Becky’s Blog

Disconnecting and the Art of Downtime

As I write this, I’m flying. I connected to Wi-Fi as soon as I could, on my laptop and my phone. It’s 5:45am and I’m signed on to IM, just in case someone needs to get in touch with me. Good grief – I am not that important and things can wait, but the allure of...

Reflections on our Founder

July 14, 2018 marks my 16th anniversary at ISTS. In the spring of 2002, I had the great privilege of being introduced to Nyles Ayers, the Founder of what was then called Scholarship Program Administrators. Nyles was looking for someone to run the company so that he...

Right People, Right Seats

When I start a blog, I don’t go back and check to see if I’ve written about a topic before. As I started this one, I felt like maybe I had, but did not want to influence my brain, my today thoughts, with those from yesterday. This year, I decided to be very...

Who’s the Kid in the Room?

Do you remember the wonder of make-believe, play and exploration you had as a child? Dirt and water become extravagant cakes and branches the sharpest swords. A rustle in the leaves caused by a critter was the lurking werewolf. If you have children or have spent any...

Flowing Through Showing (Appreciation)

I like to send handwritten notes to people. I do it for variety of reasons: a quick thank you, a longer no really, thanks, a glad to have met you, and so on. My mother taught me to write a note anytime I received a gift. I appreciate the notes I get and sometimes...

The Meaning of GROWTH

At a recent company meeting, we shared and discussed our short- and long-term goals, our vision and mission. It's so important to make sure everyone knows where we are going as a company. There are hundreds of business books out there and all the good ones reiterate...

Close Calls and Daily Perspective

Recently, I was cycling as I love to do. As I came to an intersection I unclipped before really checking out my situation. As soon as my left foot came out of the pedal I realized I was on a slight dip angling down into the street. Before I could make a needed...

Green Juice and Green Lights

My commute to work is about 14 miles. On a normal day it takes me roughly 30 minutes to get from my mailbox to the office parking lot. On my way in earlier this week, I was craving a juice so I glanced at my clock to see if I had time to get one and still make our...

The Art of Understanding

Several years ago, a friend recommended that I read The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. I bought the hard copy and read it with interest, sharing with my husband that the reason I wanted him to clean out the carport for my birthday instead of getting me anything was...

P&G – Not Your Everyday Brand

If you follow my blog, you’ll know that the line between my business and personal lives is often blurred – that is, I see the two strongly impacted by one another. In a recent posting, I wrote about my oldest son’s departure for his “Gap Year”. Last month my husband...

A Gap Year On Scholarship

This month is National Scholarship Month so I thought I’d put a little spin on the ‘Gap Year’ concept and how to treat it as you might treat winning a scholarship. I have three teenagers - ages 14, 16 and 18 - and a lot of the conversation these days is about...

Focus on Women in Leadership

ISTS President and CEO Becky Sharpe was recently featured in the Nashville Business Journal's "Focus on Women in Leadership." Check out her take on the #BanBossy campaign below and see the complete issue here....