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

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

The Power of a Story

The other day I was working from my home office when I noticed a man in my back yard.   I figured perhaps he was a meter reader from the utility company and went over to the window to get a better look.  He was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a large straw hat whose wide

Embracing Life’s Uncertainty

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.” ~ Margaret Drabble I came across the above quote some time ago and it has become one of my favorites.  In fact, I was just sharing it recently with a client who is in the midst of uncertainty.  And he is not alone.  So many of us are

Transcending Tradition – Becoming You

“Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson About four years ago, I started learning karate with my kids.  It began with the desire to do something fun with my children that would help us all to learn new things and grow together.  Like many people who begin martial

Leader, Know Thyself

Feel like there’s got to be more to being a leader than running from meeting to meeting, repeatedly fixing the same problems, and beating your head against a wall trying to get people and things to change? “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi We’ve all been to

Bouncing Back: Perseverance Personified

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.  These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”        ~ Vince Lombardi Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final and failure is not fatal – it is the courage to continue that counts.”   Thomas

Leaping Into the Unknown

“Come to the edge” he said. “No,” they said. “Come to the edge” he said. “No,” they replied.  “Come to the edge” he said. They came.  He pushed them and they flew. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire I know a man who is tirelessly dedicated to excellence and does what he can to create and evoke it