Perfection vs. Connection

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 | 3 Comments

We work so hard to get it right.  We agonize over our PowerPoint slides.  We ensure that our data is rock-solid.  We polish our pitch.  Some of us are even lucky enough to have an entire communications team tirelessly crafting our messaging to hit every point and refute every argument, collectively aiming for perfection.  Yet… […]

What Is Your Definition of “Brave”?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 | No Comments

When I started OnStage Leadership in Dallas in 2009, I hardly knew anyone there.  We had moved to Dallas two years before and I hadn’t really “plugged in”.  At the time I had been traveling a lot for work, so other than spending time with our wonderful neighbors, I felt pretty isolated.  2009 was a watershed year […]

Four Things to Combat Your Saber Tooth Tiger

Posted by on May 9, 2014 | No Comments

“Oh great!” you may be thinking, “Now I know (since you read yesterday’s blog post) that my presentation woes are due to saber-tooth tigers (you really should read yesterday’s post first), but now what???!” All is not lost my friend.  There are tools to deal with these things. Once you have identified what happens to […]

What’s Underneath?

Posted by on May 8, 2014 | One Comment

He stood up there, rigid and frightened, like a wild animal caught in my headlights on the highway.  His eyes were darting about, avoiding the audience all cost.  He kept wiping his hands on his pants, giving away his sweaty palms.  When he started to speak, he robotically read from his notes, as if being […]

Raising the Stakes to Connect

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 | 4 Comments

I could see that she was a caring and honest leader, a woman who brought her integrity to work with her each day, who people trusted.  But she spoke so quickly and her voice was so soft that it was hard to stay connected.  I found my mind wandering, chewing on the million things left […]