Jun 242012

I recently stumbled across a blog written by Sam Parker. In it, he gave some terrific tips for speaking “no ego:”

  • Be humble. Understand you are a (small) part of the world. Service and patience should be your
top priorities.
  • Be teachable. Focus on what you can learn, rather than showing what you know. Remember that almost everything you know began with the work of someone else.
  • Listen more. Make every effort to truly understand what others are saying (beyond just words). It makes for better connections. Allow a small gap of silence before responding. Ask questions (and listen, again).
  • Appreciate people. Enjoy others’ contributions. Don’t squelch ideas or defend territory. Encourage people more.
  • Relax. Let go of the need to be right or win every time.



May 072012

Cheri Britton is one of the most talented and funny motivational speakers, authors, and coaches I know. Cheri inspires people and organizations to break out of the old mindsets that hold them back by showing them how to lower the bar to raise their game, find the funny in the frustrating, and kick their  “big ol’ butts” to the curb. Here’s what is on Cheri’s mind this month:

One of the simplest and most overlooked ways to feel happy is to be productive. Not the nose-to-the-grindstone kind of productive, but the gently-getting-things-done kind of productive.  Make time to do something today that cannot undone in a day. For example, straighten the kitchen junk drawer, weed a flower bed, or send a card to that long-distant friend. With a little effort you can experience the yummy goodness of making things happen.

Find out more about Cheri at http://www.CheriBritton.com.


Apr 202012

Oh happy day! My goddaughter Katie had a baby about a month ago.  She, her husband, their families, and I are besides ourselves. He is their first.

To celebrate, I searched for a drink called the “Goddaughter;” there wasn’t one. But I did find a “Godchild,” “Godmother,” and “Godfather.”

Perhaps this weekend, I’ll celebrate the birth of my new great godson (is there such a thing?) with a Godchild.

Why don’t you join me? You’ll need:

One ounce of amaretto

One ounce of vodka for a Godmother, or one ounce of whiskey for a Godfather, or one ounce of Cognac for a Godchild

Pour vodka, whiskey, or Cognac and Amaretto in a rocks glass with ice and stir well.