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

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

Free to Be: Now More Than Ever

Originally posted March 2016 I posted this blog four years ago, and in these times of the pandemic, this blog is even more relevant today.  It’s about reinvention and as the world is being reinvented in ways we have never seen and feels uncomfortable and abnormal, it’s important to remember something; reinvention IS normal.  I was speaking […]

Press On or Take a Break

Originally Published: Feb 2020   Once again, it took skiing to remind me of a core business principle.  In this case, it’s the principle that in many cases you must “go slow to go fast.” The idea is simple – if you take a pause rather than working as if you are living in a […]

The Choice Between Trust and Connection or Fear and Compliance

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Warwick Schiller on my podcast in a long conversation that barely scratched the surface of his wealth of knowledge in working with horses. On a podcast about the balancing acts of work and life, you might think he was chosen as a guest to add weight to the “life […]

Nothing to Fear or Everything to Fear

We found a snake in our chicken coop recently. I was unhappy to be sure – but maybe not for the reasons you might think. Few things scare people more than snakes. It’s an almost universal aversion that for some reason, I do not have. Instead, snakes fascinate me. When I was a kid, my Dad would tell […]

The Thousand Invisible Layers

When I was first learning to ski the slalom course, I sat in the boat watching people who could run the course thinking “How hard could that be?” I learned to get up on a slalom ski at age 15. Just doing that felt like a huge accomplishment. I would get up, celebrate that I […]

It’s All About That…What?

Originally Posted July 22, 2016 The conversation started as she walked in looking haggard and weary. “I’m so drained, today I can’t be the leader I want to be.” She continued, by saying “I feel like a bitch asking for help –but there is no way I can do all of this by myself.”  Unknowingly, […]