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I didn’t get the gig

You know what it feels like when you sense that something you said is not what people at the table wanted to hear? That happened to me recently. I was being interviewed for a coaching gig for a director who needed to change some behaviors. “I’m not a coach who makes a practice of telling

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From feeling broken to being strong

Melanie grew in many ways in the last 20 years at her company. But her growth in the last year, and particularly the last six months was, to quote her, “beyond description”. When I met Melanie, she was polite, reserved, obviously talented with a list of accomplishments in her bio. Throughout the time I have

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Habits strengthen us

I love the vivid picture Ziglar creates as he describes the creation of a habit: Habit is a cable. We weave a thread of it each day until it becomes too strong to break.Then the strength of that habit cable takes us to the top or ties us to the bottom,depending on whether it is

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Help people think better

John walked into his office with his normally erect shoulders slumped, head shaking as if saying, “I can’t believe it.” I asked what happened. He said Ward, his Senior VP, had been using the dripping water method in their last few meetings and he’d missed it. Today Ward told him exactly what he wanted fixed,

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Look around, look around

Ever since I saw HAMILTON a few weeks ago (loved it!), Eliza’s voice keeps singing in my head: “Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now…” My heart actually twinged when she first sang those words. How could she think they were lucky to be alive in the 1700s, on

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A Mom’s dying wish

A dying mother’s handwritten note to her family ended with this message: Keep putting one foot in front of the other . . .there’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road.Don’t look back, you are not going that way. When I found a copy of this note in my file from a young woman

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Capture your genius

Last week I posed the question: How do you capture your thoughts and ideas from your best thinking?  Many of you responded (I love hearing from you!). Here’s a summary:    A number of you said taking pen to paper allows your thoughts to flow. For me personally, writing brings clarity and sometimes surprising insights,

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Your best thinking… what’s next?

Thank you to all who responded to last week’s question: Where and when do you do your best thinking? I learned there’s something about water — lots of thinking, problem solving and new ideas bubbling up in the shower, while swimming, doing dishes.  For some, it’s the air while walking, running, exercising that brings clear thinking

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What’s in a label

As many of you know, I have been coaching leaders for years. I love helping them be more of their true self as they figure out what they can do differently to accomplish their goals.   A few years ago, I narrowed my niche after thinking about the leaders I had most enjoyed working with over

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