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Route 66: The Top Traits of Savvy, Smart Networkers

Chapter Sweet 16 in Face To Face: How To Reclaim The Personal Touch in a Digital World> 1) Acknowledge — gifts, leads, information, ideas, support (send handwritten notes). 2) Stay in touch when seeking nothing. 3) Are aware of who is in their personal and professional network. 4) Know who they like, respect and trust. […]

My Friend’s Feedback SHOCKED Me!

Although she’s been gone eleven years I often think of my dear teacher friend, Arleen Honda, and the day her feedback shocked me. We met my first year in San Francisco when I received a long term substitute teaching position at an elementary school where she taught. One of the first things I noticed about […]

Unless Your Name is Casper, Please Don’t GHOST

Why is it that way too many of us would rather say nothing than merely a polite “No thanks, that doesn’t work for me”? Are we such sweet, thoughtful, empathic people that the thought of upsetting someone with a direct “no” is more than we can bear? If you think the answer is yes, let […]

Cleaning Out The “Closets of Our Lives”

More challenging than cleaning out our actual closets, is assessing, distancing and removing the people who do not “Spark Joy”.

Who’s Your CHIEF of Staff?

Back in the best #WestWing days, President Bartlett’s chief of staff, “Leo”, overhears the president advising agricultural secretary how to pick a chief of staff. Do you have a best friend? Is he smarter than you? Do you trust him with your life? That’s your Chief of Staff. When I first heard the episode I […]

With a Little Bit of Bloomin’ (GOOD) Luck

With a Little Bit of Blooming (Good) Luck and an Apology to Lerner and Loewe St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. Growing up in Chicago made it a memorable experience. The Chicago River turned green in honor of St. Pat who was given a huge parade. In San Francisco, I’d buy green bagels for […]

RANDOM ROANE THOUGHTS

I’ve been musing about these ideas, thoughts, reactions for some time. 1.I get a kick out of all those who post their “magic” keys, secret sauce and best advice on being a leader…who never held that position. 2. It’s very hard to me to feel connected to the person interested in a (BUZZWORD ALERT) “Deep […]

Susan RoAne’s HOLIDAY Tips for the Shy and Not So Shy

DO… 1. RSVP and say “yes” and show up! 2. Focus Your Conversation on the Event: The season is the reason. So, bring your O.A.R. Start with small talk and the items you have in common. Observe — The venue, food or entertainment: “What fun decorations! And, the food is fabulous.” Ask — The host […]

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

The Bard Pinpointed The Problem<

FRIENDS Meeting them, Making them, Keeping Them

Potential friends are everywhere! Seems to me it’s a matter of opening one’s eyes, ears and, (although schmaltzy), heart. Maybe that’s it. OPENING UP to the possibility that a person (sitting next to you in a class, on a plane, in a presentation, in a book club, at a dinner fundraiser, in a house of […]