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How full is your bucket?

How full is your bucket?!  I understand that is not your average question, but I hope it is one that we will be asking clients, staff and families as we finish this year. It all started with a book with this very title:  “How Full is your Bucket?” by author Tom Rath. Our admin team teases…

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We’ve moved!

We have moved! I am happy to announce that we no longer have an office in Dublin, but we are now in Pleasanton!  For those of you familiar with the area, you know we have moved a couple of blocks, but it is exciting nonetheless. Moving is always one of those tasks I deeply dread.  I…

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Stressed Out?

“I’m so stressed out! “ How many times do we hear ourselves or others say words like those?   It amazes me just how stressed most folks are.   As an ILS coach, I spend lots of time out in stores and on our streets.  If folks aren’t competing for the closest parking spaces on a perfect…

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Why CompassLovesU?

I’m very excited to share a project that has been on my heart and mind for a couple of years.  We want to continue to provide innovative support to staff and feel it is important that we have good communication and excellent training materials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In mid-March, we are launching a new…

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Hanging with the Hess’

Well, here we go!  Communicating more.  I was recently in an interview and the individual said she read my blog.  What?!  People actually read what I write?  Huh.  Interesting.  She went on to ask a great question. (Yep!  She asked a question.  Who’s interview was this?! 🙂  She asked what I had learned from our…

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A Bright 2014!

Wow.  Can you believe 2013 is over?!  I can.  I was ready for it to be over a few months ago! 😉  2013 was probably the most difficult year in Compass’ history.  Many of you know in 2013 we have had more than our fair share of adversity. Eric said that it would be a year…

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Saving and Changing Lives

Let me take a moment to be “one of those moms”.  Pictured here is my eight year old son and his friend, Delany .  Ryan did not do anything that special, really.  He just spoke up for another kid on the playground.  It hardly registered on his radar.  However, unknowingly he saved her life.  Another boy…

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Reflections on Falling

Hamlet famously uttered the immortal phrase: “To thine own self be true”.  These timeless and significant words have recently taken on an even deeper meaning and value for my life. I am going to share with each of you a huge secret–I turned forty years old in June!  Wow! Time really does fly! (Yes, I know that is what old people say…)  I started working…

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Sometimes we all need a little help

During the last campaign cycle there was a speech by our president that got a lot of attention and publicity. “…if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. …….If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help……The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our…

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A Compass Family

One of the missions my wife and I pursue in our leadership of Compass is to not create a company, a business, or a social service agency, but to create a family.  You may be thinking, “I’ve heard that before”, or “How nice, but, whatever,” but Sadie and I really feel this way.  Let me…

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