The new season of The Next Food Network Star has started! I love this show and am excited for this new cast of characters. I can already tell poor Juba's fate is sealed. Their first challenge was for the chef-testants to show the judges themselves "on a plate" as a breakfast dish. What fun! I immediately started daydreaming. What breakfast dish represents me? I settled on... Eggs Benedict. French flair. Rich. Savory. Yep. That's so me. What breakfast dish represents you? … [Read more...] about You, On a Plate. For Breakfast.
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I've been kind of floundering over here, trying to find my voice and the direction of this blog. The uncertainty resulted in infrequent and snippets of posts. I think I've finally got it. Stay tuned! … [Read more...] about By George I Think I’ve Got It!
Last week I took a Leadership Training Workshop at work. The purpose was to teach us how to become better team leaders in the workplace. The interesting thing that I wasn't expecting was that the lessons I learned really apply to my life outside of the office also, and gave me great insight into myself. Sounds trite, I know. The foundation of the training was that D.I.S.C. personality inventory, developed by William Moulton Marston. Basically the premise is that each of us have a very distinct and predictable pattern of observable behavior sounding in one of these dimensions (for the most part each of us have some of each these dimensions in our personality, but we generally have a tendency to exhibit one of them more than the rest): "D"ominance: To the point, decisive and bottom line oriented. These people tend to be independent and results driven. They are strong-willed people who enjoy challenges, taking action, and immediate results. "I"nfluence: Optimistic and outgoing. They tend to be highly social and out going. They prefer participating on teams, sharing thoughts, and entertaining and energizing others. "S"teadiness: Empathetic & Cooperative. These people tend to be team players and are supportive and helpful to others. They prefer being behind the scene, working in consistent and predictable ways. They are often good listeners and avoid change and conflict "C"onscientiousness: Concerned, Cautious & Correct. These people are often focused on details and quality. They plan ahead, constantly check for accuracy, and what to know "how" and "why". We took a personality assessment prior to the training and answered questions that resulted in each of us receiving a comprehensive, 17-page profile about how we respond to different situations in the workplace. No surprise here; I scored highest in the "I" or "Influence" dimension. And I have to say, that the assessment was dead on. There was even a page on "Things NOT to do while communicating with Fergie." Things such as: Don't leave decisions hanging in the air Don't talk in a loud voice or use confrontation Don't be dictatorial The "Do's" were equally right on target: Do provide a warm and friendly environment Do be sincere and use a tone of voice that shows sincerity Do support your communications with correct facts and data What's funny is that it became crystal clear to me why I react the way I do in certain situations, based on that assessment. It's been extremely useful - just within the past week - in helping me to cope with interactions with those with a very different communication style from mine. I'm an "I." And I like it. … [Read more...] about My Style
Ever feel like you are running on empty? Well that's how I feel right about now! I'm pooped and have so much going on that I don't know if I'm coming or going. So, I'm very sorry to be neglecting my pretty little blog over here. I feel bad about it - I really do. I need to do a couple of things to get my life back in order and I promise that I'll be back soon.*Smooches* … [Read more...] about Exhausted
It's funny how no matter what plans you may think you have, life has a mind of its own and takes you in whatever direction it chooses. As one of my new year's resolutions for 2009 I vowed to explore my love for writing and I started this blog as an outlet to do just that. And then the idea for Blogalicious 2009 came along and from that several other ideas (that we'll be unveiling soon!) that are clamoring for my attention, and that I'm excited about, but that have taken a front seat to my writing aspirations for the year. So that's why I've been neglecting my poor little blog over here. Not because I don't have stuff to say or because I don't love my followers (because I really do!) I'm just being pulled in 3,000 different directions right now. So I can't promise you that I'll have a Daily Shoe for you, well daily. But I can promise you that I'm working my tushie off trying to follow the path that God is showing me and that I'll post as often as I can. … [Read more...] about You Know What They Say About Plans…