Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. Sisterhood-at-sunset

    Powerful and GUTSY

    I have a birth to announce. Beautiful babies come in various packages. Some in the warm skin of an infant son or daughter. Others as works of art, music, photography, dance, the written word. Joan Scharff just gave birth to a wonderful book of poems and pictures. I met her several years ago when she was at our GUTSY Women weekend. Then a year later she completed our flagship Total Leadership Conn…Read More

  2. Turkeys and Eagles

    Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was not all that thrilled having the Bald Eagle as our national symbol? He much preferred…TADA…the Turkey!! So as you are celebrating this day of Thanksgiving think about the noble bird that could have been on our currency instead of on the table!!! (more…)…Read More

  3. Women Leaders: We Do NOT have More Time to be Silent

    Rachel Carson who wrote a book of major importance “The Silent Spring” was a GUTSY woman who spoke out about the level of toxins in our world 50 years ago. Those numbers are higher and the risk more deadly. Someone recently commented that with all the toxins in the world we are living longer so why worry. Interesting point of view. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of Carson’s book. It is a…Read More

  4. The Whole Enchilada

    This is a country founded on freedom of speech. Often it seems to go too far in disrespect, even wanting to destroy the credibility of others (just watch the Presidential campaign)! However, the peaceful protest at the Rose Parade brings in a dimension that has excellent possibilities for healthy change in our society. I’d love to hear your comments to my comment at the end of the HuffPost artic…Read More

  5. Battling Women and Windmills

    In our Total Leadership Connections program we teach participants to go beyond the obvious, that leadership in any field requires deep thought; superficial considerations are merely not enough. Recently asked what I thought about all the brouhaha around actor/director Mel Gibson’s racist and venomous comments to ex-girlfriend and mother of his child I decided to do some research. Based on what I…Read More

  6. Leadership and Change: Ready on a Moment’s Notice

    I must really be getting old! I remember when tornadoes were only meant to happen in Kansas. In past years most of us watched "The Wizard of Oz" and went along with Dorothy on her journey, yet it was just a story, right? While tornadoes indicate sudden change and danger they were "out there" in pockets of the country. They were meant to be in Kansas, not Connecticut. Well, not until this week anyw…Read More

  7. Leadership and “It’s All About Me”

      Think about a moment when someone is judging a situation that seems untenable and you think “What did I do to make this so awful?”   Happens to the best of us; happens to all of us. What is the best way to handle the emotions that bubble up? Many become “the stuffers” and let the unpleasant feelings gurgle and gnaw at the solar plexus right above the stomach. That is why anti-acids are…Read More

  8. Bad Behavior at Home, School, Work

    Image by ihtatho via Flickr Bullying is an art form not dissimilar to caring. It takes persistence, practice, and purpose.   What does that really mean? It means that all behaviors become patterned responses if we do them consistently. There is a law in neurology, Hebb’s Law that states “neurons that fire together wire together”. So, if we practice it enough, if we see it modeled enough an…Read More

  9. Leadership and Sankofa Mapping

    Ever get annoyed with someone and say, usually with indignation “Who do you think you are?” There is a new television series by that name that gives the question a whole new meaning.   Image via Wikipedia Last Friday there was an opportunity to look more deeply into the life of American football legend Emmitt Smith than just how he has done on the ball field or how well he could strut his stu…Read More

  10. The Boy Who Became St. Patrick

    I’ll bet you see more people of every denomination wearing a bit of green today. Well, maybe the same color will be well represented on Earth Day. In any case, St. Patrick’s Day is known for parades, beer and lots of fun.   I did some research to find out who is the man behind the myth and there are quite a few interesting facts. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by a band of pirates from his…Read More

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