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My dog sits on his round fluffy cushion all day.

March 29, 2016

My dog sits on his round fluffy cushion all day. I  can tell the mood he is in by the way he sits there. When he is really tired and cold he curls himself into a tight ball and he looks like a chocolate donut. He lies there lazily observing...

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Climbers or Connector?

March 8, 2016

Climbers or Connector? I was having dinner with my brother and his kids last night. They are all in their twenties and had a lot to say about their jobs. They were sharing stories of the kind of leadership they have been experiencing in the early stages of their career....

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Empathy in overdrive

February 15, 2016

In my former life, I was an operations director at a luxury downtown hotel. Sitting around the executive table, I would be asked or simply comment on how the employees might feel as a result of a decision or a shift in strategy. Often my perspective was seen as the...

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Don’t let me get in the way

January 22, 2016

I grew up in house where the sound of the piano began every morning at 5:00am. That was the time we had to begin our practicing in order for all of us to complete our daily requirements. As the youngest of 3 children, I fully accepted these expectations and more....

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A Case of Missing Identity

December 12, 2015

A case of missing identity One question I ask my clients is: What are your leadership aspirations? When I recently asked a client this question, he gave me a list of things he felt were important as a leader: revenue growth, increased productivity, and various other metrics. He rattled his...

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Diva or Martyr

November 4, 2015

  I was hired to work with a leader who was struggling with her team. The problem was turnover. People just could not work for her. Predictably, this was also affecting her ability to attract top talent. The word was out that she was a Diva. My executive coaching process...

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Loneliness and Leadership

October 26, 2015

Loneliness and Leadership I recently read a book by John C. Maxwell, called The Leadership Handbook. I was drawn to the book by the title of the 1st chapter: If it’s lonely at the top, you’re not doing something right. One of my key reflections from my last leadership role...

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How to choose the best executive coach for you

March 5, 2015

Working with an executive coach is common practice these days – as common as working out with a personal trainer. But how do you go about finding the right executive coach for you? Executive coaches today expect potential clients to be interviewing 3-4 coaches to find that perfect fit: someone...

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1st in our series on Leadership Development

February 26, 2015

I find that one of the most valuable exercises that I do to develop leaders is to reflect on the moments that have shaped them. Together, we spend time getting a clear understanding of the life experiences that have impacted the way they view the world. This becomes the foundation...

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Compassion – 3rd in our series on Conflict Resolution

February 16, 2015

I have always been one of those people who would prefer to run into a conflict and blow it wide open. In fact, I find avoiding a conflict very uncomfortable and worrying. While I was on maternity leave, I decided to go to the Justice Institute to learn more about...

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