Captivating Heart 2014 coming in October with fundraisers this summer (Press Release)

CH-14This is the third year I’ve been involved with the Captivating Heart Retreat, which is retreat for women of faith that talks about our identity in Christ. I believe in this retreat ministry, which is why I volunteer my services as part of the planning committee.

 

Please check out the press release and consider joining us! Captivating Heart 2014 Press Release (PDF)

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The Solgave Project launches with first initiative (Press Release)

Solgave_Logo_Horizontal_RGBI was honored to work with my friends over at Solgave Animal Solutions, who founded a nonprofit organization called The Solgave Project.

Solgave seeks utilize nature and animals to facilitate healing in the human spirit. The “hands on” version of this will be through their four initiatives each year. The first one launched May 1 and is a local awareness campaign for the The Yellow Dog Project, which teaches how to properly approach and interact with dogs for both their safety and the safety of the human.

 

Check out the Solgave Project Press Release May 2014 (PDF) here and if you’re interested in having them come talk to your group, club, or organization, give them a call!

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Polina’s Promise announces launch-Press release

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I’m very honored to be a member of the Polina’s Promise board and we are hosting a launch event Nov. 16, 2013 in Rogers.

The following press release talks about the event and what Polina’s Promise stands for.

The goals of Polina’s Promise are simple:

  • We hope to keep special needs children with their biological families whenever possible.
  • For those children who do become orphans, we aim to provide them with more adequate care while finding them families.
  • We aim to accomplish the above through education of the public and orphanage workers, training for local therapists, interventionists, foster and adoptive families, and providing the equipment and funding needed to reach these goals through partnering agencies across the globe.

 

Please read the Polina’s Promise press release to learn more about this amazing non-profit!

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Recycling our skillsets in a changing world: my take on a Seth Godin blog

Seth Godin writes great blogs (and books) that inspire and guide business leaders.

Seth Godin writes great blogs (and books) that inspire and guide business leaders.

Do you ever read something and think “that person knows my story, they are telling my story?”I recently read a blog by Seth Godin that I really appreciated because it felt like it was telling my story as a professional. Read More…

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What we can learn about small business from Duck Dynasty

Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

So this phenomenon called Duck Dynasty has been going on for several seasons now but I admit that I just recently tuned in. My husband and I are about to start season 2 (no spoilers, please!) and I’m pleasantly surprised at how funny and genuine the stories are each episode.

While I’ll admit that the frog skinning scenes still gross out this citified girl, I can’t help but notice that wisdom exudes throughout the show for both life and business.

Much of it, if you really think about it, is just good ol’ fashioned common sense but I felt like sharing something that I feel small business owners like myself can take from watching Duck Dynasty.

Cross train, but do what you know best

I agree that it’s wise to cross train employees to some degree, but in my experience having employees performing jobs that are not in their realm of expertise is a recipe for disaster. Or at least, a big jumbled, inefficient mess. This also includes bosses, whether we want to admit it or not. If it’s not your area of expertise, I suggest you let the experts handle it! Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you must have your hands in everything.

This issue came up in Season 1, episode 2 of Duck Dynasty where Jase became CEO for a day as part of a bet. Now for those who don’t want the show, the older brother Willie is the CEO and is the more “responsible” and “business-minded” person in the family. Jase is far from being the family clown, however! He’s the innovative one who comes up with new ideas and new ways of doing old ideas. He’s the creative, he’s the doer. Willie is the more serious planner.

The company obviously didn’t fall apart in a day, but it wasn’t run like it should have been. The focus of the show seemed to be how Jase didn’t care for some details that Willie wouldn’t have overlooked, but to me there was more to it than that. Jase was so busy trying to do Willie’s job that he wasn’t able to perform his own form of brilliance.

I’m just now starting Season 2, so tell me what other lessons have you learned from Duck Dynasty?

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