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 >

How To Effectively Confront Underperforming Employees

I was recently talking with Antonio, a senior leader, about an employee who had put in a request for overtime while he was away on vacation. Confused by the request, he sought out the employee and asked, “Why do you need this overtime? Is the workload too much? Are our goals too aggressive?” “I just don’t feel like I’m making 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 >

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 Excellent Handwriting Landed an Opportunity at Harvard

The challenge with your natural talents is that they come so … well, naturally to you.  You don’t think anything of them, and so you often discount them and remain head down in the work you think will move you ahead in your career. You may not always say so, but you want to share your gifts, live into your 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 >

5 Key Elements To Helping Your Colleagues Overcome Fears After a Promotion

Ever work with someone who, after promoted, starts acting… weird? Before the promotion, they were pleasant, focused, hard working, and a joy to work with. After the promotion, they begin running themselves ragged, refusing to lean on others. Or, worse yet, they become demanding and aggressive in pursuit of perfection. Have you seen these behaviors in your colleagues, or maybe Read More >