Now You See Me

June 2018 Growing up, I remember our family’s refrigerator was always packed full with leftovers. Typically, we would repurpose the plastic containers from butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc.  for our various leftovers after each meal (with a family of 5 children, leftovers were common). Although resourceful, re-using the same containers for leftovers creates a […]

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Failure

March 2018 Another CrossFit Open season is over and the one thing that I know about the Open is that it reveals where you have failed in your training. This year was no exception. I’ve been contemplating about my failures recently, and not just in my workouts or training regimen: I have failed in meeting […]

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Compromise

February 2018 Lately, I’ve been thinking long and hard about the concept of compromise. To many (and I used to be one of them), this term connotes weakness or a lack of principles and/or discipline.  Therefore, compromise is typically something to avoid for the most part especially if you didn’t want to experience that little […]

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Leaders Create Fun at Work

October 30, 2017 Not many people believe that fun can truly coexist at work. Work is supposed to be serious business and should be taken seriously.  As a Navy cyber defender, I am part of a team in charge of defending the U.S. Navy’s networks and systems; therefore, what we do is paramount to our country’s […]

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Operational Pause

September 2017 There are times throughout one’s life that something happens, something so horrendously impactful that it forces one to simply stop in their tracks and reflect on what just happened. For most, the event is a tragedy or crisis where one feels a significant loss – it could be a life or lives, a […]

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A Letter to My Leaders

July 16, 2017 My Dearest Leaders, I cannot express how deeply saddened I am to see you all go over the next few months.  I  should be accustomed to it by now, I work for the Navy after all and it is par for the course. During my 6 years at NCDOC, I have served […]

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Inspire a Culture of Learning Using Design Thinking

June 30, 2017 I have had the honor to work at Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) over the last 6 years – a Navy command that strives to operate as a Learning Organization (Senge, 1990).  We have a designated team of NCDOC facilitators who are passionate about helping our teammates think more critically, solve […]

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Blindspot

November 15, 2016 In my last blog post I discussed what a 360-degree assessment is and I used the analogy of mirrors in stores that would help us see what was around the corner, behind us, or oncoming in order to help us determine our next course of action. Similarly, we have mirrors on each […]

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360 Mirrors

November 01, 2016 At work, we are enhancing our Individual Development Plan (IDP) to include a 360-degree feedback tool. A 360 is like that mirror in the ceiling that some of us see at the supermarket, typically at an intersection and/or near the entrance/exit. The mirrors are placed strategically throughout the store so that one can see […]

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Team Players

July 31, 2016 I have been asking myself, what it means to be a team player lately. By definition, a team player is “someone who cares more about helping a group or team to succeed than about his or her individual success” (Merriam-Webster).  We all know good sportsmanship among team players does not apply solely to […]

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