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A colleague was talking about my last week’s message about Paul. She thinks he should start his own consulting firm. Some of you wrote that he should stay in his current role so he can continue to have flexibility for his kids, which he truly values. A few thought he should move to the regional role

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What would you do?

Paul is a solid player in a unique position with his company for years. Honest, straightforward, ethical, he gives his all at work. He also has a robust home life with his wife (works full time), two kids (teen and pre-teen) and two special needs dogs. He loves his family. Being a good dad is

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Starts with B

I was asked recently who I enjoy working with most. That got me thinking about the leaders I’ve coached over the years, from CEOs to emerging leaders. I started jotting traits I admire in these people and, for some unknown reason, the words that streamed out started with B.  I enjoy working with leaders who:

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Lifted, shifted

I was surprised to see her name on my phone at 5:27 pm on a Friday. I answered immediately wondering what was up, hoping it wasn’t bad news. “Mary, I have to tell you what happened today… WORDS MATTER. You’ve said it many times. Today I learned they really do.” I wondered where this was

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Breathe… what happened

Some of you have taken on my challenge to do intentional breathing for two minutes/day for the month of August. I’m glad! Research has proven that two (2) minutes of focusing on nothing but the single task of breathing in/out positively affects your brain. Yes, that smidgeon of time breathing with a single focus daily

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Growth

Andrea was a champion of her people’s growth. She gave them many opportunities to speak to client groups and leaders within the company and felt good about the development and visibility it provided them. But, upon reflection, she acknowledged that the underlying reason she didn’t speak to the groups herself was because the thought of

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Breathe

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven.” – John Milton, Paradise Lost In last week’s message, I told you that what we think about affects our brain health. I’m so impressed with this research, I want to tell you more about it. At Harvard,

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Brain power

I love this: when your brain is positively supported, it significantly outperforms what it does when it’s negative, neutral or stressed, particularly related to “intelligence, energy, resiliency, how long you can work on a project, how many possibilities you see …” Amazing research has shown that “doctors perform their diagnoses 50% faster with three times

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He was in a bad rut

Traffic slowed ahead. Then I saw why. Five police cars were stopped on both sides and middle of the road, blue lights shining brightly. Driving slowly past, looking to see what was the cause, I saw a young man sitting in the middle of the road, his back against a police car door, hands behind

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Step out of your Velvet Rut

Last week’s message about being in a Velvet Rut hit home for a number of readers. Thanks for your feedback! We all know how comfy it can be, but even velvet gets worn and fades at some point. The potential payoffs are plenty. Stepping out of a velvet rut raises your awareness of your capabilities. It

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