Tough Skin, Soft Heart


The Power of Broken Places

“Shannon, I need 15 minutes to cry.  I know we need to meet, but can I have 15 minutes, right here, right now…to cry?” It was a Fall afternoon, and my client had just arrived to our crowded lunch spot for a project management meeting.  Even without words, her whole […]


Why Talent Alone Isn’t Enough

Talented people are EVERYWHERE!  Brilliant people are all around us…people with artistry, acumen, creativity, and talent that literally takes your breath away.  The knowledge-based economy has magnified the fact that talent is rampant.  Each of us has been endowed with unique gifts, and abilities that make us second to none. […]


Learning from the Trees

For the past two months, I’ve been making my physical health a priority.  At least five days a week, I am up and out the door by 6 a.m. to exercise.   Historically, when entrepreneurial life got busy or life’s pressures mounted, time for physical activity was the first thing sacrificed […]


What’s in Your Emotional First Aid Kit?

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”   -Zora Neale Hurston “When something generates a prolonged emotional reaction in you, it’s called a ‘trigger event’.  Your reaction to triggers are shaped by your personal history, which includes your experience with similar situations.”  […]


Are we becoming slave to the spotlight?

Dennis Shiao calls it becoming ‘technological zombies’.  Others call it FOMO [Fear of Missing Out].  Many blame the hyperconnectivity resulting from advances in smartphone technology.  Others contend we are simply experiencing the byproducts of being victims and prey to modern media and technology.  Here’s what I see, and I wonder […]


The Superhero Code

Growing up, I loved the superheroes of 80’s pop culture – Wonder Woman, Thunder Cats, Care Bears, Justice League, Zena: Warrior Princess,  Luke Skywalker/Princess Leia, and the list goes on.  Even now I find myself intrigued by new school superheroes like Luke Cage, Black Panther, and The Avengers.   Have […]


Doin’ it in the Dark

26-year old Lucas Holliday recently went from obscurity to fame.  By day, Lucas worked as a cashier at a Dollar General location in Lansing, MI.  By night, he served as a  lead musician in a local band.  At his cashier job, he made a practice of singing covers of hits […]