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“Did you ever stop to think that a dog is the only animal that doesn't have to work for a living? A hen has to lay eggs, a cow has to give milk, and a canary has to sing. But a dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love." -Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Historically, I haven’t been a big advocate of having dogs in the work place. I think they smell, they’re walking biohazards, I’m usually a little wary they’re going to bite me (it’s happened a couple of times), they’re noisy, and unlike cats, they need a lot of attention. Some... continue reading Dale Carnegie and the Wisdom of Dogs


cpa t-shirt

My father was a CPA with a sense of humor. While the literal translation of CPA is Certified Public Accountant, my dad had t-shirts printed up for his team emphasizing and embracing the stereotype often associated with accountants.

Meanwhile, my dad’s younger brother loved poking fun at my dad. I’ll never forget my Uncle Gary saying to me, “Sherri, as an acco... continue reading You Are In The Driver's Seat

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Achieving Your Personal Best - In Life, Sports, or Business

"Some will winsome will lose. Some were born to sing the blues." (Don't Stop Believin' - Journey)

This week I had the honor of attending the one year anniversary and open house celebration of Gritworks Athletics.

Steve... continue reading Gritworks Athletics Reaching Your Full Potential

Wearing multiple hats and trying to be “all things to all people” means time management is something with which most business owners struggle. If businesses are fortunate enough to have employees, the workload can be shared. However, if the business owner or manager doesn’t know how to effectively delegate (i.e. “let go”), overseeing the work of another can too readily become yet another task on the to-do list.

Bolded below is a very simple (but effective) delegation tool provided to me 15+ years ago at a management training seminar.


... continue reading Knowing When to Let Go

You started 2018 strong.

So strong, in fact, that you’re reading this blog while enjoying a freshly-made, home-grown salad for lunch (hold the dressing) before jogging on your treadmill and after getting a full nine hours of sleep the night before, into which you were gently cocooned by thinking about the full quarter of your paycheck you just stashed away into savings.

And what if I told you that doing all of those things today, and only today, would pay off for the rest of the year?

If it sounds too good to be true…... continue reading 4 Steps to a More Fulfilling Year