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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Workplace Anxiety: Stop Letting It Ruin Your Joy

This last week I lost sleep over stress from a work project.  I also let the stress infiltrate my home time a couple of evenings in a row and snapped at Jake saying, “I just don’t want to talk about it anymore!”  When my friend Shanna suggested this topic, she shared that she had been going through …

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It’s Time to Start Living Again: Effects of the Pandemic & the Need for Reinvention

In my request for new topics, a good friend said, “Given our current environment, last year and likely many months ahead, I’ve struggled with wellness – mind and body. I’ve read so many generic articles about taking walks, applying makeup, dressing like you would if going to work, etc.  If anyone can shed some light from …

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Innovate You: 5 Tactics to Stretch Yourself and Grow in 2021

My life is innovation. If you don’t already know, my full-time job is Vice President of Innovation for a food manufacturing company.  My career has been spent leading teams of chefs and food scientists who put food on families’ tables, items in US retail grocery freezers and selections on restaurant menus.  After almost 20 years …

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Vital Conversations: Holiday Edition – Family Boundaries

I don’t know about you, but something I have struggled with throughout my life is not always agreeing with my family on everything.  I have disagreed with family members on politics, how I like to spend my money, how far away I live from “home” and how I raise my kids.  It is absolutely ok …

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