Making an Impact in 2014

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 | One Comment

  Yep.  There it is.  That butterflies-in-the-stomach-feeling (yes I know…breath…wiggle my toes…connect…).  Deep breath… Much better. One of the things I know about myself is that when I make a promise to others, I keep it.  When I make a promise to myself, I often find a way to wiggle out it.  Most of the […]

A Year of Growing

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 | No Comments

Is it just me, or is it shocking to think that 2014 is almost here?!  I remember when I was a kid thinking that the year 2000 was forever-away and how OLD I’d be when that day finally arrived (needless to say, my definition of old has changed).  And here we are, almost fourteen years […]

Leaping Into Safety

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 | No Comments

As I explored in yesterday’s post, I believe that one of the greatest gifts a leader can bring is to make is safe for the people they lead to soar.  As I marinated on the subject, and started to trace my best and worst versions of myself through time, I came to realize that I […]

What Would They Say About You?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 | 3 Comments

  Yesterday, after all the presents were released into the wild and the boys went to check out the new Skylanders that showed up under the tree, I tiptoed upstairs for some mommy-quiet-time and found myself watching 2013 Paleyfest interviews of the Nashville cast on Hulu.  I expected escape, not inspiration, but what the actors […]

Getting Present

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Today is the last day before my kiddo is home for holiday break.   My husband’s office is closed next week, so I get him home too.   And while I suspect I could squeeze in a few hours to blog each day, I’m going to put my writing on “pause” for a few days. […]

I Wish I Had A Narwhal

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 | One Comment

Sometimes there’s nothing better than hangin’ out with an eight year old.  You get an excuse to watch all the Christmas movies and reignite the wonder of childhood.  Last night, Jeremy and I watched Arthur Christmas, and I loved every minute of it (I confess, my husband caught me boo-hoo’ing at the end).  Sometime, in […]

The Greatest Gift

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 | 3 Comments

As I was responding to an email from my kiddo’s teacher, this morning, I reflected on how incredibly fortunate we are to have such a talented, caring, and invested woman educating our son this year.  I tend to be a bit effusive in my praise, wanting to make sure she knows how grateful I am, […]

You Are Better

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

I can’t tell you how many amazing people I meet – talented, bright, passionate individuals – who hold themselves back or get in their own way.  (By the way, I can’t claim to be immune to this myself…few of us are.)  Who don’t see their own awesomeness.  They feel it.  Their organizations certainly feel it.  […]

Improving Your Odds For Influence

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

When I met Jessica*, I was immediately struck by her passion and clarity.  She is a woman on a mission!  She could see that the way things had always been done in her company was causing the best-and-the-brightest to jump ship.  As she explained it, the purpose-driven-mercurial-millineals  needed to be able to see how they […]

Here’s to Great Days!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 | No Comments

Something my friend Mike Cook has said, that stuck with me (and he may have been quoting someone, but I honestly can’t remember), is that (and forgive me Mike, if I don’t get this exactly right!) he hoped, at the end of his life, to have been all spent.  That he will have lived to […]