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Practice the Pause

One of the most critical learnings for leaders is self-awareness. Self awareness is defined as the “conscious knowledge of one's own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental and emotional processes. Self-awareness uncovers thought-patterns, feelings and habits. Knowing your own operating system can lead to better decision-making and behavioral responses. When we focus on ourselves, we are able to evaluate and...

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Find Your Own Definition of Success



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 statistics for breakfast,...

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“What all Great Leaders Learn to Do" Part 1

"The key to your impact as a leader is your own sincerity. Before you can inspire others with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe."-Winston Churchill
Lately, I've been re-evaluating my belief of what a leader is and questioning whether I'm a leader or not. I think Winston Churchill in the above quote, has touched the tip of it all for me. I think that any one of us can have an impact...

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"What all Great Leaders Learn to Do" Part 2

"The leader teaches more through being than through doing. The quality of one's silence conveys more than long speeches."- John Heider
A leader is not always the one who steps in front of the room or who is always talking. I have found the most inspirational leaders are those who step back and let others be the best that they can be. How profound this world would be if we could all just take a look at what others are best at doing and step aside and let them do it. I believe a leader is one...

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The Value of a Portfolio Career

Several years ago I was one of 11 invited to contribute to the book Scrappy Women in Business: Living Proof that Bending the Rules isn’t Breaking the Law.

The purpose of the book was to tell the stories about how we got to where we were in our careers. It was a great reflection on all the different paths my own career took over the years which was not a very straight path. I call my career a portfolio career because it was a range of investments I made in me, investing in something new until...

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What My Puppy is Teaching Me about Leadership (Part 1)

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I want to introduce you to Ruby Tuesday (aka RT, the Rube, Ruby T.), my almost six month old Bearded Collie puppy. I have been Ruby Tuesday’s human companion for almost three months now. I am so lucky to have this beautiful and loving puppy in my care for this brief time and hopefully for a very long time to come.

In growing up with this being I am being reminded on a daily basis about some of the skills important to being a leader. She is reminding me and teaching me about...

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What My Puppy is Teaching Me about Leadership (Part 2)

In my last blogI introduced you to Ruby Tuesday, my almost six-month-old Bearded Collie puppy. I talked about what she is teaching me about leadership including reward and acknowledge good behavior, be consistent, and be patient.

In growing up with this being I continue to be reminded on a daily basis about some of the skills important to being a leader. She is learning tricks now such as shake, sit pretty, settle, and fetch.

Here a few more of the leadership skills Ruby Tuesday is reminding...

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What My Puppy is Teaching Me about Leadership (Part 3)

This is my last of three blogs on what Ruby Tuesday (my puppy) has been teaching me. She just turned 6 months old and I believe continues to teach me more than I am teaching her. For me, especially patience!

In my previous blogs (part 1 and part 2), I talked about what she is teaching/reminding me about leadership including:
  • Reward and acknowledge good behavior
  • Be consistent
  • Be patient
  • Be fully present
  • Be clear--do not cause confusion in the instructions you give
  • Do not overreact
Here are a...

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Welcome to My Life

An Autobiography in Five Chapters

Chapter 1

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost . . . I am hopeless. It isn't my fault. But it takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I can't believe I am in this same place. It isn't my fault. But it takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3

I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I fall in . . ....

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How I Learned to Easily Change my Perspectives

"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all--he's walking on them."~ Sam Levinson
Looking Through the Eyeglasses by Pat Obuchowski


A few years ago I had the wonderful experience of participating in a nature photography workshop instructed by Eddie Soloway. This workshop took place in Big Sur, right here in Northern California. For those who have been there you will agree this is one of the...

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