25 – Leading From Gate To Plate With Michele Payn, CSP

[iframe style=”border:none” src=”//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5486322/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/custom/tdest_id/503425/custom-color/#87A93A” height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Have you ever walked into the grocery store, looked around and gotten confused by all of the different options?  What does organic and non-gmo actually mean?  This week on Leadership Happy Hour I talk to THE EXPERT, Michele Payn, to debunk the myths out […]

Don’t Wear Out Your Best Team Member

The Gunnery Sergeant assigned to my class during Officer Candidate School (OCS) was big, mean and made Lou Gossett Jr. (from an “Officer and a Gentleman”) look like a kitty cat.  Seemingly, he loved the heat; he loved to see us sweat; and he especially loved to have us march.  Our only form of transportation […]

Sweatpants Lie To You

Oh, sweatpants, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways!  I love your comfort.  I love your flexibility.  I love the way you let me be free and how you never seem to get dirty (no matter how long I wear you).  I don’t, however, like how you lie to me. When first […]

Millennials: Entitlement or Positive Expectation?

“I’ll be running that place in a few weeks!” was my daughter, Victoria’s, near immediate response after she got her first job at Marshall’s.  Within a few weeks after starting there, she knew it was going to be a horse of a different color. I have adult children.  They are all Millennials.  They weren’t brought […]

Have Fun…But Don’t Get an STD!

How Faith didn’t see Ray’s six foot, 260 pound frame packed under her desk I’ll never know.   It had been a long 3 months.  The five of us in our office had been working 14 hour days preparing for an inspection and we were getting a little slap happy.  Practical jokes were getting more common […]

Fat Boys Can’t Jump

The basketball tipped off the top of John’s fingers and, seemingly in slow motion, arced high up in the air and descended down into my chubby little hands. WHAT!? I had the ball!? I looked up, ball in hand, as a pack of much taller, athletic classmates ran to surround me (as a pack of […]

Value Added

“ARE YOU SERIOUS!?”  I thought to myself as I got off the phone with my supervisor.  This was the fourth time I had reworked this report – each time having had different directions,  parameters, and requirements.  Usually, I like things on my “done” list and not my “to do” list but this time I felt […]

Unconventional Process!? Unconventional Results!

The stench of sweat, mothballs and fear permeated the room as the timer went off and the instructor said, “Go!” It was our final locker inspection for my graduation from boot camp and we all needed to pass in order to move on to the next “adventure.” 80 sweaty, stinky, and desperate men sped to […]


“FREEZE!” I yelled as I clapped and turned around to take the place of one of my improv troupe members who were already on stage.  The premise of “blind freeze tag” is to automatically take the exact physical place of an existing person on stage when you call “freeze” and start a new scene.  I […]

SNL Got It Right…Humor Works

“Did you see it?  It was HILARIOUS!”  “YES! I did see it, and it WAS hilarious!” That has been the conversation amongst some as we’ve watched Saturday Night Live (SNL) lampoon politics over the past year.  Whether it was Hillary, Donald or any other, it was great comedy and exactly what we needed. This past […]