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45 Things That You Don’t Know About Me

If you ever wanted to learn more about me, it's all right here in this post. You might already know this, but this past Saturday (November 2nd) was my 45th birthday! For the past five years on...
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Your Difficult Questions About Race in America, Answered

Three days ago, I posted an article titled, Why I'll Never Walk Alone, and I have been blown away by the incredibly kind and heartwarming responses that I have received. This has been a rough week (for, hopefully obvious reasons), but...
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Why I’ll Never Walk Alone

Twice a day, I walk my dog Ace around my neighborhood with one, or both, of my girls. I know that doesn’t seem noteworthy, but here’s something that I must admit:  I would be scared to death to take these...
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Addition By Subtraction

Sometimes, it's best to walk away. Have you ever dealt with an incredibly difficult person before? I know, I know. Ridiculous question, right? Of course you have. I bet that it was a miserable experience, wasn't...
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The Pain That You Should Be Thankful For

Do you feel his pain? I do. I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving. Food, family, friends, football, fun (did I get all of the "F's"?), make this the one holiday that I look forward to the most every...
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Silencing the Haters

To the haters out there: Shhh... "I could never do what you do." We were sitting in a coffee shop next door to my office when my friend said those words to me. My friend is...
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Why I’m An Optimist (And Not a Realist)

Is the glass half full or half empty? I'll let you answer this one. Last week, I struck up a conversation with a woman while we waited in the checkout line in the grocery store. And as...
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Stop Complaining

Stop complaining. If you're anything like me, there are probably certain traits that you see in other people that drive you crazy. For example, here are a few less-than-pleasant traits that most well-adjusted people can't stand:...
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Overcoming the Need to be Liked

Please like me, please like me... I know a four-word sentence that has the power to get a negative response out of almost anyone who hears it. Are you ready for it? Brace yourself, because it...

Hi! I am Shola

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Over a decade ago, I was drowning in the despondency of yet another workday. My success as the top regional performer had been numbed by a culture of incessant workplace bullying. And, I’d recently made the situation worse by filing a formal complaint. In short, I was collateral damage in a company without the process or intention to address my experience.

Exhausted from the drama, with an unrecognizable version of myself at the wheel, I intentionally swerved off the interstate in an attempt to take my own life. But in that half-second, my reflexes responded, and I yanked the wheel away from disaster. As I clipped the guardrail on I 405, something changed...

I uncovered a power within myself

...a burning desire to reverse a trend that happens daily to sixty-five million people in this country alone. This catalyst has since become Go Together™ Movement - a transformational roadmap of mindset, behaviors, and tools that transform workplace cultures and drive results.

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