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 […]

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… […]

Are You Stopping You?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 | One Comment

I was delighted to see a friend’s Facebook post last week that read:  “You know you’ve grown when: a spelling error in your newsletter (that you just sent out!) no longer makes you want to crawl into a dark hole!! Yay Me!!!!!   This same friend, a year ago, had received a snarky comment about a grammatical error […]

Are You In? Let’s Draft!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 | No Comments

I love the concept of “drafting”.  My husband Tim has done multiple long-distance bike rides and ever since I learned about drafting I’ve been fascinated by it.  To draft, there has to be someone leading – you cannot draft alone.  The riders following the leader of the pack use the leader’s energy to cut the […]

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 […]

What Is It You Don’t Know?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 | No Comments

Ah yes, when we need to be reminded of something it never ceases to amaze me how the message suddenly appears.  And so it is true with today’s re-posted post, which is so timely as I’m plugging away on this book.  “What is it I don’t know?” Click here to read today’s re-posted post:   […]

Who Do You Want To Be?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 | No Comments

I find myself  very contemplative this morning.  Re-reading yesterday’s blog sparked an uncomfortable memory that warrants some time to consider. In late January I do what I do every January – start setting up the annual doctors’ appointments to ensure that my clan is healthy for the year.  I never really give it much thought […]

How Can You Achieve Results That Matter?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 | One Comment

I never thought I’d ever-in-a-million-years hear myself say this, but I loved my doctor’s appointment last Friday.  It’s a weird experience to love something you’ve always dreaded.  It left me feeling a bit confused.  I had always known what to expect and now I don’t.  And I think that’s the one of the greatest gifts […]

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 […]