My One Secret for Your Extraordinary New Year

My New Year’s confession: I feel a little bit schizophrenic at times. As a governmental leader and executive coach it’s my job to wear two hats. While coaching, my philosophy is that YOU have all the answers. My coach role, then, is to ask the questions, be a confidential sounding board, a thinking partner who helps you discover your answers. With your permission, I hold you accountable for actions you decide to take, to try, and to tweak until you succeed in reaching a goal or intentions you set. As a public sector leader often the … [Read more...]

Mandela Inspired Trust-(Re)Building Framework

Pumping gas at a station just off I-40 somewhere in Arizona, a man wearing a dark, wrinkled uniform approached me. The wind blowing his ruffled hair, he carried a rubber boot with a few dollar bills sticking out. Standing a little too close for my comfort, he dangled the boot toward me and asked, "Would you like to donate to the firefighters' fund?" I replied, "Do you have some kind of identification?" The man gave me a puzzled look, "no, not really ID, but there's my fire truck parked right over there." Sure enough, there it was. Huge, red, … [Read more...]

Teamwork in Glass Blowing, Work & Life

As a child, I wanted to make coloring books come alive. I dreamed of being an artist. As an adult, I have taken classes and made many attempts to create fine art. It wasn’t until this year that I found my medium – hot glass. And, little did I know that working with this magical hot liquid would be the experience that would bring teamwork vividly alive. Glass Blowing Teams Like business, glass blowing is filled with glorious inspiration and bitter setbacks. A glass blowing team can consist of two people or 11 people, depending on the … [Read more...]

Leaders Who Attract Main Street America’s Women

Writing a book about what Main Street, America women think and care about is an awesome, humbling and sometimes challenging experience. I’m at a crucial stage in writing The Flight Patterns of Superwomen, the book that amplifies the voices of America’s majority:  women. I’ve come to well understand why Nora Ephron, the writer of iconic films like Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle said, "The hardest thing about writing, is writing.” The women I interviewed definitely want to be acknowledged as individuals (beyond … [Read more...]

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