Yes, and…. opportunities that serve the individual and the workforce

Yes, and…. Over the past several years there has been media attention focused on the need for technical and labor education. The reports have had a tendency to recommend technical education instead of baccalaureate or higher degrees. As a graduate of a technical and community college education, I find this “either, or” approach limiting and…

Running Wild In The Sun

Running Wild In The Sun Everyone has a favorite season, mine is not spring. I appreciate that summer is coming soon, however the disruption of the change of season includes mud and snow mold. Both the mud and mold slow me down, and ever since I was a small child, slowing down was never an…

Big Dreams for Brilliant Women

Bigs Dreams for Brilliant Women This week I attended the board meeting for the Jeremiah Program in Rochester. The program is amazing and I feel honored to be a member of this group. Across the nation this program transforms lives, two generations at a time. I love being a part of a bigger goal –…

I Hear You

I Hear You As a leader who follows radical transparency in my daily interactions, I have been asked “why is this different today than it was last week”. The simple answer is that the world is complex and situations change. Adding context to information is key to understanding how it evolves from one day to…

Long Overdue Reflection

As I sat on the beach in front of the Del watching “Some Like it Hot”, I realized that this was an iconic moment. Marilyn Monroe on the really big screen, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon early in their careers. All black and white production, sand under my feet, the smell of popcorn and warm…

A Sparkly Wish To You!

Ron and Jeanine’s holiday review We have enjoyed a full year in Rochester with a little travel and lots of family celebrations. Early in 2017 we vacationed in Hilton Head and had a relaxing week of bicycling and enjoying the moderate weather. Jeanine worked on her Charleston moves for Dancing for the Arts in Rochester…

Birthday Cards, Sympathy Cards, and Thank You Notes

Birthday cards, sympathy cards, and thank you notes It has been that kind of week. It started out with writing a birthday card to my grandmother as she turns 99 on the 11th. She is a great inspiration and provides a living example of what it looks like to persevere through several world, country, local…

The Day That Everything Changed

The Day That Everything Changed: Perfecting Of Skills Prior To Practicing On People I remember the day vividly, I was at the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) convention as a delegate for the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The results of the national simulation survey were announced. I just sat there, stunned. The…

Unique Blessings: A Tribute to Grandmothers

Unique Blessings Touching the image of the two of us, my grandmother put her finger on the image of my face and said “I remember being that young”. I looked at her and the nostalgia was palpable in the room. Clearly, she longed for the days of being younger – it was a time of…

“Go ahead and share it”

“Go ahead and share it” A couple weeks ago I toured a brick plant to learn how bricks were made, the process for improvement, and a bit more about the industry. I was overwhelmed by the warm reception, not only the radiant heat of the kiln, but also the open nature of those working at…

ASKING FOR HELP….

ASKING FOR HELP…. “We need to replace the roof on the church. Then replace the wall paper, carpet, and test for mold.” I remember asking, “How long have we had these issues?” The answer was “since it was built”. Oh, my, that has been a while, apparently since the early ‘70’s. I was about 3…

The Team and Their Strengths

The Team and Their Strengths I recently asked one of the professionals that I work with what he expects from me as his supervisor. After some time, I received the response from him and asked him to share a bit more about the words and concepts that were shared. “No one has ever asked me…