Lessons Learned in 2016

December 31, 2016 It’s that time of year when we reflect about all the things, both good and bad, that have happened this past year and then create resolutions for the new year. I spent the last few weeks incubating the various ideas on how to frame my last blog entry of the year. I decided to reflect on the […]

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Playground Rules

December 15, 2016 It is not often I get upset over something trivial.  During this past week I got very irritated at work because someone had done something to a piece of equipment I “donated” for everyone to use in our “gym” area.  They did not break it or do something that could not be undone,  However, […]

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The Making of a Connoisseur

December 1, 2016 My first job was a cashier position at Stambaugh-Thompson’s which was a hardware and lumber store in Western Pennsylvania. I worked the front line primarily, but throughout my three years, I also worked the lumber desk, the lumber yard, and the return desk.  All of these areas were still cashier-level positions; however, […]

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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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My Encounter

October 22, 2016 Last month, I had the opportunity to join a group of women from my church on a weekend getaway out in the country for what they call an “Encounter Weekend”.  The purpose of the encounter, is to encounter God.  For some ladies, it may be a first time; for others, it is […]

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Formula for Strength

October 6, 2016 Over the last month, I have been reflecting on what it means to be strong or what it is that strengthens us.  What is it exactly that gets us to get through tough situations or adversity throughout life, and why some people are stronger and able to move on while others cannot or […]

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I Love My Job!

August 15, 2016 Symbols are one of the key elements of culture (along with language, values, beliefs, and norms). Most service oriented companies or organizations have a uniform and its purpose is to be symbolic of that organization. I work for the Navy and I am amazed when someone points out a specific characteristic about someone else […]

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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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Inspired to Coach

July 15, 2016 I recently had a conversation with a coworker about the different ways we learn from others. Naturally, we talked about mentoring, a fairly recent topic of discussion at work with our first Mentor Draft that occurred last month. He shared with me that he had never had a mentor throughout his life but […]

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