Uncorking New Ideas

As a keynote speaker, I often mention our family-owned winery, Hacienda de las Rosas, which translates to “Big House of the Roses.” The audience lights up as they ask incredulously, “You own a winery?

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Selling: A Customer-Focused Culture

Have we ever thought about all the positive energy we extend as we capture and maintain customers? That momentum, adrenaline and skill a sales team utilizes as they close business? During this time of change and upheaval, I have contemplated if there are consistent ways to capture this same energy throughout an organization so that… Read more »

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Leading Through Wicked Problems

We have all lived what feels like a decade throughout the last year and half. Many are feeling exhausted, burned out, on the edge, and are having serious reconsiderations of their careers, locations, and what aspects of life and work are individually important. These questions and dilemmas are all understandable because we have been living… Read more »

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This I Believe

It’s easy to sit back and fret these days about the state of our world and wonder how we’re going to make any progress if we can’t even agree on what’s for dinner (never an argument in this house, as I decide and you eat or don’t). What’s more challenging is deciding how you’re going… Read more »

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The Benefits of Mentoring

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey While some people prefer jelly over jam, I prefer jam. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference; I just like saying the word “jam.” Whenever anyone asks me what I think about mentoring, I always reply, “That’s my jam!”

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The Art of Diplomacy

“You should be a diplomat,” observed one of the Martin Institute’s Advisory Board members following a conversation about efforts to raise the organization’s profile at the University of Idaho. We had come a long way in a handful of years, but challenges remained.

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Inspired by Crisis

There is symbiotic relationship between innovation and adoption. The work of innovation can only go so far until it must wait for adoption to catch up and create the next opportunity for innovation. I have personally experienced this circular relationship, which is especially prominent in the education field.

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Measuring Success

“Go big or go home!”“In it to win it!”“Do or die!” I have been hearing these idioms for my entire career; these mantras shaped who I was and influenced what type of entrepreneur I would become.

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The Oz Affect

This must be how Dorothy felt when she awoke in the land of Oz – No memory of going on a journey; and yet, waking to a changed world. We have all heard the adage: It takes 21 days to form a new habit. If true, or even close to accurate, can you imagine the… Read more »

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