by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

If you follow national politics, it’s easy to get frustrated with the endless rhetoric and posturing. But in spite of the gamesmanship, the US system of government endures as one of the most successful and admired in the history of the world. 

It works that way because, when the Constitution was drafted, the critical question wasn’t “Who should be president?” or “Who’s the smartest to lead us?” Instead they concentrated on issues like:

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Leaving a good job at a Fortune 100 company in your early 30s (with 4 little kids at home) is a little… ahem, stressful. But looking back some 22 years, there are purposeful steps as well as seemingly random events that combine to produce a productive, satisfying career. And while your life ambitions are your own, here are some things I’ve learned that could help you while keeping stress in check as you build success.

  • Do what you love. This oft-repeated phrase sounds trite, but it really is the most important thing. You’re going to spend nearly half your waking life earning a living; shouldn’t it be something that really gets your juices going? If you don’t love it, start working on a way to get out today. It might be as simple as changing jobs inside the organization or the industry, or it might mean completely reversing course. But waiting for something wonderful to happen in the absence of action guarantees you’ll remain unfulfilled at work.
by Kathy Cash  

Miami Dade College: Where Wellness Opportunities Change Everything

Jeannie Cidel, former elementary and middle school teacher with a passion for nutrition coaching, wrote a children’s book, Schooling Through Fruits and Vegetables, because she believes education is the key to a successful wellness program. In 2013, she became the first Wellness Coordinator at Miami Dade College (MDC), with America’s largest undergraduate enrollment at 167,000 supported by 7000 employees.  

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Having reached the half-way point of my Saturday morning bike ride, I stopped to stretch hammies that were screaming at me to slow down. Across the parking lot I noticed an elderly gentleman nonchalantly lifting a couple of bikes off the trunk rack of his late ’90s Buick sedan. Bent over, attempting to reach toes I’ve not touched with straight legs in 20 years, I heard the unmistakable sound of a kickstand coming down behind me. I stood up to hear “Beautiful day for a ride” and said hello to Gene, dressed in a flannel shirt, jeans, and the New Balance™ walking shoes you see on men of a certain age.   

Indeed, it was a gorgeous day, and for the next couple of minutes Gene and I exchanged pleasantries. 

“Did you ride here from Midland?” asked Gene.