Another Year Around the Sun; Focus for 2023

I celebrated my birthday last week. The older I get, the more I realize there are only a handful of things in life that are truly important. Since my birthday falls in early January, it is a great time to reflect on what went well and what didn’t the previous year, and to set intentions for focus for the upcoming year. Prior to writing this post, my daughter, a high school senior, asked me to proofread a college scholarship essay. I may be biased, but it was wonderful. She gets it. It helped me realize that maybe I am doing

Ending the Year with New Habits

How is it already December! It was 4th of July just yesterday. As I sit here by the lights of my Christmas tree, I reflect on what I’ve accomplished this year, what I haven’t and what I should do heading into the new year. I’m reminded of an article I read a few weeks ago on social media by House of Investors that identified 7 Habits That Can Fix 80% of Your Problems. Here is the list: 1) Create a morning ritual 2) Do a social media detox 3) Have non-negotiable (20-minute walk, no food 2 hours before bed, etc.)

Student Leadership – How are You Leading Today?

Student Leadership – How are You Leading Today? Around fall, each year, I typically spend some time with student leadership groups and facilitate activities to help them with their next right thing. (For reference, The Next Right Thing, is a book we love at HPC!) These students are involved in so many areas and often hold leadership roles that help them prepare for future leadership opportunities.  Last month, I also had the opportunity to judge student scholarship applications for a non-profit. I’m amazed at what all the students in our community are involved in. Student leadership is not just for

Board Service; What is my role?

Over the past few months, we’ve had several requests to facilitate training for boards of directors. Just last week, I met with a relatively newly formed board. They were receptive, attentive, and appreciative of the nuggets of information I shared. Source: National Council of Nonprofits   Board governance is the primary purpose of a board. They aren’t tasked with handling the day-to-day activities, such as staffing. Every training I’ve done has been organized by a competent, engaged director hired by the board. Boards should focus on the mission of the organization, be transparent and make financial decisions that are in

Atomic Habits: A Book Review

As summer turns to fall and the busyness of the last quarter of the year approaches, habits is something that has been on my mind. I recently had a routine doctor’s appointment where my blood pressure was slightly high & my weight had increased more than I’d like over a six-month period. Following a conversation with my doctor, I reflected on a book I’d read recently about habits.  The book is Atomic Habits by James Clear. Clear said it best in this quote: “The most practical way to change who you are is to change what you do.” Atomic Habits

Here’s to Senior Year!

Here’s to Senior Year! My daughter is returning home from a surprise senior volleyball girls’ beach trip today, and I’m realizing these are the last days of her final summer as a high school student. A new school year is quickly approaching, and I am trying to wrap my brain around the fact that she will be leaving the nest soon. The days are long, but the years are short has never hit home like it does now. Revisit this post by our Founder to learn more about College Prep for Seniors. Here is a collection of blog posts and

Career Development as Performance Management

Career Development is becoming even more relevant in the workforce arena these days. Career Development as Performance Management is a great tool to attract and retain employees.  Revisit this blog post from 2021 for ideas on how to use Career Development as a Performance Management (& retention!) tool.   I will be presenting at BSHRM on May 11 on this topic. We would love to see you there! Check out where else we will be in the coming weeks here.

Servant Leadership

I recently helped a top security government employee with developing a resume. His leadership philosophy centered around supporting his employees (as opposed to the other way around); he believes in empowering subordinates with authority, as opposed to responsibility. His view of leadership embodies serving which is what great leaders do.               Servant leaders are a revolutionary bunch—they take the traditional power leadership model and turn it completely upside down. This new hierarchy puts the people—or employees, in a business context—at the very top and the leader at the bottom, charged with serving the employees above

Growth Mindset in Career Development

We’ve been talking about having a Growth Mindset for the past few weeks. If you missed it, check out the series kickoff blog here: What is Growth Mindset?  This time of year, we often get the opportunity to work with high school students looking for guidance related to the next steps after graduation. Career development for students looks like career exploration and exposure. That should start way before the final two years of high school, but it is definitely a priority for most students (and their parents) as secondary education draws to a close. The number one recommendation I have

What is Growth Mindset?

We are kicking off a new series on growth mindset this week! Do you believe intelligence and talents are fixed? If so, hopefully, we can change your mind with insights from our series on growth mindset.  Seeing opportunities instead of obstacles, in a nutshell, that’s what having a growth mindset means. Those with a growth mindset focus on development; they are always learning and growing.  Resource: http://strategicdiscipline.positioningsystems.com/blog-0/mindset-fixed-or-growth   Inc.com shared these 8 strategies to shift to a growth mindset: Create A New Compelling Belief View Failure in A Different Light Skyrocket Your Self-Awareness Become A Curious Learner Challenges Are Your