May 18 2022

Surviving Uncertainty

2022-05-18T07:35:47-05:00May 18th, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Personal Development|

Why do I say “surviving?”  Because, the challenge of not knowing what’s next feels like it could actually be life-threatening.  As human beings, we expect to have feelings of CERTAINTY about life changes and choices we make.  A part of learning and growing is we accept some things as “truth” that keep us grounded.  New [...]

May 4 2022

Don't Be the Borg: Onboarding is NOT an Assimilation

2022-05-04T14:23:29-05:00May 4th, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Leadership, Recruiting, Retention Strategies|

“We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.” -The Borg, Star Trek Sounds eerily like some kind of red-flag, hazardous onboarding speech, doesn’t it? Onboarding a new team member is often [...]

Apr 27 2022

Five Lessons From Hardship

2022-04-28T10:13:46-05:00April 27th, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Personal Development|

In 2021, I discovered that I had an acoustic neuroma, a non-cancerous tumor, growing on my left-side hearing and balance nerves. The growth rate was alarming, and my doctors recommended removal. I had a successful surgery in January and gratefully, seem to be in the clear at this time. However, for someone who is normally [...]

Apr 21 2022

Ready, Fire, Aim

2022-04-21T10:49:22-05:00April 21st, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Personal Development|

I work in a “measure twice, cut once” profession. To be honest, I’m more of a “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” personality. But for each project I own, steps are carefully laid out months in advance. Details are meticulously reviewed. Often, the pressure to get things right is high. Not [...]

Apr 7 2022

Orientation is Not Onboarding

2022-04-07T13:23:41-05:00April 7th, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Leadership|

Many firms have updated their employee orientation and onboarding processes these past couple years, and rightly so. It’s not just the move to remote that is driving this trend. In this time of the Great Talent Migration, leaders know how crucial an employee’s initial experience is in their first few months with your firm, or [...]

Apr 1 2022

Facing Suicide Head On

2022-04-01T13:30:51-05:00April 1st, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Leadership, Personal Development|

On Wednesday, the younger sister of a close family friend ended her life. 18 years old, about to graduate high school and so full of promise, she must have felt so hopeless to choose to exit this world. As a parent and a sibling, I feel enormous pain for the parents and siblings of this [...]

Mar 23 2022

Relearning to Focus

2022-03-23T14:29:40-05:00March 23rd, 2022|Inspired Ideas Blog, Personal Development|

In the past, I have been very good at focusing. But in the last few years, I have noticed a real decline in my ability to do so. I’ve been finding my thoughts jump from topic to topic like clicking the hyperlinks in the middle of online articles. My retention of new information hasn’t been [...]

Mar 10 2022

Ubuntu: Our Ripple Effect in the World

2022-03-14T07:16:53-05:00March 10th, 2022|Current Affairs, Inspired Ideas Blog, Leadership, Personal Development|

This past week, the news around us has been bad. With the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces,  three officers being charged for not intervening in George Floyd’s death, the continued impacts of the pandemic, and bullying and acts of racism in the school districts around me, I wasn’t sure what to pray for when [...]

Mar 2 2022

The Healing Power of Touch

2022-03-02T10:16:17-06:00March 2nd, 2022|Communication, COVID-19, HR/Organizational Development, Inspired Ideas Blog, Leadership|

Recreating the Healing Power of Touch Without a “Hug Shirt” I was talking on the phone to an old friend and remembered longingly how we used to share healing touch with each other through mutual massage.  I had also learned an added healing technique which accessed the acupuncture meridians.  This treatment was called Jin Shin [...]

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