Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn combines faith and tenacity to help individuals achieve excellence through keynote speaking engagements, individual and corporate coaching, training, meeting facilitation, and retreats. Whether working with an individual client or a team, the focus is on the achievement of personal and professional goals that facilitate individuals’ abilities to create positive outcomes within their households, organizations, places of worship, and/or communities. 

Through motivational speaking, life coaching, and corporate interventions, Dr. Marilyn has developed a “just do it” style that motivates and encourages clients to achieve higher levels of personal and professional effectiveness. She is the author of Running Away for Three Weeks, an inspirational autobiography designed to prepare readers for maximum effectiveness in the workplace; creator of Discovering Your Workplace Gifts, an assessment to help individuals identify the gifts they were motivated to discover in Running; and author of Six Steps to Excellence for Leaders, a roadmap to personal and professional excellence for all leaders. 

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Every so often there comes a person, place, or thing that simply memorizes us. Our full attention is drawn to this individual, location, or object. One might say, “I love this, that, or the other” but what do we...

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Fall 2017 is within sight...Can you feel it? Children will be back in school, families will return from road trips, days will become shorter, and swimwear will be traded in for sweaters. As summer break fades off into...

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I attended a High School graduation recently. As I sat listening to the school authorities, valedictorian, and various other speakers, I thought about the graduate’s futures. This made me think about the assistance each...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

I have an acquaintance that recently began a new job. As part of his initial assignments, he was tasked with obtaining a professional certification which would aid in his ability to perform his new tasks. Originally...

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This week I had the opportunity to baby sit an “almost” ten year old for a few days. I have to be honest, I have not been responsible for a little person since I was a teenager; and then it was for only a few hours....

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Ah, the power of networking…An acquaintance of mine is currently engaged in a job search project. As she goes about her search for a sales position, she also works diligently to build partnerships with fellow job...

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Last November I wrote a BLOG on the importance of living life to its fullest. This week the term, “Live like you were dying” came to my mind as I helped a friend move into his new place after being semi-homeless for 6...

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A few years back, I found myself at a crossroad where I had to decide whether or not to continue a partnership. As I struggled to make (and stick with) a choice, I asked myself what I had to give and receive from this...

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Who did you forget to say “thank you” to this week? An odd question? Perhaps, but then again, how many of us really take the time each day to say those words? Did you receive good service from any type of service...

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Oh boy, it finally happened. That long awaited promotion found its way to you at last and now you have direct reports. OK, great, now how do you start to build a sense of community amongst your team members? Well for...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

I'm sure you've seen or heard interviews where the subject is asked, "If you could interview one person, who would it be?" Answers such as, "Jesus, Gandhi, Hitler, etc." are not uncommon. I’ll bet there is someone,...

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Let’s be honest, some weeks are tougher than others. As hard as you try, you just can’t seem to get a break much less a breakthrough. Multiple tasks weigh heavy on your calendar and there just don’t seem to be enough...

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Always and never, two words we should probably use a lot less of. These two words place limits on what we do, give, and receive. They place us in boxes and rob us of contingency plans and room for flexibility. Today I...

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This past week I had an opportunity to give and receive grace. Monday morning began with the status quo but by mid-day a personal project, I thought was about to rap-up, suddenly crashed. The professional hired to “...

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In 19 years of organizational development and leadership consulting work, I’ve learned that only when we have our personal lives in order can we then begin to perform with excellence as leaders. Time and again, I’ve...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

A few years back I attended my first Nascar race in Kansas City at the Kansas Speedway. I’m not sure I understand the complexities of the whys, when’s and how’s of the pit stops but I do understand that the racers who...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

Sounds a bit like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Why would anyone head in the opposite direction of where they want to go? As ridiculous as it may sound, don’t so many people do exactly that each day? For example, people...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

So you’re the one I’ve heard so much about. You know who you are. You’re the one who spent years perfecting your trade. You attended every class, even when your friends were skiing. You walked every day to the library...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

In John 21:15-17 the Bible recounts three times when Jesus asked His disciple Peter, “Do you love me?” to which Peter replies each time, “Yes, Lord you know I love you.” To which Jesus replies similarly, “Then feed my...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

People don't get promotions just because they do their jobs well; they get promotions because they take initiative. I know of a CEO who was looking to hire a CFO about a year ago. When someone on her executive team...

