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What are We Buying in the Leadership Department?

I was just in a real bricks and mortar store to get some great after the holiday sale items. There were super discounts on my favorite winter wear, cashmere sweaters. So soft and warm and sturdy. Thank you cashmere goats for you contribution to my comfort. Then I... read more

How Leaders Can Help Shape Attitudes

The Golden Globes Red Carpet talk was filled with “How gorgeous, beautiful, fit and wonderful” everyone looked. It was a fashion runway about dresses, jewelry, and occasionally about a tuxedo. Everyone, or just about, was in amazing physical shape. Did you ever wonder... read more

Golden Globes, Recognition, and Leadership

What stands out from the Golden Globe Awards? Does anyone really remember the dresses or the tuxes even a few days later? Do you really care whose jewels were around necks and ears only to9 be given back when the lights faded away? Did you wonder if Jennifer Anniston... read more

How to Be Even Better in Your Work

This blog is for those who are really good at what they do. Otherwise, you don’t have to bother reading. OK… How do you know you are really good at your chosen work? Who tells you? Are there metrics to look at? What is your comfort level at training others? What... read more

Stay in the FAST LANE for Leadership Development

I opened my new journal on Friday. So many blank pages and so much to write. So, I started to put down plans and possibilities. That is…until… Until there was a phone call. After we hung up I sat there staring at the phone feeling like a deflated balloon. The call was... read more

3 Ways an Apple Can Change the World

I just finished the most delicious apple that I sprinkled with some cinnamon and sugar… Cinnamon is so good for you. It is good for blood pressure and I was reading an article that is can also keep your mood from fluctuating like a roller coaster. We can all use... read more

Naughty Can Become NICE

The road was slick from the rain. I did not want to complain because the Bay Area needs to fill up its rivers and reservoirs as fast as possible. None the less, when a car swerved just a bit too close for comfort I shouted out from that place inside that activates... read more

Talk of Torture Timely for Leadership development

What a bummer that Angelina Jolie will miss the opening of the film “Unbroken” that she directed. Sadly, she missed the chicken pox as a kid and has to break out and itch as an adult. However, the timing of this film is placed perfectly. With Dick Cheney in great... read more

Turkeys and Eagles

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was not all that thrilled having the Bald Eagle as our national symbol? He much preferred…TADA…the Turkey!! So as you are celebrating this day of Thanksgiving think about the noble bird that could have been on our currency instead... read more

Get Ready for Thanksgiving 2014!

Thank you to, Jeannie Mecorney, a Total Leadership Connection graduate, for sending me this fun ditty to launch the holiday season. I belong in the “vegan camp” this year. Our 9 year old granddaughter is a staunch vegetarian and we are leaning more and... read more

They are ALL Our Children

Years ago I was in Brazil for a conference. It was wonderful looking up at the “Christo Redentor” that is so much a part of Rio. It was fun sun bathing and walking along the famous Ipanema beach. I also had an opportunity to go inland to some of the mines where the... read more

Safe Spaces, Hot Spots and What If

Waiting in Ferguson Missouri. Waiting for the judge to hand down the decision. Waiting to see if there will be violence or calm. Waiting to see how justice is served. Waiting to see if there can be anything new and helpful that will come out of how the people of... read more

What does it mean to be a REAL Leader?

Authenticity is a buzz word in today’s business world. All leadership development programs discuss this topic. I was thinking about being thinner, smarter, younger, and more wonderful. Nope, that is not what being authentic is about. It is about being seen “warts and... read more

Here is the Elixir for Workplace Doldrums

Hey the holidays are right around the corner? How do I know? Cause the media is telling us to get ready for snow and shopping. We are being enticed to think turkey, eggnog, and lots of presents. So what happens at work? Is your workplace gearing up or slowing down? By... read more

How to Handle Difficult Personalities at Work

You know the type, the guy or gal who is always pointing their finger at someone else when a mistake is made, or when the project is stalled. How annoyed do you get when there is no accountability, no responsibility for what is happening? I tend to almost... read more

What it Takes to be a Giant

Watching the 7th game of the World Series was a study in tenacity and team work. The 6th game was a demoralizing 10-0 loss for the San Francisco Giants (my home team!!). Game 6 was painful to watch and when it was over I wondered what type of talk went on between the... read more

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Knowledge of human relationships no longer belongs only to the psychology crowd. It belongs to all of us. Every leader or emerging leader in today’s workplace needs to look below the surface and answer the age old question when someone shoots himself in the foot “Why... read more

You Never Know About Someone Else

Glenn Close is an Oscar winning actress who appears to the world as an elegant, cultured woman. If you just look at her persona you think she was raised in the lap of luxury with never a care. Then some of the challenges and disappointments begin to show themselves.... read more

Finding the Truth: My Boss is NOT My Father

Yesterday we left Jon ready to talk with his boss about the pressure to be “the best.” Growing up in a family where the pressure started when he was still in diapers to be the first one potty trained and first to score a goal on a kids’ soccer team and first with... read more
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