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Five Leadership Lessons I Learned from the USA Women’s Soccer Team Captain

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When people would ask me “Did you see that soccer game?” I would always say, “I have never watched a soccer game in my entire life.”

I can say that no longer. I watched the entire final game of USA vs. The Netherlands. USA won 2:0. I watched because I was told about the strength, teamwork and the talent this team displays. Although I have no idea what the rules of the game are or how the heck soccer players can run constantly for 45 minutes at a time and do it twice, I...

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Leadership Lesson Learned from Enzo, the Dog

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Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot speak, so I listen very well. I never interrupt; I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like having a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street.

For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the...

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Finding Focus to Finish the One Thing

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There are so many things I need to do but find that I get distracted so much easier than I ever have before.  I lay out all the things I need to finish that one project that must be done by tomorrow and next thing I know I’m looking at my Washington Post horoscope for the day and then I’m looking for the book I told a client I’d send her and then I’m looking for the invite to the wedding I didn’t respond to…ARGHHHH!  

No wonder I get...

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Creating A Brand New Mind Map of Me

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I keep getting reminders that we’re closing in on the middle of the year. Six months have gone and we’re asking ourselves, “Where did all that time go?”  

I usually begin my year with big aspirations and a completely new mind map of me and of what I vision my year to be. I have my mind map close by and I pull it out every now and then to remind me to honor those life goals I envisioned.   

For the first six months of this year, I have been...

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What’s on Their Face is Not About Me.

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I was ready. I walked on stage and confidently took center stage. I stopped, looked out into the audience took a deep breath and began my talk.  

The lights were low enough I could see the faces and expressions of my audience. I read that Brené Brown asks for the lights to be lit at 50% of capacity so she is able to see the faces of her audience. I figure if it’s good enough for Brené, it’s good enough for me.  

I began my talk. As I usually do, I...

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Look Back to Look Forward

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Many years ago, I sought the advice of a career counseling company. I had been a full-time employee in the business world, working in technology. At that time, I was looking for another job with a large company in the same field. My career coach suggested that I attend a workshop for entrepreneurship. I was exploring different things and I thought, “Why not?”  

The facilitator of that workshop said something to me that had a great impact on me. He...

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Find Your Power in Self-Management

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In my last blog, Finding Truth in Feedback, I talked about a key lesson I learned a few years ago when I attended a yearlong intensive leadership program with 23 other participants led byCo-Active Training Institute. This program included four residential retreats as well as several homework projects that all focused on observing and learning about leadership impact. 

After writing about this lesson it reminded me of another one that was even...

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Finding Truth in Feedback…Damn it!

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A few years ago I attended a yearlong intensive leadership program with 23 other participants led by Co-Active Training Institute. This program included four residential retreats as well as several homework projects that all focused on observing and learning about leadership impact.

I found this program to be extremely useful in helping me recognize and value my personal leadership styles and strengths. During this period, I developed the capacity to be effective in a wide range of...

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Find Your Own Definition of Success

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Many years ago I owned a fulfillment company with another woman and we applied for a “Best Customer Service” award from a top-tier international company. We were one of more than a hundred companies that entered the competition, and we won third place. At the award ceremony, the late John Wooden handed out the awards. For those like me who don’t closely follow basketball, John Wooden was simply an American basketball player and coach. But for those who eat basketball...

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Changing for the Sake of My Leadership

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I always took great pride in my ability to accomplish a lot. I was one of the fastest “Check it off, it’s done” people I knew. During a leadership program I attended, I pulled aside the leader and told her, “I am getting impatient with all these people. They seem to take forever to come to a decision and want to just talk on and on and on.” She looked at me and smiled. “Pat, I know that you are capable of accomplishing a lot. I’ve seen it. The...

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