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

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 […]

Our “Ambassadors”

While teaching a self awareness program, one of the participants mentioned our “ambassadors” in context of how we relate to each other.  What?  Who are these ambassadors that he is talking about? With a little more explanation, it struck me as one of the best analogies for what often happens in relationships.   Have you ever […]