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Leaders: How to Get from Giving

“I wish the goodwill from the holiday season would last past January 2.” Sarah said to me with a frustrated laugh. “You know that things will just go back to the way they were at work with power fights and back-stabbing and bully comments.” added David. “Why is it so... read more

Leadership Lessons: The Memories We Make

During these last few weeks of the year take the time to look back and remember. What are the highs and the lows from 2013? What did you do or not do to make this year spectacular? This week is the best time to reconnect, rewind your mind, and redo anything that is... read more

Leadership Lessons: How to Speak Truth to Power

In my last GUTSY WOMEN’S WEEKEND Program just about every one of the 20 women stated they have real difficulty standing strong and speaking up to their bosses. Those in the program who are the bosses said they are frustrated when no one comes to tell them the truth... read more

So What Is It About Friday the 13th???

Do you have “friggatriskaidekaphobia”? You are not alone. Henry Ford would not do business on Friday the 13th and Franklin, Delano Roosevelt avoided travel. Where did the fear of this day start? What caused us to fear the number 13? There are lots of reasons from... read more

The Ethics of Giving and Getting

Many of you know who Brendon Burchard is. Some say he is a young Tony Robbins. He says lots of great things in front of groups and talks in an ethical and clear manner. It sure looks like he has made a ton of money. In fact he often talks about how he became a... read more

How to Get a New Job: Become a Detective

Kenneth L. Johnson, President of East Coast Executives (ECE) has some great ideas for all of you looking for what is next work wise. He has been mentoring executives as well as inner city young people on what it takes to get going and get a job. Now, December is not a... read more

Leadership Development: How to Get the Best Deal

Who needs Black Friday when we have the best “twofer” on the planet this year! Having a special Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all rolled into one give reason to sing and be creative. We have all been waiting 70,000 years for this day to light the turkey menorah! Thanks to... read more

Leadership Development and Thanks Giving

While almost every blog will be geared to thankfulness, and appreciation in the next few days there is another focus that really takes the cake. GIVING! What does giving look like, sound like, feel like in these days of over the top sales please to “buy my stuff” from... read more

No Conflict in MY Workplace

Do you know anyone who has a perfect life? Perfect wife (or husband)? Perfect children? Perfect business and perfect employees? It makes me gag just to write this. Yesterday Jeffrey called to tell me “YOU WERE RIGHT!” Now granted I love to be right and even more love... read more

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

Hey GUTSY LEADERS See YOUR Strengths

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
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