Food for Thought Friday

Are You Listening to Yourself? A #soulsparks Story

March 27, 2015

It happened while I was cleaning up the dinner dishes. While I stood at my kitchen sink, scrubbing pans, the thought formed, completely unbidden: I want to be a writer. It was a June night; my family was outside enjoying one of the first warm days of our soon-to-be Michigan summer. And I was inside, […]

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The Cost of Waiting for the Right Time to Take Action

May 5, 2014

  As a writer, I can really relate to this E.B. White quote. White, author of the beloved children’s works Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, was also the co-author of the English language style guide, known as “Strunk and White.” Clearly, he got a fair amount of words on paper. It’s not just writers who […]

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What Makes You Happy?

February 21, 2014

  Here’s something that makes me instantly happy: Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy”, which debuted in the movie Despicable Me 2. Haven’t heard it yet? Check it out here: Can’t get enough of this song. Food for Thought Friday: what makes you happy?

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How Do You Make People Feel at Work?

February 14, 2014

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I offer up this Friday Food for Thought: How will you make people feel today?

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Food for Thought Friday: Awakening Childlike Wonder

December 27, 2013

For Christmas, I received this figurine of Amy Farrah Fowler, a character on the TV show the Big Bang Theory. I had put it on my Christmas list as sort of a joke. But when I opened it, something unexpected happened. I really liked the toy. A lot. As we opened the other gifts, I […]

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What’s Your Place in History: Witness or Student?

November 22, 2013

  Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I was an infant when it happened, so of course I have no recollection of how this pivotal point in history felt to those who were witness to it as adults. Naomi Bloom, a fellow human resources blogger, was an 18 year old college student on […]

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Life Outlook – Are You Seeing Donuts or Holes?

May 3, 2013

Food for Thought: Optimism is a choice – you can choose to see donuts or holes. Look around you – work to see if you can find a baker’s dozen of donuts today.

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Who is Waiting for Your Praise?

March 22, 2013

Mr. People Equation and I had a yummy Chinese dinner the other night and this was in  my fortune cookie. Think about it – there are any number of people out there who would benefit from a brief and sincere show of thanks. They probably aren’t actually waiting for it, but I bet it would make their […]

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Small Business Owners – The Difference Between Managing and Leading Your Company

March 1, 2013

Today I have the pleasure of having a guest post featured on the Biz Thinking blog. This site features savvy business strategies for small business owners. My post is called “Small Business Owners – Are You Leading Your Company or Simply Managing It?” Go check it out and tell me what you think. Food for Thought […]

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How to Be Irresistible

February 22, 2013

This quote comes from a presentation I attended for using LinkedIn more effectively. This quote from Michael Yoder’s presentation to the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence really had me thinking. Mike was saying, in effect, when you approach things with a “helping” mindset, then people are naturally drawn to you. His point related to LinkedIn […]

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