One of the trainings I have developed and facilitate regularly is on resiliency. What used to be a topic of interest to some organizations now seems to have nearly universal relevancy. Isolation, risk, and uncertainty all contribute to our stress levels and the challenge of staying mentally focused and healthy during the pandemic. Here is…

June was a call for change.  Black Lives Matter demonstrations brought attention to systemic racism.  Pride Month and the U.S. Supreme Court put a spotlight on equal rights for the LGBTQ community.  How can the energy and sentiment of these events translate into tangible action? Among my leadership development colleagues, it means open discussions within…

Earlier in March, I had a different blog post written.  But since then, the world has rapidly shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic.  My clients have been asking me for guidance in adjusting to this new world order, marked by radical change and deep uncertainty.  The framework I have most appreciated is from RHR International and…

Today I had a close-up view of a glacier.  I’m still awestruck and amazed to see something that beautiful and thousands of years old, in the magnificent country of New Zealand.  Accordingly, this seemed like the perfect time to write about living your life with more passion and energy.  I realize that my experience today is not…

In my last blog post, I discussed the under-representation of women in leadership roles and the factors that contribute to this trend.  The following studies demonstrate what organizations lose when they lack gender diversity, in general as well as in leadership positions: A study at the MIT Sloan School of Management showed that teams with…

As an executive coach who is also a woman, I pay attention to the state of women in leadership positions.  As a trained scientist, I focus on what is demonstrated and what is known, not on opinions or supposition.  And it is through this lens that I approach understanding gender diversity. Women are under-represented in…

In my May blog post, I explained what executive coaching is.  But before people choose to participate in executive coaching, they often want to know what they would gain.  It’s a good question.  Coachees must spend additional time and energy on an effort that is not their “day job,” and they often already have jam-packed…

With potential new coaching clients, one of the most important conversations we have is my explaining what coaching is, and distinguishing what it is not.  I have found that there is not one simple, easily-Googled definition of what executive coaching entails.  But after having this discussion numerous times, here’s a summary of what you can…

One of my executive coaching clients represents a minority presence in his organization, and he is passionate about bringing more diversity into his workplace.  He has so much energy around this that in every conversation we have, he mentions how he wants to say more and do more to enable a more heterogeneous workplace culture. And…

It’s another new year which means another season of resolutions.  Many of us will make some promises to ourselves for what we will do differently this year.  Yet many of us will never quite achieve what we intended, despite our good intentions. Here are some ideas for how to improve the likelihood that you reach your…

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