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They’re Counting on Us

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

Note: This post was originally Published on the College Savings Plans Network Blog  This month many of us become a little Irish as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday is full of symbols that we hope will bring good luck to us and our families. Whether we’re covering every surface in Shamrock décor, or draping ourselves in every green article of clothing we own, we all hope we find the elusive Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow. Having luck and a pot of money waiting for us to use for college costs would be nice, wouldn’t it? This

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Writing Performance Evaluations that Matter

Over the years as a subordinate and as a supervisor as all levels, I’ve learned that most performance evaluations are a better reflection of the person writing the evaluation than it is of the person being evaluated. I’ve recieve formal and informal performance evaluations that I have read over and over because they either 1) upset me by the language used , the way it was written, and the focus on the negative; or 2) because it made me feel good about the work I was doing and my goals for the future. Pretty radical extremes. The difference? How well

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Breaking Your Bad Communication Habits

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Have you ever gone through your closet and sorted out your old clothes? You know, ones that either don’t fit, or that aren’t your “color?”  I learned recently that I shouldn’t wear black. I think half of my wardrobe is black.  So, I decided it was time for some clothing reassessment. I grabbed a friend and a glass of wine and went through my closet. We used the color charts and tips and after a very productive session of closet downsizing, I took three garbage bags full of clothing to my car to be transported to charity. The bags sat for a

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7 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Money

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

My parents were children during the great depression. Because of this, they taught me to think of money as a demonstration of success, and always said that “you can’t take it with you, so you’d better spend it now.”  I was given just about anything I wanted, regardless of whether we could afford it, and taking on debt was a money management tool.  My parents were trying to protect me from having to worry about money.  They meant well and were the most generous people I have ever known. But my lack of financial literacy led me to a rocky

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Living with Intention

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

The last few weeks have been filled with events, celebrations, and a lot of time off work.  It’s been wonderful, but this week it’s back to my routine. My routine. Right.  You mean the one that has me staying up til midnight watching Netflix with my husband, then slogging through work and saying no to new opportunities because I’m just “too busy?” Nope. That routine doesn’t reflect what I want my new year to be like.  This year I want to take charge of my priorities and live with more intention.  And that’s my word for the year: INTENTION.  It represents

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The 5 Alarm Morning

Cornerstone Coaching and Training

I’m not a morning person. My husband would say that is an understatement. I confess – I often stay up later than I should because that’s when my brain is wide awake and I feel most productive, or at least that’s my story. When I do that, it makes getting up early a challenge. So, I’ve come up with a new system for getting out of bed. I call it my 5-Alarm system. It works like this: 1) First alarm goes off. 2) 10 minutes later a second, and much louder, alarm goes off in another room. 3) Husband gets up,

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