What Bare Trees Can Teach Us About Vulnerability

Until recently, bare trees in the midst of winter had always conjured up feelings of vulnerability. Without leaves to serve as a protective barrier, it’s entirely too easy to see and be seen. Such seeing is both welcome and appreciated during joyous times. Painful times, on the other hand, are rarely welcome with such openness, leaving you grasping for strategies Read More >

Here’s What To Do With Colleagues Who Aren’t Pulling Their Weight

Whether they’re mooching off your hard work, taking credit for a job well done, or complaining about their inability to keep up, difficult colleagues can increase your workload and get in the way of finishing on time. With a strong commitment to leaving the project in a better place than she found it, Katherine, a new lawyer, tag-teamed with one Read More >

10 Daily Steps to Increasing Your Self-Confidence in The New Year

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 >

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 >

A Key Question That Is Guaranteed to Make This Your Best Holiday Season Yet

Holiday parties, gift buying, end-of-year performance reviews—the holidays can be overwhelming and exhausting. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. While riding the elevator at my dentist’s office, I stuck up a conversation with Jackie. “Another beautiful day, right?” I asked, pointing out the magnificence of 60+ degrees in early December in Maryland. “Yeah, great 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 >

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 >

Provoking Potential: The Key to Helping People Grow

Ever find yourself stepping into an opportunity lacking mastery of the critical skills necessary to get the results you want? You may not even have a clear understanding of what success looks like, but you certainly know what humiliation feels like when your results aren’t quite matching expectations. You want to be a fast learner and earn praise immediately, but 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 >