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.
What It Means To Lead From The Head AND The Heart: Comfluence

What It Means To Lead From The Head AND The Heart: Comfluence

In 1970, the Vietnam War was raging. Protests continued to be coordinated across the country. My boyfriend had just been killed in a helicopter crash. I was entering the U.S. Army (specifically, the Women's Army Corps, or WACS). I felt an overwhelming need to become...

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Comfluence™ for Your Everyday Life

Comfluence™ for Your Everyday Life

What does a woman need? Not just in her business but in all the areas of her life. Why do I ask? Because a woman is in the center of things, much bigger than leading specific things — it’s an entire UNIVERSE of responsibilities that every woman carries. Even today...

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The Key Quality of a Comfluential Team Leader

The Key Quality of a Comfluential Team Leader

Empathy — how is it defined? The dictionary says: “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” Why is it so difficult to express empathy for someone’s situation? When we were...

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COLLABORATION

COLLABORATION

One of my favorite topics in leadership is collaboration and teamwork. Years ago I thought teamwork and collaboration were the same. Then I did my research and, to my amazement, I realized they are far from it. Organizations need employees who both work as a team and...

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Watch for Falling Glass

Watch for Falling Glass

In August of 2020, I wrote an article called “Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling,” celebrating the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as the vice-presidential candidate, and the challenges she may face as a woman leader within society’s man’s leadership model. As I...

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Let’s talk about Style…and a Treat

Let’s talk about Style…and a Treat

Wasn’t it strange not to have a traditional Halloween?  It had me thinking about Halloweens past … waaay past … when my daughters were little girls, so excited each and every Halloween.  It was really ALL about the costumes, which of course I made for them...

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When your vision gets fogged up

When your vision gets fogged up

One of my favorite leadership things to talk about, mentor, and train on is “vision.” I know that when my vision is clear and focused, every action I take brings nearer me to accomplishing it. What’s even more effective, fun, and meaningful is when my vision meets...

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The Power of Words as Leaders (And How I Rebuilt My Life)

The Power of Words as Leaders (And How I Rebuilt My Life)

I am 7 years old.  My mother has signed me up for a drama class.  We are presenting a Christmas story. I stand up straight and proud - an begin:                 "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house..." Suddenly, my mind goes blank and I...

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What does Comfluential™ Leadership look like?

What does Comfluential™ Leadership look like?

The idea of bringing together command and influence sounds great, doesn’t it? But what happens when you put the idea into practice? How do you use Comfluential™ Leadership effectively in the real world? I’ve got to be honest with you, Comfluential™ Leadership looks...

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What IS the most effective way to lead your team?

What IS the most effective way to lead your team?

As a leader, you need to be able to tell your team what needs to get done and know they’ve got it handled, right? You have more important things to focus on than micromanaging your team, don’t you? So how do you keep your team informed AND inspired? When I asked...

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What are the most successful core leadership traits?

What are the most successful core leadership traits?

I speak often in training and in my book about the command style of leadership being well-suited for the military. I have first-hand experience with this leadership model, as I was an officer in the Army for a time. (Major to be exact) In the past few years, I’ve...

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