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


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

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Oct 19, 2015

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

When I first published my book “The Elegant Pivot, An Inspired Move for Navigating Corporate Politics” my primary intention was to enliven the idea with more stories and examples following my TEDx speech from 2015. In the intervening years, I found the principles in the book stood the tests of real life, whether applying them […]

Recovering My Courage

Four years ago this week, I went for a simple trail ride with a friend that landed me in the hospital for three days. (A place I really don’t want to be these days!) Sometimes accidents just happen. Sometimes accidents happen because we take risks we have no business taking. Sometimes accidents happen out of […]

Amnesia for the Pain of Mistakes

Yesterday, I sat at the end of the lake waiting for the water to settle down before my next ski pass. When I said, “hit it,” I had the same moment of joy I’ve had at least 500 times since early April. Every single time I say “hit it”, I feel a moment of elation […]