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On a Quest For Flexibility

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 | No Comments

What’s coming up for me this morning, as I sit down to write, knowing that a 30-year storm is aiming itself at my corner of the world, is that flexibility is not my strength.  I would love to tell you that I’m great at being flexible – but alas, that would be a big fat fib, so […]

Perfection vs. Connection

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 | 3 Comments

We work so hard to get it right.  We agonize over our PowerPoint slides.  We ensure that our data is rock-solid.  We polish our pitch.  Some of us are even lucky enough to have an entire communications team tirelessly crafting our messaging to hit every point and refute every argument, collectively aiming for perfection.  Yet… […]

Keeping the Magic Alive

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 | No Comments

One of the many things I love about having a kiddo is that I get an excuse to watch all the Christmas movies and reignite the wonder of childhood.  There’s something magical about holiday rituals.  Last night, my little family of three snuggled together to watch Elf and when a narwhal made a cameo appearance it […]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

As I was responding to an email from my kiddo’s teacher recently, I reflected on how incredibly fortunate we are to have such a talented, caring, and invested woman educating our son this year.  “Thank you for investing yourself in my son.” I wrote back to her.  “It matters.  It’s made a difference to him.  He’s […]

What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

With her head cocked to the side and her eyes fixed on some mysterious spot on the floor, I couldn’t tell if she was annoyed or just indifferent, but it was clear that she was not a happy person at that moment. I will never forget how Julia appeared in my session that morning, waiting to […]

Do You Really Want to Influence?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

When I met Jessica*, I was immediately struck by her passion and clarity.  She was a woman on a mission!  She could see that her company was committed to doing things the way they had always been done, and that was causing the best-and-the-brightest to jump ship.  As she explained it, people were leaving because they wanted to […]

Initiating Courage at Work

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 | No Comments

  There’s so much discussion out there in the business-article-world about “initiative”.  How do leaders get people to take more “initiative”? While there seems to be a lot of finger-pointing at different generations and gnashing-of-teeth in frustration, I’m not sure that getting people to take initiative solves everything.  The flipside has its challenges too. For […]

Are You Powerfully Free?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 | No Comments

I will never forget the first time I traveled to Japan for work, as it changed the way I saw the world and myself in it.  At the tender age of 24, I knew it was going to be an adventure.  It sounded like a cool thing to do.  So exotic.  Having grown up in […]

To Teach and To Learn

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 | No Comments

One of the things that leaves me feeling grateful about about the work I get to do is that I learn as much from my participants as they do from me.  Dr. Carol Dweck, in her book  Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success, beautifully reminds us how critical cultivating a love of learning is to our success […]

Be the Bridge to Courage

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 | No Comments

When I was growing up we lived about 10 miles out town (I was a country mouse) and I rode my bike everywhere.  I thought nothing of pedaling the 7 miles each way to my best friend’s house to hang out, after her family moved closer to town.  I did what a kid had to […]