Assessing Goals

When I started this blog, I was looking for a place to write, find my voice and test my work by placing it where others can read it.  If you have been one of those people, thank you.  I feel incredibly honored that you took the time to read my posts when you could have... Continue Reading →

Tips for Compelling Introductions

I have attended many meetings and networking events.  From small gatherings to large assemblies, they all have one thing in common.  At some point, all participants have to introduce themselves. Whether you are meeting one person or a group of people, introductions are part of the professional world.  It is also a potential lost opportunity.... Continue Reading →


After years of dealing with a mud pit, we decided to landscape our backyard.  As we gathered everything and girded our loins for the big project, something unexpected happened. Last Saturday, my dogs went berserk, staring out the window and barking loud enough to wake the neighborhood.  I went outside to investigate and found two... Continue Reading →

What Do You Do?

“So, what do you do?” I used to look forward to this question.  I had enjoyed different, successful careers and was able to give the following answers: “I manage a $350 million energy spend for a Fortune 500 company.” “I sell natural gas and power to utilities and national accounts.” “I have my own business.”... Continue Reading →

The Business of Writing

I’m guessing there are many reasons people start blogs.  For me, I started because I’ve been threatening to write a book for far too long.  As I still hadn’t finished the book, I thought blogging would help get the creative juices flowing, give me the discipline to stick to a schedule of writing (I resolved... Continue Reading →

The Thrill of the Challenge

Would you rather complete an Ironman triathlon, an ultra-marathon or run with the bulls? This is a question I asked a group of friends last weekend.  We had just watched Shaun complete a 5K, followed by a half-marathon the next morning, a combo appropriately called the I-challenge (we were at the University of Illinois).  As... Continue Reading →

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