Amy Rees Anderson

Nothing Will Ever Be As Important As…

Having been out of town all last week and being offline that whole time made today really overwhelming as I was faced with the stacks of envelopes and packages that arrived during our absence and the massive backlog of unread emails, texts, and voicemails needing to be returned. It was all I could do to

My Gift To You On National Trail Mix Day

Every summer we go and spend time on our houseboat down at Lake Powell.  And each trip we like to bring down yummy treats to share with our guests we host on these trips. Many years ago as I was trying to come up with different goodies to make I had made a batch of

A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected. Appreciation is one of life’s greatest motivators, so when we take the time to let people know that we value them, it inspires them to continue doing even more. That is precisely why gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. Francis

You Are The Decisive Element

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration. I can

Successful Communication

“Don’t communicate to be understood; rather, communicate so as not to be misunderstood.” —John Lund, EdD Years ago, I attended a seminar on communication by John Lund, EdD, in which he gave some amazing advice on how to better communicate with others. His input was simple and easy to follow, and yet very powerful. Here

The One Who Can Smile

“Tis easy enough to be pleasant When life goes by with a song, But the man worthwhile Is the man who can smile When everything goes dead wrong.” When I read that poem today I immediately thought of two people I know who exemplify the person spoken of in that poem – my sister-in-law Katie

Books That Have Helped Me Excel

“Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom” -D&C 88:118 Some of the books that helped me most in my role as a CEO and a leader: The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni This book taught me a tremendous amount about how great leaders take responsibility

This Too Shall Pass Away

After a particularly difficult day today I got a text reminding me that “this too shall pass”. It made me think about the words in this poem: THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY When sorrows come into your lifeAnd threaten to destroyThe very things you treasure most,Your happiness and joy; And when that crushing powerThreatens everything

Don’t Focus On The Insignificant At The Expense Of The Profound

Reminders like this one are always worth taking the time to read: “Years ago, a Lockheed 1011 jumbo jet crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing over 100 people… After the accident, investigators tried to determine the cause. The landing gear had indeed lowered properly. The plane was in perfect mechanical condition. Everything was working properly—all

Every Person Has A Story

It’s amazing how differently we see people when we know more about their story and what they’ve been through. Note the following example: A young man in his twenties was seeing out from the train’s window shouted… “Father, look at the trees! They are going behind!” The young man’s father smiled at the man and

Self-Imposed Barriers

With Shark Week coming to its end today it seems fitting to share a shark experiment that teaches a valuable life lesson: “A marine biologist was involved in an experiment with a shark. He placed a shark in a tank along with other small bait fishes. As expected, the shark ate every single fish. The

TEN YEARS BABY!!! I MADE IT TEN YEARS!!!!

It was August 13, 2010 when I posted my very first blog.  I was CEO of my company MediConnect Global at the time.  My company had grown from 70ish employees to well over a thousand and I had been struggling to find a way to stay in touch with all of the employees in the

Permit Misperceptions To Be Clarified and True Intent To Be Understood

In an incredibly powerful talk titled “And Nothing Shall Offend Them”, David A Bednar shares the following: “When we believe or say we have been offended, we usually mean we feel insulted, mistreated, snubbed, or disrespected. And certainly clumsy, embarrassing, unprincipled, and mean-spirited things do occur in our interactions with other people that would allow

Then A Tree Comes Crashing Into Your House

You don’t wake up in the morning expecting that a tree will come crashing into your house that day…and then it does…yep….that’s literally what happened today… My husband was in the house when he heard a chainsaw outside.  He went out to see what was going on and found out our next door neighbor had

Operating On A Wing And A Prayer

I had just gotten back from my Lake Powell trip late the night before and I was looking forward to having my Sunday afternoon after church got over to unpack my suitcases and take a nap to recover from our long trip home. My plan was to spend all day Monday writing a talk and

The Difference Between an Ordeal and an Adventure

With the craziness of the last few months of moving out of one office, trying to build another, and then buying a building instead while also dealing with some other personal matters, I was in dire need of some down time…and nothing forces down time like going somewhere with no internet connection, no cell service,

The Joy Of Having No Place To Go

The happiest nightsI ever knowAre those when I’veNo place to go,When the missus saysWhen the day is through:“Tonight we don’t haveA thing to do.”Oh, the joy of it,And the peace untoldOf sitting ’roundIn my slippers old,With [music and book] In my easy chair,Knowing I needn’tGo anywhere!Needn’t hurryMy evening mealNor force the smilesThat I do not feel,But

Talents In You Just Waiting To Be Discovered

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” – Orison Swett Marden Deep within each of us lies talents, abilities, and powers that go so far beyond anything we could begin to imagine. Too often in life we

Put Yourself In The Running

If there is something you want badly enough, my advice is this: put yourself in the running. Even if you don’t get chosen, you will get noticed. I was constantly looking for great people to fill management positions within the company. Even though growth is a huge blessing for a company, it can also be

“I Like Myself…I Like Myself…”

We all tend to be our own worst critics in life. And for those of us who are women, we are our own worst critic times ten! I have always been a fan of motivation speaker Brian Tracy. In one of his talk series that is a personal favorite of mine called The Psychology of

Admitting You Were Wrong Doesn’t Make You Weak – It Makes You Awesome

It takes tremendous fortitude to utter the words “I was wrong, and I am sorry.” I love that word: fortitude. I could list the dictionary definition, but why go to that trouble when there’s Microsoft Word’s handy one-click synonym function, which in fortitude’s case gives us: strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying



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