How To Artfully Receive Negative Feedback

"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."-Jackson Pollock, American painterThe phone call informing me about my terminated position caught me off guard. My boss worked from an out of state office and couldn't meet in-person to deliver the news. As I listened to him describe the decision and its circumstances, my throat grew … Continue reading How To Artfully Receive Negative Feedback

Success Is Like Making An Omelet.

"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."-Ronald Reagan, 40th American President What does it take to succeed? To achieve your goals? To create positive change that sticks?It requires the willingness and courage to shake things up. You also must endure the discomfort that comes from disrupting the status quo, that comfortable but unsatisfying state you currently … Continue reading Success Is Like Making An Omelet.

How to Realistically Succeed and Be Happy (Part 1)

"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter."  -Walt DisneyWhat does success mean? If you ask ten people, you get ten different answers. How about happiness? Same thing. Success and happiness are ideas. Like all ideas, these definitions lie in the mind of the … Continue reading How to Realistically Succeed and Be Happy (Part 1)

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

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

Gratitude-A Culture Strategy

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

Curiousity and Eagerness

The Chief Technology Officer of a medical devices company recently shared with me the two qualities she looks for in a potential new hire. Curiosity and eagerness. Her belief is that hard skills can be learned and refined along the way. However, natural inquisitiveness and enthusiasm were harder to acquire. I agree wholeheartedly. I also believe … Continue reading Curiousity and Eagerness

Finding Your Extraordinary.

Living an extraordinary life seems like something only rockstars in business, sports or entertainment get to do. But is that really true? Doesn’t extraordinary depend on how you define it and the context of how you’re living? For someone who is super successful in their career but lacks a depth of real meaning at the … Continue reading Finding Your Extraordinary.

Can We Really Manage Time?

Not really. However, we can manage ourselves. In our work and life, it’s likely that we feel overwhelmed by the situations, relationships and deadlines we are facing. What do we do? We blame it on a shortage of time! We say there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Most people who … Continue reading Can We Really Manage Time?