You. Me. Oui!

Hello to my much-appreciated network and anyone else who may be reading this post! My current consulting projects conclude at the end of February 2020 and I will be available for a new role at that time. A Permanent Role Would Be IDEAL! Why would I want to go from a consultant to a permanent role with an organization? This is a question I am frequently asked. The answers are pretty simple: Out of the last 1500 days of consulting, I have traveled approximately 900 of them [including 85 international trips]. As a mom of two, that is a long time to be on the road. And though I am always home for their important moments, I wish to be home more frequentlyRead More

The Importance Of Being A Visionary

And The Dangers of Legacy Thinking This summer I committed to my sons that they would have the a busy and fun summer and we made that happen: Surf Camp in Orange County, CA; Space Camp [their first sleep-away camp (as a mom, this week was miserable for me but a blast for them)]; Golf Camp in Austin, Texas ; Tennis Camp in NYC; Golf Camp in Chicago; A last hurrah to summer break in one of our favorite European cities. Because of our travel schedule I decided to take on a lighter work load than my usual schedule and I found myself with some extra time on my hands, which is rare for me. One of the Airbnb’s we were staying atRead More

This Is My 300th Blog Post

#300 938 days ago, I started the Excellence In Retail Blog. I launched this knowing that I had something to say but I was not sure or confident how to say it. But there I was with a website and some ideas so…I just…started. This morning I wrote my 299th blog post. I didn’t realize that I was so close to hitting this milestone until a few weeks ago when I actually looked at my post count. At that time I set a personal goal to hit 300 by the end of July. As I stretched for this goal, I was determined to keep writing content that I thought was relevant and important [not just to write fluff to get there], as wellRead More

Do You Know How To Lead A Team & Work Within A Team?

Do You Know How To Lead A Team & Work Within A Team? One of the most obtuse questions I am frequently asked by recruiters or hiring managers that contact me is “Do you know how to lead a team?” [or a variation thereof]. Upon hearing this, I take a very deep breath and instantly know the person asking has only glanced at my résumé or my LinkedIn profile – if they have reviewed my background at all. Following a very dramatic mental eye roll, I launch into my description of how I have been designing and developing effective teams for over 20 years [14 of those years I didn’t have company resources or tools for Learning & Development – I had toRead More

You Say Self-Promotion; I Say Think Again

You Say Self-Promotion; I Say Think Again Thanks to social media, email, and our never-ending connectivity to the internet – it is a VERY noisy and busy world out there. Self-promotion standards of etiquette are frequently shifting and vague, at best. And sometimes we can all lose sight of what is acceptable, invisible, and healthy self-promotion and creep into the arena of terrifically obnoxious. I use, primarily, two networking | social media platforms, LinkedIn & Twitter. I love LinkedIn. I live on LinkedIn. I love networking and connecting with others in my industry and with those whom I think it would be mutually beneficial relationship. Over the last several years, I have learned a thing or two about making connections that are viableRead More