Norman Business Journal Q2//19 - Page 19

What does your typical day look like? What is your most memorable failure and what did you learn from it? My most memorable failure is as a Grandmother (Grams). One day while at a local parade and picnic with my children and only grandchild at the time, we were all set up with the blanket on the ground and our array of appetizing nuggets spread about when my grandson decided that the most important thing in the world was to turn the blanket over. He was told no several times by mom and me to no avail. I decided to take a stand with this small but very determined three-year old. The results were not only devastating to his parents, his aunt and me but the entire park. The tantrum was epic; long-lasting and frenzied. At the moment, I probably thought something like “they have to learn some time.” Several years later while participating in an Emotional Intelligence series with my Republic Team, we learned about the Amygdala, a A typical day includes a substantial amount of time reading and answering texts and emails. Sorting through daily tasks and delegating as possible. As a management team member, meetings and/or conference calls are a typical part of the daily routine in order to strategize, plan and implement policies, procedures, operations and goals. One on one office meetings are also a part of a daily routine in order to work closely with managers and department leaders to assist in prioritization of short term and long term goals. At the end of the day, spend some time looking at the next day to begin some prioritization of remaining to-do items. function of the brain that has to do with the ability to deal with emotion, the so called fight or flight sensor. For me, I immediately went back to that moment and thought about a three-year old that went into a spiral of emotions that he was incapable of stopping. A simple pattern interrupt to stop his brain spiral could have prevented the entire scene. In other words, I could have just turned the blanket over! My grandson is now 11 but I still use the wisdom I learned from that day in both my professional and family life. Sometimes I think should I, “just turn the blanket over.” It truly helps me prioritize the important issues and let the others go. What is the best and/or worst advice you’ve ever received? Good Advice: Everything in moderation, even moderation. Bad Advice: Don’t do the “above and beyond” thing, then they’ll know what you can do and expect too much. What was the first job you ever had? Switchboard Operator at American National Bank in Shawnee, Oklahoma - 1976 What career advice would you give your younger self? Find ways to balance family and work, rather than work and then family. What’s your favorite quote? “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt | Quarter 2 // 2019 19