How Can You Shift Your Focus?

Posted by on May 7, 2014 | No Comments

Have you ever noticed that when you’re truly focused on something and you’re giving it your full attention, that everything else seems to melt away?  It’s like it’s not even there. Both my boys (husband and kid) have the ability to hyper-focus, which is both an incredible gift and sometimes terribly annoying.  If they’re focused […]

Putting the Horse Before the Cart

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 | No Comments

We’re all in such a rush.  We want to figure out how to market ourselves, our companies, our products and services as quickly as possible to get the money comin’ in the door.  What’s our “brand”?  What’s our “elevator pitch”?  What’s our “value proposition”?  Important stuff.  It makes a lot of sense – after all, […]

The Power of “Why”

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 | One Comment

  She looked frazzled.  Tired.  As I spoke to her, her eyes were a like portal into her mind – through which I could see all the balls she was frantically juggling.  She was in a million places at that moment.  Not with me at all. “Are you okay?” I asked.  “You seem stressed.” “It […]

Setting a New Course

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 | No Comments

One of the reasons having clarity about what I stand for has been helpful, is that it makes it possible for me course-correct when I find myself reacting to situations instead of bringing my best.  As those of you fabulous human beings who read my blog regularly know, my Super Objective (what drives me as […]

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 […]

Give Us Something to Go On

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

Several years ago I was working with a group of managers and their direct reports for a company in Chicago and one of the guys in the session filled with the direct reports told me he was angry that he had received a bonus.  As you might have been, I was a little surprised to […]