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April 21, 2017
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Maybe You’ve Been Looking at the Wrong Parts

Several years ago, I took a fall down the stairs and added insult to an injury that was already brewing with my back. Eventually, I found myself laid up for about 3 months in bed, unable to do much of anything except manage my pain. My siblings had to come in and care for my family and my home as I was stuck in my misery waiting for an impending surgery. At the time, I was leading a company that did spa party events and one of the massage therapists that I worked with offered to do some bodywork for […]
February 28, 2017
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Used – My Public Fail as a Facilitator

A while back, I was doing some work with an executive team and we were having a conversation about not waiting for permission to do the work that they, as leaders, had already been asked and empowered to do. There was one participant who struggled with taking ownership. He was blocking possibilities, openly objecting and getting in his own way. At first, I patiently responded to his repeated rebuttals but there was a point when I completely shocked myself and others by explosively calling him out. To be clear, not allowing others to hide is my job, but there is a right […]
February 14, 2017

Get Naked and Fall in Love at Work

My brother is quite remarkable. He’s a great guy, he’s super smart, he’s had a really successful career and at 6’7” he has a presence that is not easily forgotten. But we sometimes tease him and call him a “transformer” because we say that he becomes someone different when he steps into the business world. This is primarily due to the distinction between his every day voice and his “professional voice”. We say that he goes from being “Stanley” to “Staanley – The Professional”. It’s fairly innocent and it gives us a good laugh, but I believe that many of us take on a […]
January 26, 2017

What Do People Think When Your Name Comes Up?

What things come to mind for others when they think of you? Do others see you as smart? Savvy? Generous? As a problem solver? What do others call on you for? Are you typically invited to the table when there’s a need to develop a strategy? Do people want you in the room when something serious is going down? Or are you the space they seek when they need to sit and take a deep breath? Though people will always see you through their own filters there’s one thing that you can do to make a strong and mighty influence on […]