Becky’s Blog

Evolving

Evolving

Twenty years ago, a door opened. It was April of 2002 when I met our founder and my future business partner, Nyles Ayers, who took a chance on a me. I could feel the positive energy exuding from him as he told people he had a “hired a woman” to run the business. He...

Noneya

Noneya

The more business-appropriate definition of noneya is “none of your business”. If you Google it, you will find a more…expressive definition. I like getting to know everyone I work with but always try to let them lead, deciding what they are comfortable sharing about...

Joy in the End

Joy in the End

Have you heard the phrase “Start with the end in mind”? If you Google it, you’ll see there are a lot of people who employ the saying or some version of it; there’s even a book with that title. It is used to help people think about life, business and yes, death. I’ve...

Lost with Leonard

Lost with Leonard

On or about 12/13/2021, Comet Leonard whooshed by in the night sky. If you were lucky enough to be in a place to see it with your own eyes, it was magnificent. Do a Google search for a video of it and I think you’ll be equally impressed with the blues and purples...

The Change Train

The Change Train

My grandfather told me (with tears of laughter rolling down his cheeks) about the first time his brother saw a train and fled, thinking it was some sort of smoking, rolling beast coming for him. That was in the early 1900s. In 2021, it is hard to believe that we’d be...

A New Tradition

A New Tradition

As we count down the final days paying for office space that we have not fully occupied for more than a year, this week we started a new tradition: a monthly, virtual team meeting we are calling “Tidal Pool”. Our mascot is the Starfish and as we brainstormed on a fun...

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...