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What’s Your Ikigai?  Discover the Power 9 Lessons from the Blue Zones

What’s Your Ikigai? Discover the Power 9 Lessons from the Blue Zones

It has been said that the two most dangerous years of life are the year we were born and the year we retire. We can understand how we are vulnerable as an infant, but why the year we retire? (Baby boomers, pay close attention!) One major factor is the potential loss of our ikigai. “Ikigai” is the word in Okinawa that refers to “the reason we get up in the morning.” That is, our sense of purpose or our reason for being. Read More
ColleagueCorner You Screwed Up;  Now What?

ColleagueCorner You Screwed Up; Now What?

This morning, I received this email from a doctor’s billing office: “Dear ANN, We’ve screwed up. And, for any inconvenience we’ve caused, we’re VERY sorry. We’re doing everything in our power to inform you of the issue and whether it applies to you…” Read More
Election 2016:  Talking Politics at Work—Yay or Neigh?

Election 2016: Talking Politics at Work—Yay or Neigh?

Are you Team Hillary, Team Trump, or Team Nobody? As Presidential Election Day 2016 draws nearer, we are inundated with political information in daily life—through television and newspaper (debate coverage, political analysts, nightly news, campaign commercials, non-political commercials, SNL skits); Twitter feeds and other social media; apps and even Internet memes. I saw an entire section of a local Halloween store devoted to Trump and Hillary costumes while recently ..... Read More
Underlying Reasons Why Leaders Don’t Acknowledge The Good AND The Bad

Underlying Reasons Why Leaders Don’t Acknowledge The Good AND The Bad

Last week while visiting my accountant she delivered the news that she would be retiring at the end of the year. This is the person who has been my accountant since I was 15, but even I was surprised how hard the news hit me! I let her know how much she had helped and guided me through the years and how much I appreciated her friendship. We laughed and cried about the early years, mistakes made, obstacles, and successes. I acknowledged her in the moment – both the good times and ....... Read More
What I learned from the U.S. Army about Leadership!

What I learned from the U.S. Army about Leadership!

This year, I'm very fortunate to have been selected to participate in an experience called Leadership Oklahoma (LOK). Leadership Oklahoma’s mission is “To create, inspire and support a dynamic network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape Oklahoma’s future.” As LOK begins its 30th year, I am offered the unique opportunity over the next 10 months to take a deeper dive into...... Read More

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