What happens when we decide to be "all in"? Why does it feel good and why is it good for us? Portrait: US Army (USA) Brigadier General (BGEN) John H. Stanford (uncovered) Recently, I had the good fortune to facilitate a board of directors retreat for a local chapter of a national charity. I was … Continue reading Why Have a Mindset of Commitment and Passion?
Truly successful people measure themselves by what they can do - not what they have. Mindset is a set of attitudes and beliefs that govern all of our perceptions and behaviors. If we are not consciously shaping and molding our mindset, it will be haphazardly influenced by events and other people without our discrimination. Are … Continue reading How to Be the Best Version of You
Can it make you happier, smarter and less time-crunched? We often don’t think about awe until we experience it. If you have ever witnessed the vastness of the Grand Canyon, watched an inspiring performance or listened to an astronaut speak of the Earth from the vantage point of hundreds of thousands miles away in space, … Continue reading The Power of Awe
Decision making got you down? Here are my top 10 strategies for making smarter decisions. 1. Be guided by a mission, vision or purpose. 2. Set a time limit. 3. Systemitize smaller decisions to free up brainpower for bigger decisions. 4. Focus on what you can control. 5. Balance previous experience with seeking out new … Continue reading 10 Tips for Better Decisions
Thanksgiving is a traditional time of year we stop and metaphorically “smell the roses” giving thanks and appreciation for what we have. What if gratitude were a strategy for better work as well as a better life? It can be. Especially in the areas where entitlement and low engagement are an issue. Gratitude increases positive … Continue reading Gratitude-A Culture Strategy
With summer behind us, fall is a good time to renew our commitment to our best selves at work and at home. Because most of our childhoods were conditioned around the school year, this last quarter can feel like a time for getting serious again. If summer is for fun and daydreaming, then fall is … Continue reading Fall is the Time to Take Charge
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you shared your perspective but it wasn’t received well? Or maybe you wanted to voice your ideas but were hesitant about the possible repercussions? Or maybe you just couldn’t find the right words to express the solution you could “see” inside your head? If any of … Continue reading How to Influence Like a Leader
Who doesn’t love a good omelet? A fluffy creation bursting with flavor from your favorite ingredients? When you think about it now, were you ever concerned about the eggs that had to be cracked in order for you to have the omelet of your dreams? No? My point, exactly. Let me explain. One of my earliest jobs was … Continue reading Success Is Like Making A Good Omelet
Yes, I know that sounds counterintuitive. As an executive coach who helps people hone their public speaking and presence skills, public speaking should be about speaking not listening, right? Wrong. Here’s why. The audience wants to be part of your presentation. They want this experience to be a conversation between you and them (even if … Continue reading Listening: The Secret to Great Public Speaking
Leadership is not only the ability to move others towards a vision, it is also the ability to move yourself towards a vision as well. Leadership is not a quality you are born with, although it may seem that way. Leadership is a skill that everyone can embrace. It includes a set of learned behaviors … Continue reading Leadership is for Everyone!