Extraordinary Results. Less Effort. More Joy.

The other day I came across a piece of paper that brought back a rather unsettling memory of a pivotal conversation I had long ago, about something that was very important to me.  I didn’t realize just what an impact it had on me until I stopped to recall it – and consider all the

Why What Got You Here May Not Get You There – and What to do Instead

Imagine that software you’ve relied on for years stops working for you.  You notice your computer has been freezing up a lot and you’ve been experiencing some glitches. At first, it didn’t really bother you. You just made do and went on. But now it’s happening so often that you’re having trouble getting things done.

Are You Operating from Your Genius or Your Puppet?

Last week I posted a video about the story of Pinocchio and the relevance it has as a metaphor for each of us as leaders.  As I mentioned in that video, that story is about much more than a puppet whose nose grew when he lied. It’s the story of a puppet that longs to become

Unleash Your Genius & Blaze a New Trail

  Do you remember what it was like to be unconstrained by the world’s limitations? Maybe you were a young child, wanting to fly to the moon or discover buried treasure.  How long was it before the people around you compelled you to be more “practical and realistic”? They didn’t mean any harm.  In fact,

It’s Time to Live Your Dream

  “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to life the life which he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” ~ Henry David Thoreau Over the history of time, there have been among us people who dared to dream big and ended up creating something

How to de-Grinchify your holidays (and your life)

Every December my family and I watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It’s fun to villainize him – the insensitive jerk who figures if he can’t be happy, no one else should either. He steals their Christmas presents, their trees, stockings and decorations – even their food. And then he is baffled that even without all their “stuff” Christmas still comes. As he watches

How to Find that Peaceful, Easy Feeling (even amidst stress, overwhelm and uncertainty)

  Recently, I had the opportunity to sit with a relative who was having an echo cardiogram – which is essentially an ultrasound of the heart.  It was an awe-inspiring experience. We’re obviously all familiar with the fact that we have hearts.  And that they beat.  And that without them, we wouldn’t be alive. But

Do You Suffer the Curse of Competence? How to Keep it from Stealing Your Success.

Many of us are on the verge of entering new, unchartered territory. Some are having to do that by necessity, as a result of changing circumstances.  Others are recognizing – and answering – the call to step out and try something we’ve never done before. Either way, it isn’t easy.  Especially if you are accustomed

What Can Pinocchio Teach You About Navigating Change and Unleashing Your Genius?

  As I’ve written in recent posts, change is coming at us right now both from the outside in and the inside out. And change is naturally somewhat disconcerting. But it can also be liberating and empowering – if you use it as a doorway to rediscover you who really are at your core –

5 Phases of Transformation – and How to Navigate Them

  We’re all working through our share of change – change that comes to us from the outside in. But there’s another kind of change that happens from the inside out. And that feels a little different. It usually comes on gradually – so gradually you may not even notice it at first. In the