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Look for the stars

“When it gets dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~Charles A. Beard Life has a way of throwing darkness at us. There are moments that seem so dismal and tough – pitch black, no way out, can’t even see where we’re going. I’ve found these moments to be the times when...

The freedom of forgiveness

“As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.” ~Isabelle Holland I was bit by a dear friend’s dog a few weeks ago. One might say I deserved it, but I don’t think so. Yes, she is a flighty dog, but we had made friends...

One way you might be killing morale

It’s a common complaint from schoolchildren – one child misbehaves and the entire class is punished. My children, who happen to be very big on what is fair and right, can get really riled up when this happens. “I didn’t do anything wrong, so why do I have to miss...

Tis the season

Whatever you celebrate – and even if you don’t celebrate a specific holiday – it’s impossible to ignore the holiday spirit that seems to permeate everything this time of year. There are Christmas carols, Chanukah dreidels, winter solstice Yule logs, and Kwanzaa...

Our brains are built for bias and how to overcome it

A few years ago, I was observing a meeting that one of my clients was having with his direct report. I listened to their conversation, heard the direct report share a seemingly simple story of the way he had handled an issue, and watched my client react with anger…to...

How not to get what you expect

“Look for strength in people, not weakness; for good, not evil. Most of us find what we search for.” ~Wilbur J. Chapman I’ve heard it said many times, “You get what you look for.” I’ve offered this to clients (and friends and family). I’ve noticed it in my own life....

You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a leader

Recently many of my clients have been introverts. I can tell because, as they share with me that they need to speak up in meetings more, that they need to get their voice in the fray, they then invariably say something like, “But all those people are just talking...

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