Andi Cook

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Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: 12 Habits of Valuable Employees

Posted by Andi Cook on Feb 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We are finally in the era of meritocracy. Where you rise based on what you can do not your experience. However now people are expected to do more with less in a shorter amount of time. So adequacy becomes acceptable. But is by no means ideal.

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Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Andi Cook on Jan 27, 2017 9:30:00 AM

In this bold and amazing talk, Karima Mariama-Arthur CEO of WordSmithRapport started off by saying “effective leadership isn’t something that happens by accident. It’s also not as straight forward as it seems.”

She encouraged each of us to challenge the status quo. She told us that cognitive intelligence and technical expertise are in fact not the only factors to effective leadership. They are entry level requirements. In fact, 58% of your leadership success depends on emotional intelligence – the ability to perceive emotions. Both other people’s and your own.

Karina outlined five elements to emotional intelligence.

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Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: Showing Up for Leadership

Posted by Andi Cook on Jan 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Your presence is your impact. Anese Cavanaugh stated that we emanate the culture of which we want to be a part. How we show up matters because that drives culture. Our energies are contagious.

Anese is the author of Contagious Culture and creator of the IEP Method. This method centers on alignment of Intention, Energy and Presence.

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Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: Meetings Suck

Posted by Andi Cook on Jan 16, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Ain’t that the truth?! But Cameron Herold tells us that they don’t have to suck. We just need to get better at running them. I was super jazzed about attending this session. Who doesn’t want to make their meetings more effective. After Cameron’s inspiring talk I’ve started using some of his keys for successful meetings and it seems to be working. #MeetingsDontHaveToSuck

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Leadership Lessons from INBOUND: Radical Candor

Posted by Andi Cook on Jan 6, 2017 3:15:00 PM

A conference that not only educates you but inspires you to do and be more is a somewhat rare occurrence. This year I was fortunate enough to attend Hubspot’s INBOUND conference in Boston. Over nineteen thousand people from all different walks around the world attended this epic event. Keynotes included Anna Kendrick and Alec Baldwin. The headliner performances were Ali Wong and Trevor Noah. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in years.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Your Vacation Days

Posted by Andi Cook on Jul 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There are 52 weeks and 365 days in a year, with a total of 8,760 hours. There are 52 weekends or 104 Saturdays and Sundays. Therefore, there are 261 weekdays in a year, with a total of 6,264 hours.

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Topics: Lifestyle

Get Your Grill On!

Posted by Andi Cook on Jul 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Summer is nearly halfway gone! Can you believe it? I know I can’t!

One of the best things about the summer weather is the ability to grill out. You don’t need a fancy, expensive gas-powered grill to make some deliciousness. In fact, many barbeque enthusiasts believe that charcoal grilled food tastes better. You can find charcoal grills for as low as $25. We recently purchased this beauty, a mini barrel charcoal grill, for our back patio.

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Topics: Lifestyle, Recipes, Fit and Foodie

The Yogi Way - A Path To Mental and Physical Well Being

Posted by Andi Cook on Jul 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I am fortunate to have many yogi friends and have had the pleasure of practicing different schools of yoga several times in my life in different settings, including on top of a bluff overlooking the Caribbean during a rain storm and in a tree top gazebo on St. John, USVI. I have recently started the journey of my home yoga practice and find the time I dedicate to myself to be very rewarding.

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Topics: Lifestyle, Fit and Foodie, Fit, Fantastic Fridays

Brilliant, Bountiful Blueberries!

Posted by Andi Cook on Jul 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries, despite their name. Perhaps they should be called purpleberries! They are pale green at first, then reddish-purple and turn to dark purple when they are ripe. Blueberries are covered in a natural protective coating called epicuticular wax, which serves to create a highly hydrophobic and self-cleaning surface, decrease moisture loss, reflect ultraviolet light, and act as an anti-climb surface. They’ve got their own armor!

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For the Love of Zucchini!

Posted by Andi Cook on Jun 24, 2016 9:03:31 AM

It’s peak season for this summer squash! Zucchini is a versatile fruit, treated as a vegetable, that can be eaten raw or cooked. You can slice, dice, shred, julienne, baton, cube, or rough chop this green wonder. Zucchini are low in calories and contain many vitamins and minerals, not to mention fiber and protein!

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Topics: Recipes, Fit and Foodie, Foodie Friday, Fit