Black eye

Black Eye Surprise

January 12, 20231 min read

“I’m cold” my son said while tucking him in.

I reached up to pull the cord that turns off his fan.

The whole fan fell from the ceiling and onto my face (electricians from the prior day did not screw it in appropriately). 

The next day, I woke up with a black eye. 

I also woke up intending to fly out to a conference, one where I was scheduled to be a panelist. 

I panicked, thinking I can’t go through a whole airport, and get in front of people like this. Plus, it hurt like heck. 

From the moment we wake up, there are a series of choices we get to make, and intentions we have. Sometimes they match, sometimes they don’t. 

My intentions to be there, remained. I made the choice to go anyway, because there are amazing people who put this conference on with significant effort, a panel depending on one another, and an audience I still wanted to inspire. 

Intention. Choice. 

Was I afraid to be judged? What the assumptions would be? Absolutely. Did that matter in the grand scheme of things? 

Not. One. Bit. 

Life drops stuff on us constantly (and in this case, literally). When it does, it is our choice to follow our intentions and roll with it, or hide. 

Don’t hide. 

Keep moving. 

Even if you don’t feel like it, don’t think you may look the “part”, or are worried about something. 

Choose. To. Go. 

#keepmoving #life #unexpected #speaker #paneldiscussion #leadershipdevelopment #chroconference #workingmom #workingparents

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Keri Laine, MHR, CMS

Keri has held C-level roles in various size organizations, public and private. In the past fifteen years, she has specialized in helping technology, manufacturing, and engineering companies disrupt their sector with entrepreneurial, innovative success across the globe. Keri has led organizations through employee growth of 100 to 4,000, both public and private with revenue stages from $40m to $5.6b. She has facilitated 27 mergers and acquisitions globally, spearheading the talent and human capital perspective as well as the business integration, strategic planning, internal communication, and change management. She is a former global Chief level Executive that has taken three organizations public. Keri is a keynote speaker and author. Keri earned her undergraduate degree with a focus on Organizational Behavior from the prestigious Rollins College, where she also earned her Masters Degree in Human Capital Management, and now teaches Graduate level coursework related to strategy, planning, talent optimization, culture building, and more. She is also certified in Change Management, and is a Certified Executive Leadership Development Coach who has coached more than 200 of the top executives and entrepreneurs.

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