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When You Are Under Attack…

Sometimes, people really are trying to make things personal. In my book The Elegant Pivot, An Inspired Move for Navigating Corporate Politics, the most challenging character I describe is Fighting Francis. As much as we wish it weren’t so, the FF’s in the world really are out to get us. There may be no better […]

It Comes Down to a Fear of Failure

Originally posted Nov. 18 2018 In the last 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of sitting in deep conversation with hundreds of people working in Corporate America.  When the shields are down and the corporate façade comes off, almost everyone shares one secret in common: they fear failure, especially when operating in the pressure gap. […]

Emotions: We can love them or hate them

What is the difference between expressing emotion and feeling emotion? This question has come up in various ways over the last couple of weeks, and in trying to explain the difference to a client, I found myself seeing more shades of gray than black and white. Feeling is good – but feeling too much can […]

Are you willing to see it differently?

One of the best inventions ever is the deadline. The Elegant Pivot workbook went out to those who asked to be on the “early tester” list because of two deadlines. The first was self-imposed. I promised it by November 4. If I had not given myself a deadline, I would have kept dragging it out. The second […]

It’s All in How You See It

This week, I’ve been deep in the writing and completion of The Elegant Pivot Workbook. What seemed like a simple project at the beginning has become much more comprehensive (and difficult) than I expected. It hit me today that I was seeing it all wrong. Or upside down. That might be a less judgmental term […]

Arrest and Redirecting Runaway Thoughts

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 potatoes to go around. […]

The Elegant Pocket Questions

When people ask me what my latest book The Elegant Pivot is all about, I almost always say “It’s a treatise on how to assume positive intent.” But there is something that matters even more. As I’ve been writing the companion workbook, more than ever, I recognize that The Elegant Pivot is all about keeping me curious, so that I […]

Being a Beginner

This was a full circle week full of circles. Did that sentence alone cause some dizziness? Let me explain! I spent several days in Oklahoma with a friend and her reining horses. She let me take lessons on a stud named “Magic Mike.” This horse is anything but a beginner. He knows his stuff! Me […]

And Yes, I Got Back on the Horse!

Note: Today I’m republishing a blog from 4 years ago. I found this one as I was wrapping up the first draft of my upcoming book “Dancing the Tightrope: The Gift of Pressure, Fear and Failure.” I wrote this piece 3 months before falling from a different horse in a much less scary situation. At […]

The Power is in Your Hands

Note:  I’m sharing a draft of a work in progress. In her endorsement at the beginning of the book, Shushan Aleaqui said: “[Lynn] offers us a gift by focusing on your growth and your awareness as well as the tools to be better leaders. This book is now one of the must-read workbooks that I […]