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.
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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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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Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling

Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling

Big news for women in leadership:  For the first time in American history, a woman of color — Kamala Harris — is nominated as a vice-presidential candidate (only the third time for any woman, and as one of only two Black women ever elected to the Senate). It is indeed...

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Why do most leadership models fail in the workplace?

Why do most leadership models fail in the workplace?

In the past 50 years, many changes have occurred to shape the workplace into what it is today. The civil rights movements of the ’60s and ’70s transformed voting rights and salary laws in the workplace, but those weren’t the only changes. Women entered the workforce...

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What is the best way to influence your team?

What is the best way to influence your team?

As a leader, you rely on your team to take the necessary actions to move your projects forward, don’t you? So how do you motivate them to take action? Here are some ways NOT to do it: One of the most common methods of influence is to use money as a motivator. While...

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The Power of a Leader’s Words (And How I Rebuilt My Life)

The Power of a Leader’s Words (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 – and begin: 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The...

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