Redefining Success: A Mindset

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“Focus on the fundamentals – inspire the team. The genius within us asked to shape the still unseen; Yet the world continues gasping in a strange collective pause-Could we use it to embrace the wound and heal the larger cause?  Reflect. Grieve. Breathe. Rise. Allow success to re-emerge with compassion at its side.”  A New Normal Life is different…

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Being Calm after the Storm

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As the spread of COVID-19 continues, business leaders across the world are increasingly facing difficult decisions. How will they continue growing the company? How can they best support and keep their employees? How will they be able – or will they be able – to operate long term? The list evolves each week as the…

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Leading Well During a Crisis

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Our decisions are most often made based on the results we predict and are able to measure.  Results that matter seem to only be those quantifiable, tangible and written down. How well does this approach work when swift action is needed? How long does it take us to offer emotional support, compassion, and care for individuals…

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Reflection

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Reflection – as a noun stands for something or someone able to send back light, heat, sound or any energy without absorbing it.   Coaching offers clients an unbiased view of their actions and stated  intentions so they can more clearly see themselves. Reflection – as a verb is a unique human activity and powerful dimension…

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Building Connection in Divided Times

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Diversity and inclusion are words we hear a lot – and the lack of them is always evident when tolerance wears thin during election season. Elections are one way of exercising the gift of freedom we receive as citizens of the US.  I respect all citizens and their right to vote, no matter how their…

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Mindset – What’s Your Story?

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What story plays in your mind when:  Your plane is delayed?  Your doctor wants to talk with you about lab results? You’re summoned unexpectedly to your boss’s office about a reorganization?   Your teenager isn’t back home long after the expected time?  The stories we tell ourselves about a situation, event or person affect how well…

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Vulnerability and the Courage to Change

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After a 10 hour day of back-to-back meetings, I realized I’d left behind some highly confidential client documents in a public place. Others could find, peruse and use the information to their advantage for a variety of reasons.  The feeling was crushing – I couldn’t breathe and wanted to vomit. It was as if I’d…

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The “Work” of Work Life Balance

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Achieving work-life balance is a goal that shows up often when I’m coaching clients in their mid-career years. There are many issues for many mid-level leaders that contribute to a normalized 12+ hour day – which is also often shown as a leader’s badge of honor, as well as a stepping-stone to senior leadership. If…

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Compartmentalize: A Tool of Leadership

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Compartmentalize.  We often associate the word with negative meanings such as the emotionally distant manager that blocks feelings, ignores experiences, and focuses only on what they want. It may have sounded heartless to explore how becoming skillful in this could help my client succeed in a new, stretch assignment that had the scope and complexity of…

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Work: More Happiness, Less Time

Work: More Happiness, Less Time

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The last few years I’ve noticed a prevalent theme in the feedback shared about leaders I coach. They’re from various levels – senior executives, organizations and industries.  The striking consistency and frequency of the theme “s/he works too many hours – and others believe they must do the same” comes from peers, managers and directs…

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Leadership is a skill of empathy

Empathy is a Skill of Leadership

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Empathy.  What is it – and why is it a crucial skill of leaders? “Empathy is the capacity to sense, and to respond with appropriate emotion and action to another’s emotion and thinking.  It involves the ability to imagine what another person is experiencing from within the context of their mental, emotional and physical. “…

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Chemistry of Leadership

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February in Texas shows signs that spring is in the air – red buds in deep pink buds bursting on branches and bright green grass pushing through brown winter grass. On top of this season are Valentine’s commercials showing clingy couples exchanging gifts and …my personal favorite are pastures blanketed soon in wild flowers dodging wobbly…

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