Innovate You

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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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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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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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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