SDA's National Conference, EDSymposium19 is being held in Spokane, WA from May 16-18, 2019. Our very own, Brooke Simcik, CDFA is being installed as the National President and there will be a couple of members representing Dallas. We'd love to see you there! But the cost is never an easy thing to come up with … Continue reading EDS19 Scholarships!
Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the … Continue reading Patty McCord – Ted Talk
I’ve recently done a deep dive into the work of Brené Brown. Brené is a researcher, author and speaker who teaches about whole heartedly daring to live authentically and vulnerably. While that summation might sound a little “new-age”, she applies the tenets of her philosophy quite pragmatically. Her most recent book, Dare to Lead, is … Continue reading Brené All Day…
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” ~ Mark Twain Several years ago I attended an EDSymposium in Nashville. During a presentation there by David Singer, … Continue reading Eat That Frog!
We’ve all heard of brainstorming, but have you ever tried brainwriting? It might just be the twist you need to uncover a creative solution or the next big idea. A good brainwriting session gives voice to all participants equally…not just the most extroverted or highest ranking person in the room. The key components of the … Continue reading BRAINWRITING
In both my personal and professional life, I often find myself struggling to ask for help. For me, this comes from a desire to control my environment and, if I’m being honest, my perceived image. I want to be viewed by my team as the one that works the hardest, fills in the gaps, and … Continue reading The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help
It’s a leader’s job to create a recognition-rich environment in which those they lead choose to give their best. This article not only looks at ways managers can properly motivate their team, but also examines motivation techniques that may come off as insincere to your employees. https://hbr.org/2018/07/what-not-to-do-when-youre-trying-to-motivate-your-team This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: … Continue reading What Not to do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team
Um...Ah...Like...So.....I am very guilty of using these crutch words when speaking and have vowed to stop leaning on them. The following article explains how these crutch words can jeopardize a speaker's impact and how we can eliminate them from our vocabulary. https://hbr.org/2018/08/how-to-stop-saying-um-ah-and-you-know This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: SDA Dallas, Amber Slajer
In my last Talking Tuesday, I referenced A I M (Anticipate, Identify, Meet). Here is a continuation of that general concept. What is quality? Depends on what the defining characteristics and needs are that the “quality” is trying to meet. For example: you have a Styrofoam cup, a drinking glass and a wine glass. Ask … Continue reading Anticipate – Identify – Meet (Cont.)
Being able to bring a fresh eye to the table is usually a priceless skill. Even if you have been there 2, 5, or 20 years. Sometimes you have that team player that sits back and says little, then suddenly, they present a slam dunk idea! What were they doing all this time? Taking a … Continue reading Anticipate – Identify – Meet