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November 14

“Either I can run it or it will run me.”

I think this is what is known as a “truth bomb.” This statement is from Julia Gillard, who was Australia’s prime minister from 2010 to 2013 and is the only woman to have held the position. She was interviewed (CONTINUE READING)

January 16

“You can be a great leader and also have a life.”

Says one of the feature articles in the December Harvard Business Review. I could not agree more. In fact, I’d argue the title of the article could be: “in order to be a great leader, you must have a (CONTINUE READING)

March 19

Learning to Lead from The Inside Out

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years, it is that we must learn to lead ourselves before we can effectively lead others. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that learning and living this lesson and (CONTINUE READING)

November 20

Thanks for the Tough Stuff

Much has been written about the relationship between being grateful and being happy. One such book is Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Its Amazon description: “Scientifically speaking, regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as (CONTINUE READING)

July 6

Halfway Through 2017: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

I like to find leadership lessons in odd places. Today, as I’m still shaking off sand from the 4th of July, I’ll borrow the sage guidance of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look (CONTINUE READING)

February 17

I’m Giving In.

I’m just going to say it. Contrary to popular belief espoused by motivational speakers, quotes, posters – and yes, my own profession – I believe that some days, you need to give in. Not up. In. I’m a big (CONTINUE READING)

January 12

Can You Have A Few Minutes Of Your Time?

Many times a day, we’re asked the usual form of that question: “can I have a few minutes of your time?” Leaders tend to give time readily to others while struggling mightily to give it to themselves: to think, (CONTINUE READING)

November 16

Thanks for the Tough Stuff

Much has been written about the relationship between being grateful and being happy. One such book is Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Its Amazon description: “Scientifically speaking, regular grateful thinking can increase happiness (CONTINUE READING)

September 16

Did You Forget to Remember?

People cite lots of reasons they don’t actually DO the things that will move them toward their goals. A lack of time. Too many priorities. Fire drills. And so on. Often, it’s none of those things. We simply forget (CONTINUE READING)

July 10

Go On. Take A Break.

People often ask me what I see as common issues or themes among the leaders I coach. I reply by sharing one of the golden rules of coaching: “each individual is individual.” Even if two leaders are working on (CONTINUE READING)

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