Blog

Creating A Brand New Mind Map of Me

Screen Shot 2019-06-20 at 2.08.11 PM.png

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...

Read more…

What’s on Their Face is Not About Me.

audience-auditorium-back-view-713149.jpg

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...

Read more…

Look Back to Look Forward

art-artificial-intelligence-blackboard-355948.jpg

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...

Read more…

Find Your Power in Self-Management

alarm-alarm-clock-analog-1162967.jpg

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...

Read more…

Finding Truth in Feedback…Damn it!

art-board-game-challenge-163064.jpg

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...

Read more…

Find Your Own Definition of Success

blackboard-chalk-chalkboard-21696.jpg

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...

Read more…

Changing for the Sake of My Leadership

AdobeStock_163012570.jpeg

 

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...

Read more…

Back to the Basics of Leadership

chess-pieces-color-conceptual-1679618.jpg

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

~John Quincy Adams

Autocratic, Bureaucratic, Charismatic, Democratic...are only a few leadership styles. They all have pros and cons and can be effective in different situations.

There is no one "right" way to lead. Different leadership styles are needed for different situations. 

I've been a big believer for a long time in what is called Transformational and Situational Leadership....

Read more…

How HIIT helped my workout and my work

bright-close-up-color-221247.jpg

I’ve been working with a physical trainer on and off for several months. Charity helps me focus on the proper form and provides me with a structured exercise plan that I can challenge myself with by increasing weight or repetitions. She was the one that really shook up my routine by introducing me to Tabata training or High-Intensity Interval Training, HIIT.

HIIT training was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata and a team of researchers from the National Institute of...

Read more…

Set Your Intention, then Find a Structure to Remember It

blur-daytime-feather-816497.jpg

I have always been great at testing. There was something about the preparation and pressure of tests that got my adrenaline pumping and allowed me to attack them with complete focus and attention. I knew my stuff!  

When I put the stake in the ground to start my own coaching business and give it two years to turn a profit, I got trained in this field. I attended a six-month coach training school. In order to be certified, I had...

Read more…