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YIKES, Work is REALLY like My Family!

Jon told me the following story. He grew up in a fast paced family with a father who was a mover and shaker in the community. Jon was the only son in the middle between two sisters. His father started to mold him (Jon) in his image from the time he was potty trained.... read more

Are Men Happier People?

I have been preparing for my GUTSY WOMEN Google Hangout that will take place on Thursday September 11th. One area that so many of you have asked me to cover is how men and women differ and who is really happier. My conclusion is that yes, in some aspects, men truly... read more

Emerging Leaders and Office Politics

When I was in the emerging leader category I thought that political games of “GOTCHA” were only played in Washington D.C. And then I had my first job. Was I ever wrong! Office politics and power games were all over the place. It was so disheartening I had to make a... read more

Which Bathroom is the Right One?

I went to the soccer game in Buenos Aires. It was like being at a Broadway musical. The favorite team, the Boca Juniors were playing and the singing was stupendous. That is how they cheer the team, by singing and singing and singing. Now, the team did not perform that... read more

Leadership and “Practicing Safe Stress”

If you ever have a chance to visit the main Google campus in Mountain View CA you will see what the future of work looks like in present time. Volleyball courts in use and fabulous food grown by local organic farmers gratis to all Google employees. Plus there is the... read more

Leadership Lessons: What Really Changes?

I was fascinated watching the Tom Hanks special on CNN “The SIXTIES: The Times They are A-Changin’.” One segment is about the role of women 50 years ago. And  as I sat back I wondered what has really changed for the better. The actor Jack Palance who represented the... read more

Women Leaders: GET GUTSY or GUTSIER

There are abundant programs for women and many of them are cook book recipes. If you are making dinner that may work but for down and dirty tips and techniques for leadership in the 21st century we need to go deeper. Oh I know many of you are thinking, I’ve tried all... read more

FREEDOM for the FOURTH

What does real freedom look like? It means being real, being who you are and not being afraid to express yourself in a healthy, positive way. Let’s celebrate FREEDOM this year in a new and powerful way. Let’s give each other the nod of approval that we can just... read more

Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

“How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business. What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it”... read more

Leadership and Hidden Sources of Conflict

One day at a senior staff meeting Michael expressed strong doubts of George’s idea to acquire another company. Michael and George started to raise their voices, much to the surprise of the rest of the management team. Michael was so angry he was physically shaking; he... read more

Leadership and Accepting “The JOURNEY”

Everyone says “it’s the journey not the destination” especially when situations are tough. Leadership development means accepting this as a core belief when climbing the mountain of career success. Did you ever meet a leader who does not have a story of falling and... read more

Leadership Lessons: Daring + Caring = Sharing

My new book, the one I am writing as you read this, is about women becoming more daring, men more caring and together all of us more sharing. It is the new way for men and women to relate and work together, at home, in the office, everywhere! Do you want to be part of... read more

Leadership Lessons: The Agony of Being Typecast

Imagine this really ugly situation. The YOU who is always strong and competent, can always dance with dilemmas, and loves to embrace complexities, passes out from exhaustion and overwork. YOU always have the answers. YOU are the one your staff comes to knowing that... read more

Patterns, Habits and Leadership Development

Do you work? Actually I mean do you have a job? If your answer is yes keep reading if not, well keep reading anyway. You never know when this type of information will be helpful. Think about what you do in the morning after you brush your teeth, shower and do all the... read more

Call YOUR MOTHER…… or NOT!!!!

Hey , Mother’s Day is over. That was last Sunday. So you can check that one off the list. Flowers, brunch or a phone call or e-card and the day was done. BUT the relationship remains. No, you cannot just check family off the “to do” list and forget about it. The... read more

Pattern Interruption in the Workplace

So you are frustrated with your direct reports. You can’t seem to get to the bottom of their gossiping and slacking off at work. You have talked to each one separately and no one is willing to say what is really going on. Pattern Interrupt is the way to go. Normally... read more

Small Change for Leadership Development

Yesterday I suggested doing one thing differently in your morning ritual on your way to work, whether in a car or walking to your home office. Next is a fun small change that can make a huge amount of difference in relationships. Think about how you normally greet... read more

COMMON DESTRUCTIVE PATTERNS IN THE WORKPLACE

There are two kinds of people in the world; those who think there are two kinds of people, and those who know it’s not that simple. -Anonymous How do you prevent habits and patterns from continuing to thwart your career success? How do you gain more freedom to reach... read more
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