I’ve been called relentlessly positive. I’ve been called Polyanna-esque. I have a default, deeply engrained ability to look on the bright side and see the best or the good in a given situation.
Change May 16, 2019
As I mentioned in a previous post, I want to teach math. This past semester I was a student teacher. During the course of my time, I have been involved in more than a few meetings. Two of the meetings I was involved in demonstrated why everyone should care about change management.
Every spring, many of us start to feel a sudden rush of activities driving us towards summer. It’s almost as if the period between spring break and Memorial Day is jam packed full of all the things we hope to get accomplished in the first half of the year.
Communication April 4, 2019
Communication continues to be something many of us talk about. A lot. You can read blogs or articles or watch webinars on communication at just about any moment. Any good definition of communication describes it as a loop. The message is prepared and sent by the sender. It is received and decoded by the receiver. Then the receiver sends a confirmation of receipt back to the sender.
Deep down, through and through, I am a lover of people. I delight in the presence of others, I love to energize other people and to be energized by them. I love to inspire them and to be inspired by them. I love to encounter the way they look at the world and learn from it. I love to be able to share the workload. Yup, I’m a "people-ist". I love people.
I happily find myself in a job that...
Project Management March 21, 2019
There are lots of ways project management is useful in our day to day lives, both at work and at home. We believe it is a powerful tool and not something reserved just for those with Project Manager in their title. Project Management is something we can all practice. So, we want to highlight five specific ways that leveraging project management could save your vacation.
“If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” Vince Lombardi
Meetings continue to be the topic of much discussion, sarcastic memes, eye-rolling, and general irritation. The good news here, and frankly the positive reality we don’t hear much about, is that there are good meetings. There are examples of productive gatherings of people working towards a common goal that...
You’ve heard me say it before, and I’ll say it again… “We shouldn’t put people in boxes (not physically and not metaphorically).” It’s totally unfair to assume that just because someone demonstrates several of the tendencies common to a person who fits in “Box A” that means they permanently and in all other ways belong in “Box A”.
How is that possible, you ask? It’s hard for myself, as a college student, to consider that college, the time of constant change, is slow. When you have two ‘homes’ when class is in session and neither feel quite right; when you never know how much homework you’ll have on a given night (or if you’ll do it); when you don’t know if said homework will keep you from sleeping all night, or if...
So when was the last time you sat down and wrote a thank you note? When was the last time you received one?
Just this week in the mail, I received two Thank You notes, and they warmed my heart! Reading them was like a gift in and of itself.
But it seems that the act of writing and sending a thank you note is becoming harder and harder to come by. How sad is that?