Graciousness

One of my best friends taught me something a long time ago - the beauty and importance of receiving a compliment well. I remember being in a meeting and our coworker said, “I absolutely love that outfit. You look great!” and her smiling and simply saying, “Thank you!” I know that seems like such a small thing - a non-story - but I was floored.

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Beth Dekker
The Mark of Maturity

If you have kids, or have been around them for more than 5 minutes, you will be very familiar with one common trait, the whine - the seemingly endless stream of complaints and injustices forced upon these tiny humans. Too hot! Too cold! Hungry! Tired! Want a toy! It can be...challenging...to say the least. It’s great when we become adults and grow out of that whining, isn’t it?

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Beth Dekker
Strength vs. Skill

More often than not, Right Hands tend to be collectors of skills. This can be something as broad as having a liberal-arts education where you were interested in classes as wide ranging as ballroom dance all the way to analytical math, or something specific like learning how to weld (you never know when you may need to!) or how to use a specific software program, or what makes a good logo design.

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Beth Dekker
Become a Nexus

Do you have a person or people in your life that always seem to be able to connect you with the right person or company to solve their problem? Some people come by this naturally, like a snowball rolling down a hill, picking up sticks and twigs and rocks, they seem to gather information and bits of knowledge and store it in some back cabinet in their brain, ready to be unleashed at the right moment when someone asks the perfect question.

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Beth Dekker
Step One - “Know Thyself”

When I was a senior, “Know Thyself” was the quote I chose to capture my entire 18-year experience of life on earth and leave as sage advice to future generations of highschoolers. Obviously I was just trying to be deep (and drive home my unhealthy obsession with Shakespeare), and didn’t really follow my own advice until years later. College helped me a bit in this regard, but (as you maybe have found out) it is a lifelong process.

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Beth Dekker
Vendors

Quick answer - who is the most important part of your business? I’d venture to say that most of you thought “customer,” regardless of what type of business you are in. After all, without customers, there are no jobs/sales, there is no money, there is no business. You’re not wrong...but I have a different answer - vendors. Stick with me

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Beth Dekker