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Resistance Can’t Be Good, Right?

When giving a, TED or TEDx speech on anything, you can expect people to watch you to see if you are actually living your subject.  So was the case with me last week. I was doing a short workshop with a group of Women in IT (Information Technology) at a Fortune 50 company.  First, I […]

The Courage to Speak…and Hear

He turned to me and asked “Do you think I am too vague when giving someone an assignment?”  Just as I started to answer we got interrupted, so it was the next day when I brought up his question, with a question of my own.  “What are you hoping to learn by asking that question?” […]

Leadership IS Conversation

When he knocked at my door asking for a few minutes, the resentment rushed from head to toe.  I was gleefully buried in a budget spreadsheet, playing the annual game to beat the system, keep everyone on staff and avoid layoffs.  “Can’t he see I’m busy?” I thought while slowly turning a fragment of my […]

Feedback

Washing windows during spring cleaning, I was feeling all happy and proud that I found a perceived shortcut using my new microfiber rags.  Cleaning the windows seemed as simple as wiping them down.  No visible streaks at all.  Until there was light.  Once the sun shown on the “clean” windows the next morning, streaks and […]

Just Start

Note:  I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity  recently.  Today, I’m republishing a blog from my art site  Creative Spirits Unleashed, because sometimes, you just have to start. Originally published February 2015.Recently I drove by a Michael’s craft store that I visited only once. It brought back memories that made me smile and helped me remember that […]

Context Changes Everything

The lesson of power of context keeps coming back to me.  One of my first experiences in seeing how context can change everything came when living in Charlotte, right after I got my first car with a key fob that unlocked my car.  (Ok, this was a long time ago!)  I asked my husband “Is […]

Free to Be

I was speaking with a friend the other day who is reinventing her life in huge and profound ways.  We talked about how the word “reinvention” sounds so big and daunting.   “Isn’t it just a natural and growing evolution?” she asked.  Well, yes and no.  In her “reinvention”, she is breaking through lots of beliefs […]

Learning at the Speed of Light

Many of the leaders I work with these days are in a bit of a paradoxical dilemma.  They have a significant role for which they have been deemed highly competent, and yet it’s like riding a bucking bronco.  The world is changing, the role becoming more complex, and leading in the role becomes more difficult […]

Calm, Anxious, or Excited?

Copyright: inspirestock / 123RF Stock Photo   Anybody who has ever had to perform under pressure knows the physical commotion and symphony of feelings that course through the body.  Whether a long planned sales presentation, a speech in front of the top brass, or pitching in your softball league, you know the many ways your body […]

Decisions, Decisions

Photo credit:  123RF.com We spent the weekend cleaning out the “big closet” in our house, the one where we shoved everything with impunity.  We were stunned at how much – well –rubbish had piled up through the years.  We said this all weekend:  “Why in the world did we keep all this stuff?!?” The truth […]