The Solarian Blog

Exploring the PNW

September 19, 2017

I asked one of my soldiers, “where is Yakima, and what is there to do there?” To which they replied, “Sgt., nothing. It's a small town that has nothing but farming, take what makes you feel at home because I am sure they will not even have a mall.” So, for three weeks of training, I stayed in the barracks, didn't leave the base, and was miserable. I promised myself I'd never come back to a town like this.

I asked one of my soldiers, “where is Yakima, and what is there to do there?” To which they replied, “Sgt., nothing. It's a...

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Constructive Conflict

September 28, 2017

Taking advantage of constructive conflict requires a high degree of trust.  Relationships are key here so it is essential that you take the time to get to know your team, for the team to get to know you, and for the team to get to know one another.  Everyone must feel comfortable in disagreeing with one another and everyone must accept that conflict will be a key element of the organization’s culture.

Taking advantage of constructive conflict requires a high degree of trust.  Relationships are key here so it is essential that you take the time...

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Rebrand or Brand Refresh?

September 20, 2017

A brand is not something that you create and then put on the bookshelf.  It requires attention and evolves organically along with your business. It is your company’s personality. Think about all of the things you have learned over the last year. Have you learned to use some new words, present concepts more clearly, changed your hair or bought a few new outfits? You are constantly refreshing your personal brand, and it is vital that you pay the same level of attention to your company’s brand.

A brand is not something that you create and then put on the bookshelf.  It requires attention and evolves organically along with your business....

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Beer; Washington’s Craft

September 19, 2017

It is Friday night in Yakima and you are headed out with a few friends for a beer. But, where are you going for this beer? And what beer will you drink? If this sounds like something you and your friends might struggle with, don’t worry I am here to help! I have put together a list with my top three breweries in the Yakima Valley, explaining why they are my favorite and what my favorite beer is at each. Enjoy!

It is Friday night in Yakima and you are headed out with a few friends for a beer. But, where are you going for...

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Culture is King

September 6, 2017

Sitting on my desk is the most prized possession in my financial institution. It is a plastic replica of Thor’s Hammer which probably cost fifty cents to manufacture.  Yet every Friday people wait in anticipation for a chance to win this costume accessory.

Sitting on my desk is the most prized possession in my financial institution. It is a plastic replica of Thor’s Hammer which probably cost fifty...

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From Faith to Finance

August 25, 2017

So there it was, my career, I was going to be a youth pastor. I had a plan in motion to go the college get a counseling degree and then on to seminary for my pastoral license. But life is funny just when you have it all figured out; it throws you a curve ball.

So there it was, my career, I was going to be a youth pastor. I had a plan in motion to go the college...

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Integrity & Trust

August 16, 2017

Bringing integrity to our roles as organizational leaders is an essential component of our success.  Integrity is vital to the establishment of a trust-filled environment.  Together, integrity and trust represent a powerful team for when they align positive outcomes are achievable by all. 

Bringing integrity to our roles as organizational leaders is an essential component of our success.  Integrity is vital to the establishment of a trust-filled...

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