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For many of us in the workforce stress and worry a regular part of our life. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of things you’ve got to do? The good news is this doesn’t mean that something is terribly wrong. It can indicate you are leading a life filled with meaning and purpose. A 2013 study held by University of Florida and Stanford University tracked adults between ages of 18 and…
I’ve been teaching a lot lately and teaching sure has a way of bringing home the lessons you need to learn! Yesterday, I had the privilege of watching a group of professionals role play various difficult conversations they face in their work life.  No matter which group I visited to coach, or which scenario it was they were facing, I noted three key principles: 1. Go slow to go fastWhen someone wants to say something…
It’s the holiday season again and there are many things happening anew that are a-old. Thinking about your year-end chaos and how listening creates impact is something I wrote about a few years back. As we look around us now, so much has changed in our world. And, although time is still ticking at the same pace, our anxiety levels are higher and our self-care is lower. Find a place this week for three minutes…
“Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help to shape or influence the world around them.”  Mark Sanborn When coaching and training emerging leaders, people who have been identified as having potential for leadership positions, one of the hurdles I often help them leap over is to see themselves as a leader.  Which is why I often recommend Mark Sanborn’s book “You don’t need a title to be a leader”. In…
I deliver a lot of content from the stage. I am very fortunate to be invited to speak at a number of different conferences, organizations, and programs around the country. In a recent opportunity to talk with a group of managing partners and their marketing directors I was poking fun with the audience about how they clap as I walk onstage, having no idea if they will enjoy the program. Are they clapping because the…
Two well-known mindsets that promote our resilience and that help set the stage for success are growth mindset and stress positive mindset.  There is a third to consider adopting: the “acceptance of discomfort” mindset. As human beings, our instinct is to avoid discomfort.  This isn’t bad or a problem in most cases, and yet it can also cause us to make choices that lead us away from learning, opportunities, excellence, and living in accordance…
“Thanks so much for this article. It was very timely. I am just about to start a new job on Monday … I do have a problem saying “no” and wonder if you have any other tips in that regard. Thanks for all your help, Coach!!” My last article  generated questions, like the above, about learning to say “no” as a way to set boundaries at work. One technique that has surprisingly done well…
I was engaged in conversation with a new manager who was frustrated with his team. “I don’t get it. I give them all the room in the world to innovate their roles, to complete their assignments. Yet they come back to me with everything. I know the last manager wanted to see everything before it went out, but I don’t.” This began our coaching session about his leadership style, and the contrast between him and…
Life experiences are gifts of learning.  Some gifts come wrapped up in simple packages. If you aren’t paying attention, you may miss the lesson.  While other gifts come in more complex packaging.  These gifts require you to unravel your experiences, so you can learn the lesson they have to teach. One of these gifts came to me from a magnet on a lunchroom fridge that bore a simple quote: “You won’t be happy with more,…
I’m attending the ALA Annual Conference in National Harbor, the first time I have been in ‘attendee only’ mode after years of delivering content in sessions or participating as an ALA volunteer. As soon as I had mentioned that to a colleague my phone rang and I’m discussing the family emergency of the David Brezina session speaker, which is determined by the Foundation each year. Fast forward 36 hours and I’m on stage talking about…