It’s the “yes, and” option. You are at the base of that highest achievement – what will you commit to that creates daily progress?
Which one you ask? The sacred “f bomb” which can be used as a noun, verb, adjective, etc. to add emphasis to anything? Or perhaps the big F-E-A-R that we try to avoid at all costs? Or go the opposite direction with focus (bonus * for this one), which has gone out the window inContinue reading “Can we talk about the “f” word?”
I was sitting near a pond one day with no responsibility other than the book in my lap. As I paused to take in the landscape around me, I noticed this duck desperately dunking her head in the water over and over and over again…What occurred to me in that moment: I was the duck. In my professional world, I was doing the same thing over and over and over with no clear purpose for my actions.
Looking for a job is hard. Looking for a job that is fulfilling and purposeful is even harder. Add on the stress of unemployment or a toxic work environment and it can personify difficult emotions such as doubt, shame, and fear that negatively impact our confidence levels.
In the height of my broken-ness I beamed full-teeth smiles when I heard “we couldn’t survive without you” and “thank you for saving the day” and “yes, you are right!” These words of affirmation meant I was helping others, I was important, I was validated.
Often times, we get frustrated when something doesn’t go exactly how we envisioned and we tend to blame the person delivering the work rather than examining the expectations we set.
We’ve made it two weeks. Two weeks of COVID-19 quarantine with two small toddlers and two meeting-heavy careers that are not slowing down. First, we are thankful for our beautiful life, the opportunity to love our daughters deeply and to both continue working (and collecting two paychecks). Now that we have acknowledged that, we canContinue reading “Taking Control of our Uncertainty”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have an unwavering need for an immediate result. In a professional setting, we call this a “quick win” or “low hanging fruit”. My husband calls it my “pressure washer impact”. There was a day, back in my 20s, when I just needed a win. I was grievingContinue reading “Small habits, big Impact”
When talking about conquering hard things, I never understood the metaphor “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” The earliest citing for this phrase is from 1945 in a book called An Introduction to Industrial Statistics and Quality Control By Paul Peach. The job may be lengthy, but, in the words ofContinue reading “How to do Hard Things.”
When you are ready for a change, it’s easy to reflect back on your past to find happiness from previous experiences and try to replicate that for the future. When searching for what’s next professionally, I challenge you to take a different approach. Before finding a career that inspires you, it may sound simple, butContinue reading “Order your future, don’t recount your past.”
Yesterday, my darling daughters fell asleep in the car. So I sat in a parking lot for an hour and finished listening to Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. First, let’s give some major credit to both toddlers for taking a double nap and offering me a little quiet time! I will accept this giftContinue reading “My Thoughts on Dare to Lead by Brené Brown”
Employee engagement, retention and satisfaction drive client engagement, retention and satisfaction.
Martha Beck says “Yea, but” statements are like mental cockroaches who can multiply and survive the most intense attempt at dismantling them. How’s that for motivation to stop thinking these thoughts?
ditch the stories you are telling yourself, and turn them into steps for conflict resolution
The etymology behind certain words can be very telling and the word “decision” holds a lot of weight when broken down. Take a look: The Latin word decisionem is the past-participle stem of decidere which means “to decide, determine” Broken down by root: de (off) + caedere (to cut) literally means “to cut off” When you say you are going to “cut off”Continue reading “How to improve your decision-making”
A critical piece of information when setting goals at the beginning of a project is understanding the expectation of timeline. Over the course of my corporate career, I heard more times than not a delivery date of “yesterday” or “as soon as possible” with the obligatory chuckle that comes with asking for something unreasonable. AsContinue reading “Fast is not always Right.”
Growing up, we had a lake house about 15 miles from our home where we would spend the entire summer. It wasn’t uncommon on any given day to have a dozen teenagers traipsing about riding jet skis, raiding my parents kitchen, or basking in the sun on the dock. In addition to my dad’s neverContinue reading “Two Eyes, Two Ears and One Mouth…for a reason.”
There was a time in my life where I touted the fact that I was a great multi-tasker. After all, if you weren’t doing at least two things at once, you were wasting time. I am no longer of that mindset. Multi-tasking can result in missed opportunities in connecting with the people and often resultsContinue reading “Effective, Efficient and Engaged”
There comes a time when you are so far into the project you can’t realistically turn back without a lot of brow raising. However, with so much more to accomplish, you aren’t sure the investment is still worth it. That, my friend, is the point in time when you are in the tunnel of darkness.
Question of the year for me: How do I establish a set of standards without stifling employee creativity or individual styles of management? Our company has several lines of business that each have a multitude of client engagements though all client leaders who run these engagements fall into my division. In addition, each client leaderContinue reading “Cause the Effect”
In my various roles in life, I often find myself with an opportunity to teach others. From coaching my clients or explaining new tools or ways of working in group sessions or helping my daughters build a fort, the teacher hat is worn a lot these days. In doing a little research on effective teachingContinue reading “A Small Way to Increase Confidence when Teaching New Skills”
Have you heard the adage “life is a journey, not a destination”? While the author is unknown, I can assure you whoever penned this has never traveled on an airplane with a toddler (kidding, sort of). It is applicable in the area of operational initiatives. So, if go-live is not your destination, then what is?Continue reading “It’s more about the Journey”
Am I doing it right? If anyone has the answer to this question in any facet of life, raise your hand. I ask it of myself all the time. Am I managing people or projects right? Am I parenting right? What about being a wife or that yoga move where I don’t dare risk breakingContinue reading “Am I doing it right?”
How I became more focused on empowering positive leadership.
Hello! I am Karen.
I am a career coach and serial non-profit board member. I’ve worked for large, publicly traded corporations as well as start-ups grasping to make payroll and the in between. My coaching expertise evolved from my decade long consulting career leading non-profit and corporate executives in strategic planning, change management and employee + client engagement efforts. My unique strength, passion and desire is building deep connection with people and empowering others to explore and create your most fulfilling life by showing up “on purpose” in every aspect.