Rational Optimism in a Pessimistic World.

“Fighting the mind does not work. What works best is learning to focus it.”― W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance I believe my life, the lives of my loved ones, friends and clients will be better off due to the difficulties this year. I … Continue reading Rational Optimism in a Pessimistic World.

How Emotions Impact Decisions

“Emotions are not reactions to the world; they are your constructions of the world.”― Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the BrainBarbara lost her job in the travel industry during the pandemic. She's looking for opportunities in other sectors that have more growth potential. Recently, Barbara interviewed for a … Continue reading How Emotions Impact Decisions

How To Positively Deliver Negative Feedback.

"Intention is the single most powerful and transformative ingredient in dialogue."-Oren Jay Sofer, author of "Say What You Mean, a Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication."Who doesn't feel uncomfortable sharing shortcomings to help another improve their performance? How many people like communicating their dislikes in a personal relationship? What if you could embrace a simple formula … Continue reading How To Positively Deliver Negative Feedback.

Harness Your Attention With Purpose. (Part 3)

"Attention must be paid."-Linda Loman, character in the play Death of a Salesman (This is the last of a three-part newsletter on creating success and happiness.) (Read Part 1) (Read Part 2) Your attention is valuable. It's so precious that advertisers are willing to pay over $5 million for a 30-second advertising spot during the Super … Continue reading Harness Your Attention With Purpose. (Part 3)

Fear In The Age of COVID-19

As with any challenge, it's important to remember that you have a choice of perspective. Choice is the one option that remains regardless of what the conditions take away. This truth is especially important to remember as you consider the unprecedented effects the pandemic has on our lives, our health and the economy. The virus … Continue reading Fear In The Age of COVID-19

Crisis Management Mindset

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The Dow plunges 2,000 points. Coronavirus is coming to your hometown. What do you do? Do you rush into action or stand still and assess the evidence? Do you ruminate about what happened and stressfully forecast the worst future scenarios? Or do you steadily move forward with workable actions to stem the fallout while alert … Continue reading Crisis Management Mindset

The Strongest Woman I Ever Knew

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March is Women’s History Month. There are so many courageous women to celebrate and be grateful for. Women who broke through barriers no one thought were breakable. Women who revolutionized the world. Women who contributed to the evolution of society. My mother was not one of them. But she was the strongest woman I ever … Continue reading The Strongest Woman I Ever Knew

Why Authentic Leadership Matters

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We live and work in a world packed with so much information, we exhaust ourselves trying to separate fact from fiction. So, when it comes to our leaders and influencers, we want direction and guidance that is simple, clear and honest. According to The Leadership Challenge, Sixth Edition, based on 3 decades of research and more than 1.3 … Continue reading Why Authentic Leadership Matters

A Mindset of Commitment and Passion

Portrait: US Army (USA) Brigadier General (BGEN) John H. StanfordWhat happens when we decide to be "all in"? Why does it feel good and why is it good for us? Recently, I had the good fortune to facilitate a board of directors retreat for a local chapter of a national charity. I was once again … Continue reading A Mindset of Commitment and Passion

10 Tips for Better Decisions

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. Systematize 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