Moving On Up! Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Leading Others

Congratulations!  You’ve just been promoted for your hard work and are moving up the ladder! Along with the promotion you are gaining direct reports which is an honor that your boss believes you have what it takes to coach, mentor and grow team members.  This is all great news, but it’s important to understand that the skills …

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4 Reasons to Consider Returning to In-Person Conference Events

This last week I was on vacation in Southwest Florida.  We stayed at a full-service resort with conference facilities.  After the Memorial Day weekend crowd departed, a large non-profit group came in who had bought out the rest of the resort for an in-person event.  It was wonderful to see people getting back together to converse, share ideas …

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Superpowers!

Do you have a superpower?  I would argue that you do, even if you haven’t identified it yet.  I’m not talking about the ability to shoot fire or possessing Hulk-like strength but rather things that you seem to do better than others, naturally, and that has helped you excel at work.  The idea of each of us having …

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How to Dream Big with a Letter from the Future

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the first retreat for our company’s five year strategic planning process, called Applied Strategic Planning.  We work with a consulting team, and they facilitate the process for us.  There are many components we started to define or redefine including company values, mission, core competencies, and so on.  All of these …

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Who am I?

Seems like such an easy question, right?  When a coach recently asked me this, my immediate thought was, “I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and working woman.”   The problem with this answer is that it does not answer who I am but rather who I am in association to others.  So, who am I, …

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How to Improve Work Place Culture, When You Are Not the CEO

In my last post I addressed how to assess culture during the interview process.  I hope those tips and strategies are helpful for those currently in the job hunt.  But what if you aren’t currently looking for a job and wish that your current work environment could improve in culture and morale?  That’s the topic for today, specifically …

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How to Assess Cultural Fit During the Interview Process

There are several people in my network who have been looking for new positions over the last several months.  Some of them became unemployed during the pandemic and others are looking to move as a result of their jobs changing because of the pandemic.  A question that I get asked often is, how can I find out …

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Burned Out: Strategies to Reduce Hours and Extinguish Stress

A situation I get approached with often is a leader who is tired and exhausted from working too many hours.  Having too much on your plate can be overwhelming and make it difficult to even find time to figure out how to get to a better place.  Sometimes this state of burnout can lead to …

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Choose Food as Medicine or Medicine Will Become Your Food

Today I’m sharing a very personal story.  It is one that I’ve questioned whether it belongs on Pineapple Courage. After some thought, and seeing those around me struggle with similar health issues, I believe it does.  In my opinion, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t be your best for others.  Taking care of yourself goes …

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