Reaping What You Sow is Only the Beginning

I really love gardening. (If my husband were to read that I’d be getting all kinds of side eye just for those four words.) Let’s rephrase, I really love planting and harvesting. I have no use for flowers but growing your own food is so exciting and makes me so proud of each bite IContinue reading “Reaping What You Sow is Only the Beginning”

Tis the Season, To Focus

Going into the final quarter of the year there is typically a lot on people’s minds. The weather starts changing requiring us to start swapping out clothes in our closets and putting the lap blankets back on the couch. The holidays are right around the corner and planning for where, when, and how to celebrateContinue reading “Tis the Season, To Focus”

Do the Hard Things

I ran approximately 14 miles. I have never before run that distance and prior to deciding I would, the farthest I’d run was about 7.5. To be honest even that was a while ago; once in the last 5 years I ran 5, and sort of by accident. In fact, I wouldn’t have called myselfContinue reading “Do the Hard Things”

Leadership Values

What kind of leader do you hope to be? I know some of you who are reading this are thinking, “I don’t want to manage people. Why does everyone assume all people have career goals to become leaders?” That might be true for you, you don’t want to be in a job where you formallyContinue reading “Leadership Values”

If It’s Not a Problem, Don’t Fix It

When my oldest son first started pre-kindergarten he rode a bus from 6:30 am until about 7:40 when he was dropped off at school. During his over an hour bus drive he had two transfers. That means that my little, just turned, 4 year old got on a bus, got off looked for a newContinue reading “If It’s Not a Problem, Don’t Fix It”

Who Are You Trying To Impress?

I was chatting with a friend recently and asking her thoughts on things when she said that she was curious of my thoughts on who you should be trying to impress. That one hit me like a 2×4 between the eyes because it is something I have thought so much about and really changed overContinue reading “Who Are You Trying To Impress?”

Wisconsin Nice

Have you ever heard of Wisconsin Nice? See also, Minnesota Nice and Midwest Nice. Have you heard of these concepts? I hadn’t until I started to meet vendors and business partners from around the country. They would walk into the building, introduce themselves, and before we would even get to the conference room for theContinue reading “Wisconsin Nice”

Value Hierarchy Wrap-Up

I was in a really hard place, feeling like I wasn’t valued at all within my company, when I finally thought all the way through how organizations show value in their employees, as I briefly explain in The Value Hierarchy. As painful and frustrating as that time was, it helped me to grow. It helpedContinue reading “Value Hierarchy Wrap-Up”

Influence

Having influence is your ability to impact how someone else behaves or believes. As we talked before in Do you want influence or control, we are influencing people all the time. In the context of the company or organization showing value for your influence it would, like other topics, involve their support of your influenceContinue reading “Influence”

Autonomy

Being autonomous means that you’re making decisions for yourself. Everyone should have some amount of autonomy in their work, free from micromanagement, so I’d like us to think of the definition one step further. The definition that I gravitate toward is, the capacity to act in accordance with objective morality rather than being influenced. IfContinue reading “Autonomy”