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Fawn Germer
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Leadership speaker Fawn Germer is the best-selling author of seven books and an expert on leadership and performance. Her books Pearls, Hard Won Wisdom, Mustang Sallies and The NEW Woman Rules include interviews on leadership and success with hundreds of the most accomplished leaders and trailblazers of our times.

Her popular book, Finding the UP in the Downturn shows how the window is wide open to succeed in times when everyone else is giving up. She is a four-time Pulitzer-nominated journalist who worked for The Miami Herald, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News and other newspapers before leaving daily journalism to be a full-time author and speaker. She has keynoted for companies including Cisco, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Ford Motor Co., 3M, Microsoft, Frito-Lay, Accenture, KPMG and others.

Fawn’s blog: www.hardwonwisdom.com

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Entries by Fawn Germer

Hitting the Life Reset Button: My Forrest Gump Moment

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:58 PM

I locked my bike at one end of Fort De Soto and drove to the other. Armed with sunscreen, a hat, two GPS apps and one fragile psyche, I was ready. Ready to walk. Ready to reset my life.

By any account, it had been a rough year. I lost...

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Why the Old Dogs of the Work World Have No Choice But to Learn All the New Tricks

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 4:20 PM

Life was so much easier when I walked into the office and someone handed me a pink slip of paper that said, "While you were out..." Now I come back in and have to check email, voice mail and Facebook before I sit still for a conference call that drags...

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Stress Management Tips: How to Schedule Your Worry Time

(12) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 8:37 AM

I keep hearing about hopeless people, and I've got to tell you -- I hate that term hopeless. It suggests helplessness. It paints a picture where there is no way out and no recovery.

I prefer to think in terms of light and dark, rather than hopeful and hopeless. There...

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When Will Things Get Better? Stop Worrying and Start Living

(16) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 12:38 PM

For all of the people who keep waiting for things to get better -- stop.

Stop waiting. You're losing time, whether you are enjoying this moment or not. This is it. It is all you have, so wake up. Live.

I know people who have spent the past two years...

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6 Tips for Taking Charge of Your Victimization

(40) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 7:40 AM

Life doesn't play out the easy way. It'll knock you around as much as you let it.

So if you ever remind yourself that life isn't fair, well, stop. Life is neither fair nor unfair. It just is. You get tripped up when you focus too intently on your own...

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Where Are the Men in Black Suits? Maybe They Are in Our Heads

(7) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 2:58 PM

"What do you think of China?"

That's a hard question to answer, especially when the person asking it is the executive vice-president of a $4 billion retail chain, and when that person is clearly Chinese. But, Wilson Zhu, executive vice president of Michaels, wanted my impressions.

I muttered something --...

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"Success Is Always Temporary, Failure Lasts Much Much Longer"

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 11:44 AM

Last week, I returned from a speaking tour of Asia where American bravado met Chinese humility.

I am a leadership and motivation speaker who tells people to expect success, make decisions with confidence and to advertise their strengths and wins. That is the exact opposite of the Chinese way, which...

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Now Comes the Hardest Decision

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM

I've written about my mother many, many times. I used to hope her story would inspire and help others . Now I write about her because it is the only thing I know to do. I feel helpless, but I feel less alone when I know others are hearing about...

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Why They Call Alzheimer's 'The Long Goodbye'

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 2:55 PM

"There's your mother, Fawn," my best friend said as she pointed to a woman crumpled over in a wheelchair near the nurse's station.

"No, that's not my mother," I said.

"Yes, it is."

I walked over to the woman, certain it was not my mom. Her head and shoulders were...

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Sick of Feeling Out of Control in 2010? Let it go.

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2010 | 4:17 PM

I always say, "Make a plan for what you want to do with your life. It's the greatest piece of fiction you will ever write."

Truly. Life unfolds. You cannot force, command, direct, ordain, bully, manage or control it. You just can't. As soon as you think you have everything...

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Get off Your A** in 2010: How to Regain the Momentum You've Lost

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2010 | 2:39 PM

The seas didn't part when we got a new president. There wasn't a pot of gold on your doorstep when the stimulus package passed. And the turn of a calendar page did not cure all your economic ills.

If you caught yourself saying, "Thank God 2009 is over!" you may...

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5 Things To Remember When Your Life Starts To Suck

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 4:38 PM

Last night, a distraught  friend lamented, "I had finally gotten to the point in life where things were supposed to get easy."

There is no point in life where things are supposed to get easy. I've said it a thousand times: "Just when you think it's going to get easy,...

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Career Lessons From Fred The Pharmacist

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 12:34 PM

I began my shoplifting career at age 3 —  on the very day my father opened his drugstore in Flint, Mich. It was Germer’s Drug Store, and since I was Fawn Germer, I figured everything there was mine. Dad nabbed me for stealing a piece of Bazooka bubble gum, and I...

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Eight Ways Women Leaders Can Win in the Perception Game

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 5:48 PM

She was 40, successful and had just been canned because her boss told her she had "an edge."

“Why do I scare the hell out of people?” she asked me. “People either love me or hate me. I am told I need to tone it down, not to push...

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Work-Life Balance? The Mantra That Balances What Matters

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 12:01 PM

Work. Life. Balance. Work. Life. Balance. We’ve all heard those words so much it’s as if they have merged together into a simple little mantra which, if repeated enough we will manifest. "Work. Life. Balance." "Work. Life. Balance." "Work. Life. Balance."

Poof!

Look at her! See that career woman climb...

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Stop Talking, Start Doing. Winning In Spite of 2009.

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2009 | 4:35 PM

If I had ten dollars for every time someone has come up to me after an event and said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book,” I could be retired. I’m serious.

It is a sad refrain because, almost every time someone says it, I can tell that the book...

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As Women's Leadership Evolves, So Do We

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 6:18 PM

I was 17 years old and a guppy reporter for The Bradenton Herald when my editor sent me on my first assignment in the field.

“You’re going to interview Gloria Steinem,” she told me.

It was 1978 and the normally gruff woman boss I worked for was as strong...

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The 10 Magic Steps from Depression to Career Transition

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 12:52 PM

If you want to completely overhaul your life, just follow these ten magic steps.

No, wait!

I keep seeing articles like that. You know, eight or nine or eleven tips that will completely transform you from loser to winner, from fat to thin, from poor to rich. Whatever.

If...

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When There are No Words

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 1:59 PM

My mother has had Alzheimer's Disease for eight years. At least. She is 83 and living in a nursing home, fed through a stomach tube.

A few weeks ago, she was sleeping when I arrived for a visit. I nudged her awake, then climbed into bed to cuddle with her...

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Confused About Your Purpose in Life? It's Simple.

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2009 | 11:45 AM

The past year has really done a number on us. Truly brilliant people are telling me that they feel like failures. They are worried about their finances and their futures. They are starting to define themselves by what has happened to them.

Several years ago, I quit my job to...

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