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
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
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
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
A friend told me about a client meeting he attended recently on Zoom where one of the team members was so passive that people practically forgot she was on the call. And she was one of the company’s principals! Okay, maybe she was having a bad day or dealing with a serious case of Zoom … Read more
Don’t get locked into your own limited point of view. See the world through someone else’s lens. I find travel to be one of the greatest opportunities to change your perspective about, well, anything. Immerse yourself in a different culture and a stroll down the street, your morning coffee, or a chat with a local … Read more
This past long weekend seemed like a great time to stop and smell the roses. Or, at least, to plant some new flowers in my garden. These are pink dahlias, some of my favorites. As I pruned and potted, I couldn’t help but ponder literature’s love of gardening (along with flowing rivers) as a metaphor for growth and change.
January is a great time to think about the changes you want to make – not just in your life – but in the world. The first step is to get very clear on the value you provide. Once you’re committed to functioning at the highest level of self and you’re crystal clear about your value proposition, you’re ready to embark on an undertaking without which your personal life would be incomplete and your professional life unfulfilled. You’ve discovered your Emotional Assignment.