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Jun 5, 2022

Nothing about the last two weeks has been our typical rhythm. Not. One. Thing.Has it been this way for you? I mean part of it is MIWTD (May is worse than December). So how did I cope? Other parts are outside of May Madness. One son graduated and another had knee surgery. We had out-of-town […]

May 20, 2020

Working with people involves accountability. From the most experienced CEO to the newest teenage intern, we make commitments to one another. The best teams, families, and workplaces are mutually accountable to one another.  The question isn’t so much “How do I hold people accountable?” It’s “How do I create a culture of commitment and mutual […]

May 15, 2020

No one alive has done this before. Remember Everyone is experiencing loss. Remember Everyone is figuring this out as we go along. Remember Lower your expectations of yourself. Remember Grief is not linear. Remember Culture shock is not linear. Remember Growth is not linear. Remember It’s ok to laugh. Remember Take the next step. Remember […]

Mar 16, 2020

 Parenting is being pecked to death by chickens. Mostly because kids are tiny, imperfect humans who need just so much from us as grown, imperfect humans. I’m continuing to learn my parenting improves when awareness of myself and my motivations expand. As I gain deeper understanding of why I’m reacting to the pecking in unhelpful […]

Jan 12, 2020

I destroyed her dream of chocolate fish. And it could have lit a conflict to last for days. Yet, it didn’t. All because I had my favorite conflict fire extinguisher: I refuse to have an interpersonal argument over text. Or over email, Slack, instant message, etc. And I especially don’t fight over text with my […]

Oct 2, 2019

Top frustrating reality of life: In becoming better, we don’t follow a straight upward curve.  We don’t dance our way from success to success without tripping on our hem. Sometimes you can smile and laugh through it. Other times you slip ‘n’ slide down the stage with an audience of 1000 people. And sometimes that’s […]

Sep 29, 2019

I pretend I can be all the things and do all the things with no stopping (except laundry. I don’t want to do ALL the things.) I behave as if I am infinite and omnipotent. And then my glass house shatters as soon as the stone of hangry gets tossed and the brick of six […]

Sep 29, 2019

So you see this, and I’m sure you have questions. For many of you, there is no context for Jenn in a chicken pool toy.  So this is the crazy visual for my communication skill today. I like to call this “Hi, and here’s what’s coming.” Conversations have five parts: greeting, feedforward, business, feedback, and […]

Sep 24, 2019

I could not see the giant Schnucks shopping cart. Rolling down the interstate in the Odyssey, my 10yo keeps pointing, trying to help me see the 13-foot cart. “Mom, it’s taller than that truck. It’s going up the ramp. Look, there it is again.”I kept seeing the hill of exit and the flat side of […]

Sep 10, 2019

Today I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. When I have 468 to-do items and needs pulling me in all the directions, I start doing constructive things like researching Christmas presents for my second cousin or scouring the bottom of the crisper drawer.  All tasks that really help me to meet my goal. (eye roll) I’ve just […]

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