Lessons in Leadership

and a few personal stories

 Sharing what I have learned, tested, and trained about leadership mindset and skills. My hope here is to inspire and activate the extraordinary leader ​that lies within you.

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 memorable...

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?

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

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

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 word ‘leader’?...

The Quiet of Water: A Leadership Metaphor

As the ancient Latin proverb goes, still waters run deep.  There is a calmness about looking at a pond that is not moving.  Yet, there is also a sense of stagnation when a pond is completely still.  Only when the breeze blows does the surface of this still pond begin...

Healing Ourselves: Why Movements Happen

Imagine for a moment that you are 4 years old. Your mommy and daddy are taking you to the hospital to get your tonsils out. The nurses tell you that you will be asleep the whole time, and they will be with you. Your parents promise that when you wake up in your own...

COMMAND vs. Influence

You may be asking yourself: What does COMMAND have to do with Influence?  In fact: What is COMMAND in the first place, and why should I care? Both are really good questions. To set the stage, I work with women who might be current or ex-military, current or...

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