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Making the Tough Call Hurts Sometimes

Leadership has its benefits; depending on the circumstance, it can come with a higher salary, power, perks, and most importantly, it's an opportunity to impact the lives of employees (positively OR negatively, depending on the type of leader you are). Over the course of my career in leadership, I have had to make tons of tough decisions; termination, budget cuts, ethical issues that needed to be confronted, cessation of a project that someone poured blood, sweat, and tears in

Riding the Pandemic Rollercoaster

I want you to take a moment and think back to your first ride on a roller coaster. For some, you shared the experience with a parent, maybe a sibling, or maybe with a close friend. You decided that today was the day, and you bravely stepped into the line; you waited patiently as it snaked its way through the metal barriers. You looked up at the towering metal track, studied the turns, and maybe the loops; you felt the wind as cars passed by, and heard the screams of the rider

The Start Up Journey...Starting Again

On February 29th, I launched WNY People Development. For months, I had planned, researched, brainstormed, gathered feedback, and prepared to execute my vision of "people development with purpose"; I was poised to establish myself in Wilmington, North Carolina as THE top provider of leadership development for our millennial and Gen Z workforce. Every detail from the logo, training offerings, the "give back" model, and even the card stock selected for business cards, was meti

We May Be Apart, But We Are Not Alone

After four consecutive episodes of "Outer Banks", you need a break, so you turn off the tv and begin scrolling through your phone... for another 45 minutes; you realize you haven't moved off the couch since the sun came up, so you stretch your legs, and decide to take the dog for a walk around the block. When you return home, you think about what you're going to make for dinner. Sound familiar? This is #quarantinelife at it's finest, and many people are having this "Groundh

Behind the Mask

These days, a trip to the supermarket is quite a production; prepare my list of "must haves" (for the love of Pete, please tell me you have toilet paper!), hand sanitizer in my purse, Clorox wipes on the front seat of my car, and the final, most important accessory for my outing...a mask. To be clear, I have always hated masks. As a child, I never picked a Halloween costume that would require me to wear one, and I avoided other kids in the neighborhood that were. For some

I Lead With Pom Poms and Positivity, and NO, I Won't Tone It Down

A few weeks ago, I started a series on WNY People Development's social media platforms called "Virtual Leader Snapshot Series"; the purpose is to provide quick and easy suggestions to increase engagement, and build team connectness in our "new normal" of remote work. For the second installment, I encouraged team members to bring an item that brings them joy, or they feel could bring joy to others, to a virtual meeting; I felt it important to share my item in the video as an

"You Down with PPE? Yeah, You Know Me!" Pause. Pivot. Evolve.

Our lives are chaotic. Prior to the disruption of COVID-19, my calendar made me dizzy; family obligations, work appointments, school board meetings, youth sports schedules, volunteerism, PTA events, and more. Like so many modern families, the Adams were constantly doing something, prioritizing importance, and counting the minutes until the next activity. Honestly, I thrive in madness, and the challenge to find physical, emotional, and mental balance is something I enjoy mo

Communication Tips in the Age of Covid-19

This weekend, the United States surpassed China for most reported Covid-19 cases. As of this morning, over 123,000 people have been infected, and our country has had over 2,000 deaths. I'm not going to make this political, but there is a political component I would like to highlight. Like most people, I am confused, scared, and unsure of the future, and I find myself questioning our country's ability to make decisions that will save lives. Why am I feeling this way? When

Taking the LEAP...Off the Right Leg

Welcome to WNY People Development! After months of preparation and planning, I thought it would be fitting to officially take the LEAP into business on Leap Day. I'm glad you're here! As Chief Empowerment Officer, this is the space where I will share thoughts, experiences, and stories as we grow and learn on this start up journey; I will share leadership tips, best practices, inspirational quotes, and personal insights. Today's insights came out of yesterday's yoga class.

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