Dirty Laundry and Clean Insights:  Process Wrinkles Exposed

Dirty Laundry and Clean Insights: Process Wrinkles Exposed

In a world of smart appliances, I sought simplicity. Instead, I tumbled into a spin cycle of process oversights that left me agitated—and it wasn't just the rinse cycle to blame! In my work, I often point out that conflict isn't always caused by people but by...

Bulldozers and Blinks – Navigating Change

Bulldozers and Blinks – Navigating Change

It’s lovely now. Though, for weeks, I navigated a gauntlet of large machinery every time I left my home - enduring clamorous noise at times necessitating zooming from a tiny remote closet, all while feeling more sensitive than usual due to my mother’s passing. I...

No Phone – Brought Me Home!

No Phone – Brought Me Home!

Fifteen days without my phone, most of it in foreign countries, was eye-opening. Literally. Conflict doesn’t always happen with another person; it often happens with events or things. Realizing my phone was gone, and after I secured and shut it down, I admit I cried a...

The  Conflict of Choice

The Conflict of Choice

How often do you experience a conflict of choice? As a business owner, even with clarity of purpose and budget constraints, the conflict of choosing still exists. This or That? In my life, it goes beyond business decisions; even 30 years ago, there weren't so many...

That new habit that’s not sticking?  Perhaps it’s okay!

That new habit that’s not sticking? Perhaps it’s okay!

That habit that is just not quite sticking?  Perhaps that is a good thing.  I've rethought habits recently and have a different perspective! I tested for and received my 3rd Dan Blackbelt in Aikido in December. This time around, I unlearned as I prepared. I was...

Not Knowing and the Fear that Ensues

Not Knowing and the Fear that Ensues

Early Saturday morning, a sound radiating from the wall abruptly broke my slumber. Confused, my heart seemed to stop for a moment. The sound was unfamiliar. It was something alive but had to be bigger than a mouse. I imagined something bigger, like a squirrel, as...

Five conflict desires and habits

Five conflict desires and habits

We humans are fascinating creatures. I love to study the way people interact, myself included. It's pleasant when everything goes seamlessly, but when tension and conflict come up, it becomes intriguing. The entertainment industry knows this well! The potential for...

Karen’s Most Loved Dozen Non-Leadership Leadership Books

Karen’s Most Loved Dozen Non-Leadership Leadership Books

A good book is one of my favorite things! As a kid there was a well-worn path between my house and the local library!  As an author, I know what goes into refining a message. It is a gift when I think of the years of experience and research that go into writing a...

Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving Wishes

A loud BLAST followed by a shower of BLUE SPARKS out the back window shattered our pleasant pre-Thanksgiving visit in front of a gently burning fire. Surrounded by quiet and dark, we looked at each other. What just happened? As I brought out candles, this brought to...

Book Review:  The Art of Learning

Book Review: The Art of Learning

Book Review The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey of Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin I savored every page of this book! You may have heard of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer about the child chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin. Josh won eight National...

What can you do in troubling times?

What can you do in troubling times?

I want to wrap my arms around all peace-loving people in the world. The events in the Middle East, Ukraine (and many other places) are terrifying. Our congress is frustrating too. What to do when you can't control or directly help? Sure, contribute, volunteer, pray,...

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