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Don't Overthink It . . . Just Dink It! – Lorie Lippiatt, OD, 07-01-2022
I cold-started my private optometry practice in 1989, straight out of optometry school; owning and operating my practice is all I had ever done for 33+ ...
Critical Thinking – Melissa Veeser, 04-15-2020
I am not talking about critical thinking as in "clear, focused open-minded thinking used in problem solving, trouble shooting, damage control, etc."
Trip Tips OWA-Style – Robyn Crimmins & VSP Contributors Denise Capretta, Stacey Curcio, Glenna Glenn, Suzie MacKenzie, Miriam McGorrin, Nancy Roellke, and Tracy Smith, 06-17-2019
Many of the women of the OWA are savvy business travelers. I learn a tip or trick from my fellow female colleagues every time I'm on the road with one ...
Priorities & Time Management – Bridgette O'Brien, 06-03-2019
The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
You walk in to the office and the first thing you do is turn ...
Re-Navigating Stress – Alyssa Santo, 03-01-2019
We all know what stress is and how it can negatively impact our health. It contributes to:
Lack of sleep
High blood pressure
If you want something done, ask a busy person. – Nancy Black, 10-01-2018
Is it true that people with lots on their plates find It easier to cope with taking on more? I've heard it said that someone who is accustomed to juggling ...
Work-Life Balance in the Home Office – Sherrie Rogerson, 02-01-2018
Working remotely or working from home is definitely more the norm than the exception in this day and time. However one may struggle finding the balance ...
A Fresh New Year – Tiara Claxton, 01-02-2018
When I was a little girl, born into a family of 8 children, I learned early on that if I wanted to go somewhere or do something special, I had to plan ...
The 4 Disciplines of Execution – Lorinda Fraboni, 08-01-2017
Planes, trains, and automobiles? No WIGs, PIGs, and WHIRLWIND! Franklin Covey developed a program surrounding these acronyms in the book The 4 Disciplines ...
Time, What is Time? – Megan Schultz, 07-17-2017
Time, what is time? What would we all do if we had more time? Almost every day you can hear someone say "Oh, if only there were more hours in the day." ...
How to Stay Motivated – Barbara Siminerio, 06-01-2017
Staying motivated can be challenging under the best of circumstances. Most of us make a New Year's Resolution, whether it is to go the gym, stick to ...
Time Management – Lauren Bianchi, ABOC, 03-15-2017
Like all working moms, I am busy. I sometimes surprise myself with the amount of stuff I can successfully accomplish in the first 2 hours of waking up. ...
Out with the Old, In with the New – Susan Parker, 02-01-2017
The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past, consider the present and plan for the future, both personally and professionally. ...
The Gift of a Compliment – Karen A. Michaelson, ABOC, 08-17-2016
Just like our cars, we set our cruise control daily and simply motor on. We go about our usual routine to ensure our days go as seamlessly as possible. ...
Juggler or Circus Act? – Rachel Meyer, 08-01-2016
As professional women, I wager there are a few of you that may have felt, or feel the same way.
Ever feel like you are a juggler trying to balance ...
Foggy Dog Days – Melissa Veeser, 05-31-2016
I don't have a dog, but you wouldn't know it on this particular day recently. The week seemed much longer and it was only Tuesday. I had been working ...
Steps to Survive a Hard Day at the Office – Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD, 10-01-2015
We all have challenging days, and some are more epic than others! After all, there is really no such thing as a perfect life. I took a few suggestions ...
Lost Resolutions: Learning from Failure – Amy Spiezio, 02-02-2015
Well into the month of January and already a slew of resolutions crowding Facebook and beyond have fallen by the wayside. And then begins the self recriminations, ...
Tips for Simplifying Your Life – Audrey Pavia, 10-15-2014
My all time, favorite motivational speaker is Curtis Zimmerman. Some of you may be familiar with Curtis, as he was the keynote speaker at an OWA POWW ...
That's The Way I've Always Done It – Elaine Brink, 08-18-2014
Habits. Old, new, good or bad. Habits are part of life. Some habits are healthy, like exercise or eating right. Some habits are harmful, like driving ...
Want to be Extraordinary? – Debbie Myres, 06-17-2014
Now that the month of June has arrived, it is a great time to review your plans for the balance 2014. Are you on target for your business goals? Is ...
Refresh Your Mind and Work Space for the New Year! – Debbie Myres, 12-02-2013
With the holidays approaching, thoughts go to shopping, gifts, parties, where to go, what to eat and inevitably lead to the dreaded New Year's Resolutions. ...
Staying On Course – Rebecca L. Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE, 10-15-2013
Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain it back again!
Balancing Act – Katheryn Dabbs Schramm, 08-01-2013
We've all heard it many times, "It's not the destination; it's the journey." I've wrestled with that most of my life. Life has been a series of goals ...
Organize Now — 3 Steps to Get Started! – Michelle Vignault, 06-14-2013
Categorize your tasks by importance and then choose timeframes to get them finished. Such as this week, this month, or by end of summer. ...
