Silent Promises are Killers

If your business can’t make a promise, then you are doing it all wrong. I love traveling. Newness opens your eyes to the world right around you that you would otherwise pass blindly. While traveling in Charlotte, I saw two businesses stake their claim: Whole Foods – Values clearly posted on the wall opposite the […]

Life Equations

One day Junior year, I settled into third period study hall at the library and grabbed the Journal. An unexpected gem of an article presented itself in that right column and made my otherwise unspectacular  year a complete success. One simple article changed my life, my thinking and my approach. In short, the point of […]

Creating Your Board of Directors

Life gets hard from time to time. But, the good news is that we don’t do life alone. You’re nuts if you think you do. Time and time again the quality of your life is tied to the quality of your relationships. And, I’m not talking about girlfriends or drinking buddies. I’m talking brass tacks, […]

My Morning Routine

Firmly planted in my forties, conversations have started shying away from professional sports teams and started leaning more on a quality life. It’s awesome! I’ve shared my daily intentions with a few friends over the last few weeks. Intentions led into a bigger conversation about setting up your day to win and the importance of […]

People: Assets or Liabilities?

In my experience of working with entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs, these leaders view their people as either an asset or a liability. Assets make the company money. Liabilities cost the company money. When you are on the asset mindset side, you invest into your people: training, culture and shared rewards. You want to prime […]

31 Ways to Use White Space to Unleash Productivity

I learned about white space from my fantastically talented illustrator, Allison Bair. I was, yet again, stuffing too much onto a page. She pushed back explaining it was going to exhaust the user, confuse them and be utterly useless. In design, you deploy white space intentionally to create balance on the page. White space works […]

The Grim Reaper Almost Got Me

Sometimes, I do stupid stuff. Tuesday was no exception. I’ve spent a solid 25 years behind a desk. There is a reason. I suck at yard work. I know better. And yet, clearly, my adventurous, macho self doesn’t. So, when the neighbor’s deciduous tree, clearly overgrown and hanging into our yard, was dropping seemingly four […]

I’m Dying (and so are you)

I completed my yearly physical at Baptist Primary Care last Monday. The Doctor poked and prodded for about twenty minutes. Unfortunately, I received unexpected news. At 43, it is very clear that I am dying. Don’t feel bad for me. You are too. No matter your age, you slowly trudge away from the cradle each […]

ThinkingThursday: The Greatest Gifts

ThinkingThursday In the season of gifts, let us never lose focus that our greatest gifts are almost always right in front of us. #loveyourpeople #actions>values #experiencesnotthings #blindedbythelight

WhatIfWednesday: A Beginner’s Guide to Complete Satisfaction

WhatifWednesday What if you were charged with writing the book on “A Beginner’s Guide to Complete Satisfaction”? Comment with your top 3 secrets learned in life… #whatifwednesday #rachelsidea #couldgetcrazy