On Being an Ambassador

I knew my visiting grandchildren would love the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s display of “The Curious Garden,” inspired by famed Disney arborist, Adam Schwerner. What I didn’t know – nor suspect – however, was how an employee of the Garden would add memorable value to our visit! Having worked only two years for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Charles, proved to be...
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Thanks, Coach!

I’ve been the hero, and I’ve been the goat.  Rest assured, I much preferred being the hero!  I’ve made the shot at the buzzer to win, and I’ve missed the shot that would have made us victorious.  Such are the variables of sports, and life. Those who know me would find it hard to believe that I was ever introverted, but it’s true.  It was my seventh-grade PE coach,...
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In 1978, my practice purpose was “To provide excellent restorative services with personal and professional integrity, and to emphasize individualized preventive care.”   My vision?  “To partner with, and serve the community in which I practice, both as a clinician and a leader.”  These simple statements lacked grandiose language, but served my patients, team, and practice...
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Dismissing Trouble!

As most of us do from time to time, I took my aging vehicle to the garage for service.  Although it was running fine, I knew it was due for an oil change, lube, and inspection.  I was even armed with a dealer coupon for those services! To the service manager’s credit, he called after my vehicle’s inspection to advise that the radiator and coolant system needed to be flushed, and that my battery...
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On Being “Desirable”. . .

Recently I completed a series of lectures to dental hygiene students which blended a lot of preparation for their national board exam with a little bit of practical advice. It surprised me that, after a long weekend of instruction, several asked what they could do to become desirable employees. Here’s what I shared 1.  Attitude is everything! Skills can be learned, but a positive,...
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Play Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun!

A good friend of mine balances his personal and professional responsibilities far better than most.  In addition to serving as an academic dean, clinical professor, classroom teacher, husband, and father, he volunteers as the coach of a local youth soccer team.  His mantra: “Play hard, play fair, have fun!”  Oh yeah, his teams have won their share of state titles! Curiously, I’m reminded of this...
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