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To Question or Not to Question…That is the Question.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask for once I know the proper questions, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” - Albert Einstein
In the work I do helping leaders learn more about conversational intelligence, I frequently get the question “Won’t asking questions at meetings make me look as if I don’t know what’s being discussed and make me look stupid?”

I always...

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Men Versus Women….Not!

Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) “Pygmalion” (1913)
I spent many years of my career climbing the proverbial ladder in Corporate America. I did what I think is typical of so many women who want to succeed in their careers and be promoted into leadership positions. I looked at who was above me, modeled them, was mentored by them, and got promoted by them....

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Authenticity: The Art of Being You

"How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people."~Edward F. Benson
To be authentic is defined by dictionary.com to be trustworthy, honest, genuine, real. It is a particular way of dealing with the external world, while being faithful to our internal selves and our ideas rather than external influences and ideas.

The word originated in the early 1300's from the Latinautheniticusmeaning "one who does things himself".

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My Quest for Leadership

"The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand" ~Joseph Campbell
A few years ago I participated in a wonderful three and one-half day retreat with an organization called Rites of Passage.

This retreat called Quest for Leadership brought me back in touch with nature. Not only with nature surrounding me, but most importantly, with my own nature. With my innate wisdom.

One of the most...

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Are Your Habits Stressing You Out? You Bet!

A really interesting article came across my desk this morning from The Chopra Center. It was written by Emily Holland who is a health coach and freelance writer who focuses on psychology and optimal living.

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The article 8 Routine Habits That May Be Stressing You Out focused on those daily habits that heighten stress levels that are less obvious than the ones we know are not good for us such as over consuming caffeine, eating large quantities of processed foods and over...

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Pay Deep Attention to Get More Done

"Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention." ~Jim Rohn


With one of my strengths being learner (StrengthsFinder 2.0), I did some post-graduate work a few years ago in the Neuroscience of Leadership at the NeuroLeadership Institute.

NeuroLeadership is an emerging field of study focused on bringing neuroscientific knowledge into the areas of leadership development, management training, change management, education, consulting and coaching.

This field helps...

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Five Tips to Create More ‘A-Ha’ Moments

“Eureka! - I have found it!” - Archimedes
I don’t know about you, but I really love those “Eureka!” moments. I love the rush and the hit of dopamine I get when I realize I have just brilliantly solved a problem, or imagined something very creative, or found the answer to a question that I’ve been noodling and loosing sleep over.

It’s these moments of insight that I’ve always wanted to understand and now I do…at least a little bit better.

Bubbles by H. Koppeldelaney


Insight is a very different...

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Stop. Sit. Listen.

I’ve been reflecting lately on how good people become great. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela comes to mind when I think of this.

How does a man spend 27 years in prison, put there by an oppressor, and come out of that experience with a heart that is willing to forgive and embrace? “I hated oppression and I feel angry when I think of oppression. The brain always dominates our emotions. I thought you have a limited time to stay on earth, you must try to use it for the purpose of transforming your...

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What the World Needs Now You Can Give It

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~Plato

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I've been telling a lot of people lately that I think we as a society currently lack basic human kindness toward each other. It seems we were a lot kinder to each other a mere six months ago. I think our full, busy and stressful lives have been a big contributor to our lack of kindness. Not to mention the impact due to our current political environment, regardless of where you stand.

We just don’t have time...

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No One Said Being Authentic is Easy

“How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people." - Edward F. Benson

To be authentic is defined by dictionary.com to be trustworthy, honest, genuine, real. It is a particular way of dealing with the external world, while being faithful to our internal selves and our ideas rather than external influences and ideas.

The word originated in the early 1300’s from the Latin autheniticus meaning “one who does things him(her)self”.

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