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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My Testament

June 30, 2016 I decided to clean out some boxes in the garage, and ran across a folder of papers written during my undergraduate years at Penn State.  With a minor in Gerontology, I took a course that covered a section on “end of life” issues.  One of our assignments was to write our own obituary […]

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Forgiveness

15 June 2016 We generally think of growth spurts as a significant feature of our physical growth that occurs during adolescence and/or teenage years. Considering that I missed the physical growth spurt in my own life course, I like to think that I’ve made up for it in my personal development during  adulthood. In particular, […]

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