Episode 072: The Art of Possibility

Do you know that every day you decide what is and isn’t possible?  That your mind tends to follow patterns established by our common ancestry and your own experience?  On today’s episode we explore how you can open your mind and imagination to greater possibility – and then actually do something with it.

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(c) Ann Thompson

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How Does She Do It All?

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know I have a full-time job as well as this blog and a podcast.  Not only that, but I’ve been traveling most weeks from CT to NC for business.  Add on my music ministry at church and the normal responsibilities of a homeowner and just… well…life, and it’s quite a juggling act.

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You may be judging yourself by comparison.  You may be asking yourself, “How does she do it all?”

Episode 071: The Secret Success Formula – A + I = P

You’ve heard E=mc² and 1+1 = 2.  Well, now there’s A+I=P.  On this episode you’ll hear why this matters to much to you and your success.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make This…

It was February, 2012.  My boss had been laid off a few months earlier, and we had a new manager.  He decided to make sweeping changes to the organization.  The effect on me and my team was this:  my team was split up between two of my peers, and I was given a newly-created role – Strategic Planning and Process Design.

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It sounded like a job title they give someone who they don’t know what to do with and are trying to find a way to get them to leave.

Is Great Customer Service an Oxymoron?

You may have heard me talk in Episode 069 about how a certain airline could have handled a delayed flight if they made Customer Service a priority.  So many of us have experienced frustration with poor Customer Service.  And the most ironic is when we call and get into an endless loop of voicemail hell.   “We’re sorry.  We seem to be experiencing unusually high call volumes right now.  The next available agent will be with you shortly.”

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Sure.  And it actually takes 20 more minutes while that recording repeats at least 10 times.

Episode 069: Yes, And. Using Improv to Build Collaboration

There’s a revolution going on at work.  How we learn, communicate and work is radically changing – even as we speak.  In this new world, professional success is often dependent on creativity, communication, and collaboration.  In this episode we explore how to use “Yes, and,” along with other improv techniques to develop the 3 C’s.

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Episode 068: How to Thrive in Option B

Sometimes life shoots a hole in Option A.  When that happens, we have to figure out how to live with Option B.  On today’s episode, we’ll explore what Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant, Glennon Doyle Melton, and Ann Voskamp have to say about dealing with the brokenness in our lives and thriving in Option B.

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The Best (and Worst) Question Ever

We were building our first house.  The project manager had taken the stock plan for the Cape Cod model and marked it up with our changes.  Create a linen closet in the downstairs bathroom, move the back door. Use a more traditional-sized window in the downstairs.  Use this flooring instead of that flooring.  Reconfigure the kitchen to make it more efficient.  All documented.  All on the plan.

Yet every day when my husband went to check on the house, there was something wrong.  Back and forth with the contractor.  Fix it.  Change it.

Then there was the sheetrock guy who appeared drunk on the job.  The painter who tracked red door paint on his shoes on the unfinished hardwood floor, which then had to be sanded off.

Building a house seemed such a good idea at the time.  Now?  We weren’t sure.

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What do you do to keep going when you’re not sure if you can take it anymore?