Business

Have a burning message to share with the world, but feel held back?

Do you ever feel a secret longing to be known for what you stand for, and to have your message spread in the world? Do you feel some confusion about what your message actually is, but know that if you could just nail it – and then feel totally free to get out there and share it with the world – that your message, your work, & your following would go completely gangbusters? I’ve certainly been there, and I want those same things. The awesome gift I have to share with you today is that my friend…

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Enough inspiration to wrap around the planet – twice!

I have a feeling about 2013. It feels like it’s going to be a special year full of possibilities and growth—especially for women.     Right now, women have more choices about how they want to live and what they want from their professional lives. We are carving out innovative ways to do great things: for ourselves, our families, and our communities.   I was recent asked to be a part of Tracy Lee Jones’ Global Telejam created especially for women who are ready to make changes and step into the possibilities that life holds.Right now, women…

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The big green meanie (and how to stop being jealous of others)

Have you ever looked at the way someone else lives and felt green with envy? You know, wanting what they have in their life, professionally or personally, or both? Face it, we all have. We’re naturally drawn to what we are looking for in our lives, and when we find it in someone else, it’s normal to covet it. Whether it’s someone’s: Career that seems effortless—and it’s one they love Marriage or primary relationship where they share so many interests and finish each other’s sentences Physical body that is fit and beautiful from exquisite personal care This…

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Use Myers-Briggs to reduce frustration at work

Does someone you work with drive you nuts?   It may be that that person relates to a very different point on the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) scale.   Like the Enneagram, DISC inventory and other self-assessment systems, the MBTI reveals a fundamental truth:   We all have different world views, “lens” through which we view things. Some of these traits and perspectives are shaped by our surroundings and experiences growing up. Others are inherent.   Intellectually, we can easily understand that people are different and come to situations at work with different perspectives; however, dealing with…

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For the Love of Pete!

We all have things in our lives that irk us like how I feel about configuring my new “smart phone” (don’t get me started). …Tasks we really don’t enjoy, that drive us crazy, take us longer to do than others and make us feel like we are wasting our time. These things, the ones we have low energy for, are the ones to delegate or outsource. I know you’ve all heard the term “opportunity cost.” What does that mean? From Wikipedia: “Opportunity cost is the cost of any activity measured in terms of the value of the next…

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I Can’t Get This Image of Chevy Chase Out of my Head

“My ladder was up the wrong wall.” – Mary, Coaching Client   If you read my last blog you know that I love silly movies. Whenever I think of ladders, I think of the scene from Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is hanging up holiday lights on his house. While standing at the top of an extending ladder, he haphazardly affixes the lights to his house with a staple gun.   Suddenly he loses his balance and the ladder veers away from the house into a tree. Fortunately he doesn’t fall to the ground; rather,…

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I’m Terrible at Playing Pool

I’m terrible at playing pool. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after a few hours of attempted play over the years. I recently had a chance to re-test this theory and learned that yes, it is still accurate. We were in Lake Tahoe with my extended family staying in a gorgeous mountain home. The house had a wonderful game room complete with billiard table. Throughout the day and especially after the toddlers went down each night, the adults enjoyed many games of pool, gathered around the green table for a relaxing time. It wasn’t especially relaxing for…

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I Can’t Sleep.

I got up early this morning thinking big thoughts. I tried to go back to bed but just stared at the ceiling for a while and finally decided to get up and start my day. I’ll tell you what I’ve been thinking about. A few weeks ago I went to a thought-provoking conference at Haas Business School about Women in Leadership. One panelist, Haas graduate Danae Ringelmann of IndieGoGo, shared her learning that as an entrepreneur: “You need to think of yourself as a professional experimenter. The beliefs you hold are really just assumptions.” That idea has stayed…

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