The Value of Values

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In coaching circles, values are a hot topic. To be honest, prior to my coach training, I’d never given them much thought. I bet I’m not alone in that! Come to find out, values are quite nifty! They serve as a filter for your life by screening out the “junk” – the stuff that is not important in your life. The problem is that without knowing your values or actually applying them, they won’t be all that valuable! Think of it this way – you dump the appropriate number of scoops of ground coffee into your coffee maker or coffee … Read More

Why I Love Journaling (And You Should Too!)

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I’ve observed something leaders have in common: they are perpetually busy! While I’ve banned that word from my own vocabulary, it’s a word that leaders (not to mention everyone else) uses more frequently than they realize! Most often, the word busy is used in connection with something they know they ought to be doing, but just don’t have the time. There are a few tasks that seem to fall into that category, tasks that would make a remarkable difference and give them some time back! One of those tasks: journaling! Some people find putting pen to paper thrilling. For others, … Read More

Your Strengths – Have They Gone Wild?

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Knowing your strengths is abundantly beneficial both personally and professionally. If you’ve not already identified yours strengths, I encourage you to do that! It’s easy to gloss over your strengths – they are often skills that come so naturally to you that you don’t even realize that they are strengths! Unfortunately, leaning into your strengths and allowing them to work for you is impossible unless you know what they are. Your weaknesses, on the other hand, get your attention. The temptation is to put your energy into improving your weaknesses. Since what you focus on grows, and you don’t want … Read More

Navigating the Unknown

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My Thomas Guide was a lifesaver when I worked as a sales rep shortly after graduating from college. For those of you who are too young to know about maps of this variety, or didn’t live on the west coast, Thomas Guides were spiral bound street maps for specific areas. I had one for Santa Clara County and one for Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, and Ventura Counties to cover my sales territory. I heavily depended on my Thomas Guides to assist me in navigating my sales calls. The night before, I would map out the most efficient route, taking … Read More

Why Fun Never Fails

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Not long ago I turned 40, again! It was a magnificent day. My day began with sleeping until I woke up, something I don’t normally do on a work day. It felt fantastic! I lingered at breakfast and ate just what I wanted, not what I had time for. The days preceding my birthday were nippy and gray; even a snow flurry or two! But on my birthday, the weather was amazing. There was a gentle breeze and tons of sunshine. I took advantage of the beautiful day and worked in my yard. Yard work might not be your kind … Read More

How to Bring Out the Best in Your People

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It’s spring, so that means happy times in my yard. The weather’s been absolutely perfect for gardening! Watching the flowers in my yard bloom – that brings me joy! Even a trip to the mail box is an adventure because it’s a chance to see what new flowers have arrived on the scene. Flanking our front door, we have some lovely flower boxes. I love the idea of people being welcomed by a colorful profusion of blooms as they come to the door. My flower boxes don’t have the benefit of sprinklers like the rest of my yard. That means … Read More

Get Excited! Practical Ways to Boost Your Confidence

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Leading without confidence is like trying to drive a car without gas! It just doesn’t work! Confidence is a basic and necessary component of leadership, whether you are leading others or simply leading you! And it’s really a no brainer – you don’t want to fly in a plane with an unsure pilot, sit in the chair of a hesitant dentist, or surrender your locks to a tentative hairstylist! Last week I did something bold – you might even say rather crazy! I scheduled a haircut with someone brand new. No recommendations; not even an online review to guide my … Read More

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

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Hats look awesome on most people – I am just not so fond of how hats look on me. I am not quite sure why I chose to wear a hat when I got married, but that was a number of years ago! These days, I only wear hats out of necessity. I have a cute baseball cap with pearls on it that I wear to keep my hair from becoming a tangled mess when we are out on the lake having fun on the boat. I also have a knit hat or two with matching scarves  that I wear … Read More

It Takes Commitment!

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Ordinarily my husband and I go away for our anniversary. Over the years, we’ve celebrated our marriage in a variety of ways. When we were young and still paying off student loans, we went camping and enjoyed mud baths. Another year we stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast that overlooked Monterey Bay. More often than not, our anniversary celebration has included warm weather and water even though we got married in March. We’ve been to Puerto Rico, Cabo San Lucas, Key West, and the Bahamas. This year, due to work commitments, my husband and I chose to stick closer … Read More

Productivity Begins in Your Mind

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Your mind – it’s powerful! It can work for you or against you! You get to choose! The way you think about time and what’s on your “to do“ list determines your level of productivity. Ultimately, the goal is to get more done in less time, freeing up space for those things that you keep putting off like self-care, connecting with those you love, or perhaps getting around to that  something you’ve been putting off for way too long. Productivity is not being busy. It’s about utilizing your time wisely so that you can accomplish more with less effort. That’s … Read More