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Call To Emotion

Those of us trained in effective communication know we must always include a call to action. I also suggest identifying a “call to emotion” first. Watch my 2-minute video below for why that’s necessary.  Before you do any outreach or communication this week,...

Be Like Oprah

The push back we get when we introduce new ideas or challenge the status quo in any way is a common theme for the intrapreneurs I work with. Watch this quick video below to see how being like Oprah can help break through that resistance we encounter.Try to be more...

Small Steps

Want the big wins? It’s the small steps, sustained over time, that make all the difference.This principle is a cornerstone for me, and this time of year always reminds me of its power.In my 30s and early 40s, fall meant marathon season. That meant August and September...

Who says playing is just for kids?

Five years ago, I dropped New Year’s Resolutions and adopted a Word of the Year (WOTY) instead. I wrote about my WOTY in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. For 2020, I’m all about “play.” If previous years are any indication, this word will inform my...

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5 Signs Your Meetings Need a Makeover

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I love meetings!”? My guess is, probably never. In fact, I doubt you’ve said it yourself, even about the meetings you lead. My theory is that people don’t hate meetings. They just hate bad meetings –...

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My antidote to failed intentions

Close your eyes and picture yourself just before the end of your last team retreat or leadership seminar or productivity training. I bet you’re brimming with optimism, enthusiastic about all the cool stuff you learned and insight you had, full of...

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I can’t be it if I can’t see it

Leader. Groundbreaking innovator. Disruptor. High performer. Quick, don’t filter yourself or pause – what images or people come to mind when you see these words? Thanks to my summer reading list, it’s hard for me right now to come up with names...

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5 Retreat Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

“Help! My boss just asked me to find a facilitator for our board retreat and it’s next week. Are you available?” Yep, this is a real phone call – one that I receive all too often. As summer gets underway and you still have too many items on your...

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Escaping Gravity

I’ve been thinking about gravity a lot lately. Having just celebrated my 51st birthday, I’m experiencing the not-so-pleasant effects of gravity on my body! But mostly, I’ve been reflecting on gravity in the context of the upcoming 50th anniversary...

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