Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. This way or that

    Big Decisions, Little Decisions: Which Are More Important?

    The quality of your life, personally and professionally, is based on how you make decisions. There is the old way and the new way: hint, the new way is actually older than the old way. The indigenous cultures all knew and still know that everything is connected. Somewhere along the way as we became “sophisticated intellectuals” and “rugged individualists” the idea of inter-connection b…Read More

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    What Courage Looks Like

    Twice a year we do a program for leaders and emerging leaders. It is a four session program spread over five months. Each time I include clips of leaders who have and continue to make a difference in our world. There are a few staples, like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. We choose from a wide array of business leaders, media, the arts, and people who I call “Giraffes” (those willin…Read More

  3. Can BAD People Be Good leaders?

    When Tom was fired from his CEO position there were lots of heads shaking side to side wondering what happened. Tom was a charismatic kind of guy who was always telling funny jokes and encouraging everyone to do the best they could do. He was both cheerleader and coach. So what happened? Let’s face it. Business can be brutal at the top rungs. The rules of the jungle often apply and if it is e…Read More

  4. Leadership Lessons: The Memories We Make

    During these last few weeks of the year take the time to look back and remember. What are the highs and the lows from 2013? What did you do or not do to make this year spectacular? This week is the best time to reconnect, rewind your mind, and redo anything that is out of kilter. By next week the holiday rush takes over and time to ruminate is non-existent. Saturday is December 21st, the solsti…Read More

  5. The Ethics of Giving and Getting

    Many of you know who Brendon Burchard is. Some say he is a young Tony Robbins. He says lots of great things in front of groups and talks in an ethical and clear manner. It sure looks like he has made a ton of money. In fact he often talks about how he became a millionaire at a fast and furious pace. I suggest that “BUYER BEWARE” should be stamped on his program sign- up sheets. Here is wha…Read More

  6. Leadership and kindness

    Are you tired from all the bully boss blogs? Tired of all the negativity and “gotcha game” complaints that go from co-worker to co-worker? Do you play in the CYA arena and get stocked with all the gossip at work? The month of December is the most gossipy month of the year. Office parties often lead to smirky comments about partners, clothes, and crappy surprise gifts (the ones that no one is …Read More

  7. 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 …Read More

  8. Rush Limbaugh Being Told to “SHUT UP”

    Maybe, just maybe the era of anything goes is ending. Maybe, just maybe the guy with the loud mouth and no couth will be put out to pasture. It’s about time.   I have listened to Mr. Limbaugh, on occasion, to understand his appeal. I have always turned him off with a sense of deep sadness. Oh sure, he has made millions. However, inside that large frame is a tortured little child who is …Read More

  9. Leadership Training: Work is NOT a Rehab Facility

    When you have a lazy employee, one who has excuses for everything, who acts like a victim when you point out work not done that needs to be done and all they do is make excuses; then what? I am asked all the time in my coaching sessions, “When do you finally let someone go”? Let’s go back to yesterday and the employee who could not get work done because the cat was sick. The first thing yo…Read More

  10. Women’s Leadership Development and Pattern Repetition

    [caption id="attachment_2722" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="What habits are you holding on to?"][/caption] Hey girl, you know it is your time, so don’t waste any of it. Understanding your patterns is key to unlocking your potential. Here is what you need to know about patterns and then the ball is in your court to make change happen. Patterns are behaviors that you repeat and repeat an…Read More

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