Could You Be So Right It’s Hurting You?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | No Comments

I woke up this morning to little snowflakes on my windshield.  SNOW!  Apparently New York didn’t get the ‘it’s Spring” memo.  When I saw the snow I immediately felt grumpy and, after 2 or 3 minutes of pouting, I realized I have a choice.  I can choose to stay grumpy and let it ruin my mood […]

Authentic Buy-in

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 | No Comments

If you’ve been in the professional world, corporate or otherwise, for any length of time, you’ve heard about the importance of communicating benefits.  Communicating Benefits is one of those basic block and tackling skills that rarely get taught in high school, or even college for that matter (like balancing a checkbook – what’s with that?), […]

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 […]

What are the Lessons of Your Life?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 | 4 Comments

As I’m watching my husband bundle up to “battle the elements” for his walk to catch the train on his way to work, I’m reminded of my childhood.  As some of you know, I grew up a world away from where I find myself now (just outside NYC), on a cattle ranch in northwestern Montana.  My dad […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

You Can Be a Positive Force

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 | No Comments

There are people who show up in our lives and change us for the better.  We often don’t realize it when it’s happening, and we sometimes don’t appreciate it when we do.  They shape who we are and who we will become.  They don’t mean to have such a big impact – they’re just doing […]

Keeping the Magic Alive

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 | No Comments

One of the many things I love about having a kiddo is that I get an excuse to watch all the Christmas movies and reignite the wonder of childhood.  There’s something magical about holiday rituals.  Last night, my little family of three snuggled together to watch Elf and when a narwhal made a cameo appearance it […]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

As I was responding to an email from my kiddo’s teacher recently, I reflected on how incredibly fortunate we are to have such a talented, caring, and invested woman educating our son this year.  “Thank you for investing yourself in my son.” I wrote back to her.  “It matters.  It’s made a difference to him.  He’s […]