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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, [...]

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 [...]

How to Let Go of FOMO and Adopt a JOMO Attitude

Last year I made the decision to take a sabbatical.  For many years I thought sabbaticals were only for academics to be able to have a school year free from teaching to allow them to devote time to rest, research, travel, and write. This sounded like an ideal life to me and it was one of the reasons I wanted to become a [...]

Saying Good-bye to Say Hello

Last year, I merrily dumped New Year’s Resolutions. Because I believe what you mutter matters, last year I looked up the synonyms for  resolution and found some I adopted for 2018.  Last year, I made bold heartfelt declarations that set my intentions to be full of moxie, spirit and sincerity. I carried them out with courage, boldness, tenacity and gutsiness.   How’d that turn out?   Pretty [...]

The Paradoxes of Servant Leadership

In my work with leaders, we discuss the concept of servant leadership. This concept was first articulated by Robert K. Greenleaf  “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top [...]

How Confrontational Intelligence Can Get You What You Want

Last year, I studied and was certified in Judith Glaser's Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) work. In her teachings, she describes the Three Levels of Conversation as follows: • Level I is transactional. This is when we exchange information. You ask. I tell. Repeat. Reverse. And so goes the dance. This is simply giving instructions or directing someone. • [...]