Becky’s Blog

Never Be Done Baking

Never Be Done Baking

Our fiscal year starts each September 1. A few months before the start of the year, department leaders begin to work on their 12-month plan and then we complete our budget. We are an EOS Traction shop which means we follow a process that requires discipline and...

Three Dimensions, For a Moment

Three Dimensions, For a Moment

We had an in-person team meeting today; one of the largest ones we’ve had in a year and it was so nice to see people in three dimensions! For over a year, we’ve been zooming and teaming, experiencing each other via flat screens. On this day, being in the same room...

The Hard Stuff

The Hard Stuff

My aunt is dying quickly. She has weeks at most, and we are glad that her mind is sharp so that we can talk and laugh and cry about what we all feel is coming too quickly. As I drove over to her house this morning, toting an orchid to add beauty to her surroundings, I...

Daily Huddle Muddle

Daily Huddle Muddle

The ISTS Executive Team has a daily huddle every morning. These meetings last anywhere from five to 30 minutes depending on the topics at hand. We started these huddles right after the pandemic hit to stay connected and in front of any potential issues - we’ve kept...

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome

Recently, after a meeting, my phone rang and my stomach sank. I had made a couple valid, but potentially hard to take, comments during a board meeting and I was sure the board chair was calling to fuss at me. I thought about letting the call go to voicemail, but...

Clarity

Clarity

The word clarity is derived from the Latin word claritas meaning clear, brightness or splendor, and is our Q2 theme for 2021. Clarity. Our Q1 theme was transparency and the move to clarity seemed, well-pretty clear. When I think of the word, a glacial lake comes to...

The Wonder of Bear Spray

The Wonder of Bear Spray

Landing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it is impossible to miss the Grand Tetons. They are indeed grand and beckon onlookers to come take a peek. Day hikers can spend a few minutes or hours in the soft pine-needled woods that line the many lakes at the base of the...

Very Zoomy Days

Very Zoomy Days

Since mid-March 2020, we’ve all been working remotely and adjusting to the seemingly daily changes in how we are supposed to shop, work and interact. It has become a very virtual world as most meetings are held using video conference tools like Zoom. If I read this in...

Pass The Mic

Pass The Mic

Since we went 100% remote, I have been creating daily video posts for our team. I thought that a daily message would help keep our mission and core values in front of people and let them see that I, too, sometimes wear my pajamas pants while on video conference calls...

Art and the Ego

Art and the Ego

I’m working on a leadership class that will meet twice monthly for 6 months. It is for entrepreneurs who have not had the same access that I have had to courses and materials that are costly and limited, and at times, by application only - aka, for people who are...

What Everyone’s Dealing With

What Everyone’s Dealing With

In a few days’ time, we went from our normal way of working to working 100% remotely due to the Coronavirus. News outlets are sharing updates every hour or so. We’ve been told a wave of illness is coming and that we are responsible for keeping the infection curve flat...

Letting Go

Letting Go

I am fortunate to be a part of a monthly CEO group called Vistage. Each month we get together for a full day and listen (and learn) from an expert on topics like economic trends, human resources and succession planning. The speakers present for about four hours and...