Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I will definitely do this again, I may try to do it more regularly. It has really made me think about how I take more steps toward my goal of bringing people together with food. Do I need to get a cart and do this more formally or do I dabble in the pop up stands a little more. I'd love to have a little shop where I could bake in the morning and team build in the afternoon. Some day!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thanks Enjoy for getting me to take another step toward my dream!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There are two positions we function out of at any given moment: the position of trying to be right and the position of trying to understand. Our current culture is ingrained in the right vs. wrong mentality. In our business it really doesn’t ever matter who is right or wrong. What matters is that we work together to create an amazing outcome both internally, as well for our clients.
When we are in the posture of being right, we are making someone else wrong. This leads directly to tension and defensiveness, causing a polarized situation. We end up all being wrong because we lost our effectiveness to resolve the situation and move the project forward.
When we are in the posture of understanding, we are not necessarily admitting anything or accepting a particular behavior or situation. We are not giving in. We are getting to the bottom of what motivated someone to do what they did, or why they are taking a certain position. The best result is to move people out of defending their position and onto solving the needs of the project and the team.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I'm a big proponent of focusing on your strengths. I think if you spend time working on those your weaknesses will begin to fade away. I recently came across this great book and website (thank you Jennifer R from NWEA). Strengths Finder 2.0. At the website you go through a series of questions that output an assessment that identifies your natural talents. I was so moved by this book I bought another five copies and am giving them to my friends.
My assessment validated a lot of things for me. And really showed me that I'm in the right place career and life wise. Here are my strenths:
I urge you to check it out.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wow, its been a while. I'm back at the full-time PMing and wow is my brain feeling sore. Funny how a few months of not working full time will cause part of the ole' brain muscle to get rigamortis. Oh well. I also started a bootcamp this week. So brain and body are going to get back into shape all at once.
For a little Easter spirit I baked some lemon cream cupcakes and added peeps. Don't you love peeps? Well the look of them not actually the taste or texture.
They turned out cute, I thought I'd share.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Today I came across a great blog post called "Your goal suck" by blogger/small business consultant Johnny B. Truant, http://johnnybtruant.com. It inspired me to consider my goals and know that I am finding success on a daily basis by living my life and being happy. I encourage you to read it too.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I have a team building cooking experience with the Schoolhouse Supplies executive team next month. That is the holy grail of Peach Cheesecake. Getting a team together in a kitchen and cooking together, helping them build their collaboration tools, their communication skills. I'm really looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with them and getting them cooking.
As for today, my agency project is wrapping up and I'm baking some Red Velvet cupcakes, I'm feeling in the Valentine's Day mood.
Two steps forward, one step back, that is still progress people!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
As a project manager, business person, human on this earth the best attribute to have in my opinion, is the ability to study human nature. This means letting go of your own agenda and getting into the mind of your team or coworkers. You need to get an understanding of what motivates, stagnates and pisses them off. You know, build a relationship. Once you done that you can tailor what you say, how you say in a way that is best received by the other person.
Some may say this is a waste of time. I say, and it has worked wonders for me, at the beginning of your relationships with your team or coworkers if you invest this little extra time in learning these things you will save many hours of churn, bad communication and missed signals.