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Follow the Leader

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“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” – Max Lucado Have you been fortunate to work with a great leader? You’ll know a great leader by how they inspire others to do more, learn more and become more. In my family, my dad embodies the idea of a great leader.  He instilled in me a valuable leadership lesson to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. In fact, we like to tease him about a picture in his office of him sleeping on Air Force One, with a note his…

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The Cow That Led Me To Peace

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The greatest failure is the failure to try. – William Ward I never thought a cow would help guide me to my happy place, but it did and here’s how it happened. I am the youngest of three girls – Irish triplets (each about one year apart), each with our very own unique style and creative spirit. I saw a painting of a cow in a magazine several years which I saved and repeatedly asked my middle sister (a talented artist) to paint it for me. I kept asking and asking like only a little sister can until she eventually…

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Personal Brand

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Guy sees a gorgeous girl at a party. He goes up to her and says, “I’m a great guy, you should date me.” That’s Direct Marketing Guy is at a party with a bunch of friends and sees a gorgeous girl. One of his friends goes up to her, pointing at the guy and says, “Hes a great guy, you should date him.” That’s Advertising Guy sees a gorgeous girl at a party. He goes up to her and gets her telephone number. The next day he calls and says, “Hi, I’m a great guy, you should date me.” That’s…

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“There are no guarantees in the arena. We will struggle. We will even fail. There will be darkness. But if we are clear about the values that guide us in our efforts to show up and be seen, we will always be able to find the light. We will know what it means to live brave.”  – Best-selling Author Brené Brown If you are like me, you have been hearing a lot about author Brené Brown for years – since her highly viewed TedX Talk on vulnerability took the Twitterverse by storm.  I wanted to experience her presence firsthand and…

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Are you familiar with the decades old speech that has become infamous in the hospitality industry titled “Think Strawberries”? The author, James Lavenson, was the President of Plaza Hotel and delivered this speech to the American Medical Association in 1974. This expression keeps popping up –there are still so many relevant takeaways to be learned from this piece. The bottom line of the speech is creating a grassroots effort in your business and getting all the staff involved in your overall goal whatever that is – whether increasing sales, attracting new customers, etc.  This includes the waiters perfecting the art…

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The Eye of the Beholder

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I often need the reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as we often overlook many “beautiful” aspects of life. While we may fret over a new wrinkle, we haven’t thought about the many laughs we experienced to achieve that wrinkle. That wrinkle is well earned! It’s just like my oversized Ralph Lauren flannel shirt I bought in Jackson Hole thirty or more years ago. It’s torn, frayed, and stained, but to me it’s beautiful. This shirt has been with me on many travels, been my comfort during tough times and provides me with a feeling of…

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The Dot

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For years I have enjoyed receiving Ruth Stricker’s Marsh Monthly newsletter in the mail each month. The October issue particularly resonated with me. Ruth’s column opened with this story: One day a professor handed out an exam to his students with the text facing down, as usual. He asked the students to turn over the papers. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions – just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there.” At the end of the class, the professor…

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Little Gestures

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“Don’t judge people. You never know the battle they are fighting.” – Unknown Life can (and often does) change in a second. I recently had a health scare that reminded me – as much as we would like to think so – – we are not bullet proof. The days between the initial doctor’s visits – the surgery and getting the all-clear phone call reminded me of an important life lesson. It’s funny how things in life can seem SO important and then can suddenly not be important at all when things come to a grinding halt. I began to…

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WHAT’S WITHIN YOU IS STRONGER THAN WHAT’S IN YOUR WAY. I seriously love a challenge. Whether it’s exceeding a budget goal, finishing a work deadline, reading the last page of a book or completing the final obstacle of a super hard mud run, it’s rewarding to finish something you’ve started.  There is almost nothing as exciting as feeling that sense of accomplishment. I recently experienced that sense of accomplishment– my organization teamed up with No Barriers USA to summit a mountain with the organization’s founder Erik Weihenmayer.  Erik was the first blind climber in history to reach the summit of…

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Real Luxury

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  Real luxury is customization. – Lapo Elkann We are so blessed to have choices. There are so many areas of our lives that we can now customize. Whether it is your venti-non-fat-latte or your grilled chicken-hold the onions and croutons-add tomatoes and cucumbers salad. When we get our eyebrows or nails done, there isn’t just one way of having them, we have a plethora of options. I prefer a 90-minute, deep-tissue massage. My Pandora radio station is customized musical likes and dislikes. My car has custom add-ons based on what I need to feel comfortable in my car.  Even…

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