At the beginning of a new year, we often reflect on what we accomplished last year and what we want to accomplish this year. One of my achievements in 2022 was hiking to Angels Landing in Zion National Park. It is considered one of the most challenging hikes in the United States. The trail to…

In my last blog post, I wrote about how to enable personal change. This time, I want to tell you how to shift an interaction that is stymied and frustrating into something that is instead positive and productive.   A client came to our coaching meeting and explained that she was having a hard time getting one…

Leadership development is about behavior shifts. Even with the desire to adopt new behaviors, and with good intentions to change, we may instead engage in self-defeating actions. The person who says they want better work-life balance but finds that they cannot say “no.” The person who says that their own professional development is a top priority…

I view the transition to a new year as a time for new possibilities.  Instead of asking you to embrace new initiatives, I invite you to bring a fresh perspective to your current way of thinking.  There is a term for this that comes from Zen Buddhism – “shoshin” or “beginner’s mind.” It means having an…

Time management is a focus area for many of my clients, and it seems even more relevant today.  Many of us, including myself, are spending a great deal of effort on navigating risk, staying safe, and making choices during the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic.  This is mentally taxing, and I have had to deliberately focus so…

I work with many leaders who are strengthening their confidence. This can mean different things for different people, such as finding their voices, stepping into the authority of their roles, or stretching into other new behaviors.  What I have learned, from my own experience and from my work with my clients, is that confidence manifests itself…

Many of my clients have had the flexibility to allow their employees to work from home/remotely during the pandemic. With vaccines now available in the U.S., they are having conversations about what their offices look like post-pandemic, and how they transition back to in-person work. Here is a summary of the latest perspectives on the…

A new year is a natural time to reflect on what you are leaving behind and what you are moving toward.  January 2021 marks an even more powerful inflection point for all of us.  A year of abrupt change and uncertainty during Pandemic Life will be followed by the hope and promise of vaccines and…

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…

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