Acting Fearless

My nephew Connor insists that he suffers from Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. An actor in university, recently he played the part of Rainbow Sprinkles, an ebullient clown trying to get hired to perform at a children's birthday party. Interviewing with a hyper-politically correct mother, poor Mr. Sprinkles' cheerful spirit is crushed by the end of the play as every conceivable part of his act is deemed potentially offensive to some child (or child's parent). Admittedly biased, I thought he was a magnificent clown, especially in light of his … [Read more...]

Stand Up for Yourself: Katarina Andersson

Imagine you live in Florence, Italy. You spend much of your time involved with three things you love: sport, food, and wine. People back home think your life is like being on constant holiday: they wonder when you'll get a 'real' job. That's a snapshot of Dr. Katarina Andersson's life. Sounds amazing, right? Rewind a dozen years, here's how Katarina was feeling: After finishing my Ph.D. in history, I was really at a low point. For a year or two I had no job and didn't really know what to do. My family tried to get me to go back home to … [Read more...]

Let Go to Move Forward: Nicole Dominique Le Maire

Let Go to Move Forward Riyadh. Jeddah. Damman. Does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seem like a hot spot for women-in-business workshops? Nicole Dominique Le Maire believes they are. She's off to Saudi Arabia soon to facilitate "Be Your Own Boss" sessions for women. Like so many other women fleeing corporate cultures, Nicole let go of the relative (she says "boring") comfort of the corporate world to start her own business, Human Resources Global. Within just two years, Nicole has gained a reputation as a highly valued leader within the … [Read more...]

Decide What Your Footprint Will Be: Irene Becker

Irene Becker is a thought leader and trailblazer. Irene's social media footprint is undeniable: Top 100 Leadership Blogs, Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness; Top 50 Sales Management Blogs-Ducati USA; Top 75 Human Champion-Switch & Shift USA; and too many other "tops" to cite here. Her story and the genesis of her 3Q Edge™ model, Against All Odds, has been read by over 500,000 people. An adept social media champion and strategist, her 3Q Leadership blog and social media channels have a following of 52,000+, of which I … [Read more...]

There’s No Reward for Staying Stuck: Valerie Caruso

Afraid to follow your bliss? Valerie Caruso can tell you from experience, at first it can feel a bit impractical or even self-indulgent to follow your bliss. It requires letting go of the "internal insistences," Val says, those engrained "musts." But she did it and you can too. After all, as Val reminds us, "there's no reward for staying stuck." Retired following 25 years as a U.S. Air Force officer, Val traded in military acronyms for ones like these: FWS, CWE, WSET.  French Wine Scholar. Certified Wine Educator. Wine and Spirit Education … [Read more...]

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