Can Giving Honest Feedback Alleviate Sexism?

For every one of us who believes in equality for all, please forgive me for a moment. While I know this is not the case in all situations, I wonder… is it possible that in some situations we unknowingly sabotage opportunities for advancement by asking the question—“Is this company/leadership team sexist?” It’s especially worth taking a pause and gathering some Read More >

The 35 Qualities You’ll See in People That Exude Confidence

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E.E. Cummings Fear of failure is one of the things that held me back from doing work I truly care about. Failing to get it perfect, along with a significant lack of confidence in myself to overcome that fear Read More >

The Real Magic Needed To Provoke Greatness in Your Team: An Interview with Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President (Retired & Inspired) Walt Disney World® Resort

Want employees who care greatly about creating remarkable results? Listen to this interview! Lee Cockerell is one of the most down-to-earth and transparent leaders I’ve been privileged to interview. Far beyond management and leadership, Lee got to the heart of what’s needed to provoke greatness in yourself and your team. Enjoy! Resources from the interview: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Read More >

Get Your Team to Stop Arguing and Start Collaborating

Ever find yourself spending gobs of time playing mediator between teams, wishing they would find a way to work together? If they just understood each other, you wouldn’t have to spend so much time and energy helping each side understand the other. You’re ready to free yourself of having to deal with these constant misunderstandings, but you’re just not sure Read More >

How To Find The Right Person For The Job

Ever find yourself scratching your head in disbelief just months after hiring the person you thought was the perfect fit? “They were eager, skilled, and even came highly recommended,” you thought to yourself, “Why are (or aren’t) they doing____?” you lament, frustrated with them. Of course, the experience is equally unnerving for the person who accepted the position— “Why did Read More >

The Purpose of Pain—Using Rage To Heal… TEDxTalk

In June of 2016 I received a call from Helen, the woman responsible for TEDxUMD 2017. A mutual friend recommended me as a speaker, and Helen wanted to know if I would be interested in delivering a TEDxTalk on February 18, 2017. “Absolutely,” I responded, “Delivering a TEDxTalk is on my bucket list.” “Great! What’s your topic?” Helen asked. Considering Read More >

A Simple Practice To Stand Out As A Leader

Like all skills, qualities and attributes, being seen as the person capable of getting the job done can be as simple as counting the number of times you hear the question, “Do you work here?”—Or, even better—“Are you the manager?” when you’re just another customer. After finishing up a swim workout, I jumped out of the pool, dried off, gathered Read More >

A Simple Strategy to Get What You Want Out of Your Career

“Why don’t they put more time and attention to that client? If they don’t, they might lose them.” “Can’t they see I would be excellent in that position? Why don’t they consider me?” “Don’t they understand that if they’d just have more team building activities throughout the year everyone would work better together? Collaboration clearly improved after our yearly retreat.” 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 >

Yes, You Can Relax and Challenge Yourself En Route to Success

Ever find yourself in the middle of a project, a workout, or maybe even a master’s degree, concentrating on getting through the experience so you can finally get to the finish line, thinking you can relax and enjoy after you’re done? You put your head down, minimize distractions (sometimes to the detriment of other areas of your life), and force Read More >