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 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

How Self-Care Makes You a More Effective Leader

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While taking my trash can to the curb to be picked up, I chuckled over the bold letters declaring “NO HOT ASHES” on the top of the lid. I chuckled because it seems like pure common sense to not put hot ashes into your trash can, right? Clearly there have been issues, or these words would not be molded into the top of my trash can. The words on my trash remind me of the tag on my blow dryer urging me to not dry my hair while taking a bath, or the warning on plastic bags:  This bag is … Read More

8 Habits to Help You Plug in to Your Positive Side

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Driven and ambitious – that’s me. I think I have been that way since about the time I started walking and talking. Being positive – that’s been more of a struggle. Sadly, for much of my life I have been a “glass half empty” sort of gal. I attribute my lack of positivity to my personality (D/C for those familiar with DiSC) and the environment I grew up in, and a few bad habits, but I have made changes! I want to be positive. Lacking positivity significantly limits my influence, stifles my creativity, and keeps me stuck. Yes, stuck because … Read More

How to Get Results Without Being Bossy

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who was smart and full of ideas. She was naturally organized, creative, and able to come up with a system for just about anything. She loved to read, sew, draw, write letters, and play baseball with the boys. There was just one little tiny problem -she was bossy! She kept her younger brothers in line – they hated it! When the neighbor kids played school, she was the teacher, again! And guess who managed the lemonade stand? I hate to admit it, but that little girl was me. I have learned … Read More

6 Steps to Becoming a Leader Others Want to Follow

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I am a wave-with-a-smile kind of gal. On my daily walks in my neighborhood, I make it a habit to wave and smile at everyone that passes by. This has not always been the case. In the past, I have been a wave-with-a-smile-if-you-waved-first kind of gal like Mr. Frank (not his real name), a loveable but crotchety older gentleman in my old neighborhood that shared my love of walking. He would complain daily about how unfriendly everyone in the neighborhood was each time we crossed paths. One day I finally asked Mr. Frank, “Do you wave and smile at everyone … Read More