An Opportunity for Change

There’s so much happening in the world right now. And it is easy to lose faith in humanity, in God, or in your religious beliefs. I once had someone suggest to me that my lack of faith is a form of unreconciled grief.  So, when I found Reverend Wendy Hamilton on social media, her perspective…

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A Lesson About Resiliency in Hard Times

When we talk about the restaurant, retail, and hospitality, there are corporations, then there are small business owners, and then there are workers. And right now, they all have individual challenges due to COVID-19 and civil unrest in many cities.  The hospitality industry service workers have taken a hit in our economy. Some workers and…

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How can you do better?

Setbacks can be hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes messy. So, what if you were faced with making a comeback amid chaos and uncertainty? Could you do it?  Well, Emily O’Brien, founder of Comeback Snacks, is living proof that even when you’ve made some of life’s worst decisions, you can still come back, be innovative, and make…

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Coaching Is Not a Side Hustle

During the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009, I was a career coach. Sometimes I called myself an executive coach. Most of the time, I talked to people who were fundamentally unhappy with work and with their lives. I had to come up with a process, a methodology, and a way of interacting with people…

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Everyone Needs a Resume

We all need a resume. No, LinkedIn doesn’t count.  One in four Americans is now looking for work. You do not want to be left behind because you didn’t have a resume ready. Seven years ago, I learned this hard lesson while working as a small business owner and consultant.  You see, I always acquired…

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George Floyd, Corporate Brands, and Racism

Hey, everybody. It’s been over a week since George Floyd was murdered, three weeks since Breonna Taylor was shot in her home, and about a month since Nina Floyd was stabbed to death in Mississippi. People have had enough and are taking to the streets to demand police reform and systemic change.  Naturally, organizations are…

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Building Community Through Podcasting

I love the idea of a podcast that has some rituals and structures around it. It gives people a set of expectations. Wendy Dailey and Jon Thurmond, hosts of Social HR Half Hour, are a perfect example of humans producing a podcast rooted in ritual and driven by the community.   One of the things I…

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Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Whether you’re a student, in the middle of your career, or a retiree, you may have felt unqualified. So, what’s the message to somebody who feels average and unqualified? Well, Amanda Nachman, author of #Qualified: You Are More Impressive Than You Realize, joined me on my podcast to talk about the stress, fear, and uncertainty…

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