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Last Sunday at 4:45am I was at San Francisco International airport’s (SFO) security screening when I witnessed a tragedy. I thought I was simply passing through to board a plane to Boston; I was wrong. I along with many...

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Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? You are comfortable where you are and there are many good nuances to your current location. But in the back of your mind and/or pit of your stomach, you feel there is something more...

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Recently I was reminded of the many ways the American culture serves to illustrate how each citizen plays an equally critical role in making the country as strong and productive as it is. From the corporate CEO that...

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Let’s take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to dive into true impact full goals. As you’ll see below, there are quantifiable nuances to consider when planning to execute impact full goals. Once you’ve reviewed the bullet points...

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Today has been interesting. From early this morning it has centered on one message, “Do what you love and the money/joy/peace will follow.” So with that, “Hello - Just wanted to say "have a great day and wish you an...

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When was the last time you had two hours to go? Two hours before that big appointment you’ve waited months for or perhaps a first pay check from a long awaited new job? What did you do while you were waiting? Did you...

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For the last few months I’ve been on a contract with one of Silicon Valley’s largest high-tech firms. Each day I consult on the topic of change management as the organization moves to make significant changes to its...

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I remember distinctly when I went off track. It was the spring of 2004; a fine Sunday morning. Just the previous Sunday I had been warned of impending doom but on that Sunday morning I willingly walked straight into a...

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Wow, can you believe it’s almost the end of another business quarter? Yes, the new quarter goal setting period will be upon us once again. As a step towards creating and executing impact full goals, let’s take some time...

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Studies show we determine our opinions of one another in approximately two seconds of meeting. Male or female, clearly we are visual beings. Whether in a business or social setting, we quickly size one another up and...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Life events and timing can sometimes be complex and difficult to understand. However, every once in a while we get lucky. It’s as if the stars fall...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

This week I had the opportunity to baby sit an “almost” ten year old for a few days. I have to be honest, I have not been responsible for a little person since I was a teenager; and then it was for only a few hours....

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

In 2004, Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. coauthored a book titled How Full is Your Bucket? New York: Gallop Press. In it they challenged readers to take the “Positive Impact Test” (p. 94) to ascertain whether they...

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Let's talk about impact full goal setting and how it ties to customer expectations. When we think of exceeding customer expectations and producing a positive experience we realize we have to set a standard that staff...

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Years ago I came to discover that “Excellence is what happens when eloquence and passion work together with courage to execute the impossible." Which is to say that excellence is not perfection but rather the ability to...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

…to settle for less than you are capable of achieving. In today’s economy there is no shortage of doom and gloom press that advocates for hunkering down and refraining from embarking upon new career endeavors. However,...

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The short answer is “yes”. How could I possibly know that you ask? Well, let me tell you about a canine named Cooper. Cooper is not your average Jack Russell Terrier mix. He is an attention addict who knows how to get...

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Hello world Cooper here! I’m at home today recuperating from knee surgery. Yesterday my humans took me to the doctor to fix an injury I’ve had for a while. Can you believe they gave me no warning? I’m not bitter but I...

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Within the Jewish tradition, there is a teaching that suggests “What I do in business and what I do in the house and what I do in the synagogue should be one” (Manz, Manz, Marx, & Neck, 2001, p. 13). This workplace...

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When it comes to the idea of communities as a workplace, Colson (as cited in Fuller, 2001, p. 173) explained that, Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and enlarge God’s kingdom means dispensing mercy and compassion to...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

Using one’s gifts within a church setting requires nothing more than the simple act of getting involved. This may include such activities as teaching a Sunday school class (teaching), volunteering to help with the...

Excellence At Work with Dr. Marilyn

A husband verbalizing his love for his wife and God passionately (exhortation); wife and husband praying with and for their children (intercession); mother and father teaching their children God’s love (teaching) -...

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According to Dorr (as cited in Delbecq, Liebert, Mostyn, Nutt, & Walter, 2001, pp. 20-21) manifestation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit within the traditional organizational workplace can include, Greater unity...