15 Dec

Study Hard, Stay Focused, and Stop Working

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When I was in high school I had a really hard time absorbing information. Yes, there were plenty of distractions literally screaming for my attention, like my high school basketball coach. But it was more than that, I just hadn’t learned how that big squishy thing between my ears worked.

I remember spending hours at home studying and trying earnestly to do well. And then test day came… and I didn’t do well. But why? WHY? I knew that I had put the time in. How could my brain just forget all the stuff I needed when I needed it most? Stupid brain always ruins everything *sniffle* *whimper*. Read More

24 Nov

Are You Drinking the Kool-Aid or Stirring the Pitcher? Know the Flavor of Your Office Culture.

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What’s the Flavor of Your Kool-Aid?

After a tumultuous team meeting at a former place of employment, a seasoned co-worker said something to me that changed my entire thought process about the workplace and how I conduct myself as a manager. With deepest sincerity, he said, “Jamye, you either have to drink the kool-aid or stir the pitcher, but you can’t do both”. It got me thinking. Do I give in and just go along with the crowd or do I keep trying to implement change in an environment that doesn’t want it? Neither option seemed right for me so I began to evaluate myself. I decided that to be the manager I had hoped to be, I had to discover the leader I was meant to be. By taking this journey, I soon found myself happily drinking the kool-aid I was stirring. You can too!  First, you need to know the flavor of your kool-aid. Read More

29 Sep

The VA, Health Care, Kevin Bacon, and you!

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Maybe you’re a Veteran, maybe you’re not. Maybe you’re Kevin Bacon. OK, probably not.  No matter who you are, you should know a few things about the VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

MyHealtheVet Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, which hypothesizes that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart.  So, you may not be a Veteran, or know a Vet, but odds are you know someone who knows one.  This blog series will provide information on VA programs and benefits that may be available to you or someone you know.  First up, a great online program called MyHealtheVet. Read More

25 Aug

What Did You Say? Monitoring Communication with your Stakeholders

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We’ve heard it all before: the importance of effective listening, canceling out noise and focusing on understanding, blah blah blah. Listen to all interested parties, keep everyone informed, etc. But how well are we really executing our communication? How often are we taking steps to determine how well we are listening to our stakeholders?

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02 Jun

Do Your Kids Have Better Social Etiquette at Home Than You Do at the Office?

As a parent, one of the essential traits I instill in my kids is respecting the people they interact with every day. Their classmates and their friends, as these are the people that my kids will be together with for the remainder of their childhood. It seems that more and more, the schools are implementing group projects as an essential part of the curriculum. To work effectively in the group, kids must be open-minded and respect all views and perspectives. This may be a difficult task for kids who are still trying to identify their own sense of individualism. However, is it still a difficult task for working professionals in the adult world?

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