September 30, 2015

"Lead from the back - and let others believe they are in front."

September 22, 2015

Memory Loss: 7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Memory loss - this is a biggie for me. I'm constantly forgetting people, places, things; sometimes even my own birthday! So when I ran across this article at the Mayo Clinic website, I just had to have it in my notebook...
  1. Stay Mentally Active
    • Mentally stimulating activities help keep your brain in shape.
  2. Socialize Regularly
    • It helps ward off depression and stress - both of which can contribute to memory loss.
  3. Get Organized
    • Jot down tasks, appointments, etc., and repeat each entry out loud to help "cement" it in your memory.
    • Set aside certain places for your wallet, keys, etc.
  4. Sleep Well
    • It plays an important role in memory consolidation for later recall.
  5. Eat a Healthy Diet
    • Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein sources like fish, lean meats, and skinless poultry.
  6. Include Physical Activity in Your Routine
    • It increases blood flow to the brain.
  7. Manage Chronic Conditions
    • Follow your doctor's recommendations.
    • The better you care for yourself, the better your memory is likely to be.

September 15, 2015


On January 7th, 2013 I was given a Moleskine notebook by my then supervisor, Rodney. He told me to write within it things which would help me learn and grow. Inside the front cover he beautifully drew:

And thus I have tried to abide by that idea. During the course of 2013 and 2014 I filled the notebook at a rate of one page per week, with content which has helped me grow immensely. At the end of 2014 I finished filling up 104 pages and began a new notebook.

Today is the day I officially retire the original notebook. As of today, I have written 141 posts and exhausted its content. A day of celebration! Next week I will begin my posts from the new notebook.

This final post is a quote, and I think it is perfect to close out the book (which is why I chose it), as it defines exactly what I have had to do throughout the course of keeping this notebook.

"First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end."

September 8, 2015

"Good or Bad: I've Learned From All of My Bosses" by Dr. Marla Gottschalk

Time for managers and executives to take notice: want to be well respected by your minions? Here are a few points of advice from Dr. Marla Gottschalk's article "Good or Bad: I've Learned From All of My Bosses."
  1. Great bosses are transparent.
    • They don't hesitate to share what you've done right, and the situations you may need to improve.
    • There is no hidden agenda - they simply want you to develop and succeed.
  2. They don't hover.
    • They guide, not micromanage.
  3. They never leave anyone high-and-dry.
    • Instead, they sit down with their employees to discuss strategy, prepare them, and offer best-practice advice.
  4. They see you - but, beyond today.
    • They see what you have to offer, even if you may not.
    • They help drive you forward, even when you stumble or fall.

September 1, 2015

"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."