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Leadership and the need to tell all

The best leaders are those who know how to sparse out information so it is really utilized effectively. They are NOT like Arnold Schwarzenegger needing to defend, explain and justify who they are and why they do what they do to the point of nausea. Now, I am not... read more

Mentors matter

What if you basically raised yourself? What if you were a “latch-key kid” who learned what to do and when by listening to your own intuition? What if you started your first job out of school and needed to learn how to harness your emotions and not wear them on your... read more

Leadership impact; the rest of the story

Remember the three teams who were competing for an extra paid vacation day? They were figuring out how to get each team of ten over a patterned floor covering of circles and squares. Once they had the pattern figured out, they began to lead the entire team to the... read more

Leadership journey to organizational change

Once you start on the change management path the journey is filled with contradictions and complications. Remember, forewarned is forearmed. We all know that “Time is Money” and the fastest one out of the starting gate wins. Right? Not so fast. There is a natural... read more

What do you do when you are ignored?

Did you ever sit in a restaurant and wonder if you had a snake on your head, or maybe a bird’s nest, or a mouse, or if your face had turned bright blue? You sit there and question why the server is taking so long to get to your table. It looks like everyone else is... read more

First day of summer and stress

Today officially marks the first day of summer. I don’t care that the ads have made it the end of May. This is official: longest day/shortest night…solstice. And man, is it hot on the east coast. Now that school is out and the new schedules are in place and the heat... read more

A time to remember and honor

When Danny stood at the grave site of his brother he was angry and still in shock. Neil had been a victim of a stray bullet. No he was not in uniform fighting for his country. He was a teen walking down the street in Chicago three months ago. Alexa’s father cannot... read more

Pattern Interrupted

It truly is all in the eyes of the beholder. I was at a business meeting and the leader of the team went on and on about a personal issue with a belligerent intern. She couldn’t believe someone so far down on the pecking order would act as if he was the CEO of... read more

GUTSY Women and Attachment Parenting

Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the... read more

Review of Mother’s Day

Hey mom…did you get flowers, a potted plant, candy, a dinner at the best local eatery? Did you get a phone call? A Card? Was the communication nostalgic or trite? Was there an edge of animosity or real appreciation? Mother’s Day is a multi-layered, complex day filled... read more

Decisions, Deciding, Decided

I learned a bad habit from my mother. It was during that famous time when the phrase “the customer is always right” was the mantra of the retail world. I learned all about the world of shopping from her. You name it; she was a master shopper of clothes, shoes,... read more

PINK is for GUTSY GIRLS

Picture this scene: a four year old brother and a six year old sister are fighting over television rights. She wants “Word Girl”, the GUTSY gal heroine who fights all the bad in the world with her extensive vocabulary; or something like that. He wants “The... read more

Cat and Mouse Becomes a Different Game

We so under-utilize our resources, human and animal. This gentle man shows us what can be done with care and dare. “No”, he says, “the dog, cat, and rat are not attached with Velcro but with intention and appreciation.” They are mutual friends... read more

Rush Limbaugh Being Told to “SHUT UP”

Maybe, just maybe the era of anything goes is ending. Maybe, just maybe the guy with the loud mouth and no couth will be put out to pasture. It’s about time.   I have listened to Mr. Limbaugh, on occasion, to understand his appeal. I have always turned him off... read more

Leadership Training: Work is NOT a Rehab Facility

When you have a lazy employee, one who has excuses for everything, who acts like a victim when you point out work not done that needs to be done and all they do is make excuses; then what? I am asked all the time in my coaching sessions, “When do you finally let... read more

OUT OF THE LOOP

The internet is a buzz with Oscar talk and I can only say “uh huh” and “oh my”. You see, I missed the Oscars last night. Now as a leadership development coach I love to keep up with all the latest that is going on. After all, knowing who wore what and who said what... read more

OUCH: When the Truth Hurts

Remember the kids chant “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Not true! Words can be more powerful than any blunt objects and the newest research in neuropsychology indicates that the images and memories of harsh language can cause us to... read more

Tell the Truth George Washington

I asked a school teacher friend of mine if they still teach the George Washington “Cherry Tree” story to elementary kids. She said “sometimes yes and sometimes no”. “Why not all the time”, I questioned. “Just because of that word you used…only if we find the time. We... read more

Patterns and Food and YOU

My dear friend Nancy Pennebaker gave me an amazing book I would like to share with all of you. “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” by Michael Pollan should be sitting where everyone in your family old enough to read can get their hands on it. Listen, we all know what is... read more

GUTSY Leadership: Butterflies in Your Belly

When I met Livia Genova-Pagano at an eWomen’s networking event in suburban Philadelphia I was struck by her strong and assured presence. I saw the word GUTSY written in the middle of her forehead. When we talked I saw how perfectly positioned she was for life to take... read more
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