Are You Ready to Dream Big?

My husband and I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) tonight.  If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a group of singers, musicians, songwriters and storytellers that tour at Christmas time.   They have been playing rock music with a combination of art, stories and visual effects for the past 21 years.  They play some traditional Christmas music, as well as their own songs.   Many of the songs are so great that they don’t even require lyrics or…
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Don’t Know What To Do? Follow This Advice!

Have you been in a situation at work that you are unsure of what to do?  I am sure that this has happened to you in your career at some point along the way.  It is a vulnerable place to be as a leader feeling like you should have all the answers.  Although you are in the leadership role for what you know and what you can get done, it is just not possible for you to know everything.   I…
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Building Authentic Connections One Day At A Time

For simplification reasons, I recently moved some of my accounts to a different bank that is near where I live.  I noticed immediately that when I walked into the bank I was greeted by a person seated near the entrance.  They asked me how I was doing, what my name was, how could they help me and offered me a coffee or a water.  Was I really at a bank?  Then they walked me to the office of the person…
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Are You Celebrating the Wins of the Team?

I posted a big milestone last night that I had reached with my blog.   I haven’t always been really good at celebrating my own wins.  I downplayed them in the past as just being part of my job.  I have learned that it is a good thing to take a moment and celebrate the wins…no matter how big they are.   It helps to provide the perspective of what you have accomplished along the journey of your career. However, when it…
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Do I Have to Become a Strategic Thinker?

As a leader, spending time thinking is one of the most important things you can do.  You are responsible for where the organization is going, how the team is working together to get their goals accomplished and developing them to their full potential.   That doesn’t even count all of the other administrative things that must get done and the constant alignment up and down the organization that is required. If you look at that list it is easy to get…
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Do you Want to Build a Snowman?

  Christmas is officially on the way.   We put up the decorations in the house, baked some holiday chocolate chip cookies and then it snowed about 5 inches throughout the day and night.   I may be in the minority here, but I totally love the first snowfall.  There is nothing better than when you can just watch it as it comes down which turns everything white.  One of my favorite things is when you first walk outside in the snow…
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Lessons to Share With My Younger Self

Have you ever thought about what kind of advice you would give to your younger self?    The advice could be about relationships, career and just life in general.  There is a whole long list of things that I would share with my younger self if I could.  I guess this is why they say “if I could only go back in time with what I know now.”  Would your current experiences, education, and knowledge help you make better decisions and…
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Be Intentional. Plan Your Day. Achieve Success.

Imagine yourself driving to work.  You left a little late but thought you could still make it to work on time.  Everyone is slowing down in front of you and now you see that there is an accident up ahead.   You are getting stressed out and anxious because your meeting starts in 30 minutes and now you aren’t sure you are going to make it.   How many can relate to that story? As you walk into the office rushing to get…
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How Connected Are You?

Take out your smart phones or laptops and look at your social media accounts.  Many people judge their status on social media by how many friends they have on Facebook or Snapchat, Connections on LinkedIn and Followers on Twitter or Instagram.  Hard to believe that not so long ago none of these things existed including the internet.   (My children still don’t believe I didn’t have a cell phone or laptop when I was growing up!) Now take a look at…
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From the desk of Mary J Lynch

Many years ago on the 28th of November, a woman wanted to clean the salt off of her car and went to a drive thru car wash.  She got out of the car to put money in the machine but It was slippery and she fell down on the ice.  Ordinarily not a good thing, but when the woman is 9 months pregnant, then there is more cause for concern.  Later that night she went into labor and delivered a…
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