Bubbling fountains surrounded by late summer flowers, wrought-iron gazebos dotting an expanse of green lawn, and majestic buildings lined the perimeter. Walking along the brick path, the beauty was everywhere at Belmont. But that same beauty created a challenge for us as we tried to find the right building for the next campus event. On […]
“Oh, this isn’t good.” The blinking dashboard, clicking sounds, and flickering headlights on my van signaled real trouble. As I pulled into the QuickTrip at dusk, I dreaded turning off the car because I just knew it wouldn’t start again. So stuck in rural north Tennessee, 3 ½ hours from home with my 17-year-old daughter […]
“This is the call I didn’t know I needed,” my client burst out with a huge smile on her face. Janie was part of a group I coach inside a large animal health company that is working to help its people not only gain skills, but also work better together to change the culture. And […]
At the small conference table in his new director’s office, Kevin confessed, “I feel so confused, and I’m just a failure at this.” Everything began to spill out: He didn’t feel supported. Other departments demanded things he just had to figure out on his own. So he was creating goals and tasks that could prove […]
I sat on the bumper of my Odysessy in the parking garage, furious and sobbing after a terrible meeting. I realized right then — my dream job was over. I said to my friend: “I don’t fit in this culture anymore. He’s going to fire me.” “If you don’t fit the culture, it’s because our […]
“Hi, this is the nurse at HoneyRock…” No one wants this phone call. It’s never good. (Poor school and camp nurses, they never get to call with good news unexpectedly!) Adventures in the camp van to the local ER an hour away and an X-ray revealed a broken foot for our youngest daughter. And a […]
“Absolutely not. I am not about power,” I vehemently disagreed with my executive coach. Sitting at a busy Starbucks, I could not understand why we were even talking about power. This wise coach picked up her blonde brew and kindly said, “Jenn, I need you to listen. Everything has a power. Every person holds power. […]
Laughing, giggling, “Over here!” “No! I’m over here!” Watching an ancient game of Marco Polo (centuries before the explorer or the app), a man scoffed at the storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some neighborhood kids. “Why?” the man jeered, “Why are you wasting your time?” Picking up a bow, Aesop loosened its string and […]
I totaled my dad’s car when I was 16—in my own driveway… I backed the ‘82 Cutlass Supreme into a random F250 black truck with an enormous tow hitch that had chosen that moment to turn around in our driveway in our h-shaped driveway. What I didn’t use that winter morning? My mirrors. Cost me […]
I decided on a random Tuesday in January of 2022 that it’s never too late to be the most active participant in my life. I started walking out the front door every day for a short walk. I added time and activities. In May of 2022, I started a streak of moving at least 30 […]
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