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Leadership Lessons from Mom

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will set aside time to celebrate our mothers.  Motherhood is often a thankless and tiring endeavor. It’s easy to take for granted the years of sacrifice, hard work, and love that mothers contribute to our lives.   In many ways, mothers (including mine) are the ultimate image of servant […]

Leadership Luck
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Leadership Luck

Leaders need to be open to whatever luck or misfortune is thrown at them.  Yet great leaders often seem to be luckier than others. Or are great leaders just better able to respond to the circumstances they are dealt?   What about these popular sayings:  “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we […]

building resilience
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Building Resilience

Currently, one-fourth to one-third of all employees view their job as the number one stressor in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Many of us work in constantly connected, always-on, highly demanding work cultures where stress and the risk of burnout are universal. Since the pace and intensity is not likely […]

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Resilience the Key to Career Success

As an executive coach, I know that the path to achieving professional success is not easy and nor is it what it used to be.  The idea that career success is climbing the corporate ladder and then hanging on with loyalty until retirement.  Or even spending your whole career in one organization or industry, seems less […]

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Marcus Allen CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Talks about Resilience and Leadership

This is sixth episode of the competitive advantage podcast. In this episode I speak with Marcus Allen, President/ CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. Marcus shares his personal story of humble beginnings from living in the projects while being raised by his mother a single parent to leading one of the most prominent non-profit organizations in the Greater […]

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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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Why Resilience Makes All the Difference

I remember that July day when I received the phone call informing me of my daughter’s biopsy results.  It was osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, and my daughter Jodi was the most positive and happiest person on the planet – she had just graduated from high school and excited for her next chapter.  Jodi was […]

Calm Emotion
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How To Keep Calm And Carry On

Have you ever experienced a day of emotional “frenzy” and all you want is to keep calm, manage your emotions and carry on? Be honest. The way we live is exhausting — from trying to juggle work and our personal lives, to people issues and our workload.  These “stressors” really do contribute to our emotional […]

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Lessons from Time

This is a personal post dedicated to my daughter on the eighth anniversary of her passing.  In writing these letters, I can share her life and inspire others to lead a life of great purpose.   My dear Jodi, Can we ever reconcile the measure of time?  The significance of this month and day . […]

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Three Choices in Life

“You have three choices in life:  give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.” Are you ready to give life more of what you’ve got?  Do you want more fulfillment in your life, relationships and your work?  Are you feeling life is out of your control and imbalanced? If you don’t like something you have the power […]