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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray


A long list of blessings to be thankful for

When November rolls around, I make time to remember and appreciate all the good things that came our way in the past year, and to think about ways to avoid repeating mistakes in the future. This is the time to show our appreciation to those who have helped us, mentored us, encouraged us, held our hands through challenges, advised us whether or not we wanted them to, shared their courage (if and when we needed it), and listened when we needed, or just wanted, to talk.

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5 ways to show employees you value them

Recent research demonstrates that many employees are unhappy in their work and are ready to leave their posts for a company that would better recognize their efforts, if only they could find the right fit. A CBS News report stated that according to a Gallup poll, “Only 30% of American workers really feel engaged and/or inspired at their jobs, and the vast majority of U.S. workers — 70% — are not reaching their full potential.”

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Why word-of-mouth marketing is better than ever

Much of what I know about marketing I learned at my parents’ knees. When I was a young girl, my parents owned a growing manufacturing business. They had owned a bowling alley, where my dad, who was very dedicated to keeping a clean establishment, invented a lane cleaner that was destined to revolutionize the bowling world. He kept the lanes so clean that after a statewide women’s bowling tournament in the early 1940s, the ladies went back to their hometowns and insisted the owners of their favorite bowling alleys find out how to reproduce his results.

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5 secrets for creating a happy workplace

I was born into a large Italian family. My father immigrated to the U.S. when he was 19 years old, and my mother, who was also born in the “old country,” came here when she was very young. I inherited the entrepreneurial gene from them. When my dad came to this country in 1920, he began selling fruit and vegetables from a pushcart. The business prospered, and he later opened a grocery store and butcher shop in a growing community.

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How to deal with stress (and get your mojo back) if you’re not a superhero

There’s an old saying that goes, “The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get.” I think it’s German in origin. I remember reading it as an imprint on a wall. I think it’s in a historical home like the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee. This saying comes into play when, thinking we’re superhero types, we take on way too many things for the time available, and about halfway through trying to make it all happen, we lose our “mojo.”

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