Tough Skin, Soft Heart


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 […]


I Got U Crew

Every leader needs an ‘I Got U’ Crew.  Being an urban girl, there are many colloquial uses I use [and have heard] for the phrase, ‘I got U’ so let me clarify.  There’s the, “Oh no you didn’t do that to me and think you were going to get away with it… […]