Relieve Stress and Increase Happiness by Doing This…

Last week, I gave a talk on stress resilience to a group of young dentists in which I shared several methods for managing stress and increasing effectiveness. Dr. Brynn Jezdimir of LakePointe Orthodontics organized the event, and shared her experience of giving back to the community as a way of reducing stress and increasing happiness […]

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Choose to Be Kind Over Being Right in 2018

I recently saw the movie “Wonder” about the difficulties a boy with facial deformities encounters as he enters public school for the first time in fifth grade, after being home schooled by his mother until this point. On a daily basis, Auggie deals with humiliation in the form of stares, whispers, verbal and physical abuse, […]

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Gratitude for 2017

Another year has flown by! For many, 2017 has been a difficult year. For me, this has been my best year yet, and for that I am truly grateful. As you reflect on this past year, I hope that you find you have much to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude for all the positive things […]

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What is Privilege? Overcoming Bias and Discrimination.

Lately there is much talk about certain groups having “privilege” over other groups due to race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Google defines privilege as “a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.”  There is even a video that demonstrates this concept. Yes, even in the […]

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Stress Resilience through Mindfulness

I gave an overview on increasing resilience in the four domains: mind, body, emotion and spirit in my last newsletter. When we experience stress, it is because of what we are telling ourselves about the situation that we perceive as stressful. (“I’m not going to be able to get all of this done on time, […]

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Increasing Resilience in the Four Domains

Three weeks ago, I taught a class on stress management and resilience to a group of 26 Senior Service College Fellows (GS-14 and GS-15 Army civilians) who recently began a very intensive and demanding 10-month training program to prepare them for future senior leadership roles. This class is based on the effects of stress on […]

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What is Your Impact?

I recently saw a video of Garth Brooks spotting a woman holding a sign in the audience that read, “Chemo this morning. Garth tonight. Enjoying the dance.”  What he does next is extremely touching. You can watch the video here. He made a huge impact on this woman, but I think her impact on him […]

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Essential Skills for 4 Core Conversations

Last week, I facilitated the Blanchard course “First-Time Manager Essential Skills” to a group of 25 engineers and technicians. This training course is based on the book, “The New One Minute Manager®” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson and teaches the essential skills for the four core conversations that the most effective leaders hold with […]

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Honoring Heroes

In honor of Memorial Day, this newsletter is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Having been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton from 2002 to 2012, I have had the privilege of working with numerous team members and clients from all branches of the military […]

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The Impact of the Invisible Workload on Men and Women

Is the invisible workload dragging you down? The article entitled “The Invisible Workload that Drags Women Down” by Lisa Wade says that in two-career marriages, women do most of the household chores, while men spend more time at work – making the amount of combined paid and un-paid work nearly equal. However, women tend to […]

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