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An archive of wisdom from Jane

11/20/20 Deep Water

November 23, 2020 My Girl Scout troop was canoeing down the Osage River in Missouri. At night we slept in hammocks and tied our canoes to the trees so they couldn’t slide down the hill into the river....

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11/19/20 What You See Is…

November 23, 2020 Newspaper headlines make employment opportunities for women sound dire. The New Yorker Why the Pandemic Is Forcing Women Out of the Workforce … Bloomberg Covid Pandemic Worsens US...

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11/18/20 Make Room for New

November 23, 2020 In the corner of our pool cage was an orchid plant. It received just enough filtered light and water to thrive. In that perfect environment it grew until one year it had 20 glorious stalks...

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11/17/20 Asking is a Strength

November 23, 2020 Dave said, “I think the project leader should be an engineer.” I was the project leader and I’m not an engineer. At first I didn’t know what to make of his...

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11/16/20 Curiosity

November 23, 2020 On April 12th, 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. A month later Alan Shepard became the first US citizen in space. Sunday, November 15, 2020 SpaceX paved...

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11/13/20 Refreshed

November 23, 2020 Tom is one of the best project leaders I know. One of the things I like best about him is, that as organized as he is, he also likes to have fun. For instance on one project he put a...

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11/12/20 Releasing the Sting

November 23, 2020 There was a wasp in the house. When I saw it my first thought was to get a magazine and kill it. As I was picking up the magazine the wasp landed on our glass sliders. I’m guessing...

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11/11/20 Reach Out

November 23, 2020 At one point in my career I worked as a consultant with an international accounting and consulting firm. Every morning the managing partner would walk the through the entire company...

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11/10/20 If the Shoe Fits

November 23, 2020 There is a story going around the internet about a young woman who likes to wear bright pink lipstick. Her boss tells her to tone it down. She also likes to wear neon colors and HR tells...

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10/09/20 Perspectives

November 23, 2020 One of the steps in a coaching program that I’m working my way through is to create an advisory board. The recommendation is that I find at least three people to be on my board...

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11/04/20 The Seed of an Idea

November 23, 2020 My mother showed the packet of marigold seeds to me. The picture on the outside was of orange and yellow flowers. She asked if I would like to plant them in the shape of my name. Of course...

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11/03/20 Worry or Waltz?

November 23, 2020 Today is election day 2020. Many people are worried about what will happen to our country. Stores in cities are being boarded up in anticipation of riots. People who have already voted are...

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11/02/20 Swimming in Circles

November 23, 2020 Carrie was swimming in ideas and not going anywhere. It’s important to give ourselves time to explore our ideas. On the other hand Carrie was frustrated. She’d been swimming in...

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10/30/20 If You’re Not Happy

November 23, 2020 Anjali Ahuja, Director of Technology at Iron Mountain, was responding to the question, “What would I tell my younger self?” Her answer was, “If you are not happy with...

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10/29/29 Trusted Relations

November 23, 2020 Two other women and I met for lunch. We celebrated a recent Birthday. One of them talked about missing her mother. Another talked about her son’s promotion. There was only one very...

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10/28/20 Tired and Confused

November 23, 2020 After two years of long days we are exhausted. Barb and I are leading two teams on an implementation project for a national retailer. Tonight we are making the cut over. We’ve just...

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10/27/20 Clear Intentions

November 23, 2020 It was a beautiful fall day in New England, the air was crisp and clear. Leaves crunched under our feet. Several families were walking in the woods. I wasn’t concerned for our 5 year...

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10/26/20 Staying Relevant

November 23, 2020 It started Thursday evening. Brendon Bruchard, is a world class writer and trainer in the personal development field. I have followed his work for many years. He put together a 3 day...

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10/25/20 Subtle Details

November 23, 2020 It’s autumn in Florida. From my window I can see grasses which have sprouted pale lavender stalks of seeds that wave in the slightest breeze. There is a tree called Golden Rain that...

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10/22/20 Distracted

November 23, 2020 We were in the middle of a coaching session. Mary’s dog started barking. At first it was just background noise. Then Mary said, “Sorry but the dog is distracting me.” I...

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