Regaining Focus

Regaining Focus

It will be holiday break before we know it. I can already feel the pull of family movie night with hot cocoa and marathon cookie baking. But I’m also looking at my to-do list, and there are a few important projects and tasks that just can’t wait until after break....
Ugh, I’m On Your Journey

Ugh, I’m On Your Journey

“I hate it when I realize I’m on someone’s journey.” Ouch. My husband declared this after he ordered audio equipment from a company for the first time. Within hours of placing his order, he got a phone call from a customer rep to confirm the order and thank him for...
Strategic Plotting

Strategic Plotting

June turns over to July soon, and with that, half of 2017 is a wrap. This midpoint is a good time to check in on strategic plans, goals, or intentions set for the year. There’s still reasonably enough time to reset, or to set a stretch goal if things are moving along...
Recipe for Collaboration

Recipe for Collaboration

When it comes to collaborative sessions, a little planning goes a long way. Choosing an activity that matches the purpose of your session leads to better productivity and outcomes, and often means more fun for participants too. One of my favorite things to do is...
Reclaiming the Present

Reclaiming the Present

Back in February, a line of text from an essay I was reading jumped off the page. “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” —Mary Oliver, from Upstream First, I underlined it in the book. Then I sketched out the quote in my notebook. In the past several...
Tools for Decision Making

Tools for Decision Making

Making decisions in a collaborative work environment can be pretty time consuming. Aside from any research or planning that might be needed to inform your process, big decisions often lead to meetings, presentations, discussions, and follow up documentation and...