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.
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...

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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 word ‘leader’?...

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The Quiet of Water: A Leadership Metaphor

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...

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First they marched. Then they ran. Now they’ve won.

First they marched. Then they ran. Now they’ve won.

This is the beginning of the holiday time of the year. I wish you and yours a Joyous Thanksgiving as the first in this winter celebrations . Because Thanksgiving is in the season of gratitude, I wanted to send you a quick message in acknowledgment and  celebration of...

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Healing Ourselves: Why Movements Happen

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...

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COMMAND vs. Influence

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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2018 The Year of the Movement: Are You In?

2018 The Year of the Movement: Are You In?

My awakening to what I’m called to do began in 2017. It was a regular coaching call with my business coach, Julie Foucht.  I hopped up on my soapbox, passionately lamenting about how the 2017 Women’s March brought out hundreds of thousands of women all over the world...

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Fried Clams: A Lesson in Sales Integrity

Fried Clams: A Lesson in Sales Integrity

Growing up in the Midwest, “real” fried clams were not something that I ever ate. My mom bought either bought Mrs. Paul’s or Groton’s frozen fried clams.  Because this was what I was used to, I thought they were the most marvelous creations in the world.  They were...

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Fame Attracts Money

Fame Attracts Money

Fame attracts money. This was a quote from my coach and mentor, Ann Evanston, from one of our training calls. She went on to explain that fame and being famous wrapped around visibility. The light bulb went on for me. If you know my story, then you know that I was...

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Insights into Nature vs Nurture in Leadership

Insights into Nature vs Nurture in Leadership

Well, what is your insight into the Nature versus Nurture controversy in leadership? You may very well believe that leadership takes talent that is born in someone. You may even have a talent for leadership. However, defining ‘talent’ can be more complicated. Many...

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How to Take the Fear Out of Delegating

How to Take the Fear Out of Delegating

You may think that delegating is a skill you don’t need now that you are in direct marketing and have a team. Your team is made up of independent contractors after all. What if I told you that delegating is the cornerstone to keeping the team alive, active, loyal and...

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