Making the Right Call

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz I snapped this photo the night before officials closed the levee to pedestrians in Baton Rouge as the Mississippi River continued to rise.   I heard the story of a ship captain who was trying...

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Ziplining through Challenging Times, Part 2

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz Last week I compared surviving change in today’s workplace to my first ziplining experience. If you missed Part 1, you can find it on my blog at www.jeangatz.com. So… picking up where we left...

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Ziplining Through Challenging Times

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz Remember when work used to be FUN? These days? Uh… not so much. Trying to survive change in today’s workplace reminds me of my first ziplining experience. It was anything but fun! Suspended 300...

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How’s Your Balancing Act?

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Sound familiar? Several years ago, in a hurry to get in shape quickly, I began a weight-training program that was too advanced for me. Within...

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Planning for the Unexpected Makes Sense

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz Have you ever had a day that didn’t go quite as planned? You created this perfect scenario in your mind, but the reality that unfolded didn’t even come close. My (very short) career as...

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“Who’s in charge here?”

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz Coincidence… Luck… Karma… Fate… Chance… Words tossed around a lot lately, often as excuses for bad choices, but rarely as explanations for good ones. When it comes to your future success, there are two...

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Six Steps to Re-Balance Your Life

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz No matter where I’m delivering a keynote across this country I hear the same comments: “I want more time with family and friends… I'm way too busy and way too stressed... I can’t seem...

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Bulldozers, Dump Trucks and Difficult People

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz These days it seems like Baton Rouge is one continuous “road under construction” zone. You can’t get anywhere without dodging bulldozers and dump trucks. I lost a battle with a bulldozer this morning, after...

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Don’t Make Me Have to Stop This Car!

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz The start of summer vacation always reminds me of our annual pilgrimage to Virginia for our family reunion. The drive from Louisiana in our trusty station wagon was long and hot. Excited to see...

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Don’t Forget to Breathe!

by Motivational Keynote Speaker Jean Gatz Staying calm while dealing with change in your workplace is a lot like snorkeling for the first time. It can be unsettling and even scary. My mother always told me that if I put...

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