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Feel the Fear and Take a Bold Action Anyway

  “I choose bold. I choose action. I choose what's right for the people. I choose to make a difference.”      -- Bill Richardson   Most of you are aware by now that I work with a change and innovation model called The Bigger Game.  I even wrote a book about it. The word “Game” [...]

What I’m Giving Up for Success

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live.”-- Anne Sweeney I recently joined a new mastermind group and they’ve been stretching me to seriously evaluate what the next steps are that I must take to up my game in both my professional and [...]

It’s a Rewrite

A few months back on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton that won 11 Emmys, was talking about how he was bringing the musical to Puerto Rico, where his parents are from, for three weeks and donating all the money to arts organizations in Puerto Rico.  At that time, it had been over two years [...]

Defining Your Personal Power

“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you.” ― J.Z. Colby Let’s talk about personal power. I use the term power frequently in my work. Power in authenticity, power in using one’s voice, stepping into your power, [...]

The Life Lesson I Learned from Jennifer Lawrence

I love the Oscars. The dresses. The interviews. The songs. The reactions. The heartfelt thank-yous.  I also wait for the blunders.  I learn some of my greatest lessons from blunders and Jennifer Lawrence taught me one of my biggest lessons. She taught me how to recover from anything.   In 2013 at the Oscar ceremony, some of you may remember [...]

I See You

How many times have we asked someone “How are you?” hoping that we don’t get more than a one-word response such as “Fine” or “Good”? How often do we just continue to walk on and not stop to acknowledge the person answering—or perhaps asking—the question, just so we’ll be able to continue with whatever we [...]

One Hard Lesson I Learned About Making Assumptions

Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.- Marshall McLuhan There is the old saying “Don’t assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.”  I don’t know the origin of it, but I can tell you I have experienced that feeling of being an ass so many times I stopped counting. Just recently, I was reminded again of the problem with my making assumptions. Here [...]

My ‘Active Listening Manifesto’

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’’.   - Alfred Brendel  A friend of mine recently reminded me of the importance of active listening. Often in the business of daily activities, I neglect to proactively listen to those who I am in conversation with. I can drift off into thinking of the brilliant response [...]