I want you, as a leader, to know you don’t have to do it alone…I want you as a leader to know your why…I want you, as a leader, to be authentic and intentional.
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.
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.
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.”
ditch the stories you are telling yourself, and turn them into steps for conflict resolution
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 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”
How I became more focused on empowering positive leadership.