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Preparedness

| by Shannon Williams

Being prepared crosses all parts of life in small “Do I have my mask?” “Am I off mute?” ways and in big “Do I have the necessary supplies for the approaching hurricane?” ways. Last weekend our oldest son moved into his first adult apartment. This was a pr…

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Cause for Celebration

| by Staci Barfield

Yesterday was my dear friend Amy’s birthday. Since her special day is on the first, she has appropriated all of September as her birthday month, celebrating accordingly. Personally, I’ve never been a big birthday person, and acknowledging my own has become less and less important…

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Fear Will Not Win

| by Bert Armstrong

Recently I wrote a blog story reflecting on a hilariously terrifying encounter with a self-diagnosed medical condition of mine – ophidiophobia. For what I am sure was a very small handful of readers who missed this article due to vacations – or for the medically uninformed &…

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Rejection or a Course Correction?

| by Beth Briggs

“Thank you so much for your application for (YOUR DREAM JOB!!). You have tremendous skills and expertise. However, I am sorry but we have selected another candidate.” Unfortunately, most of us have heard that phrase some time in our career. Telling qualified applicants they …

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Take the Headphones Off and Pay Attention

| by Bert Armstrong

Let me be clear. Snakes are #1, #4, and #7 on my top 10 list of things I fear on this earth. I get the heebie-jeebies at any mention of snake sightings, keep my head on a swivel when the neighbor mentions they found one in their backyard, and usually turn away from snake scenes in movies and…

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The Hardest Job YOU Ever Had

| by Staci Barfield

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post entitled The Hardest Job I Ever Had. I have to admit that I was unprepared for the outpouring of emails and phone calls from CEOs and EDs that followed. They told me how the article resonated with them, recounted the variety of activities they do on a d…

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The Balancing Act in the New Normal

| by April Anthony

“Imagine you are at your office, but it’s better. Breathe in. And exhale. Your office is clean. Your left eye no longer has an involuntary twitch. You don’t look like someone on the verge of stabbing the next person who says you look tired. Because you don’t. You do…

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Let’s Talk More About Being At Our Best

| by Katie Weeks

My first-grade son was recently asked to make a Venn diagram for class. I am pretty sure I did not know what a Venn diagram was until college, but I digress. One of my favorite Venn diagrams is the one with the circles representing the following: What you are good at What you love doing…

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Working From Home: A Lesson We Can't Unlearn

| by Shannon Williams

There are some pandemic behaviors we cannot unlearn. From a professional perspective, working from home tops the list. Whether you love working from home or you hate it, it is now a thing. To be fair, we all know that working from home existed before the pandemic, but not widely in the nonp…

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The Hardest Job I Ever Had

| by Staci Barfield

With respect to work, I am what author Po Bronson calls a journeyer in his book What Should I Do with My Life? For me, that has meant pursuing several different – and at the time, fulfilling – careers. These include having spent significant time as a management consultant, inform…

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