From Frustration to Fruition

Do you ever find yourself in a place where, despite your best efforts, nothing seems to be working out the way you want it to?  Maybe you have an amazing idea that you just can’t seem to get off the ground.  Perhaps you have made progress toward a goal and suddenly feel stymied and blocked

Bringing Leadership to Life

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Pinocchio Principle — Being Real:  Becoming the Leader You Were Born to Be, which will be released on 1/11/11 and will soon be available to pre-order.  I hope you enjoy it!  Our foundations are shaking.  Corporations are going under.  People are losing their jobs and

Leading Through Uncertainty

How do I motivate and inspire my team in the midst of uncertainty that could lead to the whole department being eliminated?  I mean, I’m not even sure I’ll have a job myself! This is a question a client of mine recently asked.  A tough one.  I didn’t have an immediate answer for him.  He

In Search of Greatness: Finding Your Zone

Last night Tom Petty was in town and I was lucky enough to get a last minute opportunity to watch him perform.  Chuck Berry – at age 83 – was the opening act.  He moved and grooved and belted out his tunes with just as much energy and passion that he did fifty years ago. 

Outwitting Overwhelm – from Frustration to Freedom

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks, you may have noticed that many of the posts have been about getting unstuck, overcoming procrastination and overwhelm, and moving forward.  That’s because these are challenges I’ve been working through lately.  And one of the best ways I know to find answers and solutions

Getting Unstuck – The Power of Purpose

Do you ever have trouble getting something done?  Something big? (Or maybe something that feels big?) When faced with a rather large task or project, it is easy to get bogged down in the details and the heaviness that comes with them.  We can experience what feels like a never ending process of having to

On Becoming a Leader – The One Factor that Can Make or Break You

The other day I was interviewed by an Arizona Republic reporter for an article on how to best position yourself to move from being an individual contributor to become a manager.    As I prepared for the interview, I began to reflect on the question of what differentiates successful leaders from struggling managers.  Among the several

Conquering Clutter… and other hairy monsters

Do you ever feel as though the little things you’ve left undone accumulate to the point that they close in on your space – both physically and mentally? This video is about my experience with that phenomenon and what I decided to do about it one day.  WHY CONQUERING CLUTTER IS SO IMPORTANT: Just like

An Antidote to Life’s Frustrations

“An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.” ~ Lydia M. Child (1802-1880) Writer Do you ever feel so mired in frustration and challenge that you cannot see a way to move beyond it? When life gets you down, it’s easy to become overly focused on all the things that seem

Getting Connected ~ What Intuition and the Internet Have in Common

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”  ~ Jonas Salk I have been marveling a lot lately over the power of the internet.  I feel so old when I explain to my kids that when I was in school, doing a research paper meant spending hours in a library pouring over books