Erin’s Blog

Trust and Betrayal

I don’t know if you ever forget the first time you got burned hard, by a colleague.  Memorial Day, 1998. I’d been managing Uncle Julios, the Tex-Mex restaurant we dubbed the million-dollar taco stand on the corner of North and Clybourn in Chicago. The management...

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Riding the Wave One Choice at a Time

Yesterday, I got out of bed and immediately opened my computer to send an email to cancel a call for later that day. I was not in the mood.  I immediately got an email back saying it was too late to cancel..she could make an exception, but I didn’t want to be that...

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Blue Angels and the Board in Your Head

This week’s thoughts are brought to you by The Blue Angels.  As I write, I feel like Air Boss Johnson in Top Gun having said, “The pattern is full…” only to have Maverick buzz the tower. In this case, the tower is our house!  The Jax Beach Air Show is this weekend,...

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The Good Far Outweighs the Bad

Second semester sophomore year at JMU I pledged a business fraternity. I went ALL IN. Put it this way, when my parents got my grades for the semester, their comment was, “We know we dropped you off on campus…did you actually stay and attend any classes?”  I had!...

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Confidence vs Courage

The day I gave my first official Erin O’Malley keynote, my sister, brother, and SIL arranged a gift to be sent to my hotel. I opened the box to find a leather bracelet inscribed with, “She believed she could, so she did.” I was on the phone with a friend freaking...

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If You Don’t Like what the Teacher Says, Ask Someone else

We were towards the end of day one of a 2-day feedback and coaching workshop. It was practice time, and we were IN IT. John was mid-coaching conversation and tanking hard. The more he spoke, the more oxygen got sucked out of the room. Cringy looks, shuffling feet,...

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Getting People on Board for Where You Want to Go

I call it my Mystic Pizza summer. Except I was in Maine, not CT. I had no sordid love affairs. I did not drive a Vespa.  It was the summer I worked in Camden, ME, slinging lobsters at The Lobster Shack, coming home nightly drenched in lobster juice and drawn...

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Enjoying the Commute

About 2 months ago, I celebrated my birthday. Weird around birthdays. Don’t want the attention and then I get confused why no one does anything. I’m approaching what I’ll call the half-way-point birthday so decided to do a little assessment of where I’ve been and...

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Sinead O’Connor

My sister came home from college for the summer and I spied a new mixtape in her car console. I borrowed stole it, as you do, to get a sense of what the college kids were listening to.  I fast-forwarded through a lot of the songs. One, from the opening clack clack...

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