, employees who got little to no one-on-one time with their manager were [...]

Peering Ahead

My ideal day a year from now is to celebrate with a business owner at an award luncheon. The business owner and his strategic team had been totally unaware how others perceived the 10-year startup and what immediate changes could take the business to the next level. This acclaim began with an exploratory executive coaching call on January 2, 2017 with a member of a virtual team. The more we spoke, the more was identified about the company's struggle with brand [...]

Bold Vision 2017

I feel I am sitting across from Kristen Noel, Editor-in-Chief of Best Self Magazine, in her office where she interviews thought leaders and visionaries like Jeffrey Davis and Jonathan Fields.  Bespectacled, with ease of engagement, Kristen’s curiosity is contagious. Today Kristen, one of 12 visionaries in #Quest2017 asks us from nearly 50 states and 18 countries, Where are you going to go deeper this year, where can you be brave enough to bring forth even more of yourself — to [...]

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Read How Soft Skills Help Avoid Communication Chasms

There was only one sense of time, the present, when I worked in the marketing department of a major telecom firm in 2000.  Although the agenda was set for a 10:00 am meeting, the agenda often changed quicker than a squirrel leaps up a tree. Timing is even more of the essence in our world of technology. Sophisticated project management tools elicit buy-ins across management capabilities. Warped speed response leads to a defunct project or worse, a defunct business. In his [...]

Why I Quest

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas  Several years ago, I received a delightful invitation to participate in a second writers’ retreat in Valle Crucis, NC. The writing retreats were created by Katerina Whitley, author of Around The Greek Table, about nine years earlier. My first retreat with these women writers held at the Valle Crucis Conference Center that sits on 500 acres had been just before Memorial Day in 2012.  I remember Katerina meeting [...]

Capacity: Is Your Head In The Clouds?

  More and more clients are coming to me after the fact, after their RFP was rejected or they were not getting replies to their cover letters and job applications. At first glance it is easy to see why their correspondence was second or tenth best. Most often it is what they forgot to say, the format they used, or negative statements. In other words, not writing with the decision maker in mind. My twin brothers used to call me “Miss Prissy” [...]

Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

Through the years I have been complimented as a Renaissance woman. Gratefully resilient through living, divorce, caregiving, downturned markets, earning two degrees midlife, working for the best and those that tested my spirit, and volunteering in new communities in four states, I choose to celebrate life in creative circles. “Where do you get your energy”, people ask.   I am energized by multi-dimensional creative souls like  Suzi Banks Baum and Mary Ellen Merrigan whom I met in TrackingWonder’s Quest where business artists [...]