Author Archives: Beth Gifford

About Beth Gifford

Change agent, business executive, Pastor's wife, and mom having a great life!

Leading Through Chaos

There were cows and barn doors flying through the air! Whole trees were spinning in the clouds like toothpicks! Okay, not really. But the storm had been so frightening that each time we told the story we embellished our tornado experience.  This … Continue reading

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My Big Summer Blow Out – Part 2

Chaos. Rushed to surgery, ten inches of colon removed and a colostomy installed. This did not fit into my summer plans. Shoot, I’d been kayaking the weekend before. I’d worked in the flower gardens the night before all of this. … Continue reading

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My Big Summer Blow Out – Part 1

Remember when you were a kid and summer was ending, sending us all back to school?  Inevitability on the first day the teacher would assign a paper entitled, “What I did on my summer vacation.”  And we would write about … Continue reading

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Lessons From Dad

Several weeks ago I took my dad to visit his good friend, Don. They’ve been friends for over 30 years.  They worked together at Battelle Memorial Institute. Their wives were friends. They went to church together. Don just celebrated his … Continue reading

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When Leadership Fails

My friend Frank share some thoughtful insight in the demise of American icons like Wonder Bread and Twinkie. I am glad to see Frank lay blame at the feet of both the management and union leaders. However, and please know that … Continue reading

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A Life Lesson To Ponder

This past week I regressed, and then analyzed it. And I designed an experiment to measure the likelihood that my hypothesis was correct. I did math despite my statistically challenged brain. And, while it was difficult, I loved every minute! … Continue reading

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The Real How-To for Leaders

Okay, okay! I know it has been way too long since I’d posted to this blog.  Life has been phenomenally hectic. Business travel has finally settled down. Football season is in full gear.  (My nephew is leading his high school … Continue reading

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Hey! This Is A 2-Way Street!

Do the following phrases  mean anything to you?  Eight to five. Twenty-two and a half inches. Check your diagonals.   For some of you these terms may bring back memories of high scool marching band because you spent years listening to … Continue reading

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Orange Barrels in Leadership

Orange barrels.  I am pretty confident that all I have to do is mention orange barrels and everyone who reads this will understand what I mean.  Road blocks. Traffic snarling confusion.  Sit and go nowhere road construction.  In America the … Continue reading

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GEMBA!

My mother was a pioneer in LEAN business methodologies. (Learn, examine, analyze, and notate.) Oh, she never had any training in LEAN tool application but she was an expert in learning what I was doing, examining how well I had … Continue reading

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