Be Kind to the Person Right in Front of You – #RTOK

March 6, 2017

Kindness is free, but sometimes we act as if it’s a rare treasure to hoard. Or, we think small actions won’t make a difference. We’re wrong on both counts. The act of kindness costs nothing but a few moments of time and it reaps huge dividends. The size of the gesture is less important than […]

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The Power of Living in the Moment

May 23, 2016

It was Day Six of my eight-day out of town trip, and back at home, my preteen daughter was trying to keep it together. She had been sick for several days, with a fever spiking to 102 degrees. Her sixth grade class was going through state testing for math, reading and science so her teachers […]

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Michael J. Fox’s Life Lessons on Work, Optimism, and Choice

May 17, 2016

“I’m going to a conference next month and the keynote speaker is Michael J. Fox.” “Cool! Although, I just saw on Facebook that his health isn’t very good. I hope he’s able to make the event.” Such was the conversation I had several weeks ago with a friend. I’d seen the post about Michael J. […]

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The Many Benefits of Gratitude

November 25, 2015

What are you grateful for? Our national holiday of Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so naturally, gratitude is on my mind. I was curious about the tangible benefits of gratitude. Can the act of being grateful have mental benefits? What about physical benefits? Turns out that yes, giving thanks provides more than just a temporary “feel good” […]

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#TimSackettDay Honors Victorio Milian

January 23, 2015

Today is the fourth annual celebration of Tim Sackett Day. It was started by HR blogger Laurie Ruettimann back in the day when she blogged at The Cynical Girl. Tim Sackett Day honors the unsung heroes in human resources – people who may or may not make the list of “Top HR Influencers.” But they are […]

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Five Stories of Giving Thanks and Gratitude

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here are some of my favorites posts related to giving thanks and gratitude: 1. Comedian Sarah Silverman is not the first person I look to for inspiration, but I appreciated her take on creating happiness in The Difference between Finding Happiness and Being Miserable. 2. Show your gratitude to the people you […]

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18 Quotes to Inspire Your Attitude of Gratitude

November 26, 2014

Tomorrow is my country’s national day of Thanksgiving. Here are some quotations to help you form an “attitude of gratitude.” Which one is your favorite? “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust “Do not spoil what you have […]

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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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Seven Gift-Giving Ideas for Your Boss

December 16, 2013

The gift-giving season is in full swing here in the United States, so I wrote a post for Smartblog on Leadership offering unique ideas for “gifts” that leaders can give their employees this year. Hint: there’s not a gift card or food basket on this list. Read more in 7 leadership gift-giving ideas for the […]

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Essays on Gratitude – How to Give, Receive and Share at Work and Home

November 18, 2013

How do you give gratitude? How do you receive it? The American holiday of Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Karin Hurt of the blog Let’s Grow Leaders has compiled an excellent gratitude-themed compilation of essays to help honor the holiday. Topics include: – How to Give Thanks and Praise – The State of […]

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