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Leadership and Watching the Sun Come Up

There is little Annie, “the orphan singing her heart out about tomorrow being better than today.” You know when she belts out “The sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there will be Well, that is a good bet right now. Although with all... read more

Splitters and Pot Stirrers at Work

They make noise with their silence. They smile like the Cheshire cat. They tell you one thing and someone else gets another version. Most of the time they feel offendedand will never say anything directly to the person, no, they just tell everyone else. Splitters and... read more


Our last GUTSY WOMEN WEEKEND program of the year is coming soon. The program is for women who want to make an impact and stand up to be heard. Leadership is demanding and disciplined and GUTSYgives you the way OUT of the darkness of despair and disgust when situations... read more

Leadership and the Author William Faulkner

As I prepare for our 57th Total Leadership Connections Program, I am still haunted by many of the personal stories of those in this award winning leadership program. I am also reminded of the powerful quote from William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even... read more

Why Do So Many Leadership Programs Fail?

Tons of money spent each year on leadership development programs and many, many of them fail. Individuals come back all fired up and within, oh maybe, two weeks, the bloom is off the rose. Why? Because we are looking in all the wrong places! Leadership that starts... read more

Leadership, Parents, and Patterns

I was struck by the wonderful challenges that Marilyn Hewson’s mother gave her as a youngster. In the business world we call these “stretch goals.” Rarely are they done when we are kids, often fear of not being able to complete the task gets in the way. Marilyn’s... read more

Leadership and Conflict

Sylvia Lafair PhD, What are Patterns (VIDEO) What is the underlying cause of conflict? Not easy to answer. However, all conflict that is big, awful and noisy has to do with underlying stress. Even genie’s who fly out of bottles when you rub them cannot dissolve the... read more

Leadership Lessons: Get OUT of Meeting Hell

Ever leave a staff meeting and say “That was a waste of time?” Hey, if you have always loved every meeting you have attended you are either lying or brain dead. Even meetings that are really good or somewhat good have some folks leaving who feel discounted, sabotaged,... read more

Leadership and Detours

My client was so cool when I called to tell him the road to his office was closed due to an accident and I had to take a detour. He said “Ah, life’s detours are great for new learning. See you when you get here.” So I put the radio to a music station and said to... read more

Leaders: Leap to Success

Question: Why do so many smart people with all the right business credentials explode or implode on their way to success? Question: Where are YOU on that royal road to your own pot of gold at the end of your personal rainbow of success? Question: How can you find out... read more

Leaders who Tell Stories Win

I just finished weekend learning about the art of storytelling from a master. Look, I always pride myself on being a great storyteller. After all, the pattern of drama queen (or king) transforms into an excellent storyteller. And believe me I grew up doing drama queen... read more

Leadership and Radical Sabbaticals

Imagine sitting on the edge of a lake with your feet dangling in the water.  It is sunset and the sky is filled with pink fluffy clouds.  It is quiet. You are alone after a week of conversations and conflicts to be solved. You breathe in the clean, crisp country air.... read more

Leadership and The Media

I had a fun experience last week being interviewed by Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show .  It was a wonderful – and in some ways eye-opening – time. Why eye opening? The big question is “how much information can be packed into 3 minutes with 4 people... read more

Leadership and Intermission

I had taken a hiatus from blogging to write another book.  Now that 101 Leadership Quotes: Bumper Stickers for the Brain is getting formatted, I can return to this fun way to feed my passion for writing! So many people ask me how I can keep the pace I maintain without... read more

Leadership and Roulette

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut?  Are you frustrated and bored that every day has the feel of every other day? Are you bummed that summer vacation is another short trip to a local beach for the same old ‘sitting under an umbrella and watching the sweet young... read more

Leadership and the Wrong Compass

We all like to be liked, right?  Or is it only women in business who like to be liked while men don’t care?  Most of the research to date shows that being liked is what women strive for. We have that “tend and befriend” hormone, oxytocin, that streams into us in large... read more

Leadership and joy

The holiday season is laden with words like, happy, merry, wonderful, and on and on. I was thinking about the word JOY and how it manifests in our lives. What does it mean when someone brings you joy? How does it feel to be joyous? Joy is often a bit of a surprise.... read more

Leadership and freedom

This is the 40th anniversary of “Free to Be You and Me”, an amazing group of songs to help children see the possibilities of life without gender restrictions and fear. They are as fresh and real today as ever. The songs are about self-empowerment, being understanding... read more

Missed the fireworks by a day

We were there on Friday. Yup. We were at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Even had lunch at The Volcano House. We stood at the steam vents (great for a facial) and went as far as we could go to get some “hot” pictures of Kilauea and the lava flow. Missed the big... read more

Leadership and kindness

Are you tired from all the bully boss blogs? Tired of all the negativity and “gotcha game” complaints that go from co-worker to co-worker? Do you play in the CYA arena and get stocked with all the gossip at work? The month of December is the most gossipy month of the... read more

Leadership means “Staying Awake”

The havoc of Storm Sandy has three levels. First, getting through the wind, rain, and snow that barreled down; next, riding the roller coaster of emotions in the days and weeks that follow; finally, addressing the long term implications of what lies in store as “the... read more

Leadership: Moving at the speed of light

Meet Brenda Dennis, a senior director of strategy and planning for Cisco’s $32B global enterprise business. That is what her day job is now, before the bottom almost fell out from beneath her. More on that in a moment. Brenda is also a wife, mother of three boys, ages... read more
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