The Simple Solution For Dealing With Distractors and Naysayers

Going after opportunities and experiences that inspire and intrigue you is hard enough, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you need to hear are the naysayers giving you very good reasons you shouldn’t take that risk. Yet, dream distractors show up and we all need a way of protecting against them. You know the comments Read More >

Why Progress Has To Get In The Way of Perfection

The problem with perfection is that it robs you of the opportunities life presents that bring you closer to your purpose and your dreams. I remember thinking, “I could die in this apartment and no one would know until my rent was well past due.” And, honestly, it was true. That was nearly fifteen years ago, and just a couple Read More >

How To Make Time For Meaningful Work By Giving Away Critical Work

It’s entirely too easy to allow yourself to horde work because it needs to be done right. The results are too important, and your schedule is too tight to teach the person on your team who keeps asking for opportunity. And, so—you put your ambitions on hold, as you continue sludging through, checking tasks off your list. Meanwhile, this little Read More >

The Strategy You Need To Reach Greater Heights in Your Career

Ever bite off more than you can chew and wonder how in the world you’re going to manage finishing strong and keeping your sanity? Whether we’re talking about finishing a critical project at work or crossing the finish line at an athletic event, the strategy for reaching beyond what you ever thought possible is the same. Four weeks before a Read More >

How To Use Pain To Get Better Results

You want the freedom to live fully, do work that matters to you and advance in your career. However, freeing up time and energy to do it can seem nearly impossible, especially when you find yourself consumed by critical details. “It would be great if I had some A players on my team that I could trust,” you think to Read More >

Leaving A Mark That Matters

Pulling up to the departures area at Baltimore Washington International airport, I put my car in park so I could say goodbye to my 16-year-old niece, Ellei. Having just completed a two-week internship with a world-class surgeon, she was excited to get back, share about her experience, and prepare for her future. With the car in park, I grabbed for Read More >

The Key To Making Criticism Useful

Ever experience the gut-wrenching sucker punch that leaves you ready to drop kick someone, either literally or with your words? This feeling often comes right after someone tells you what a terrible job you did, how you should have done something differently, or how disappointed s/he is that you didn’t know better. The feeling is exacerbated, along with the reaction Read More >

Who’s Borrowing Your Strength?

Think of the person on your team whose actions or inactions are garnering them negative publicity. You know the person—the one your colleagues and leadership team keeps worrying and complaining about. In your mind, you hear yourself thinking— “If they’d just be quiet long enough they’d get the answer they’re looking for.” “Don’t they know they should take ownership of Read More >

Ask This Question Before Giving Critical Feedback

Considering the potentially negative impact of critical feedback, it’s not surprising that many people avoid giving it altogether. Or, they give it anonymously, relieving themselves of any potential discomfort instigated by the feedback. But is such an approach helpful or harmful? Several months ago, I listened as Tracy, an executive at an engineering firm, shared about the devastating impact of Read More >

How To Deal With Fear Once You’ve Taken The Risk

The challenge with building wings after you jump is that you cannot be the one to build them. Overwhelmed with the reality of the free-fall, you must keep your attention focused on the necessities of each millisecond. Unable to grasp for safety, you must remain present to the thoughts that surface in the face of such uncertainty. Wavering from the Read More >