Show Me the Money! – Amy Spiezio, 06-03-2013
As much as we all love our jobs, it's highly unlikely that any of us are working for free. Unfortunately, women in the workplace are still consistently ...
Balancing Home and Work
Introduced by Mentoring Committee Member, Karen Michaelson
I have the pleasure of picking articles from the OWA One-Minute Mentor archives. Even ...
My Tin Box – Rebecca Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE, 02-04-2013
A few days before January 1, I read an article that suggested keeping notes throughout the year to remind you of special moments and thoughts. Then, ...
Declutter the E-Clutter – Lorie Lippiatt, OD, 01-16-2013
I really like January. No, not because it's the dead middle of winter, but January usually brings about change. Over the past few years, one change ...
Time Management – Maggie Sayers, M. Sayers Coaching, 11-07-2012
Your perspective and empowered ability to choose how you invest your time directly impacts the success you'll have in all aspects of life.
No one ...
Are You the Master of Multi-Tasking or Disguise? – Karen Michaelson, I Kare Optical and Clinic Services, 08-13-2012
Do you consider yourself a great multi-tasker? Let's rethink this for a moment.
We are human beings and we are built to do just one complicated thing ...
5 Strategies for Being Productive Instead of Just Busy – Lorie Lippiatt, OD, Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., 07-09-2012
Are you busy? Are you crazy busy? Sure you are! If you're like most of us, we are in and out of the office, on and off airplanes, in and out of hotel ...
Tell Me If You've Noticed This – Maggie Sayers, 05-03-2012
When you start to step out and do something bigger in our business, and it's something outside your comfort zone...and you get really close to doing ...
Making the Workplace a Stress-Free Zone – Liz Baidoo, 06-01-2011
I recently read somewhere that 3 out of 4 Americans consider their work stressful. Between demands of projects, colleagues and day to day tasks, it's ...
Become a Good Delegator – Laura Sheehan, 03-14-2011
Have you ever said, "It is easier to do it myself than to take the time to explain the project"? If yes, you are guilty of being a bad delegator.
How To Focus! – Deb Lochli McGrath, 02-09-2011
If you are like me, there are days when I seem to have lost all concentration. My doctor told me I am too old to have Attention Deficit Disorder!
Preparing to Be a Mentee – Rachel Rich, 09-07-2010
Most mentoring relationships are driven by the mentee. In order to prepare for a mentoring relationship, the mentee must first identify their learning ...
Power Up Your Career Makeover! – Deborah Lochli McGrath, 08-09-2010
Makeovers on television shows and in magazines are enticing to most women. Of course the reason they are so popular, is because the idea of getting a ...
Vacation Days, Part 2 – Jody Groh, 07-12-2010
Last month, Amy Spezio, Managing Editor of Eyecare Business magazine, offered some fantastic tips on how to take a vacation and enjoy it. Summer is the ...
Use a COIN to Reach Your Goals – Audrey Pavia, 04-14-2010
Ever wonder where the time goes and why you are missing achieving your goals? Are your thoughts and actions aligned? If thoughts lead to actions, what ...
Success is in the Details – Jodi Groh, 07-09-2009
As businesses today find themselves competing for less discretionary dollars, companies need to rise above the message clutter people are bombarded with ...
Setback, Comeback – Amy Spiezio, 06-09-2009
In challenging financial times, finding that you are not hitting business goals is a reality that many have to face. While it can feel like the end of ...
Focusing on Time Management – Audrey Pavia, 02-10-2009
Every day is a race to beat the clock — to try to accomplish what is on your list for the day — but I find that most of the time I end up ...
Red Velvet Bows – Rebecca L. Johnson, CPOT, COT, COE, 09-26-2008
I once consulted with a beautiful high-end optical boutique in sunny southern Florida. The store was perfectly spotless. The eyewear sparkled on the ...
Does Education End at Graduation? – Jodi Groh, 03-25-2008
How well do you keep up on business trends? Do you continually perform your job the same way, regardless of the results? Ever feel like you're getting ...
Effective Communication is More than Just Talking – Sandy Likes, 07-15-2007
Good communicators have the ability to get their ideas across to others so their needs are met. Whether it is closing a sale, getting the big promotion ...
Welcoming the New Employee – Jodi Groh, 06-15-2007
You've just devoted time, energy and resources hiring a new employee, and naturally you want this employee to succeed. How the employee can adapt to ...
Balancing Home and Work – Jodi Groh, 12-20-2006
Meetings. Phone calls. Deadlines. E-mails. Soccer practice. Piano lessons. Aging parents. Sick children. Housework. Bills. The multitude of tasks we ...
The Power of Delegating – Jodi Groh, 11-15-2006
Delegating work to someone else is often a difficult thing to do, but in reality, it is one of the wisest things you can do. The benefits of delegating ...
Helpful Tips for Goal Achievement – Jodi Groh, 10-02-2006
Personal growth. Professional growth. Throughout one's life, the quest for improvement, knowledge, new skills and even adventures affect everyone. Where ...