A Lesson in Mastery

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 | No Comments
A Lesson in Mastery

At dinner the other night they had lobster bisque on the menu. Delicious! While I resisted the calories, I was immediately transported back in time, to our idlic summer vacation on the coast of Maine. Some of our greatest lessons can be found in the most unexpected places, and mine was a lesson in mastery. Having grown […]

A Mountain of Motivation

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 | No Comments
A Mountain of Motivation

We hiked to Hidden Lake today, at the top of Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, and discovered heaven. I couldn’t help but think what a study in intrinsic motivation it was (look, if I’m going to be blogging while on vacation, I will find an insight ’round every bend!).  To propel ourselves, eleven-year-old in tow, up […]

More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 | No Comments

Every time I lead a session of OnStage Leadership, I’m always astounded by the stories my participants share.  Stories of resilience, endurance, courage, tolerance, patience, heartache, loneliness, regret.  Of a hunger for learning, of kindnesses received, of self discovery.  Stories filled with heroes and villains.  Of joy and pain.  Of wins and losses. So many […]

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 […]

What Impact Does Your Presence Have? (Part 2)

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I wrote about two very different leaders (you can catch up on that blog post here).  The first leader had the uncanny ability to disengage a room full of people managers in an instant.  The second leader invested about 30 minutes of his time to ignite a passion for growth, build trust, and plant […]

Do You FEEL Successful?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

I’ve had the privilege to work with a lot of senior executives who have found themselves in transition.  Amazing men and women who have been in workforce 20 – 30 years, and for a multitude of reasons have found themselves, often for the first time in their careers, looking for “what’s next”. Most have accomplished […]

Kicking Intrinsic Motivation in Gear

Posted by on May 2, 2014 | One Comment

Yesterday, as I emerged from my work-cave on the third floor, my nine-year-old-kiddo, Jeremy, ran up to me in excitement, “Mom!  Mom!!!!  You gotta come listen to this!”  In a flash, he leaped over to the piano and started playing “Let it Go” from the new film Frozen. I was bewildered.  We didn’t have the […]

You’ll Move Up the Ladder When…

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 | No Comments

You know when you have the kind of conversation that leaves you glowing afterward?  When you’re talking with someone and the thoughts and ideas are flowing so effortlessly that you wish you had written them down, but you were too engaged to even think about it at the time.  And when the conversation ends you’re […]

The Madness of Compliance

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 | No Comments

“Deferred to, agreed with, acquiesced in, who can flourish on such a daily diet of compliance?” the doctor asks. “To be curbed, stood up to, in a word thwarted, exercises the character, elasticates the spirit, makes it more pliant. It’s the want of such exercise that makes rulers rigid.”        – The Madness of King George […]

Finding Your Missing Mojo

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday I lost my mojo.  Everything felt hard.  Heavy.  I had hit the wall.  My normal positive-joyful self just seemed to take a hiatus leaving the husk of my former being sitting at my desk.  It was a long day. Sometimes the “reasons why” our mojo wanes makes logical sense and sometimes not so much.  […]