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Pandemic Trade Offs

What’s one of the weirdest things about the pandemic experience? Wearing a mask while sitting at your desk or walking into the gas station? Not shaking people’s hands at a networking event? Zoom meaning something other than ‘super-fast’ in our daily vocabulary?  All...

Surge Capacity

What is Surge Capacity? Hint: It has nothing to do with the power strip under your desk. Instead, it’s about our ability to adapt to incredibly stressful circumstances, like a natural disaster. Or, say, a pandemic. But the thing about our coping mechanisms is that...

Owner Power Down

When we were kids playing Tag, most of us had a Free Zone – a place where we could go to rest, regroup, strategize. A place where no one was chasing us and we could stop responding to circumstances and start being proactive. As a small business leader, life can...

Toxic Power Imbalance

Bullies create false power imbalances through words and actions. And, for a huge variety of reasons, many of us don’t recognize the signs early enough to prevent problems. But whether we’re looking at personal relationships, conversations with ‘authorities,’ or work...

Leading and Recognition

Sometimes Michelle and JoyGenea talk about one thing. Sometimes they talk about more. Usually, when they record an episode, they have two or three other conversations right before and right after off-mike. Well, this week, those conversations were recorded. This...

Failure: The Most Important Part of Success

Failure is hands on and involves effort and even some pain. It’s messy and dirty and shameful. Or so we think. In reality, failure is the only way to truly learn and grow.  JoyGenea and Michelle have both had their own version of learning how to fail successfully, one...