Self Care

When I suggested some extreme self care to my overwhelmed client, she said “I think this is going to take more than time at the spa to fix”, through her tears.   And she was right. But what we were dealing with at that moment was her belief that self care only meant massages and […]

Time Management: Don’t work harder

The term “work smarter… not harder” originated in the 1930’s by Allen F. Morgenstern.  Morgenstern was an industrial engineer, who created a work simplification program, with the intent to increase production with less effort. It sounds great, but how do you actually make it work? This terminology has now taken on a broader meaning in the current […]

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    Recently I’ve been contacted by leaders who are interested in making their teams more cohesive. Specifically, they’ve also asked how to implement the concepts from the book The FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS of a TEAM by Patrick Lencioni. The book covers multiple pitfalls that teams face as they seek to grow together. Originally published in 2002, the […]

3 Steps to accelerate results for your team

  Your team is extremely busy and everyone’s plate is full, yet you aren’t getting the results you need.  The team is falling short and you’re not sure why. How do you accelerate results? Many leaders find themselves in this situation. What do they do? Pull the team together and reiterate expectations? Publicly voice disappointment and […]

Do you have Imposter Syndrome?

What they say If you’ve ever said the following statements to yourself, you may be suffering from Imposter Syndrome. I’m not sure why they would choose me over others. I’m not nearly as qualified as others that are probably applying. I don’t have the experience. How do I interact in a situation with people who […]

The Work-Life Balance Myth

You read it right. There is no such thing as Work-Life Balance.  There, I said it.  Now do you feel relieved because you always thought it was unattainable or worse because you were hoping you could still get there? The concept of work-life balance originated back in the 70s and has been discussed and analyzed for […]

Your reputation: first impressions can do damage

As a new employee, Tammy was an ambitious, energetic account manager, willing to work hard and take action. That was the reputation she wanted to establish in this new role. She was even extra cautious not to step on her new colleague’s toes, when she communicated her plans that could have overlapped with theirs. Then […]

Relationships are important, but what if I just can’t really stand someone?

Have you ever witnessed someone going out of his or her way to do something really nice for a complete stranger? Paying it forward is an attribute of positive minded people, who believe that spreading ‘good’ will create even more positive energy in the world and strengthen relationships. I’m a firm believer, and I believe […]

Holding people accountable means not staying silent

In my recent research on accountability, the theme of  ‘staying silent’ was dominant. In the book Crucial Accountability, they found that people stay silent, rather than try to hold someone accountable. Moreover, many times people don’t want to address an issue if it’s the first infraction, for fear of being termed a micromanager. What if, […]

The Feedback Fallacy

When I read the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review, I was intrigued by the headline on the cover:  “Why Feedback Fails“. From my point of view as an Executive Coach, I have always thought, and still do, that feedback is a gift. How can anyone get better if they aren’t aware of how […]