Better.

“Do I WANT to do better?” It’s a valid question and really…it’s the first question you should ask yourself before beginning any project or setting a new goal. Because if you don’t actually want to do something better or improve, you will never gain the momentum necessary to finish, to move forward. We are so … read more

Part 4: “Kindness” My Conversation With Charles Ries in Four Parts

Part 4: “Kindness” I ask Charles to give me one word…one word that he feels makes him shine or that he would want people to remember when they think of him. “Kindness.” (I love this.) “You know, it’s always interesting when people tell you what they think of you or how they see you. I … read more

The Edge of Simplicity

Three handbags were set out on the back counter last night, just behind the table where we had all sat down to listen to the guest speaker. An unimportant detail as the women at the table were simply getting settled in and had moved their handbags away from their laps or the back of their … read more

Part 3: “The Front Man” My Conversation With Charles Ries in Four Parts

Part of that “living” that Charles does so well is as the front man for the band, “Charles P. Ries and The Minktronics”. An accomplished writer with both a novel and five published books of poetry to his name, Charles began doing public readings to aid in selling his book and his poetry. Kismet would … read more

Part 2 “Move Beyond” My Conversation With Charles Ries in Four Parts

Part 2 “Move Beyond” This need to create has long existed in Charles. As a boy, growing up on a mink farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Charles began exploring outside the daily norm of farm life. “When I was thirteen or so, I started making skim boards out of plywood planks in our basement. The Lake … read more

“Be Present, Be Here”: My Conversation With Charles Ries in Four Parts

Part 1: “Get Out Of Your Own Head” Be present. Be present at the dinner table. Be present at the boardroom table. Be present at the casual lunch with colleagues. It isn’t enough to simply share the space with someone, you need to be entirely present. This is something I’ve been reminding myself of more … read more

Finally 21: The Mix Tape

One of the perks of having grown up in the pre-digital age of the 1980’s means I have an appreciation for that old standard of analog communication…the mix tape. Mix tapes were all of the things you couldn’t say with words, said with songs and neatly packaged onto a cassette tape deck. (Didn’t we have … read more

21

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye Remember turning 21? Wait…let me re-phrase that. Do you remember the buildup of expectations and emotions to actually turning 21? Remember how it felt as if every birthday before that one felt like you were just working towards some sort of precipice to … read more

Connecting To Ourselves, Connecting To Others

With everything changing so fast and the retail horizon seemingly unrecognizable, the element we need most is always going to be human. Earlier this fall, I again attended the Fast Company Innovation Festival in NYC and was again inspired and motivated by the insights and expertise shared by leaders in their various fields of industry. … read more

Elizabeth and Elvis

Everybody has a story. Everybody has…stuff. How we handle it…for ourselves and for our friends is what truly matters. I sat in an audience of just over 1,300 area women yesterday to hear firsthand, the survival story of Elizabeth Smart. As she approached the podium, she carried herself with such a natural grace and ease, … read more