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2 12, 2014

Thankful and Grateful

By |December 2nd, 2014|Business, Celebrations, Family, Holidays, Inspiration, Loyalty, Marketing, New Businesses, Opportunity, Philanthropy, Products, Retail Stores, Selling, Travel|

Magnificence of Nature is Breathtaking at Amangiri Canyon Point, Utah

 

The Majestic West…appropriately experienced by us just before Thanksgiving. Kept me grounded, in awe, and  THANKFUL to have the FREEDOM to experience beauty with family and friends, and GRATEFUL  for these moments  and shared experiences.

To share this quote from our Thanksgiving table:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, [...]

10 11, 2014

READY-SET-GO

By |November 10th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Career Development, drive and ambition, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, New Businesses, Opportunity, Passion, Philanthropy, Technology, The Boston Club, Women's Issues|

WOMEN ARE READY TO GO… ready to have an impact, be fully engaged, to make a difference and be a Director on a Board.

The 12th Annual Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies was released this week.  The 100 largest public companies in Massachusetts set new records of the percentage of women in their boardrooms and executive suites, continuing a three year pattern of progress.  The [...]

15 10, 2014

Fly Me To The Moon

By |October 15th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Entertainment, Family, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Opportunity, Passion, Travel|

Remember when Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines before he was crowned SIR?  I thought he was fabulous…I wanted to work for him.  Why?  He said that one of the key differences that made his company a special place to work was the fun and freedom of expression that rested from the absence of employee handbooks that read like some kind of a corporate penal code.  Recently I heard an [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]

17 06, 2014

Markets of Local Abundance

By |June 17th, 2014|Business, Food, Health and Wellness, Loyalty, New Businesses, Selling, Travel|

Each day in Provence there is a market to find the most fabulous ingredients. To quote the French, “Rather have a little bit of  great food than a lot of ‘not’ the freshest.  We support farmers we trust to provide us only the best.”  Loyalty at its finest.

There is a hierarchy as to positioning of vendors…location-location-location. Some have been in the same place for 30 years. New vendors are [...]

27 05, 2014

15.8# of paper…really?

By |May 27th, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Fashion, Home Decor, Inspiration, Loyalty, Selling, Women's Issues|

Did you get this too? Delivered UPS from Restoration Hardware.  The neighborhood and tweets are buzzing with controversy as to who got it, and who didn’t.  Some of my friends are upset that they didn’t get it…is their neighborhood not cool enough, their houses not worth the big dollars, their taste in question, and  how was the data based marketing figured out?

Waste of paper, yes…but the books are good, [...]

28 01, 2014

Loyalty Both Ways

By |January 28th, 2014|Business, Leadership, Loyalty|

You know what bugs me? Eliminating full time positions for part time positions in the retail sector.

Let me explain:When I shop I’ve been experimenting with this question,”are you full time or part time?”

Conclusion: PTmers are nice enough, but don’t know the answer or have the expertise, not for lack of desire, they simply are not at work long enough to learn. Recent experiences at REI, Best Buys, and Staples, [...]

21 01, 2014

It’s All About The ‘HUNT’

By |January 21st, 2014|Business, Leadership, Loyalty, New Businesses, Technology, Women's Issues|

As a shopper the fun is in the ‘HUNT’ for the for the best product! Whether you shop a flea market, or a store chocked full of new or old goods to pick through, the time spent and the final choice is the reward.
As a business owner the ‘HUNT’ is the search for customers and today it is about using BIG DATA (the new buzz word) to find [...]

14 01, 2014

Leading with Gratitude

By |January 14th, 2014|Business, Leadership, Loyalty|

How many times has your boss said “thank you” and it was heard as blah blah blah?

How many times has your boss said, “Thank you Susie for your hard work and for staying late and for making a difference every day with our projects so they are on time and a success”?

Here is  ONE EXAMPLE of a message from a boss that made a BIG impression.  My friend’s daughter [...]

7 01, 2014

Creative Business Models

By |January 7th, 2014|Business, Food, Leadership, Loyalty|

You all know how much I love Vermont…here are examples of three businesses that have different approaches to their success that I find inspiring.

The Woodstock Farmers Market is the place I visit every time I go to Vermont…the best produce, baked goods, and assortment of outstanding products, wine selection, fish, and sandwiches… everything you need for the weekend. They received an award in NYC as the premier specialty market [...]