Let’s Draft!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 | No Comments

I love the concept of “drafting”.  My husband Tim has done multiple long-distance bike rides and ever since I learned about drafting I’ve been fascinated by it.  To draft, there has to be someone leading – you cannot draft alone.  The riders following the leader of the pack use the leader’s energy to cut the […]

Do Your Actions Match Your Insides?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was a day I’ll never forget.  During my morning “zen time” I had been reading Nathaniel Brandon”s, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (I think it was around 2003, when I was living in Seattle – definitely before my kiddo was born, as there hasn’t been much “zen” since).   Having just finished a chapter about the “Practice […]

What’s the Impact You are Here to Have?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 | No Comments

One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt There’s quite a lot of talk these […]

Do You Make Them Read Your Mind?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

We can’t assume people know what we’re thinking. When people do a good job, we need to tell them.

What’s Your Mess to Own?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 | One Comment

We don’t like to deal with the mess of our mistakes. We want to move on, but people remember.

Are You Playing it Safe?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 | No Comments

I’ve spent a great deal of the time in the classroom working with some extraordinary emerging leaders.  I can’t help but feel optimistic about the direction we’re heading in, if they are our future, and yet, many of them haven’t cultivated a belief in themselves that will take them where I know they can go.  […]

You’re Not “All That”

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 | 6 Comments

To be an authentic leader requires that you pay attention to the impact you’re having. You may be good at what you do, but that doesn’t make you “better than”.

Commitment Without Guarantees

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

Last week I had the privilege of teaching Authentic Influence for SMU’s Certificate of Leadership program, and it brought back my previous experience teaching there, after which I was reminded of a huge lesson. While the session is only three hours long, the last time I taught there I was wiped.  Even though the group responded quickly when I asked questions, with […]

Who’s Your Anti-Busy-Buddy?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 | No Comments

“I wish I could” she said,  “I never have time for lunch.  It’s crazy-busy here.  Always.” “Oh I hear ya!  This is the first time I’ve come up for air in weeks!” I replied, feeling like I had to somehow justify the unfilled gap in my day. As a culture we wear our overwhelm like […]

Baby Steps

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 | No Comments

It never ceases to amaze me, how when I look out over the panorama of my life, the biggest obstacles around are those that I’ve put there myself. It’s almost as if I’ve driven a 4×4 jeep through my muddy pot-holed-filled journey, erecting ‘do-not-enter‘ signs every few yards. I’m not alone in this unwitting-self-sabotage, hundreds […]