Highlights and Resolutions

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Highlights and Resolutions

My first memory is from Christmas, 1980. I had just turned four years old. I remember waddling into my bedroom led by my grandparents. What I saw standing there was magnificent...a brand new bicycle. Powder blue. Shiny chrome fenders on the front and back. Training wheels. Ready to ride. 

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Career Transition Update: One Down, Six To Go.

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Career Transition Update: One Down, Six To Go.

My first term back in school (since 2005!) was a success and, although I've only got one term under my belt, the road through my career transition has been smooth so far.

I ended the term on a high note, scoring 91% on my Financial Accounting final (class avg. was 65%) and a perfect 100% on my Personal Finance final. Spring term grades will be posted this week. 

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How I Beat Burnout Like a Drum

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How I Beat Burnout Like a Drum

Once upon a time, burnout got the best of me. Why? I got comfortable. Too comfortable. I enjoyed what I was doing so much, coaching new employees, building relationships, managing my team, that I forgot about something important...the big picture. 

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5 Digital Tools for the Empowered Job Seeker

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5 Digital Tools for the Empowered Job Seeker

We live in the hyperlink era, and a good understanding of the latest and most effective digital tools can aid you in your job search and set you apart from other online job-seeking candidates. How many other candidates? A lot. In fact, according a recent study by the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans researching jobs online has doubled since 2005 and 84% of recent job seekers have applied for a job online.  

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My Top 3 Mistakes as a People Manager

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My Top 3 Mistakes as a People Manager

My 11 year journey as a people manager was an amazing experience. Hired at 22 fresh out of college, I all but grew up in a successful organization where I could grow, learn and lead. While I'm so grateful for the relationships I've built and the experiences I've had, that time was littered with mistakes and failures along the way. 

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Mrs. Woods's Lesson

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Mrs. Woods's Lesson

I spent the summer of 1987 doing what most 10 year olds did in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon back in the 80's…I waded through lakes picking crawdads with my buddies, rode bicycles in groups, and wore my thumbs out playing my brand new Nintendo Entertainment System.

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Back to School

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Back to School

Publishing this one from Smith Center at Portland State. This is going to be a short post, I've got homework to do! Week 1 of my post baccalaureate journey is complete. Here are some pics from the first week!

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Sunny Skies Ahead!

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Sunny Skies Ahead!

Big news! I am happy to announce that, after graduating with my first Bachelor's degree 16 years ago, and through a generous program under the Trade Act, I re-enrolled at Portland State University as a Post Baccalaureate student and will begin attending full time, starting this Monday, March 28th, 2016, to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. I'll graduate in December of 2017. 

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What If Managers Worked For Tips?

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What If Managers Worked For Tips?

Life is short. Most of us will work for only about 40 years in our lifetime. Are we doing all we can to grow, discover & live our purpose? At work, are we doing all we can to develop and serve others, to prepare the people we work with to be better leaders, and to reward our managers and mentors when they do right by us?

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"I Was Just Joking" - Sarcasm in the Workplace

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"I Was Just Joking" - Sarcasm in the Workplace

We've all been there.  Someone makes a comment and you can't tell if they're joking or not. We may study their face for a tell, take their comment at face value, or we may actually ask "are you joking?". Sometimes it's hard to tell when someone is being sarcastic, snarky or sincere. 

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Want A Better LinkedIn Profile Summary?  Paint It Red.

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Want A Better LinkedIn Profile Summary? Paint It Red.

Have you ever thought about painting the front door of your home red?

When shopping for homes we learn about "curb appeal", which is the aesthetic charm of a residence when viewed from the street. Red front doors are generally said to enhance curb appeal.  I know when I was shopping for my home, the houses with the red front doors got most of the attention.

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Are Networking Events Really Worth It?

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Are Networking Events Really Worth It?

Networking events can be awkward and uncomfortable. Your anxieties are on high alert. You don't know anyone there. You're afraid you'll want to leave right away. "Why isn't anyone talking to me?".  "Why aren't I talking to anyone else?". You'd rather be watching Netflix, catching up on sleep, or cleaning the toilet.  

Why would anyone want to go through that? 

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Five Valuable Productivity Tips For Job Seekers

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Five Valuable Productivity Tips For Job Seekers

I decided to make up the lost time by going straight to work instead of showering. "Ha. I'll get an extra hour back in my day", I thought. Brilliant. Besides, why shower if I have no office to go to? I thought I had stumbled upon some kind of "life hack" that would give me back an extra hour of my day, making me more productive.  

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