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Crossing one bridge at a time

A literal bridge crossing: From the beaches into Jacksonville For the last two years, I trekked over this bridge, transporting me from Atlantic Beach to Jacksonville. Admittedly, I would openly sigh as I crossed over knowing a couple of things. One, I was leaving Bo, my black lab son, for Read more…

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Leaders eat last

“Leaders are to provide direction and intent and allow others to figure out what to do and how to get there.” Referencing Captain Marquet, a career submariner who graduated at the top of his Naval class, Simon Sinek shares an intriguing leadership concept. And it spoke to me. If I’m totally Read more…

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Why rookie smarts matter

One year ago, I was a rookie on a professional adventure. A new job, new team, new industry and a move from North Carolina to Florida. As I gratefully jumped into this adventure, I picked up the book, “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” Read more…

Power of positive

Shortly after I started in my new marketing role at Brooks Rehabilitation, one of my colleagues turned me on to Jon Gordon. Gordon is a local motivational speaker and author. She sent me his e-newsletters when his positive messaging resonated with her. Or, perhaps she thought the message might benefit me in Read more…

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Leadership lessons

What qualities define a good leader? The vast array of characteristics is popular fodder across Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook. It seems we are curious to glean and instill these qualities or at the very least, encourage our followers to seek them. Recently, I had a leadership view from the top Read more…

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Living and learning with Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou’s recent passing caused my heart to break. I was forced to reconcile the bittersweet loss of our living world with heaven’s gain. Dr. Angelou’s presence and storytelling have inspired my journey of womanhood. Among the many posts of tribute, I was moved by a column penned by Dr. Tara Green, professor Read more…