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The Power of Passionate Storytelling

The Power of Passionate Storytelling

  When I was a little girl, we would travel to my grandfather's farm in Iowa for a visit. I always loved seeing Grandpa Fotsch. We would run into his strong arms and he would pick us up and squeeze us until our sides would hurt. Also, grandad was a wonderful...

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Fail Fast

Have you ever felt like you are working up hill for a very long time? You don’t get that promotion, or the performance rating you desired. Or perhaps you have seized a deal and delivered but despite all your best efforts, your client is still not satisfied.  Life is about learning to overcome setbacks and disappointments. We often forget in those times to see failure as transient but rather a step toward success. And I have certainly learned a great deal about failure during my West Point experience.

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May 26th, 2019 “A Remembrance”

May 26th, 2019 “A Remembrance”

May 26, 1983 is the day that I married James Edwin Gaba, Jr. But all who knew him called him, Eddie.  He was my West Point classmate and first love.  Many of you know my story of how I lost my first husband at the tender age of 36.  And today, May 26, 2019, would have...

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No Whining

No Whining

As we approach Memorial Day, I am reminded about those remarkable men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.  I often think about my Dad who served as a medic in General George Patton’s 3rd Infantry Division and marvel.  How did a diminutive man...

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HUMOR

HUMOR

Just this week I was interviewed on a podcast by my classmate, Laurel McHargue. Laurel is not only an award-winning author having published 8 books, she also hosts the highly successful podcast, Alligator Preserves (to listen in to our conversation, I have posted the...

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Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Problem Solving My daughter, Larisa became a swimmer when she was just 12 years old. She joined a year-round swim team and later went on to compete in college. As a swim Mom, they never tell you how much a parent is required to do to support a swim team. Although...

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On Love and Leading

On Love and Leading

You have not heard from me in a few weeks in part, because I elected to have some surgery done on my right foot. The ensuing weeks have involved managing a good amount of pain while trying to work, being unable to drive, and being totally housebound. Initially, I had...

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Do The Right Thing

Do The Right Thing

Do the Right Thing As we begin a new year, it is healthy to look at the year in review and determine how me might improve. I believe assessing our personal integrity is a great way to begin personal reflection. As leaders our personal integrity is the foundation from...

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