Traveling with Cats: Listen to the Noise

Traveling with Cats: Listen to the Noise

Siamese cats have been in my life since I was 17. If you know the breed, you know that they yowl and talk a lot – and regularly.  I adopted my own Siamese when I got to Ft Devens, MA. They traveled with me their entire lives – and never stopped talking. One...
Tale of a Lost Voice

Tale of a Lost Voice

What is a speaker, educator, radio show host, friend, confidante, and/or leader without a voice?  The answer is silent, hidden behind the curtain, marginalized, someone to be pitied and so much more.  I can see it in their eyes as I struggle to push each word out of...
Are You a Reluctant Leader?

Are You a Reluctant Leader?

Much of my work over the years has been with “reluctant leaders.”  Do you know who makes up a large portion of Reluctant Leaders? Women. Women also make up a large number of the great change agents. There’s a reason for the saying, “Behind every great man is a great...
The Power of Water: A Leadership Metaphor

The Power of Water: A Leadership Metaphor

When I am in Maui on vacation, I get mesmerized watching the waves crash on the beach, over and over  – each time an awe-inspiring moment. I watch the waves race toward the beach and gather a head of steam before crashing on the sand. There is such power in that...
Women Leaders and the “B” word

Women Leaders and the “B” word

Have you ever had a woman boss – or been the boss – that people called a “bitch” because she was too aggressive, too competitive, too demanding, too cold? When I speak in front of groups, I often start by asking them, “What comes to mind when I say the...