3 Secrets to Handling Awkward Moments at Work

“Hey, do you have a minute? I want to run something by you.  But, it’s really important that you keep this confidential.” “Can I talk to you about something? I’ve got this situation going on but this has got to stay between you and me.” People tell me things. All the time.  Despite the double…Continue Reading




The 9 Drivers of Employee Engagement

Why do some teams fall apart under pressure, when other teams overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and keep getting stronger?  It’s not just about the people.  Teams stacked with great talent often still fail to get past major challenges.  And having a strong leader isn’t enough either.  To deliver truly outstanding results, your team needs a…Continue Reading




Stop the Madness!

Most of us are shit at our jobs right now.  I said it because no one else will. All year, great clients have sent so much opportunity my way that I’ve been super busy with projects. Weekends include at least one day catching up on what didn’t get done during the week. Overall it’s been an intense year and…Continue Reading




The Clearinghouse of Awesomeness

I love checking out personal and professional growth offerings and sharing the good stuff. Here you’ll find book, videos, and seminars and other resources that are truly awesome.  I get nothing for these endorsements, it’s  just stuff I love!  Free Meditations from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey If you’ve been contemplating checking out meditation or want to try again, check out…Continue Reading




3 Hours to a Leadership Makeover

Raise your hand if this has never happened to you: you see a picture of someone from high school online and think, “Wow, what happened to Bob*? He looks like an old dude now!” Maybe this says a lot about my age, some deep-seated shallowness, or an inability to feel social shame. I’m hopeful it says more…Continue Reading




The Best Leaders Know Their Purpose

Want to be more influential and a better leader?  Get clear on your purpose. Ready to stop quitting your job all day long while “technically” still working there?  Same answer: find your purpose. Getting clear on your purpose only takes 10 minutes. Ask yourself some questions: What did you especially love doing when you were a child,…Continue Reading




3 Reasons You Should Talk to Strangers

I talk to people I don’t know – a lot. You know how some old people just randomly talk to people?  Yep, it’s like that only different.  Maybe that’s not so weird here in Portland but it sure seems quirky after living in California for many years.  Back there it went like this:  get into…Continue Reading




A Hero’s Journey at Work

Joseph Campbell once said, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”  Reading a quote like that takes me to a mythical place,  somewhere lofty,  and expansive, where I wonder what it would be like to make a  BIG difference to an entire  company, country or all…Continue Reading




The $300,000 Popsicle Test

Milk-Bones. Frozen fruit pops. Italian soda. Gluten-free crackers. That’s all it took for me to “misplace” my husband at the supermarket recently. Shopping doesn’t tend to be a team sport for us. But one day after golf recently we stopped by the store for a few things. For most of the trip we were side-by-side and in lockstep. But then, as we neared…Continue Reading




The High Cost of Not Gaining Consensus

What would you do if you had 200,000 more dollars to spend this year?  I know what I would do. I’d buy that little house we saw in Mexico last week – the one with the rooftop Jacuzzi.  And, I’m pretty sure that’s not just the tequila talking. $200,000 is one of those funny amounts. It’s…Continue Reading




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