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 […]

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 […]

Initiating Courage

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 | One Comment

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 me […]

Aiming for Grateful

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

I’m always amused at how, now matter how conscious I try to be about being compassionate and about appreciating others – about being grateful – that I can’t help but be human.  With Thanksgiving approaching and gratefulness top-of-mind, I’m reminded of the day I first used my digital voice recorder. We were living in Dallas, […]

Will You Be There?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 | No Comments

I have a friend and colleague who always asks to get together.  Great guy.  Fun.  Interesting.  It’s always enjoyable to see him.  We eagerly schedule something.  Without fail, he either cancels or has to reschedule.  He routinely schedules other things during the time we’ve planned to meet.  It could be that he’s just disorganized.  It […]

Trying to Contain an Elephant

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 | 5 Comments

Stuff happens.  When you’re working to accomplish big things and you’re coordinating a million moving parts to make it happen – as most companies are – you can expect that once in awhile things are going to fall through the cracks.  Where the rubber meets the road is not at the point of the mistake, but […]

What impact do YOU want to make?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 | 3 Comments

Wow. It’s amazing the impact that one person can have. It’s easy to forget how powerful we all are. Single-handedly, we can take an entire team down in flames, or inspire thousands worldwide to believe in themselves and make a positive difference in their world.  I’ve witnessed both ends of the spectrum. When I first […]

The Courage to Lead

Posted by on Aug 5, 2010 | 3 Comments

  I’ve lost track of the number of conversations I’ve had recently around the tough business environment we’re all facing. Companies are having to do more with less; small businesses are suffering; entrepreneurs are casting off dreams; government and education are cutting programs; non-profits have lost their funding; and the number of extraordinarily talented individuals […]

The “Magic If”

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 | 5 Comments

I’m always amazed at how transferable my theatre degree has turned out to be. I never imagined that it would serve me as well as it has and give me tools that I use daily in my personal and business practices. One acting technique that has become the foundation for everything I do is the […]