Expectations, Caring and a Tale of Two Trees

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 | No Comments

As my husband and I were comparing schedules this morning, trying to figure out when we will get the chance to get the annual Christmas tree, I was reminded of the contrasting experiences we’ve had in the past and how critical it is to deliver on expectations and show that you care. Year-before-last, we put […]

The Power of Surrender

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 | No Comments

“We must continue to open in the face of tremendous opposition.  No one is encouraging us to open and still we must peel away the layers of the heart.” – Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master There are books that you read, that reach down and grab you by the soul and shake you, and […]

Bridging Courage

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 | 2 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, when her family moved closer to town.  I did what a kid had to do […]

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 Committed? Really?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 | No Comments

  We went to satisfy nostalgic curiosity.  Having grown up in the 80’s, even though we were raised on opposite ends of the country, my husband and I share memories of big hair, Van Halen, and the Lake Placid Olympics.  So when we found ourselves in upstate NY a few years ago, we seized the […]

How’s Your Filter?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 | No Comments

Early in my career I was idealistic, opinionated, and I’m pretty sure that my mouth’s filter was defective.  I remember sitting in meetings in my early 20’s, voicing my thoughts and ideas with abandon, not questioning how they might land.  I of course thought I was “right” about most everything, and wasn’t afraid to say […]

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 […]

Are You Having the Impact You Want to Have?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 | No 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 inspire everyone around us, or take an entire team down in flames, I’ve witnessed both ends of the spectrum. When I first met the “down-in-flames” leader, she didn’t make eye contact with me, […]

Real Out of the Box Thinking

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 | No Comments

We love to put things in a box.  It helps us makes sense of it, to know where it fits.  We sort and index and define without even realize we’re doing it. This is “good” – this is “bad”. This “will work” – this “won’t work”. This “fits here” – this “fits there”. But in a world […]

Are You a Finger-Pointer?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 | No Comments

It’s impossible to escape these days, all the finger-pointing going on.  Social Media is flooded with it.  Traditional media is flooded with it.  It’s become our modus operandi as a culture.  If you post a good rant, you’re rewarded with thousands of likes and followers, ratings go up, so ranting has become the cool thing […]