Are you ticking off your boss?

Are you ticking off your boss?

We all like to think we’re doing our best and making our best impressions, especially on our boss (or our boss’s boss). This is one good impression worth making. But, in reality, there are simple, seemingly innocuous, things we might do – that we sometimes...
Know what’s required

Know what’s required

“It’s not enough we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.” ~Sir Winston Churchill I’ve mentioned in an earlier Thoughtful Minute when Maria, in The Sound of Music, sings that she needs to do better than her best. I’ve always found this an interesting...
The benefits of wiping the slate clean

The benefits of wiping the slate clean

Recently a client was grappling with a difficult work relationship and trying to figure out how to move forward more effectively with this colleague. There was a lot of history between them, a history riddled with misperceptions, rigid beliefs about each other, broken...
Are you past your boiling point?

Are you past your boiling point?

“We boil at different degrees.” ~Benjamin Franklin The other day I was ready to kill someone. Well maybe not someone, but something. I had had it up to here, had reached my limit, and had gone past my boiling point. I was tired of a situation and of the person who, I...
Is there such a thing as good stress?

Is there such a thing as good stress?

As an executive coach I have seen more than my share of stressed-out people – leaders charged with implementing massive change, managers struggling to turn around dysfunctional teams, individuals doing their best to achieve difficult goals with far less resources than...