The Secret Ingredient that Makes One Restaurant a High Performing Team 

My husband and I like to eat. (ok…there, I said it). We have several local restaurants that are our favorite. One of those is a local diner, Loyola’s. If you recognize this restaurant, it’s because they are famous for being one of the diners featured on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. That’s not whyContinue reading “The Secret Ingredient that Makes One Restaurant a High Performing Team “

Your Guide to the Use of Icebreakers During Training

How to bring on the fun and avoid the flop! I have been an active participant in training as much, if not more than I have facilitated training courses. Many training courses open with a “getting to know you” activity. These activities usually involve something like sharing your favorite book, a favorite meal, or favoriteContinue reading “Your Guide to the Use of Icebreakers During Training”

Onboarding Journey and the Importance of Employee Engagement

“Hiring is the opportunity to build the future of your organization. Not a problem to be solved. Julie Zuho. The Making of a Manager.  I’m passionate about the topic of onboarding employees. A good onboarding program helps to develop staff to be the best they can be. Some may argue that employees will at someContinue reading “Onboarding Journey and the Importance of Employee Engagement”

[NEW: PODCAST INTERVIEW] Shifting into Consulting with Anchored in Learning

In June, I had a chance to sit down (virtually) with Vanessa Alzate with the Anchored in Learning Podcast. Vanessa and I chatted about learning and development and what it was like to make a shift to my own consulting practice. The great thing about this business is Vanessa and I work in the sameContinue reading “[NEW: PODCAST INTERVIEW] Shifting into Consulting with Anchored in Learning”

Your Company should not Die with You

Will your business run smoothly after your leadership moves on, retires, or death? It’s a stark reality facing many business owners, large and small.  In 2006, I was running the administration of a small specialty construction firm my father had started.  He died suddenly in October of that year. His role was to run andContinue reading “Your Company should not Die with You”

How a Trip to Japan Changed my Perceptions around Culturally Inclusive Training.

I don’t think culture occurred to me until my family and I went to Japan in 2015. (I have wanted to visit since. Thanks, Covid). Being exposed to a different culture has opened my eyes to different ways of living. I was intrigued by the way people moved about their day.  Two years after thatContinue reading “How a Trip to Japan Changed my Perceptions around Culturally Inclusive Training.”

[VIDEO REPLAY] From Snore to Score & Hit the Ground Running!

I had the opportunity to make several presentations to both a group of real estate educators and education directors in early April. Hit the Ground Running: Using Clear Learning Objectives to Add Value to Your Courses Keep students running towards your classes instead of running for the hills! Clear and measurable learning objectives will addContinue reading “[VIDEO REPLAY] From Snore to Score & Hit the Ground Running!”

3 Vital Skills for Leaders During Times of Change

Change. “To make different in some particular.” (Merriam-Webster). Most companies have to address corporate change in some regard. Globally, most of us have experienced change, some significant in the past 12 months. Well, 13 but who is counting! Much of this has changed the trajectory of many business models and shifted the way many ofContinue reading “3 Vital Skills for Leaders During Times of Change”

Replay: Webinar: Culture Club or Culture Clash? 3 Practices that Maintain Company Culture Through Change

Company culture can make or break how consumers and employees view an organization. Many companies have had to address corporate change, but only half of companies surveyed said that their company did a good job at addressing change with employees (td.org, 2020). This webinar and discussion with participants discusses: Global changes over the last 12-monthsContinue reading “Replay: Webinar: Culture Club or Culture Clash? 3 Practices that Maintain Company Culture Through Change”

Leadership versus Management. What! There’s a Difference?

There is a difference between leadership and management. Oftentimes, managers are thrust into new roles, tasked with leading a team. That new manager may be able to manage a process well, but do they have the skills they need to be an effective leader?  What is a manager anyway? A manager is someone who managesContinue reading “Leadership versus Management. What! There’s a Difference?”