Author Archives: Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte

3 Life Lessons from a Nazi Soldier

Yesterday, January 27th, was Holocaust Remembrance Day.  In case you didn’t learn about the Holocaust in school, here is a brief synopsis. The Holocaust was a time in recent history when a Demagogue convinced millions of people that they were racially, morally, and religiously superior to Jews, Gypsies, the Disabled, the Slavic people, Communists, Socialists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals.  Then, they annihilated over 13 million of these perceived inferiors. According to Merriam-Webster a Demagogue is: a leader who makes use […]

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How to Grow Your Business by Networking | Podcast Episode 39

Last Friday, I had the honor of hosting Mark Herdering, author of Hanging Out for a Living, for an all day workshop based on the principles of his book. It was a huge success, if I do say so myself, but I will let one of the attendees speak for me: “Just a quick note to express my thanks and appreciation for all of your work and effort in getting Mark Herdering to visit the greater Houston area. I got […]

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Four Blogging Lessons from 2016

I was not as consistent a blogger in 2016 as in previous years.  Total traffic was about half that of the previous year, mostly because I only added content 8 out of 12 months. It’s alright.  I forgive myself.  I was out doing all the fun stuff about which I like to blog. Even though I did not post as often as I would have liked, I did learn a lot about blogging this past year.  More on that in a […]

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7 Moms Share How They Juggle Work and Family

Running a business is hard enough. Throw parenting into the mix and things can get hectic. So, I asked a group of successful mompreneurs who belong to Connecting Conroe Business Women, the networking group I facilitate, to weigh in on the big question:  HOw do you juggle work and family? Side Note:  If you are looking for a networking group in Montgomery County, Texas, you can find Connecting Conroe Business Women on Meetup and Facebook. How to Juggle Work and […]

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Personality Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Today, as we have since 1983, Americans celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday.  Students and employees around the country are encouraged to offer service to their community on this, the third Monday of January. Sharing a birthday with the civil rights icon (January 15th) piqued my curiosity about Dr. King at a very young age, and I have great respect for the man who was assassinated 2 years before I was born. Without […]

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Happy Birthday to Me | My One Word for 2017

Today is my 47th birthday. I am a Capricorn, born at the tail end of the Year of the Earth Rooster. Capricorn is an Earth sign.  Ganeshaspeaks.com shares that Capricorns have many positive qualities:  “Faithful, Ambitious, Self-controlled, Determined, Responsible, Sincere.” According to ChinaHighlights.com, Earth Roosters are “lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular with their friends.” Whether or not you believe in astrology, you have to admit, it is fascinating.  And I do see many of the characteristics listed in myself.  I […]

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How to Sell without Selling

Today, I am hosting a workshop with Mark Herdering, author of Hanging Out for a Living, and learning how to grow a 100% referral based business.  How does that sound?  I will be sure to share my key take-aways next week. Mark arrived from Portland, Oregon, last night, and we have a full couple of days scheduled.  It’s going to be a blast!  I intend to learn as much as I possibly can while he is here. If you live […]

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Renu Agrawal Shares 3 Lessons from Failure

Renu Agrawal, founder of ReNu Your Life, LLC, is an energy healer and certified holistic health coach.  Renu is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  We met several years ago when she visited my Toastmasters group.  Renu only attended one meeting, but we stayed in contact, and over time have developed a very strong friendship.  I very much admire her wit, and her willingness to learn, try new things, and grow.  She is generous, good-natured, and an amazing […]

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30 Women Who Mean Business Wrap Up

Back in April of 2015 I had this crazy notion that I could gather and publish 30 interviews with women business owners in 30 days.  At the time, I had no idea how crazy.  If you’d like to dig into my madness, take a look at my original plan. I created a Google form with a list of what I believed engaging interview questions and starting sharing it my immediate network (my tribe) and via social media channels.  I was […]

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Bossy Girls Grow Up to Be Leaders

I will never forget the day Keith Carlson told me our 7th grade Home Economics teacher said I was a bossy girl. We were sitting in our assigned “kitchenette” and I became indignant. That moment could have changed me. It might have crushed my confidence. Instead, I embraced the bossy girl in me. If you are raising a bossy girl, here are some tips to transition your perception of her bossiness into effective leadership. Signs That Your Daughter May Be […]

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