lynn-carnes

Hi, I'm Lynn Carnes. My official title is Executive Coach, focusing deeply on leadership.  My unofficial title is "Professional Unleasher", focusing on unleashing YOU. If you believe you have to choose between performing under pressure and having work life balance, you might be making a false choice.  What if you need BOTH in order to get what you want?

There are two ways to approach your career

The first is to focus on proving you belong. It’s a never-ending race to the top that can cost you a good quality of life and your relationships. You may very well succeed in getting exactly what you asked for: when money, status, and achievement are your primary focus, they will make you their prisoner.

The trappings of success can keep you trapped.

The second is to become a true learner and focus on how you can constantly improve. No matter the outcome, you will consistently become stronger and better prepared for this fast-changing world.

You are going to be uncomfortable either way. The focus on proving yourself creates a hole you can never fill. The discomfort from learning feels more productive and rewarding. You might even find peace of mind.

Instead of chasing empty goals, my hope for you is a journey to unleash the true spirit within you.

Here's my story.

Fighting to make it to the top then realizing I could have a great life - TODAY

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Lynn Carnes: The Delicate Art: Learn to Say "No" and Unleash Your Performance

Lynn Carnes: The Elegant Pivot: An Inspired Move for Navigating Corporate Politics

Jennifer Maneely: Dear Parents: Strategies to Help Your Loved One Through Addiction

And before you go chasing that dream to the top, download this article:

“Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Be CEO”

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TEDx Talk

Raging Bitch to Engaging Coach

Oct 19, 2015

Perspective

I was reminded again today of the power of changing my perspective. As my flight instructor and I were preparing to get in the airplane for multiple touch and go landings, she asked me about my seat height. Suddenly, I was taken back to our very first flight, when she suggested cranking it as high […]

Arrest and Redirect: Part 2

This week, the progression of my flying lessons began with more advanced maneuvers. The first one in this phase was “steep turns”. As we took off from the Asheville Airport and headed for the practice area just west of Lake Lure, I was feeling moderately confident that steep turns would be no big deal. However, […]

Arrest and Redirect Runaway Thoughts

Originally Posted October 2022 Our thoughts can run away with us. They pop in our head, like the uninvited dinner guest. Before you know it, those runaway thoughts sit down, strap on a bib and start helping themselves to heaping piles of the dinner we have prepared. Meanwhile, we look on helplessly wondering those thoughts came from and if there are enough mashed […]

Acceptance

A few days ago, in one of those moments where I knew it would happen before it happened, I dropped my phone in the lake. All alone in the boathouse at Mystic Waters, I held the lever to raise the boat on the lift. With my other hand, I held my phone. Or should I […]

The Voice of Authority

Recently I caught myself second guessing a text I had sent. When I really looked at the process of “second guessing”, I realized that something else all-together was happening. I was explaining myself to myself in my head. But it wasn’t really me I was explaining myself to. What the heck did I just say? […]