Making it Safe to Say What’s Real

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 | No Comments

“How are you?” “How’s it going?” If you’re spending time in the US, you’ll hear these greetings all day long; from colleagues, friends, clients, the checker at the grocery store, your kid’s teacher, the mailman, the guy making your latte at Starbucks – that’s just what we say to each other in this country. Do any […]

Don’t Fool Yourself, People Know

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 | No 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 with […]

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 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 […]

Do You Have the Courage to Lead?

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 | No 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 in […]

Possibility Unleashed

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 | No Comments

Think for a moment about the people who have made the biggest difference in your life. Who pointed you in a new direction? Who gave you that unique opportunity? Who saw something in you, that perhaps you hadn’t even seen in yourself? There are people we meet who seem to magically change the trajectory of […]

Do Your Actions Match Your Insides?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was a day I’ll never forget.  During my morning “zen time” I had been reading Nathaniel Brandon”s, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (I think it was around 2003, when I was living in Seattle – definitely before my kiddo was born, as there hasn’t been much “zen” since).   Having just finished a chapter about the “Practice […]

Does Stuff Happen to You?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 | 2 Comments

Yesterday I received an email from a potential business colleague profusely apologizing for having to reschedule our call.  Her child was sick, her normal sitter out of town, and she was home beating herself up for not being available. Last week there was a time-zone snafu with another call I had scheduled and the guy […]

How Are You Fencing Yourself In?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 | No Comments

I don’t know about you, but I find that some of my favorite quotes come from movies that are made for the under-13-crowd.  Since I’ve a grade-schooler at home, it’s nice to have an excuse to plop down with a bucket of popcorn and watch something that actually has a positive message in it.  It’s […]