Opportunity Disguised

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Opportunity is often disguised. Before us, in this difficult time, lies one such opportunity. Disruption creates change. The coronavirus is a huge disruption that has thrown a ton of change into our world. Change creates many emotions, anxiety being one. When we are anxious, we can find ourselves looking around for something to hold on to; something to do that makes us feel “normal”. It can make us lose focus or alternately, become single-mindedly focused on things we can’t control. One change many people are dealing with is working from home. Over the next several weeks and months businesses and individuals need to figure out how to work in this new way. Opportunity lies during the time while businesses adjust to the new model in the form of available time.…
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What Has a Hold of You?

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Moving to Florida, I’ve had to learn about many different species of plants, animals and insects that inhabit our environment. My latest adventure was with a plant known as mother-in-law tongue. I found the name humorous when I heard it, and after spending a good part of a day trying to eradicate the plant and its roots from my garden, I had much more time to think about its moniker. You’ve likely seen this plant in a container; at your doctor’s or dentist’s office, or you may even have one of them in your home. It’s a lovely, green, spikey plant; it grows easily without much care required and it is very good for indoor environments as a natural air purifier. My neighbor had one that outgrew its space, so…
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Women Rising Detroit

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Our next open enrollment Women Rising Program is being held in Detroit on October 10, 2019. Women Rising is a 4-month, women's leadership development program, for early career emerging leaders. Through two in-person workshops and four 1:1 mentor coaching sessions participants are guided through a study of leadership reviewing topics such as: leadership strengths, confidence, communication, networking skills and more! Click here for the flyer: Women Rising Detroit
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Uber Drivers are NOT all Created Equal

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On the way to the Seattle airport, I had a lucky draw with Saam, my Uber driver. Saam is from Somalia and has lived here for many years. Saam is industrious; he has ideas. He asked me a few questions, then paused, looked in the rearview mirror and asked me if there was something that I really liked. I shared with him that I enjoy wine. He proceeded, very animatedly, to tell me how I could begin a new business; dress up nicely, have a nice glass of wine, and share what I know about the wine in a video. “People want to know about wine. You know about wine. You share what you know. You make a business.” Within five minutes he had me connecting with wine salesmen, becoming…
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The Power of Self-Compassion

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One of the downfalls of living in a society which stresses the ethic of independence and individual achievement is that if we don’t reach our ideal goals, we feel we the need to beat ourselves up.  We believe this self-criticism will make us a stronger, better, and perhaps a more resilient person……right? Wrong. So, what really happens when we enter down this path of thinking? We fall into a vicious cycle of painful mental self-abuse. If you think that you are making yourself a better person by beating yourself up when you make mistakes, think again. You are actually causing increased feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. And, there’s a good possibility you’re taking your frustrations out on the people closest to you. What can you do to help break the cycle of self-criticism and self-judgement?…
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