“We didn’t think you’d notice the difference,” the guys said when they came back from the store as they put the Schnucks-brand tonic water on the granite countertop. “It’s just like Fever Tree, isn’t it?” Oh, no, gentlemen. No, it is not. Yet, we were all too tired from the week to go back out […]
“Some people are concerned about using personality as part of our professional development,” my corporate client shared in a prep call. “Tell me more,” I said (BTW…my all-time favorite conversation continuer is “tell me more.”) “Well, some of our staff who came from another agency had DISC profiles displayed, and their personality profiles were used […]
Ding! I opened the text preview at my kitchen table. I dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter, who confirmed — it didn’t make sense. I’d like […]
Assumicide attacked our home one weekend. Casualties were great. In my pale celery green kitchen, my hands full scooping out eggs for brunch, my oldest man-child loomed in the doorway and kindly called me on an assumption. Ouch. Just the day before, this same then-17-year-old and I had a similar conversation in the very same […]
Work doesn’t have to be this hard. It can be a joy. Joy, connection, belonging, purpose…all of that is available at work. As part of the wholeness of your life. You can work where your strengths are embraced, and your growth is championed. A place where values drive innovation and care, sustaining a wholehearted, flourishing […]
Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]
You’re pool-side, slathering sunscreen on a kid who just wants to get into the water, and that slack ping on your phone tickles your ears. Resentment, guilt, insecurity all flood your chest. What should you do? Here’s the goal: Stop shoulding on yourself. So I’m not gonna tell you what you should do. But I […]
The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]
It’s been a week, friends. It’s been a week. Congressional hearing bombshells, Supreme Court rulings, and a host of other issues have nearly everyone I’ve talked to off-kilter (at best). Today I was having lunch with a new friend at a delicious Mexican place with straws too big for the glasses. I, of course, got […]
Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a recovering conflict avoider…who now helps people solve conflict. Raise your hand if you would like to run the other way when there’s conflict. Or maybe you’re the one who goes into solution-mode and policies. Possibly you are the one ready to fight?? For most of us, the idea that […]
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