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MY LETTER TO FEAR

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Dear Fear,
“I had to let you go.” 
Even though my heart and head often told me I could accomplish my dreams, I gave you the final say. Even in the smallest consideration you seemed to know me better than I knew myself. I trusted that you knew the outcome even though I had yet to test and develop my own grit. And even when I mustered up enough courage to pursue an idea, I chose to bring you along for the ride and doubt myself every step of the way. Despite getting to a certain point in life you still prevented me from seeing the tools I had already gained from my experiences. You convinced me that I would fail and prevented me from seeing that failure equaled growth and would teach me my most powerful life lessons. You convinced me that I could only take the first step as long as I had a complete map of where I was going. You ruled my life. I stood by waiting for permission to explore the deepest parts of me; to run after all of my ambitions; and to understand the world from a different …

"BE LIKE WATER"

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From a very early age I learned to embrace change. I learned that change could be created or it could be an unexpected occurrence.  The more I experienced change, the more I realized that change was simply par for the course. It was apart of living, leading, and growing. Change was multidimensional. It had a purpose, it had meaning, and I learned that if I could prepare, adapt, and then grow from change; I would set myself up for success . 
“Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle; you put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. - Bruce Lee”
This quote, a powerful point of reference for me as I embrace change as a professional. Below, I share three ways you can embrace change and drive results in your  business. 
ACKNOWLEDGE CHANGE WHEN IT HAPPENS
Irrespective of industry, change will pr…

HAVING THE FORTITUDE

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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE WOMEN IN 2019, THOSE IN LEADERSHIP OR LOOKING TO ADVANCE?


LEAVING BEHIND A LEGACY

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AS AN ENTREPRENEUR, HOW DO YOU COMMIT? HOW DO YOU STAY IN THE RACE?

WORKING TOWARDS A BIG GOAL? HERE ARE 3 WAYS TO STAY FOCUSED

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We’ve all been there before. We remember the excitement we felt when we decided to go for it. We planned as much as we could, the paths we would take. Though we did not have all the answers, we continued forward. We prioritized, practiced discipline, and committed to do whatever it took to accomplish our goal. 
But what do we do when distractions become louder than our paths forward and accomplishing our goal seems an impossible feat?  Do we stay in the race or does the noise become so loud it’s easier to just walk away? If you’re working towards a big goal and are having a hard time deciding what to do next, here are 3 ways to “starve your distractions and feed your focus.”
RESTATE YOUR GOAL

What’s true about distractions is that they never go away. So, how do we stay focused if  distractions are simply par for the course? 
One way I’ve managed to “starve” my “distractions and feed” my “focus” is to confidently restate my goal. That means, instead of questioning my path forward; I resta…

5 WAYS TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE SUCCESS

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Investing in the success of your employees comes in many forms and can have varying impact. I believe there are 5 key ways to ensure your team is on the path to success that can’t be missed. Take a look, comment, and let me know if you have any additional ways in which you ensure your team is successful as a leader in your industry.

1. Education and Certifications
One of the key ways to build more confidence on the job is to gain relevant knowledge that will make you more effective and proficient at your craft. Providing a self-paced platform that your employees can access in their spare time is crucial to them learning more about their job and industry as a whole. This platform could come in the form of a company provided online university or sponsored education. Both of these are a great way for your employees to gain certifications in their industry. Another great vehicle for this is allowing your employees to attend professional development conferences. These conferences may offer …

THE MAKINGS OF A GREAT GREEN DEAL

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  has made the news advocating for climate change and positioning legislation around her “Green New Deal.” Several states have also offered up legislation and mandates for the utilization of renewable energy. But  what will it really take to get these technologies and renewable resources successfully funded and implemented? Here, I talk about the makings of a Great Green Deal and best practices Project Developers should have when seeking financing.

As CFO of ConservGeo I see no shortage of green deals, but are they great? Are they worth the time and effort it takes to secure financing so that the projects can be implemented? Most projects that cross my desk are not financeable for many reasons. For the projects that do past muster and ultimately move towards financial close, there are noticeable commonalities among them.  
They have the right  Project Components...
When submitting a green project for funding consideration, it is important for Project Developers to…