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The Power of Thank You

In a week we will be celebrating a holiday that’s all about giving thanks for what we have (including turkey and football).  But if we think about gratitude only once a year, we overlook the power of practicing it daily, especially in business.   When I ask clients, “what is the best “thank you” you […]

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Compassionate Leadership

Since the fall of 2005, my husband Tom has been coaching high school football.  He, like so many other coaches have just the sort of background that goes with the traditional job title.  He has extensive knowledge about the game, captained his college team and even coached The Hill School to the MAPL league championship. […]

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People Cry . . . Even at Work

There are several reasons someone might show their emotions at work, from the personal to the professional.   Tears are a sign of our humanity, but tears do not imply embarrassment or weakness. It is important to remember that it is not always the boss who will be faced with a crying employee.  In the book […]

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How to Rise as a Leader

Whether you have worked your way up the corporate ladder or started your own business, the path to leadership is not an easy one.  Simply holding a position in leadership does not make you a good leader. Over my years of coaching and consulting small to mid-size businesses, a truly great leader understands the multifaceted […]

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Creating More Impact as a Leader

From the manufacturing plant floor, or at the management meeting, leaders have many places to create more impact with their team.  If you want to accelerate your leadership growth, here are a few ideas where you can find more joy in your work and life. Be present.    In our hyperactive world of 24/7, pause […]

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How to Have the Difficult Conversation

To be a successful leader, we need to be intimate not only with our strengths, but also with our inclinations to avoid conflict — which often means avoiding the difficult conversation.  Sometimes we may prefer to offer excuses for postponing the conversation or downplay its importance.   Perhaps we are searching to find the right words […]

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Grow Your Winning Team of Employees

When Klein Transportation, a family owned bus company for over 50 years based in the tricounty area, told me about their plan to grow a winning team of employees, I was excited to help them achieve their business goal. New Approaches and Solutions for Employee Success  The Klein leadership team was looking for new approaches […]

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How to Overcome Burn Out and Recharge

A friend of mine recently told me that she was dreading her job.  Big changes had occurred in the company which meant additional responsibilities and new challenges for this high potential leader. Signs of Burn Out Overwhelmed and stressed, she explained to me the unreasonable expectations imposed by the board of directors; there was no way […]

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Saying No and Sticking to It

Saying “yes” to too many opportunities, too many projects, and too many people is a blueprint for failure. Especially when we just want to say “no” and then it all too often turns into a “yes.” Even as leaders, our challenge maybe an employee pleads or a customer argues and persuades — chipping away at […]

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Finding Meaning on Mother’s Day

From my personal writings, Letters to Jodi. Today is Mother’s Day.   I could easily write about all that I had done for you and your brother, the lessons I taught you, and even the times I embarrassed you — being your mother.  Or recall past Mother’s Days and even dream about our future of what could […]

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What Do You Need to Let Go of Today?

My newest coaching group started a week ago, and I found myself with six dynamic, creative and inspiring professional women.   While confidentiality is key to the success of the group, I can tell you that they do share their unique gifts and challenges with each other in pursuit of doing great things. Here’s what we […]

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The Power of a Circle of Women

You’ve probably heard that a circle of women may be the most powerful force known to humanity. As an executive coach, I believe if you have one, embrace it.  If you need one, seek it. Power of a Circle of Women I wasn’t really sure what impact a small group of women could have on […]

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5 Steps to Conquer Overwhelm

In this busy world of things to do, people to see and goals to reach — do you ever feel overwhelmed?  Do you ever compare yourself to someone else whom you perceive as better or more successful than you? Or add the extra pressure of what your life (or work) “should” look like? I do. […]