Be Here Now


Every summer I re-read Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and each time I gain some new insight, fresh perspective and wisdom. Here's a brief excerpt:   … Read more

Goldilocks, Wimps, and Leadership


Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You know the story -- Goldilocks tries out the three bears' beds and finds that one is too hard, one is too soft, and one is just right. She then makes herself quite comfy, and proceeds to take a power nap in the just-right bed. I know you're asking, "What does … Read more

Leaders: Beware the Cancer That May Be Killing Your Culture


Some time ago, I was working with a leadership team, helping them to all "go and grow" in the same direction. We were going through the process of building a culture of trust and respect and I felt like we kept hitting a brick wall. There was something there, blocking the team members from fully … Read more

Leadership Lessons from Parenthood


Parenting. One of the most challenging - and rewarding - jobs in life. The same can often be said for leadership. Having experience in both arenas, I can honestly say that I have made my share of mistakes and missteps, had lots of boo-boo's and blowups, lost my cool and been hot-headed. But the … Read more

Now More Than Ever


When the going gets tough, the tough get going - or so the saying goes. When times are good, leading a team or an organization can be exhilarating and gratifying. It's also a bit easier to lead when you've got abundant resources and ample opportunities. … Read more

Logic Makes You Think but Emotions Make You Act

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Logic makes you think; emotion makes you act. I’m not sure who first said this, but I heard it recently in the context of improving presentation skills. As I often do, I thought about the truth of this statement in the context of improving leadership skills. “But there’s no place for emotion in … Read more

There is NO Finish Line


You can never lead others where you haven't first led yourself. Gulp. I don't know about you, but when I first heard that quote, it really struck a chord with me. … Read more

Leaders: Want to Have a Great Year? Plan for It

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After returning from a trip recently I found myself inexplicably stressed. I tried to figure out what worry was niggling at the back of my mind. Why should I worry? I had just received word that several proposals had been accepted by clients and that should be cause for elation rather than … Read more

Leadership Lessons from Santa


Tis the season ... for running around, shopping, and scurrying to get to holiday parties, that is. I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some leadership lessons that we might glean from Jolly Old Saint Nick. After all, he seems to have it going on and I figure we could learn a lot from … Read more

Work is Not a Four-Letter Word


I'm not sure who originated this quote, but I heard it the other day and it resonated with me: We all pray for a harvest (success), but we forget that when harvest time comes, it's a lot of work. Similarly, my grandmother, ("Mimi") used to tell us, "Mais cher, be careful what you pray for, because … Read more