Bliss vs. Burnout

June 4th, 2014

I love my work and my life, but increasingly I find that I am in the minority.  Why? Burnout. Too many demands.  Not enough breaks.  Lack of sleep.  Junk food. Technology.  And the list goes on.

I have long followed the advice of Tony Shwartz and honed my skills to meet my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs and share what I’ve learned with others.

In a recent article on the New York Times website confirms the principle that people are more satisfied and productive when organizations invest in meeting these four core needs.

Every leader should be asking, “What would make our employees feel more energized, better taken care of, more focused and more inspired?”

Avoid Manager Mayhem

June 4th, 2014

The most important decision a company can make is simply whom they name manager.  When it comes to employee engagement, the right manager can make all the difference.

Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage employees with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions based on productivity, not politics.

These are important considerations when considering people for promotion or hiring from the outside.  Professional development should emphasis enhancing these talents as well.

Walk for Wishes

April 30th, 2014

Powered by wish families, volunteers, donors and friends, Walk For Wishes is a nationwide Make-A-Wish® fundraiser that celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes. My son Connor and I were among the participants in the Walk for Wishes Orange County, to help bring the life-changing impact of a wish to children battling life-threatening medical conditions in our community.


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This special event featured:

  • A spirited walk at the Great Park in Irvine
  • A world of wishes festival area where we had the opportunity to experience all 4 types of wishes: to be, to have, to go and to meet in one day!
  • The chance to meet many of our wish families and hear about their adventures!
  • Live music, great food and plenty of fun

A special thank you to the many friends, family and colleagues that sponsored us and/or joined us at the walk.   We hope you’ll join us next year.  To learn more about how you can get involved go to Make-A-Wish OC/IE to learn more.



Volunteers Lift Us Up

April 9th, 2014

Over 1,100 people gathered for 38th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards to honor Orange County’s outstanding volunteers and the 2014 Giving is Living Nonprofit /Corporate Partnership recipients  Habitat for Humanities of Orange County and The Home Deport.

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Hosted by OneOC, this  event recognizes and celebrates volunteers who with their willing hands and selfless hearts inspire and lift us up.  Nearly 400 individuals, families, groups and corporate teams were recognized for their exceptional volunteer contribution to our communities.  Orange County’s nonprofit institutions are more vibrant and successful because of the volunteers that energize them and move them forward.

To learn more about how you can get involved contact