Category Archives: Business

The Power of a Thank You

It’s good manners, yes, but also good marketing. A handwritten thank you note, a quick email just to say thanks, an end-of-year card with a custom chocolate to show gratitude. However you do it, saying thanks goes a long way. … Continue reading »

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The Way to do Business: Paul Darmon, DDS

I never thought I’d find anything blog-worthy about a dentist. I mean, let’s face it: how exciting can it be to clean teeth? And really, aren’t they all the same? Over the past two years, my kids and I have … Continue reading »

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What It Means to be an Entrepreneur

Deep belief in self. Taking leaps without knowing where you’ll land – just knowing you will land. That’s the definition of entrepreneur as I see it. And it’s how I explained it to my friend Kacee Must this morning as … Continue reading »

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Time Out

Ever wonder where the days go? Get to work, pour your first coffee, barrel through emails and to-dos and post-its and start to work. If the phone rings, forget it, you’re done-for. Get off-track and you’re off for good. Get … Continue reading »

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All You Have to do is Ask

In my line of public relations work, I’ve learned that if you are persistent, and if you ask the question, and if you pick up the phone, you’ll get somewhere. It’s that easy. And I do think this can extrapolate … Continue reading »

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Do One Thing Well

When I travel, I catch up on all the magazines I’ve been meaning to read, and often you’ll hear the rrriiiipppp of a page tearing out so that I can keep it for future inspiration. Traveling to Israel, of course, … Continue reading »

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A Lesson on Inspired Leadership: LSSM CEO Mark Stutrud Departs

  Today I had lunch under a tent in the parking lot outside Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. The occasion: a fond farewell to LSSM CEO Mark Stutrud, who leaves to become CEO of LSS Illinois after this month. Hundreds … Continue reading »

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Bigger Isn’t Always Better

It took a year of pondering to realize that I didn’t want to grow my company BIG. I wanted to shrink it back to just what I can handle and hire freelancers to help. It’s a huge decision and a … Continue reading »

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What Work Is

We spent a week at the beach, had a weekend to unpack and do laundry and shop for food, and then boom – back to work for full days starting Monday. New employee bright and early. Wading through the mail … Continue reading »

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Being an Employer

Last night my husband told me about the many times he’s heard people sitting down with their boss just to vent. A good boss, he said, just listens and lets them get it out – and then redirects them to … Continue reading »

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