Why Advocating For Yourself is Necessary

Ever find yourself wanting to negotiate for a better sign-on package, a raise or an increase in responsibility, but can’t bring yourself to make the request? You know there’s a decent chance you’d get a “yes” if you ask, yet you keep quiet and think, “Next time.” Why is that? That’s because you have a built-in commentator (self-talk) that has Read More >

The Untold Blessing of Gratitude

Inspired by Kristin Hoffmann’s, Love & Gratitude The greatest gift of gratitude is that it can be felt in your most joyous times and your most trying times. Considering the immense challenges of life, it is a blessing to know that feelings of gratitude are linked more to perception then circumstance. Gratitude is a powerful tool that has the capability to 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 >

How To Get Out of Your Own Way

Just four short years ago, I didn’t know how to swim. I mean, I could doggy paddy, but keeping my face in the water while swimming was not possible. I couldn’t imagine it would ever be possible either. I remember the absurdity of it all when I went to my first coached swim class and listened to Annie, our swim Read More >

How To Deal With That Employee Who Is Always Late

Ever have someone on your team who is always late? Annoyed, you ignore it for a while, hoping it will resolve itself. “Surely, they know it’s not acceptable,” you think to yourself as they walk into the office (or the meeting) late again. You shot them the look, hoping this time they’ll get the point. With that, you let it Read More >

Leadership: Here’s How Simple it is to Promote Team Cohesion

Why do leaders struggle to create collaborative work environments where team members step up and do whatever it takes to create remarkable results? Is it because they haven’t set a vision that is compelling enough? Maybe. Is it because they haven’t counseled their team enough about the importance of working together, despite the weekly—no daily—reminders? Probably not. Is it because Read More >

Energy, Enthusiasm and Economic Downturns

They should is a trap that kills enthusiasm and growth faster than any economic downturn ever could. When you catch yourself thinking, “They should or shouldn’t,” stop and ask yourself, “How can I help them reach their goals?” Consider letting go of the shoulds (work harder, pay their dues, respect me) and shouldn’ts (go above me, think so highly of Read More >

How Stagnation Leads to Poaching…With Customers and Employees

Greatness chases greatness. Companies and leaders in continuous pursuit of evolution (personal/company brand), worry more about keeping up with demand then poaching. On the flipside, those who hoard resources and acknowledgment wind up losing their most precious assets to the competition. Sitting in one of the nicest business clubs in Washington, DC, just before the start of an event, Lena, Read More >

10 Daily Steps to Increasing Self-Confidence at Work

Confidence in nearly every endeavor comes with a sense of knowing or familiarity. In sports, strengthening the fundamentals is key to making critical decisions in a split second. The same thing is true when it comes to gaining confidence in yourself. Confidence in yourself increases in direct portion to self-awareness. The more experience you have with self-talk, the more confidence Read More >