Dressing inappropriately for job interview

Dressing inappropriately for job interview

Dressing inappropriately for a job interview should not be a  fatal career mishap. I felt so badly.  I almost couldn’t rebound from that lurking, heavy, dark sense of regret. It was like a gray cloud looming over my training and I couldn’t seem to shake it. I thought about what I…

Managing volunteers

Managing Volunteers -Tips for Volunteer Managers

Managing volunteers is the trickiest of management situations. It requires a share of intentionality, planning and even mind-reading.  #Volunteers #Volunteermanagement (sorry, this is for my Twitter feed). 🙂 First of all, volunteers are not staff. Duh, right? Unlike staff, they are not aligned to your organization because of a paycheck. I…

Email Etiquette Tips for Managers

Email Etiquette Tips for Managers

Todays topic: Email Etiquette Tips for Managers Have you ever been completely awe struck by a rude, silly or insensitive email? I have! I can believe how ignorant (or insensitive) some managers email communications can be. I’ve met and encountered several leaders who desperately need to read an entire book…

Be it ever so humble…

  My mom is one of the most independent seniors I know. She’s swiftly approaching the big “80”, but if you met her, you’d never guess it. Within five minutes in her presence, you’d discern she is resolutely confident, vastly intelligent and noticeably active for a woman of her years….

Conversation Starters for Networking

5 Top Conversation Starters for Networking

Looking for conversation starters for networking? Some people would rather stick a skewer in their left eye than enter a room full of strangers. I’m not that bad, but I am a little introverted. Most people who know or have met me wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true. If you’re…

Team Maintenance in the workplace

Team maintenance in the workplace – Kansas City Workshops

I think team maintenance is more important than team building.  Team maintenance in the workplace is often overlooked as the part of the team growth process.  It’s all about team-building, but what happens after the team has built the initial connection (or re-connection)? Team maintenance in the workplace preserves the…

Distractions at work

Handling Workplace Distractions

Workplace distractions can be so…distracting! Here are a few examples: People chatting while you’re trying to concentrate. Your boss conspicuously walking around talking to you. The incessant roar of conversation outside your cubical. The copier. That person playing her music across the hall. I could go on and on. Handling…

Diversity training is stupid

Diversity training is a fluke. Let me use my “I” voice. The concept of training is delivering information to change performance. Performance is linked to how we reach desired goals, or simply put – how we do things. So, I conclude that issues of race, tolerance and diversity are entirely…

Finding the right career - Kansas City Training Consultant

Find the right career for me

“How do I find the right career for me?” Age-old question.  Everyone has asked that question at some point. Finding the right career is the key to not dreading Monday mornings. Well, maybe that statement is a bit of a stretch. But, if you choose a career that aligns with…

Kansas City teambuilding training

Kansas City teambuilding training

For over twenty years, I have worked throughout Kansas City as a training facilitator in the nonprofit and business community. My career began with a non-profit called YouthNet.  Boy, I loved that job. Our funding enabled us to partner with youth development organizations to provide Advancing Youth Development (AYD) training…