12 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity – A Powerful Asset

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The old saying “Curiosity killed the cat” has given curiosity a bad rap! Originally intended to curb unnecessary investigation– think busybody types; people seeking information for the wrong reasons. Curiosity is actually a powerful asset when it comes to life and leadership! I promise it won’t kill you! Quite the opposite – curiosity has the potential to take your life and leadership to the next level! What makes curiosity beneficial? It encourages greater understanding, sparks growth, increases adaptability, and improves empathy. That’s not all! A little curiosity leads to discoveries and valuable conversations that result in significant breakthroughs, not to … Read More

Good News to Propel You Forward!

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I promise – the world is not falling apart! I know it can feel that way with the abundance of bad news! Honestly, I don’t think things are any worse than they’ve been in the past, but, thanks to social media, there are just more avenues for the bad news to travel. And with fewer people buying newspapers or tuning into the news on TV, the media often presents news stories in dramatic ways in an attempt to grab your attention and increase the number of viewers. Being bombarded with bad news does nothing good for you! In fact, it … Read More

4 Perspectives that Undermine Your Success

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It has been an exciting week for our family as my husband and I welcomed our third grandchild into the world – a beautiful baby girl. It is still a bit hard to believe that my daughter is now a mother and already making big decisions for her very own bundle of sweetness. Time certainly has a way of changing your perspective on everything from parenting to leadership, and when your perspective shifts, so does everything else. Like most new moms, my daughter is concerned about her little one eating enough, being exposed to germs, and is she still breathing? … Read More

The Secret to Weathering the Storms of Life

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Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria – the last couple of weeks have been tempestuous with a string of powerful hurricanes.  Even with ample warning, it is difficult to grasp the intensity that comes with such weather! You can prepare. You can evacuate. One thing you can’t do – you can’t control a storm. The recent hurricanes confirm that. My heart goes out to all who are attempting to put their lives back together after the destructive storms. Living in Georgia, and now Tennessee, pounding rain accompanied by wild thunder and lightning aren’t unusual. For a California girl like me, such storms … Read More

How to Lead In a Way That Inspires Great Performances

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Being a wildly successful actress is something I’ve never aspired to. A drama queen I am not! Maybe if I’d been able to watch more than an hour of TV per week or permitted to go to a movie theater growing up, such a passion might have been stirred up in me. It’s all good – I adore being a life and leadership coach! I just happened to catch Katie Holmes on the Today Show chatting about her latest film, Logan Lucky, where she mentioned how her performance was either hindered or helped depending on the skill of the director. … Read More

What’s Holding Your Leadership Together?

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Growing up, sewing was still regularly offered in middle school, or junior high as it was called it back then. I couldn’t wait that long! I wanted to learn sooner. That’s why I spent a week during my summer leading up to fourth grade learning how to sew a pair of shorts with a top to match under my mother’s watchful eye. I couldn’t wait to wear the completed outfit and show it off on the final day of VBS that summer. Thankfully, I don’t have pictures. You would wonder why I was so pleased, but at the time it … Read More

What’s Messing With Morale?

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Inside, we all have a fear monster. It might be hibernating, but every now and then it rouses – even for leaders! When your fear monster is awake and active, you behave in ways that mess with morale. You may not even know the name of your fear monster, but I can guarantee it’s working against you both personally and professionally. What’s your fear monster? You might word it slightly differently, but no doubt you can spot your fear among these: Identifying your fear monster is the first step towards recognizing when and how it is showing up for you … Read More

6 Communication Mistakes that Destroy Morale

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Morale is mysterious and intangible like the wind. You can feel the effects, but the contributing factors aren’t always obvious. When morale is good, you can feel it – everything flows better. Your team has more fun working; there is a surge in creativity, energy, and productivity. The bonus – a better bottom line! When morale is poor, you can also feel it – work becomes frustrating and hard! There is a lag in energy which negatively effects work – both the quality and quantity. Creating an atmosphere in which your people thrive and are able to accomplish the mission … Read More

The Power of Pausing & How to do it Like a Pro!

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When was the last time you pressed pause? Not escaping – distracting yourself with an activity that you find enjoyable – but truly pausing? Reflecting? In an effort to keep up with the perceived demands of life and work, your pace is frantic. You’ve convinced yourself that working faster will result in getting more done. And whenever possible, doing multiple things at once – even better, right? Wrong! Do you find yourself perpetually trying to catch up? Making more mistakes than you’d like? Forgetting things? Lacking the creativity you need to address the problems and challenges you face? Finding it … Read More

What Qualities Do You Want to Linger?

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These days essential oils are all the rage. Whatever ails you – there’s an essential oil for that. While essential oils are incredibly popular right now, they are not new. In fact, the Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Romans all used various forms of aromatherapy thousands of years ago. Essential oils are touted to improve depression, anxiety, stress, infections, circulation, mood, sleep, migraines, immunity, and so much more! Even more surprising, scents like lemon, jasmine, or lavender can increase productivity, concentration, and help you make fewer mistakes! And they smell good too! Some of my favorite essential oils are vanilla, … Read More