Go Ahead and Freak Out

My wife was concerned that the potatoes she put in boiling water to mash were taking longer than the traditional 20 minutes to soften properly. I suggested to her that she may have cut them a bit too big and that the heat had just not fully penetrated all the way through, providing what I thought was a sound scientific explanation. When she informed me that I should not tell a person on Irish descent how to mash potatoes, I...

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The Ebb and Flow of “Covid Speed”

While talking with a client yesterday, he told me that she and her team had been moving at Covid Speed meaning that it felt like they’ve been on a non-stop train since April. Everyone’s a bit aggravated and frustrated and feeling like they are at the end of their rope. I asked if they had any down time and she said that it was not as intense now as before and I suggested that she point those times out to...

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Your Mission Moment

I proudly serve on the Board of the Women’s Center and Shelter here in Pittsburgh and at each Board Meeting, our CEO shares a “Mission Minutes” where she tells us a story of the good work done by our staff and the success of a client who overcomes enormous adversity that helps put her life back on track. We each could do well to share our own Mission Minute about the work we are doing and how it is impacting...

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Take a Listen

A friend of mine was at his dentist’s this week and his dentist told him that he is seeing about 10x the number of people coming in with headaches, tension and anxiety manifested by the grinding of their teeth. Finding ways to give each other a sense of calm and ease is important to just begin to “dial down” the fear and concern. Give folks a few minutes to share their concerns at meetings and make some casual conversation time...

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Meet New People

We all know how important it is to connect with loved ones during this time of Pandemic but how about using this time to connect with new folks. Expanding your network now will help build amazing support for you coming out of this time. How to do it1. If you are in a virtual conference, go to the “chat room” and meet up with new folks2. Find someone with an interesting post on Linkedin and connect with them but don’t...

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Be a Second Responder

Back in February I wrote about the car accident I was in when someone broadsided and totaled my car. I mentioned about how quickly the police and fire fighters were on the scene and how they checked me out for any physical damage. While not having any physical hurt, I was very upset about the accident and as I became frustrated, one of the officers screamed at me to “relax and calm down.” I knew that his approach was not...

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