“That didn’t go as planned…” I was speaking to a colleague about how leaders come to feel the gap between where they are and where they want to be in terms of leadership. They can usually point to one or two incidents when they were not at their best or things got a bit out […]
The Gift of Anger and Sadness
As an executive coach, I help my clients deal with some pretty highly-charged emotional states. And during those times I invite my clients to suspend judgment around certain emotions that they think of as “bad.” Sometimes my clients feel compelled to apologize for emotions like anger and sadness. They want to quickly move through these […]
Hitting a wall? Check your mindset!
Jeff Haden, a Contributing Editor for Inc. Magazine, recently posted a piece on the link between mindset and success and why those who have a growth mindset experience more success over the course of their lives than those who operate from a fixed mindset. He cites Dr. Carol Dweck’s work at Stanford, documented in her […]
The Power of the Pause–Just Breathe
I absolutely love this short video on the power of the breath on our emotional state! The way these young children describe how strong emotions mess with their happiness is both sad and touching but it’s delightful to see how they are using what they know about their brains and how they are using simple […]
Oliver Sacks Faces Death with the Power of Detachment
In his opinion piece in the New York Times, Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, announced to the world that he is dying of terminal cancer and shared with us how he spending the last of his days. I was impressed by how he is able to grasp […]
Don’t Quit Your Day Job!
When I coach around careers, my clients are, understandably, anxious to move on to the next bright, shiny thing. However, as an entrepreneur who has founded three businesses, I know that it takes any where from two to five years to build a business. And even if you are being head hunted for a new […]
Intentional Leadership: Wear your Values on your Sleeve
When I begin a coaching relationship with both teams and individuals, I begin with a values clarification exercise. Why? Because people don’t follow the leader, they follow their values. The best leaders articulate their values and wear them on their sleeve; in fact, they live their values. Everyday. Even when it appears to “hurt” them […]