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I Couldn’t Make This Shit Up If I Tried

Some days my life is truly more bizarre than fiction.  Truly.  I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.  And believe me, I’ve tried.  The latest is another story in the ongoing saga with my father who is in failing health.  He has Parkinsons, dementia, and really, really hates actually doing anything for himself.…
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Take Time to Flood the Bathroom

Tonight when I came home, I headed straight for the bathtub.  Knowing that I likely was going to have a parade of kids coming through while I was in there, I decided to fill the tub with an egregious number of bubbles, and hop in.  Sure enough, I had all four kids in there at…
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Perspective

At the end of the day, I have a roof over my head, my children are safe in their beds, and food is in their bellies.  That is not true of so many families in Oklahoma tonight.  I think that it is events like this that put life into true perspective.  At the end of…
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There Are Some Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Employees

Just as there are plenty of ways to motivate people, there are also many surefire ways to demotivate employees.  I came across this article today on demotivating employees.  Note that it’s easier to demotivate and annoy people than it is to get them to do what they should do.  If you engage in any of…
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Motivating Others

Motivating Others to do something can be quite challenging.  Whether it’s motivating my children to study in school, do their best at a particular activity, or actually do their chores, it can require a lot of creativity.  Fortunately for me, I get to use those same skills at work, to motivate others.  Well, I don’t…
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Highs and Lows

Saturday was one of the best days of my life.  It was the day I graduated from Duke with my MBA, or Master’s of Business Administration.  But as with everything in my life, there are always highs and lows.  The low that followed has been a tough week at work, and a tough week with…
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Channel Your Inner Bitch Sometimes

You really do have to channel your inner bitch sometimes.  Not to be cruel, or unkind, or deliberately mean. You need to do it to avoid being walked on like a doormat.  I guess it’s part of being a woman- you are raised to always be a good girl, and be nice. Always be nice.…
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To Working Moms of Small Children

  ~by Haley Lynn Gray~   One of the big boulders in my life is the fact that I have four young children. They are my pride and joy. They are also a royal pain in the butt sometimes. Last night at dinner, my 12 year old daughter finished off her cheese sauce, and was…
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Home Life and Career Mirror One Another

I’m constantly amused at how my home life and career mirror one another.  Really, it’s eerie.  The same skills that I use with managing the au-pair, kids, and husband at home are the same skills that I use to manage my team and manager at work.  There are, of course, a few differences.  I never…
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5 Tips for What Not to Wear to Work

~by Haley Lynn Gray~   My workplace has a very relaxed dress code. Even though we are very laid back, there are certainly some things that shouldn’t be worn. I thought I’d touch on some things that should not put in an appearance at the office. I see most of the most egregious violations in…
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