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Something Tough to Say: If Skittish, Try Yiddish!

Yiddish is a colorful language that peppers our conversations, our newscasts and TV show. If there’s a difficult situation and you’re skittish, try Yiddish!

Soundbyte-sized Lessons From the Blackout

If you watched or read the news you know that many of us in Northern California experienced power blackouts because the firestorms to the north are raging! The gusty winds could potentially send embers flying…and start additional fires. Downed power lines could ignite fires as well. Or so we were told—as most of us were without power from 2-4 days.

The Day The Earth Shook…and Shook

It was a lovely October day; no fog, fairly temperate; no “winter” coat needed in San Francisco for my 5:30 meeting with a potential speaking client. I was able to get in a full day in the office— booking speaking engagements, talking to clients and sending out a couple of Speaker contracts.

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 […]