“Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.” – Abraham Lincoln The suicide rate among EMTs is now significantly higher than compared to non-EMT professionals in the state of Arizona, according to the Emergency Medical Services Council. The EMS Council is a governor-appointed group of individuals that have

Diversity in Leadership

Thursday, 27 July 2017 by
“We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” -Tim Berners-Lee While diversity is a core value in corporate America, too often, leaders are afraid of diverse perspectives. Surrounding oneself with like-minded professionals is easy. However, trusting diversity develops a better leader and a stronger organization. A wide range of perspectives

Kindness: The Secret Sauce

Sunday, 30 April 2017 by
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop Kindness and treating people well is the secret sauce to business growth and development. I learned this from a mentor of mine, Dick Bowers. Dick Bowers was the city manager of Scottsdale for nearly 20 years and the renowned legacy he established is

How to Get Over It (Rejection)

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 by
“Rejection is just an opinion, remember? It reflects them more than me, right?”  -Jia Jiang The human experience of rejection is painful both personally and professionally. While it is easy to make rejection personal regardless of the situation, it is difficult to objectively analyze the root cause of the exact reason why you were rejected.
“Confidentiality is an ancient and well-warranted social value.” -Kay Redfield Jamison Innately, people like to kiss and tell. People like to tell stories; they like to share gossip and information about others and themselves. In a progressively globalized world bound together by communication, confidentiality is even more important than ever before both professionally and personally.

Life is Sh*t Sometimes

Monday, 03 October 2016 by
“No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments.”-Regina Brett Everyone is bound to have a sh*tty day. However, when I have a bad day, it is important to me to do whatever I can to not allow my bad day to become someone else’s. I have no right

Being Deliberate

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 by
“Education brings about opportunity, and in turn inspiration.” -Bill Frist Many young adults seem disenchanted by the idea of going to college and earning a degree. There is a struggle to reconcile the notion that creativity and talent cannot be taught within a classroom to the expectation of attaining a college degree as a step
Innovation drives business. In today’s market, we often associate business innovation with successful tech start-ups, businesses that revolutionized the way that we interact in the world. Google changed the way we search the web, Apple changed the way we purchase music and Facebook changed the way we interact with each other. But despite the seemingly
Technological advances have changed the way entrepreneurship takes place. Gone are the days of long meetings regarding strategy, business implementation and market research. Now an individual can become an entrepreneur by simply registering a domain name. Today, technology is viewed as the conqueror of the business world. However, for many entrepreneurs prior to the Internet
In today’s workforce it has become desired to not only be well compensated in our profession, but also to find meaning. Work is no longer meant to be a conduit for income, but rather a catalyst to self-fulfillment. Many individuals are faced with the dilemma of searching for professional passions yet struggle to connect their passions

Dealing with Criticism

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 by
Criticism is a fact of life. No matter how successful, friendly or personable you become, achievements are always accompanied by judgement. Individuals are criticized because of mistakes, differing opinions and sometimes emotions that are rooted in jealously. Escaping the clutches of personal evaluations is an impossible task. However, despite the looming negativity that accompanies critiques,
Economic insecurity is one of the most deeply rooted problems that individuals face. Maintaining enough income to cover costs, unforeseeable expenditures and increasing one’s wealth is at the heart of every individual and organization. Prior to setting out on my own, I was in charge of a quarter of a billion dollar budget. I was

The TOUCH Principle

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 by
In a world filled with quick fixes and instant gratifications, it is easy to get lost amongst the jargon of effective leadership. I cannot tell you how many blog posts I have come across that are titled: Six Steps to Improve Your Leadership, Ten Bullet Points to a Better Life or Three Habits for Effective

How to Resolve Conflict

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 by
Becoming an artful practitioner of conflict resolution is an artful skill… As individuals, we face tension from every aspect of our lives. Some tension is good, acting as a motivator to improve upon our areas of weakness. Other times tension is a direct result of personality conflicts and reactionary confrontations. When faced with a workplace

Goal Setting

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 by
Setting a goal is an American New Years tradition. With each passing year, we retrospectively judge our previous actions and seek to create new habits, skills and outcomes. But, what is it about goal setting that is so important? Psychologists have discovered that setting a goal induces the same chemical reaction in our brain that