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

Let’s Work Together!

Let’s Work Together! My current L&D | Culture project concludes on November 25th, 2019. Following this lovely project, I am seeking a permanent position with an organization that values warmth, competence, curiosity, and creativity in their leadership talent. After three and a half absolutely fabulous, growth-filled years of consulting – I am eager to find a great organization where I can make a difference and deliver solutions in a permanent, long-term role. For Consulting Or A Permanent Role Out of the last 1360 days, I have been on the road 855 of them. I have been extremely lucky to work with 20 different organizations in six different countries. Today, I am interested in joining an organization where I can have a positive andRead 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