I Choose to Lead

Disruption, Disarray, Commotion, Uncertainty, Turmoil, Dismay As I reflect upon the challenges of 2020, these are the words that come to mind. I know I am not alone; the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive on so many levels for everyone – personally, professionally and emotionally.

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The Value of Team

“Whoever said it was lonely at the top just wasn’t doing it right.” I wrote this down on a piece of paper the other day. I had just experienced a particularly successful shift at the restaurant and driving home felt that glow of wonderment, that all of the many moving parts particular to the restaurant… Read more »

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The Next Greatest Generation

The depth and breadth of a crisis is never determined by the event itself. These boundaries are always defined by the quality and effectiveness of our response. Unfortunately, at a time when individual efforts need to be aligned to form a cooperative community response to an assortment of global crises, we instead find ourselves in… Read more »

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Making a Choice to Make a Difference

Blessings – having parents who love and care for you. Blessings – having a roof over your head. Blessings – knowing when you’ll eat again. I am blessed. I will never forget the day I realized others were not.

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When the News Media Diminish, We All Do

This statement from an influential conservative commentator terrifies me, and that’s not a comment on Glenn Beck’s political positions. It is to say that when journalism is under fire, we all are. A weakening of the Fourth Estate is dangerous to both sides of any political aisle, including mainstream parties, the center and the fringes.

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Bring in the Game Changers!

When we are in real trouble, who do we turn to? As kids, perhaps we turn to parents and teachers. As adults, we turn to mentors, elders, veterans and experts in the field, people who have been through worse or more challenging circumstances and survived. These are game changers who need to be at the… Read more »

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An Open Letter to Generation X

In the 19th Century, if you could not read or write, it was common to sign legal documents with an “X.” Countless Americans moved through history in this way. One notable example is Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist and political activist who was born into slavery. During the Civil War she served as cook, nurse,… Read more »

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Thoughts from the Chrysalis: Butterflies Needed

This is a strange time of quarantine and working from home. This is a difficult time of racial protests and political divides. This is an opportune time for change and innovation.

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