Thankful for Leaders of Leaders

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 | No Comments

There are people in my life that make me want to be a better person.  They’re not perfect.  They too have grumpy days, bad hair days, self-doubting days.  They too are incredibly human, with all that entails.  But they are the leaders of leaders.  They step up when nobody else does, without being asked.  They […]

Do You Care About Results? Show it.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 | No Comments

Sometimes I’m blown away by the wisdom that comes out of my kiddo’s mouth.  This morning, on cue, Jeremy woke up at 7am, walked right up to the piano and started playing.  Now normally, if I’m honest, I cringe.  Not because his playing is bad, but because I find any loud noise so early in the […]

Are You Feeling Lucky?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | No Comments

We’ve all had them. Those insane days where nothing seems to go as planned.  Your alarm doesn’t go off when it’s supposed to.  You miss your flight.  Your connecting flight is over-booked.  You get lost.  An hour has been added to your already too-long trek to your destination.  You’re low blood-sugar, have a headache, and […]

Are You Off the Radar?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 | No Comments

I’m lucky. I know it. My work allows me to get to know some extraordinary people. What always seems to surprise me is, more often than not, they don’t recognize how extraordinary they really are. Take Jessica for instance (all names have been changed to protect the extraordinary). I will always remember Jessica.  She showed […]

Need Permission to Be Imperfect? Here it is! My Imperfect Tedx Talk

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 | 7 Comments

Among other things I’m working to remedy, I have always been my own worst critic, and as I sat watching my Tedx talk I wanted to hide.  To say I was not crazy about it, would be an understatement. I’m in good company. I don’t have enough digits on my person to count the number […]

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.  […]

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 […]

People Know

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 | 3 Comments

I don’t remember where I heard it.  I do remember it was eons ago – further back than I could attempt to pin down.  But somewhere along my journey, I remember someone once saying, “Who you are in one area of your life is who you are in every area of your life.”  It stuck […]

The Gateway to Your Best Self

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 | 6 Comments

As half of the nation continues to battle the elements, with more snow than we know what to do with, I’m reminded of my childhood.  As many of you know, I grew up on a cattle ranch in northwestern Montana.  My dad had grown-up in Texas and had always yearned to have land and a ranch, […]