Applause or Tomatoes?

I recently had not one but two clients share with me their reluctance to “get out there.” That is, to show up in a bigger way in life, work, and the world. One woman called it her “fear of success,” which, in my opinion, nobody is actually afraid of. But that’s another story. She cited … Read more

Why Am I Always Underestimated at Work

Back pre-Covid, I was speaking at a tech company and, after my leadership talk, a young woman approached me with that question. Why am I always underestimated? She went on to tell me she’d graduated with honors from a top college, worked on Capitol Hill for a year, and had two years of experience with … Read more

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

I’d be willing to bet that it’s no coincidence that the first month of Q4 is also National Women’s Small Business Month. Both give me a sense of energy and drive, like that last caffeinated spurt as you sprint to the finish line of a huge project. In celebration of women business owners everywhere (yay … Read more

10 Tips to Create a “Lift As You Climb” Culture

No doubt you’ve heard the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Allow me to add, “And if you want to succeed, make sure others do as well.” It’s only lonely at the top if you’re up there all by yourself. And who wants … Read more

5 Ways to Zap Zoom Fatigue

As we come back from the Labor Day weekend, it’s a great time to think about hanging onto that recharged, refreshed feeling. We’ve all spent so much time on video platforms, which, by now, you’ve probably realized are far more exhausting than your usual mix of calls and in-person meetings. Whatever your platform of choice, … Read more

What I Learned As A Cat Food Brand Hand Model

After my early jobs as a talking Christmas tree at a local mall, a tap dancing bear at Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park and…yep…the hand model for a Fancy Feast cat food ad, I realized that that particular career path did not bode well for my future. So with my theater arts degree firmly in … Read more

Are You Twenty Feet from the C-Suite?

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If you like movies about the music industry, you might have caught the 2014 Academy Award and Grammy winner Twenty Feet from Stardom. The film profiled a group of incredibly talented singers including Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, and Jo Lawry who backed up some of the most famous artists of all time. While many of … Read more

Why Create a Bucket List When You Can Build a Legacy List?

A very wise member of my Wednesday coaching group asked me what I wanted to leave as my legacy. After getting past the eerie notion that I was about to write my own obituary (a worthwhile exercise, btw), I gave the question some serious thought. No surprise, I thought about my personal legacy first. Specifically, … Read more

How Your Future Self Can Help Your Present Self

I’ve never been to a high school or college reunion. When you go to a different school every year, people tend to lose track of you. But I had a great virtual reunion recently with an old friend from my uni days. As we strolled down memory lane, mindful of knee problems and early-onset osteoporosis, … Read more

Lessons from a Former Crisis Communicator

This week’s Twitter hack got me thinking about my past career as head of public relations and communications for three major Hollywood studios. You might not think that my entertainment background would qualify me to talk about crisis communication, but you’d be surprised how much you learn when you’re the spokesperson explaining mass layoffs, lawsuits, … Read more

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