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Let’s Get Selfish

The word ‘selfish’ gets a bad rep, right?  The reason being, the very words conjure up images of greed, ego, arrogance. Looking out only for yourself and always putting yourself before others. Part of that is true. You should be aware of your surroundings and other people.  But not to your own detriment.  What happens is that people confuse ‘selfish’ with ‘self-centered’ behavior. Selfish is when you’re concerned primarily with your own interests. Self-centered is when you’re concerned solely with your own interests. That one change in word, from primarily to solely makes all the difference.  Yet we have the […]

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You’re Going to Fail… and that’s OK

The other day, I woke to an email from a fairly high-ranking business professional, touting their new book about not failing when it comes to communication in business.  While I haven’t read the book yet and can’t comment specifically on its methods and strategies, it did get me thinking about the concept of failing.  Or rather, not failing.  We want what’s going to be fun, fast and easy.  But here’s the rub.  When it comes to interacting with other people, there isn’t a way not to fail.  Let me say that again. There is not a way NOT to fail […]

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Working at Home… Crowded House edition

No, this isn’t a post about the 80’s rock band from Australia.  Although, while we’re on the subject, some of their lyrics are especially poignant and relevant almost 35 years later. But let’s get back to our topic because there’s more bodies in your home on a daily basis right now.  It was challenging at times to get your day in order when it was just you and the dog at home running your business.  Now, even the thought of getting yourself back on track feels like an impossible feat.  I know.  That’s why I’m sharing 5 guideposts to keep […]

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What’s the Opportunity in a Pandemic?

Let’s talk about Opportunity right now.  Because on a daily basis, people are telling me that NOW (all caps for emphasis and yes, that’s how they’re all being written) is the perfect time to… … breakthrough on your back-burnered projects.… hire for your team (it’s an employer’s market after all).… build your brand.… change careers.… eat less meat and animal-based products. … lose 15 pounds.… start a house walking practice.… find a new hobby.… work on your own personal development. Oh my gosh, make it stop. Because this time in our history, where we’re on a collective pause, doesn’t mean we […]

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I Had To Put My Mask On First

You might have noticed that I’m posting this on a different day and time then what you’re used to. Oh, and that you didn’t hear from me at all last week.  I wasn’t ignoring what was going on around the world.  It’s that I had to put on my own mask first.  The very short of it is that I was on vacation while the pandemic was declared and got stuck on a cruise ship that was rerouted 1100 miles. We made it home two days later than anticipated to then be placed in a 14-day at-home quarantine. And now […]

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Why Are You Here?

On a regular basis, women ask me, what do they need to do to achieve their goals?  These women are smart and fierce and savvy. They aren’t looking for a one-and-done solution or quick fix. They know that won’t stick.  Yet, they understand that there are key actions you can take to create the results you want faster and with more ease.  So I ask, “Are you acting as if?” It sounds simple and almost childish (or maybe it’s just me – the phrase “as if” was all over the place during my tween years).  But truly, do you… Act […]

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Don’t Scratch That Itch

A colleague forwarded me a video from Simon Sinek riffing on millennials in the workplace. (You can catch the full clip here.) It’s not what you think. Although, if you’re familiar with any of Sinek’s work, you likely know where he was headed.  Part way through the conversation, he laid this one on us: “Everything you want, you can have instantaneously. Everything you want, instant gratification. Except job satisfaction and strength of relationships. There ain’t no app for that. They are slow, meandering, uncomfortable, messy processes.”  Truthfully, this speaks to much more than the generation of millennials. It speaks to our […]

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What I Learned About Business From My Rock Heroes

Quick question – are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Yes, you say – sweet! What about 00’s country music? Not so much. Well, that’s okay.  How about 90’s rock? Okay, now we’re getting somewhere.  Whether you’re a fan of GoT or country or rock music or none of the above, you’ll appreciate this story.  As the final season of GoT was coming to a close, the creators of the show partnered with Fender Guitars to create a collection of GoT-branded custom guitars. One unique guitar for each main family on the show, showcasing their house’s sigil.  And then, […]

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