“Unsure what to desire, she simply wants.” Richard Russo, Straight Man Richard Russo gets so many things right in his books, Mohawk, Bridge of Sighs, Empire Falls. Unsure what to desire, she…we…simply want. Do you see the difference? Wants come and go. This morning I may want an orange, but in the afternoon I want […]Continue Reading...
Last week my computer was giving me hell! Pages that I wasn’t looking for showed up; those that I wanted made a brief appearance and then went the way of UFO’s as far as I can tell. The program wasn’t cooperating and I had no idea what to do next except shut it down. Of […]Continue Reading...
Have you yet seen the new television series Barmageddon? It’s the one where two very different types of bars – yes, the drinking kind – switch owners for a period of time to see if they can “improve” the other bar. For example, a raunchy, beer drinking bar’s owner goes to the uptown, cocktail bar […]Continue Reading...
During these dark and dreary days, I’ve taken time to curl up with a good book or two. It’s the best way to relax and lose yourself in another world, another person’s life. As writers, we’re always told that if we’re not writing, we must be reading. Keeping the synapses well oiled and working effectively! […]Continue Reading...
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou What’s the first thing you read in the Sunday paper? If it’s […]Continue Reading...
UK Provost Christine Riordan’s presentation at the October 7th Roundtable gave the attendees a good outline when thinking about leadership. Her suggestions: Lead with an eye toward excellence. I would add “in everything you do.” Whether it’s your interaction with customers on the phone, email or text, be positive, not argumentative. Don’t stretch the truth; […]Continue Reading...
One of the learning tasks I’ve taken on in 2014 is learning to blog. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, shut my mouth, it is NOT easy. I attended a class to day, Introduction to Blogging, and understood about 20% of what the instructor presented. Wanted to get up and run, but…we all know continuous learning […]Continue Reading...
Have you ever had a big meeting scheduled and you’ve already got your presentation ready, all the support documents you need…and you FORGET the meeting? Gross! It’s happened to me more times than I’d like to count: meetings with a sponsor or, perhaps even worse, a potential sponsor/client? I go deep into how sorry I am – […]Continue Reading...
You’ve probably heard that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, the popular advice book for women, doesn’t like the word bossy. In fact, she’s so irate that she’s trying to start a movement to ban the use of the word. According to Sandberg and a few other women—Condoleezza Rice and Beyonce among them– the […]Continue Reading...
I’ve been thinking about words. The word “bossy,” for example, is one I hear frequently. Friends and colleagues use it — humorously, they say — to describe my leadership style. I usually go along with the humor of it; after all, at my age, I’m comfortable with the way I am and the way I lead. That […]Continue Reading...