Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. Jai Ching's Documentary Pic

    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 willing to s…Read More

  2. 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

  3. How We All Can Lead Cultural and Interpersonal Change Throughout the World

    I have not been to China for over a decade and coming here now was a bit of a shock. Tall buildings everywhere, cars replacing the myriad of bicycles that clogged the streets of Beijing on my last trip. Young people laughing and flirting. Parents caring for their coveted only child. Children who are well behaved and curious. I loved saying “ni hao” (pronounced “knee how”) for hello, as the…Read More

  4. GUTSY WOMEN for FREEDOM

    We all know about George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock. They are reminders of how determined we must all be when freedom is put in harm’s way. I have always wondered about the women of the Revolution. In school all we were taught was that Betsy Ross was known for sewing the American flag. Now, that in itself is a marvelous undertaking. However, there were so many others who we …Read More

  5. Which Bathroom is the Right One?

    I went to the soccer game in Buenos Aires. It was like being at a Broadway musical. The favorite team, the Boca Juniors were playing and the singing was stupendous. That is how they cheer the team, by singing and singing and singing. Now, the team did not perform that well and yet they were cheered on till the very end. No alcohol is allowed in the stadium and there is a definite rule against mak…Read More

  6. GUTSY Women and Attachment Parenting

    Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the controversy from decades ago about nursing moms. I was a “thoroughly modern Millie” who, along with most of my peers, saw nur…Read More

  7. 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 scre…Read More

  8. GUTSY Leadership: Butterflies in Your Belly

    When I met Livia Genova-Pagano at an eWomen’s networking event in suburban Philadelphia I was struck by her strong and assured presence. I saw the word GUTSY written in the middle of her forehead. When we talked I saw how perfectly positioned she was for life to take her on a fast and fun ride to high level leadership. Her delight with her company was effervescent, she bubbled and sparkled. We t…Read More

  9. Women’s Leadership Development and Pattern Repetition

    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 and sadly are not really clear till after the damage is done. As in “I did IT again!”. The “IT” can be anythin…Read More

  10. To Go or Not To Go: What Would a Leader DO?

    Decisions that are both professional and personal are more complex for today’s women (and men) than in the past. When boundaries were clearly defined, we knew what to do and when. And if we didn’t like it, well, we just stuffed it! Today we are asking more questions and looking at creative options. Sometimes I think it would be great to go back to a more structured, orderly way of life. Read t…Read More

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