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The Importance of Shopping Small, Shopping Local

By Bobbi Whitmore From FLORIDA TODAY – October 15, 2017 Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, we had a vibrant Main Street. The community took pride in supporting the local small businesses (they were all mom and pop shops), I know because I worked at one of the handful of boutiques on that main street. Things are … Read More

Stop, and Step Away from the Business!

Stop, and Step Away from the Business! By Laura Chiesman (Ran 10/9/2017 on floridatoday.com) Business owners, and other Type A leaders, tend to accumulate multiple areas of responsibility leading to high levels of activity. We are busy! I think this springs from our focus on growth, and vision of sharing our solutions and passions with more and more people. There’s … Read More

The EDGE: Work Life Balance – Myth or Attainable?

By Tracy Stroderd (The following column ran in FloridaToday.com on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.) Work-life balance is different for all of us and can seem impossible at times. The lines between work time and personal time are often blurred. In an age where flexible work schedules, self-employment and contracting positions are more the norm, the distinction between the two is … Read More

The EDGE: Transitioning from the military to the business world

By Karen Gregory (Published in FLORIDA TODAY Sept. 25, 2017) I was recently delivering a “Boots to the Boardroom” presentation about my leadership transition as a military leader to my current position as a President and CEO of my own consulting firm. It required that I reflect on my experiences in the military and how I have used that knowledge, … Read More

The Edge: Help is Available When You’re Your Own Boss

By Carol Drake Wheatley Published in FLORIDA TODAY ON Sept. 18, 2017 There he sat, smoking a cigarette and practically yelling about not wanting to work for anyone anymore; about wanting to make his own rules; about how much easier his life would be if he just owned his own business and was his own boss! That does seem to … Read More

In Business: Get Out of Your Own Way!

In business, part of what keeps us from achieving all that we are capable of is a cycle of negative self talk that I think we learn from going through various challenges in life. When we feel like we haven’t reached a goal fast enough, or succeeded in the way that we define “success” for ourselves, our minds start telling … Read More

The Edge: The Importance of Authenticity

Throughout the last decade, the mantra “fake it until you make it” has become as omnipresent in business as briefcases and blazers. This seems especially evident within the professional woman’s world, where apparently, ambition and assertive action are somehow still perceived as the exception, not the norm. Superior confidenceand business acumen isn’t something every woman is inherently born with, and … Read More

Living Out Loud- The Power of Entrepreneurial Thinking

Life is too short. Too short to not be happy, to not eat the cake, to be stuck in a job that doesn’t feed your soul. So many people I know spend their Sundays dreading the week ahead, stressing about e-mails and deadlines and meetings. There is a very famous and perhaps overused quote which states, “When you love what … Read More

Mentoring Benefits All Who are Involved

Sheryl Sandberg said in her book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”: “I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed … Read More

Don’t Be Afraid of Changes, Rather Embrace Them

Once upon a time, in the land of work, there lived a people who were comfortable and secure. They had good education and advanced degrees. They were celebrated and adored for their long-term dedication to their companies and crafts. This fairy tale life guaranteed the people would live happily ever after. Then one day, the people of the kingdom realized … Read More