How to Stop Wasting Your Valuable Energy

Where in your life do you spend your time and energy focused on trying to get other people to change, rather than challenging and changing yourself? In December of 2017, we headed up to the Catskills in New York. It’s not exactly the right direction to travel from Maryland during that time of year, but I figured some time with Read More >

Here’s How to Strengthen Your Leadership Presence

You’ve seen the magnetizing pull some leaders have on the people around them. You want that for yourself, and in some cases, you’ve even been told it’s needed to be successful. “When you walk in the room,” your boss or mentor tells you, “You need to present a more senior profile and own the room.” In an effort to gain Read More >

5 Practical Steps to Protecting Your Energy

Ever find yourself exhausted, but in need of energy? You know you’ve already been to your favorite coffee shop— twice, but you think just one more espresso will do the trick. I know I’ve been there! So, how do you protect your energy? Even more importantly, how to increase it, harness it, avoid burn out, get more of it, and Read More >

Is it good to provoke people?

“Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe.” Winston Churchill What comes to mind when you hear the word provoke? Most people have negative associations with the word. I like this Merriam-Webster definition of provoke: to provide the Read More >

Get People to Take Action NOW: Interview with Mark Goulston

This interview is filled with valuable insight for executives, those striving to be in a leadership position, and those ready to discover proven strategies for winning people over. Beyond a business advisor, speaker, and coach who honed his skills as an FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer, Mark Goulston is down to earth and shares practical strategies for: Using conversation deepeners to Read More >

Interview with the Trusted Advisor: Tom Henschel!

  Considering Tom Henschel’s background in television and theater (a graduate of The Julliard School of Music), I focused this interview on uncovering how he helps leaders polish their executive presence. Not surprising, he shared some valuable strategies for: Overcoming the greatest leadership challenge, Conquering exhaustion, Dealing with critical feedback (via 360 assessments, and the like), Achieving the remarkable results Read More >

5 Practical Steps to Protecting Your Energy

Ever find yourself exhausted, but in need of energy? You know you’ve already been to your favorite coffee shop— twice, but you think just one more espresso will do the trick. I know I’ve been there! So, how do you protect your energy? Even more importantly, how to increase it, harness it, avoid burn out, get more of it, and Read More >

VOICE Lessons From a Mermaid

 “The stronger your VOICE – whether intentional or intuitive – the greater your chances for provoking greatness.”— Misti Burmeister I could regale you with another story of a savvy business leader who adopted the VOICE model and transformed her team and her business. But instead, I’m going to tell you how Annie the Mermaid gave me a sixty-minute VOICE lesson I’ll Read More >

Are Your Employees Watching on in Silent Disbelief?

“Employees become disinterested in the company, because the company is disinterested in them.” — Misti Burmeister It’s no surprise that hard working, loyal, creative team players work best for companies whose leadership has a strong and compelling VOICE. On the flip side are the companies whose VOICEs are meek and muted, and whose employees come and go unnoticed. At this company, success Read More >

How to Leverage Irritation

“The key is to tap into your emotions. Emotion is literally energy-in-motion.” — Misti Burmeister During arecent “catch up” call with James, a long-time client, I asked about his greatest challenge. After sharing details of his “self-inflicted stress” of having to live with his family in an apartment while they have a new home built, he said, “I struggle with vision. I’m not interested Read More >