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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The Power of Practicing Positive Assumptions

The holiday season can conjure up feelings of warmth, joy and happiness.  It also can bring frustration over family gatherings, anger over long lines or even road rage in trying to get the closest parking spot!  The practice of having positive assumptions about family, coworkers and even people you encounter but don’t really know, can …

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Here Come the Holidays…How to Maximize Them Without Losing Yourself

We have made it through most of 2020 and here we are, looking at the end of the year and the holidays.  Yay!  I’m sure we all expect the holidays and the activities surrounding them to look a little different this year.  Knowing when to say yes and when to say no to different situations …

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What is a High Performance Work Place (HPWP)?

Anyone who has worked with me knows that I am passionate about something called HPWP.  It is an acronym for high performance work place.  I first learned about HPWP while working for Southeastern Mills, in Rome, Georgia.  The reason I’m sharing this background here on my blog is because these elements will be referred to …

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Define Your Values: Creating a Clear Path to Decision Making

Defining your values?  Just the sound of the word values back in high school and college would put me to sleep.  It sounds so clinical, prescriptive and scholastic.  Why would I want to go through an exercise like that other than when I have to for some stupid assignment?  Boring. In the grand scheme of …

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Our Dilemma

Our world is divided.  Feelings of anger and disgust are rampant in our society.  This isn’t just a U.S. issue, but rather it seems to be a human issue.  There is an us vs. them mentality.  Something has to give.  Either we need to moderate our thoughts and voices or we could face much more …

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