Don’t let them forget you

I had the privilege of spending three days in Washington DC last week with the MREA, educating our legislators on issues important to electric cooperatives. Every legislator expressed appreciation for our visit; one made the comment, “When you don’t come to see us, we forget you’re there.” His statement rings true, not only in politics but in life and business.  

Memento Mori

I’m thinking of getting a tattoo.  When I mentioned this to my husband, his eyebrows popped up.  “You, a tattoo?” he asked, “What kind?”   

I hope you’re not a hornet?

Leaders inspire accomplishment.  But not all leaders inspire equally; whichever one you are depends on how you engage people. Let’s start with Simon Sinek.  Sinek observes that some leaders inspire action while others do not.  He illustrates his point with the golden circle, that moves us through three concentric circles from what, to how, and finally to why people act. 

Who Needs a Crystal Ball…

Ask 100 economists for their view on where the economy is headed and you may get 100 different answers—everything from pending disaster to all-time highs.  

The #1 success killer

There are lots of ways to avoid success, but the most sure-fire way is procrastination.  Procrastination is the habit of putting off important, challenging tasks by killing time with less stressful activities: 

No is your most productive word

I was listening as my friend debated with herself on whether or not to accept the position of committee chair.  She is a busy woman, juggling the demands of a career and young children.  She leads a Girl Scout troop; chaperones school field trips and heads up the library committee. 

Get off your keister!

Happy New Year!  I bet you’ve been told that dozens of times.  You’ve probably also been asked if you had a nice holiday the same number of times. How come no one ever asks  

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself

Once upon a time we were our past selves.  The decisions we made are reflected in our lives today. As the new year approaches, you may be thinking about making resolutions and setting goals.  

The Best Presence

In 1998, a friend and I took an amazing trip to China.  One of the most fascinating moments was when we walked out of the airport terminal and saw all the people on cell phones.  Cell phones were just taking off in the United States.  I don’t think any of us realized just how much they would invade our lives.  

Pleasantly surprised

When I went to pick up my car after having the oil changed, it was washed inside and out.  (Thank you, Tinker & Larson!) We hired a contractor to paint several rooms in our house; he fit the job in between elk hunting and a busy work and family schedule.  Yet, he was there as promised, did excellent work and