Tag Archives | authenticity

We All Feel Like Impostors: My Chat With Amy Cuddy

It was amazing to talk with Amy Cuddy last month about presence. She threw down the gauntlet almost immediately by telling her elevator pitch story about how she crashed and burned when in a high-pressure situation where she was asked to give her 30-second spiel in an actual elevator to rock stars in her industry. It was amazing, and encouraging, to hear from someone known for helping millions get grounded before important presentations in their lives, that she deals with the same issues as the rest of us! We discussed afterwit, the idea that it is so…

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Response-ability: The Essence of Personal Effectiveness

Join me and my special guest, Fred Kofman, philosopher, Vice President at LinkedIn, and author of Conscious Business, for this video chat–today! February 24th, 2016, 12:30pm-1:30pm PT/3:30pm-4:30pm ET “Unconditional response-ability is self-empowering. It lets you focus on those aspects of the situation that you can influence.” – Fred Kofman, Conscious Business Fred Kofman is changing the world by helping people live and work consciously. He spends his time traveling the globe facilitating seminars about conscious business practices, and “how to build value through values.” He is not only a Vice President at LinkedIn, but also a global…

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A Wish For The New Year: Honoring Myself

I am going to get a bit personal today, to take a chance to express my internal longings for the double-purpose of saying out loud what I long for and also helping you connect with what you personally crave for your life, too. Here goes. I feel like a brilliant diamond that is covered up, not quite visible or glowing the way it has the potential to be. Mired down in the muck of feeling scared and limited in my skin, I find I’m not sure how to be who I really am. How to be myself…

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Christmas: The Light and Dark

I am sitting in the quiet of Christmas Eve morning, rain spattering on the roof, the dog sighing in his sleep, watching the lights blinking on the Christmas tree as I drink my tea and wipe sleep from my eyes. I’m feeling content. I love this moment of the day. My intention for the new year is to take advantage of this delicious time of day, on a regular basis, to write and express myself, to get more ideas out of my head, onto paper and ultimately out into the world. I hope that, wherever you find…

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Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan

Chat With Mer: Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan

As leaders, how do we operate at full bandwidth, accessing both our light and dark sides? If that question intrigues you, please join me for: Full-Spectrum Leadership with Dave Logan  Wednesday, 11/18 @ 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET RSVP for this no-cost presentation here. Dave spends his time transforming the cultures of organizations. Best known as the premier authority on “tribal leadership,” Dave will help us understand how to use the tension of light and dark forces inside ourselves – and our organizations – to truly make a difference and live a life of purposeful action. About Dave: As Founding Partner and President,…

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Casual Fridays: Taking Care of Physical Health

One of the best things about working for myself is being able to make all the rules. Running a business is challenging, but there are some definite perks. Like casual Fridays. As I write this, I am sitting in my lovely office in a t-shirt, yoga pants, and sneakers. This is only the second or third time I have done this. I typically dress up every day for the office and for my clients, thinking it’s important that I look the part. I feel more official and good about myself when I’m wearing my professional clothes. Plus,…

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What You Are Meant For

You are meant to live a life that is meaningful. You are meant for a life that allows you to make a living using your true gifts and talents, a life that shines your light in the world. In fact, it is not only an opportunity, it’s your duty. Because we need your best work to make the impact you were born to make. No one can make the same contribution that you can, just as no one has your unique perspective or combination of talents, skills, interests, and passions. You are meant to quench the craving…

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Chat With Mer, Aug. 20: Authentic Lively-hood

 I don’t know about you, but August is the time of year I do a mental reset. It’s a time to slow down and reboot myself to ready for the coming season. This week, it’s aloha time. As you read this, I’m in Kauai, taking some time off to enjoy island life with my family. As you linger over the waning days of summer, I invite you to join me on August 20th for this month’s installment of my popular Chat with Mer series. My topic this month is close to my heart: Authentic Lively-hood Wednesday 8/20…

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Practice These 3 Confidence-Activating Strategies For Your Career

I’m thinking a lot about confidence these days. I’ve been working with my clients on feeling more confident in various professional situations, like job searches, performance reviews, and their presentation and leadership skills. While reflecting on this subject, I’ve come up with something: The importance of practicing intrinsic confidence. I say “practicing” rather than “building” to reflect that in each situation, in each conversation in each day of our professional lives, we have a choice to make—decisions that take us closer to confidence, embodying what we want from our lives professionally and personally. Like a muscle, we…

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Can Being an Introvert Influence Career Success?

A fascinating book has been springing up everywhere and it has me intrigued. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is the book and the provocative topic. It’s inspired me to write about the wonderful people we call introverts. Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert does not simply mean being shy or quiet. Introversion is better defined as being a person who gains energy from being alone, and whose energy is reduced through interaction with others. For example, have you ever gone to a party, and after a…

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