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Know Yourself

How well do you know yourself?  Do you know your strengths and weaknesses?  Do you know what you really like to do, and what you don’t like to do?  Do you know what things you do well, and what things you don’t do well?  What things do you think you do poorly, that others think…
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1 Tip for Success – Hold Yourself Accountable

~by Haley Lynn Gray~   So many times in life, it’s easy to blame other things for failure.  It is quite possible to come up with thousands of reasons that you fail, when the real reason is looking you in the mirror.  That means you have to take charge of yourself, and hold yourself accountable.…
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Stampeding Cats

Life around here is never boring.  After my dad died, I inherited his two cats.  It turns out that they are much younger than my other cat, and I had forgotten just how nocturnal they can be.  My existing cat is over 21 years old, so he spends most of his nights sleeping.  Not so…
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Queen of Chaos

I think that most people have the misconception about me that my house is perfect, my yard is immaculate, and I’m just plain wonder woman on every single level.  Fact is, my house is not perfect.  I’m a fantastic cook, when I want to be, and I’ve been permanently forbidden from actually doing the laundry.…
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STEM careers not drawing women, despite their aptitude

STEM careers not drawing women, despite their aptitude. “A recent study by The University of Texas at Austin has found that young women don’t avoid so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors and professions for lack of math and science skills. Rather, they are choosing other disciplines in spite of their skills in these traditionally masculine…
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5 Tips When Things Go Wrong

If you’ve lived this life, you know that if something can go wrong, it likely will.  Furthermore, things will go so amazingly wrong, that you pretty much have two choices- laugh or cry.  It is really hard to laugh when it is your career on the line, and people are screaming for your head.  So,…
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3 Ways Leadership is Hard Work

Getting to a leadership position requires a ton of hard work.  Staying there, requires even more.  I remember as a youngster thinking that once I made a certain amount of money, that I wouldn’t have to budget anymore.  Boy was I wrong.  I was equally wrong in my youthful thoughts that being in a leadership…
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How Bad Hiring Decisions Can Mess Up a Good Business Strategy | LinkedIn

It’s true.  Bad hiring can make or break your company, and I’m not the only one saying so.  It’s not just about hiring “good” people, but hiring the right person for the right job at the right time. Here’s the beginning of the article: This is not a story about Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Tim…
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5 Tips for a Great Business Process

One thing I’ve seen in various companies I’ve worked for is that each and every company has its own culture, and its on set of processes.  Not every process is a great business process, so how do you make it easily remembered, repeatable, consistent, and easy to follow.  Remember that the easier the process is…
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Operations Management 101- Slow Airplane Boarding

I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time traveling. I’ve gone to South America, to Peru, and Ecuador.  I’ve been to Florida, Texas, and to Arizona, all in the last 3 months.  One of the things that I’ve noticed time and again is how much time the airlines spend dealing with carry on bags.  The…
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