Are You Confident?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 | 3 Comments

A few days ago, this Douglas McArthur quote started making the rounds on Facebook, and it’s triggered some reflection. “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.  He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes […]

Walkin’ In Their Shoes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 | 5 Comments

One of the greatest gifts the theatre has given me is the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes.  If I look over the landscape of my career, it has probably been the single most important skill I’ve carried with me. I remember back when I had my events company in Seattle – what seems […]

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 […]

Focusing on the Right Things

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 | One Comment

You know how here are moments in your life that are frozen in time – that no matter how many years pass, the movie in your mind keeps the memory in full color, with every detail preserved, to be replayed in an instant?  There was a moment…a lifetime ago, that I will never forget. So […]

More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 3 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 […]

Who’s in Your Corner?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 | No Comments

I don’t know if I could have had the success I’ve had launching my business, if I hadn’t started in Dallas.  One of the things I so love about Dallas is that the lines between business and friendship are blurred.  I’ve lived in places where you don’t talk business with your friends – it’s taboo.  […]

Navigating Our “Firsts”

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 | No Comments

First day of school.  First day of a new job.  First day for a new project.  First big client.  First presentation to the C-Suite. There’s something exciting about “firsts” – all that looming possibility.  But as I watched my kiddo standing in-Iine behind his new classmates yesterday, with a determined scowl on his face as […]

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 […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 | 4 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 […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part I)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 | One Comment

Awhile back I was leading sessions for small company that had recently been acquired by a large multinational based in France.  There were culture issues, communication issues, and because of the vast amount of change they were experiencing, fear and mistrust were rampant.  Overnight this small band of technical leaders that had proudly grown their […]