As a foster child with limited knowledge about my birth parents (my father in particular) it always bothered me that I simply didn’t know much about my own heritage and family DNA. Countless nights I would lay in bed and wonder – who am I? I was blessed to be raised by Jim and Edwina Watson who were my 13th foster family. And although they did their best to provide me with the essentials in life and provided me with the love and support needed to grow into myself and succeed, the fact remained that the lack of my personal family history has always haunted me.
A while ago, I had the opportunity to audition to be a speaker for TEDx. It was an interesting and sometimes stressful process to get to the big stage in front of a large audiance; but it was a journey worth taking! Especially since I was selected to give my TEDx talk live! I really enjoyed competing for a spot in the “BIG SHOW”, but one of the really amazing aspects of the journey was the opportunity to listen to other regular people like myself getting up on stage and sharing stories about their life experiences, work skills, and passions.
In today’s competitive job marketplace, it’s becoming more and more difficult to attract and keep top-quality candidates. With sites like LinkedIn, recruiters are reaching out to skilled professionals all the time, and new job opportunities can come your way when you least expect them. So how do you stand out? How do you attract and keep an A Team in your organization?
As an Entrepreneur who has successfully scaled up his business from my own spare bedroom into what it is today, you’d be surprised to know that I have a simple philosophy of business that has fared tremendously well across my organization:Happy employees take care of their customers. And happy customers who are well taken care of refer new clients, pay their bills and contribute to the profitable growth of the company.
A friend sent me a birthday card recently telling me to rethink 50 as 10-10-10-10-10. It got me thinking that a lot has changed over the past decade. Ten years doesn’t sound like a long time, but there are so many changes and events that happen; there have been births, weddings, break ups, great fear and deaths that have affected my family.
Based on conversations with our clients who have adult children, the odds are pretty high that you could do a better job of letting your kids know what kind of legal documents you already have in place and where your financial accounts are located. Don't worry, I'm not suggesting that you financially undress in front of your children. But it is important for your children to know at which financial institutions, banks, insurance companies and the like, you have accounts.
While writing this article, sitting at my desk listening to Pandora radio (classical for studying radio station), glancing out of the window watching Autumn take over the trees, I can’t help but to think about August 2011.
In hindsight 2011 was the year that changed everything. It was the year that landed me right here typing this article. The summer of 2011 was the year that helped me become a four-time author. 2011 was the year that helped me get my...
As a parent do you oftentimes struggle with how to support your children in becoming the best of who they are? Unfortunately, many of our schools (and our culture) try to fit our very unique children into one mold – the same mold – they feel will make them "successful." As a Strengths Coach, this is quite frustrating, but because I understand my strengths, I know exactly why it bugs me so much! You see, one of my top strengths...
A few days ago I found myself waking up really annoyed. Nothing in particular but lots of little things combined just left me really annoyed. It’s been over a month now that I have been trying to get a form signed by my mother’s doctor and submitted to Medicare to get approval for a lift-chair. One piece of paper, signed by a doctor, sent to the medical supply company.
I just got back from a mini family reunion on my father’s side of the family. And for those of you that don’t know, my father died when I was 16, which means he’s been gone for the better part of 40 years now. And the Fricke side of the family, for whatever reason, hasn’t really kept in touch with each other over the years. So at our mini family reunion, which was to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of my aunts, it dawned on me that I hadn’t seen most of my aunts, uncles or cousins for at least 10 years, some I haven’t seen in 20 years.