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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vail Carter with the Centralina Workforce Development Board. He shared with me the results of a survey of over 330 firms in North Carolina. One of the items asked about current skills needs. Number one was communication and interpersonal skills. (Second was leadership and third was customer service—and […]

Fear keeps our lives small. You only grow by conquering your fear. If you had only a year to live, would you change anything? Would you keep working at the same job? Spend time with the same people? Are there places you’ve always dreamed of seeing you would visit? Why aren’t you doing or planning […]

The Manhattan skyline filled with smoke and debris as the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed is an image few of us will soon forget. Feelings of shock, fear, anger and helplessness filled all of us. Americans were walking around with a dazed, hollow expression – unable to comprehend the enormity of what had […]

Fall is one of my favorite times of year—the temp starts dropping, the air gets crisp, the trees put on a glorious display of color—I love it! I also think it’s a great time to drop what’s not working for you. If trees can let go of every leaf, why can’t we let go of […]

I understand that networking is important, but it’s very hard for me. I don’t know what to say to break the ice and I dread “chitchatting”! I don’t feel comfortable talking to strangers, but this is a skill I would like to develop—can you help? What a great and honest question! Here are some tips: […]