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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

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
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